Zack Snyder has become adept at world building with his last 8 years of work on the DCEU. It appears to be his latest project Army of the Dead will continue in the same vein with still plenty to unpack when the credits roll. Snyder has already discussed ideas for a sequel and left fans a lot to discuss until then. Here are 5 of the most intriguing mysteries Army of the Dead left unexplained.
Snyder, of course, has a pedigree in the zombie genre thanks to his 2004 directorial debut and George A. Romero’s classic remake. Dawn of the Dead. Fans expect more of the same Army of the Dead would have been seriously mistaken, however, as these monsters are an entirely new breed. The exact origins of the zombies are another mystery in their own right, but it becomes clear from their behavior that they are one step up the food chain than the zombies the public is used to. Better categorized as the Shamblers who are also in Las Vegas.
However, eagle-eyed viewers also saw a third type of walker among the horde, in what appears to be robotic zombies. In several cameos that will make you blink and miss them, these robotic zombies are hardly distinguishable from the crowd, aside from their glowing eyes and mechanical undertones. None of the main casts ever acknowledge the anomalies despite colliding with them, although given the intense nature of these encounters, it’s safe to assume the crew had more urgent matters to hand.
One person who acknowledged them was Snyder himself, although he said, “If you pay close attention, there are some zombies that are clearly not zombies. You see normal zombies and then you see some robot zombies.” The purpose of these robotic zombies remains unknown, but Snyder also weighed in on a few theories to get the ball rolling, adding, “Are they monitors that the government has placed among the zombies to keep an eye on them? technology from the other world? is happening there? “
Area 51’s impending presence after the opening change of dialogue is another mystery warranting further dissection. Assuming there is an alien force at play that could explain the robot’s presence in the movie. As for government oversight, it’s another strong possibility. Why the government would destroy a city filled with their likely expensive technology and why Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada) and his military acquaintances would go to such lengths to create a zombie army when the means to create an artificial army already exist , could go a long way to expose the latter, however.
In any case, the audience won’t have to wait too long for answers to this one, the origins of the robot zombies are expected to be covered in the upcoming animated prequel Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.
One of the more bizarre exchanges in the movie takes place between Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer) and Vanderohe (Omari Hardwick) when they first approach the vault. Moments before they blow through the gates, Dieter draws attention to a group of corpses on the floor, suggesting they didn’t have the right tools for the job. In an earlier scene, Scott Ward (Dave Bautista) has already determined that they are not the first team Tanaka sent in after discovering some of the blueprints lying around.
It is reasonable to assume that the corpses are those of the first robbery crew, but Vanderohe presents the audience with another off the wall theory. That the corpses are in fact theirs and that the crew is trapped in an endless time loop of trying and failing to raid the vault. The theory seemingly falls away after that one scene, but its obtuse nature justifies why Snyder recorded that fragment of the dialogue. And there are some kinks that suggest this might not be a filling dialogue after all.
When Dieter first draws attention to the corpses, their resemblance to the crew is noted, with special attention to Maria Cruz (Ana de la Reguera) and a distinct locket she has around her neck. The obvious deviation is the corpse that resembles Marianne Peters (Tig Notaro), as Peters never enters the vault. Instead, she’s on the roof all the time to get the helicopter going. The discrepancy could explain the difference in outcome, with the crew clearly taking a different route in this version of the events.
The other major plot point that could prove this theory is the fates of the men involved in the initial conversation. Vanderohe is sealed in the vault by Dieter to protect him from Zeus when he attacks the duo. Dieter is presumed dead from this point on, but his fate is never actually confirmed on screen. Vanderohe, meanwhile, is seemingly stuck with only a few minutes until the atomic bomb drops that also seems to seal his fate. Except in the final scene of the film, we see Vanderohe somehow miraculously escape unscathed.
After grabbing his large sum of money to charter a private jet, Vanderohe goes to the bathroom to find out he has been bitten. At no point in the film is Vanderohe shown being bitten and in fact Dieter narrowly saved him from that fate moments before locking him up in the safe. With so much left unspoken in Vanderohe’s story, it begs the question: is this the same Vanderohe from the events of the movie or is it his timeline doppelganger? Another upcoming prequel Army of Thieves Dieter seems to be exploring further, perhaps to provide more insight into this compelling mystery.
Aliens / UFOs
As discussed earlier, the movie begins with two men transporting an unknown load of a highly classified variety. The pair discuss what they expect to be able to transmit, with one of them setting up another loose thread of the story. The cargo was picked up from Area 51, a notable alien storytelling hotspot, leaving the character wondering if they’re transporting an alien.
When a distracted driver collides with the transport truck, the load is flung open over the road. What follows in the first glimpse of the alpha, later called Zeus. He makes short work of the remaining transport team before heading to Las Vegas to set up the events for the rest of the movie.
Zeus clearly behaves differently from zombies in traditional zombie fiction, which raises the possibility: what isn’t he a zombie at all? Given the initial interaction, the audience is led to believe that Zeus himself might even be from another world. And while his name derives from the statute outside of Olympus, it also fits a metaphor that elevates him to divine status for having come from the sky and being obscenely powerful compared to his human counterparts.
This potential also ties in with one of the main theories surrounding the robotic zombies that they are some kind of alien technology. As it turns out, Zeus has been around long enough to have formed a hierarchical civilization in Las Vegas and he understands the meaning of armaments, so he may even have built the monstrous automatons to serve as an extra line of defense.
One of the few attempts to humanize Zeus and further remove him from the role of the monster is his relationship with his queen and their unborn child. Considering that zombies are traditionally undead, it is an illogical misconception to assume that they can create or give birth to life. But still in Army of the Dead Zeus’ queen turns out to be pregnant.
The film first hints at the idea with a tender scene between the two, but after Martin (Garret Dillahunt) beheads the queen, Zeus rushes her body back to Olympus in an attempt to save his child. His efforts fail and it is the loss of his unborn child that throws him into a blind rage, leading to the film’s dramatic climax.
Zack Snyder confirmed in an interview with Esquire that his zombies can indeed reproduce. The director also affirmed that this was not a miraculous view, going so far as to suggest that the zombies were some sort of superior evolutionary race for humanity. “I believe some zombie love happened, some kind of sweet zombie love,” he said. ‘They are like a better us. They no longer destroy their environment. They don’t fight each other. They are less bad for everyone. They are less poisonous. ‘
So the how seems pretty definitive, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions about zombie babies. First, the queen was found to be alive long after her head was removed from her body, but the baby did not show the same resilience. It remains to be seen what traits the next generation zombies will maintain or even improve upon, given Snyder’s nod to evolution.
Alpha / Omega Zombies
Zeus’s origins remain a mystery for now, but aside from where he came from, there are a few other behaviors that the zombie alpha shows that separate him from the horde. Zeus is not only the blueprint for this new kind of intelligent zombie, but only he must infect humans so that they become the same species. Humans changed by his other alphas become the Shamblers who populate the comic in a largely unthreatening and stationary fashion.
Zeus appears to show undisputed authority over his followers, as well as a higher level of intellect and ability, such as covering his head with a bulletproof mask and riding a horse. But it may not be that Zeus is the only one who could exhibit these traits as Army of the Dead drop some pretty clear clues to point to Vanderohe as the new alpha or maybe even a little more.
In a scene where Vanderohe is topless, he appears to be branded with the omega symbol. Some fans took this as an Easter egg for Darkseid in Snyder’s Justice League, the main DC antagonist that gets its powers from an energy called the Omega effect. But in keeping with the Greek theme of Olympus and Zeus, omega is of course the last letter of the Greek alphabet, often used to symbolize the end.
Since Zeus is also called the alpha and Vanderohe turns out to be infected at the end, this could logically make him the omega. Another unique zombie species that could mean the end of humanity, where most zombie fiction often goes. According to Snyder, Army of the Dead 2 would continue Vanderohe’s story as he teased the potential for a sequel:
“Shay and I know exactly what happens next and it’s insane … I’d make it in no time. What we have planned is crazy. Once we knew Vanderohe was bitten and he’s going to Mexico City, I thought,” “Do you know what’s going to happen?” And then I just went into tears And by the time it ended, Shay said, ‘OK./ lisTop
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