Seriously, How Is Chris Pine Back For Wonder Woman 1984?

Chris Pine Steve Trevor Wonder Woman 1984

The first full trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 has arrived, and with its arrival came the surprising return of one actor some (mainly those who haven't been following the project) didn't expect. Chris Pine is featured in the new footage a good deal, and while that may please a bunch of Wonder Woman fans, many others may be confused as hell by Steve Trevor appearing in 1984.

For those that don't remember, Steve Trevor went up in smoke after detonating a plane loaded with explosives in midair. He should be dead, or at the very least aged considerably since the events of 1918. Yet Steve looks about the same in this movie, maybe even better? For those wondering what the hell is going on, director Patty Jenkins shared some insight.

I can't tell you [how he is alive], but here's what I will say: We didn't put Steve Trevor in this movie because we just wanted to put Steve Trevor in this movie. When we thought of the story for this film while we were making the first film, a Eureka moment came and it couldn't have been told without Chris Pine playing Steve Trevor. So I promise you, it's not a gimmick. It's integral to the story. It's incredibly important that we had him, and we just super enjoyed it. It was great having Chris back, but it's also important to the story that I can't wait for you to see.

Patty Jenkins seemingly confirmed that Chris Pine's character is Steve Trevor, and yes, he will be integral to the story. Trevor is featured in a bulk of the trailer footage, so it's good to know that his onscreen time in the trailer is justified and not some gimmick to get folks in theaters. That's all well and great, but does very little to explain exactly how Steve Trevor survived that accident.

One possible clue behind Steve Trevor's return may lie in the description of Wonder Woman 1984's villain, Maxwell Lord. Lord, who is played by The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal, is a nefarious businessman in DC Comics and criminal mastermind. Patty Jenkins said Lord will be "selling a dream" to the public in the movie, and may have tapped into Diana's dream by bringing back Steve.

Let's remember that cloning is a thing in DC lore, as is the multiverse. Either would result in the return of Steve Trevor, who seems like the one largely out of sorts in the '80s. It feels like the current setting is foreign to him, so it doesn't feel like Steve has lived through the past several decades naturally and kept up with the design of trash cans and things like that. Could Steve have been pulled from time right before the plane's explosion?

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We'll entertain any and all theories about how Steve Trevor is alive in well in Wonder Woman 1984 down in the comments. Stick with CinemaBlend in the meantime for more on the movie, which is in theaters Friday, June 5, 2020.

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