5 Iconic Movie Elements Ruined By Explanations Nobody Asked For

5 Iconic Movie Elements Ruined By Explanations Nobody Asked For
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Not every mystery needs an explanation, and these five are solid proof of that.

Many iconic movies have various unique quirks and details about their characters that make them extremely memorable.

However, with Hollywood's love for creating all sorts of prequels and origin stories, they completely ruin the mysteries by poorly explaining them.

So here are five iconic movie elements tainted by unnecessary explanations.

Han Solo's last name — Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Star Wars is notorious for providing explanations that no one asked for, from midi-chlorians to the entire origin of Darth Vader, though fans aren't as united in hating these two as they once were.

What they do agree on is that Han Solo never needed an explanation for his last name, especially one as lame as "just got it from a recruiting officer."

Jack's nickname — Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

A year before Solo, The Pirates of the Caribbean fell into the same trap by explaining the mystery behind Jack Sparrow's nickname.

Many fans were expecting a fascinating pirate tale, but instead it was explained that Jack... just stood there looking like a bird at one point.

The Thing's catchphrase — Fantastic Four ( 2015)

Ben Grimm or The Thing's iconic catchphrase "It's clobbering time" has been around for decades and never needed an explanation, but the 2015 reboot decided otherwise.

It was apparently the phrase Ben's brother used before beating him up, and it's beyond comprehension why the creators thought it was appropriate.

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Hercule Poirot's mustache — Death on the Nile (2022)

Another thing that has existed perfectly as a unique character trademark for decades without any forced explanation is Hercule Poirot's elegant mustache.

But the 2022 adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel of the same name decided to give it a darker backstory, so now the legend hides behind it the scars he received during World War I.

Xavier's Baldness — X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

In the original comics, Charles Xavier went bald at an early age due to his powerful telepathic abilities.

The 2016 film, however, apparently decided to give it a more exciting explanation for a rather questionable outcome, as his hair loss is the result of the ancient mutant Apocalypse's failed attempt to take over his body.