Fantasy movies are the best, because watching them allows you to escape from ordinary, everyday life, and escape into a new world with endless possibilities. However, all of these limitless opportunities for inventive plot lines and unexpected twists means that sometimes, these films leave out major details and vital explanations for viewers. If you’ve ever been frustrated by a dead-end plot line in a fantasy movie, this list is definitely a must-read. We’ve examined some of the biggest plot holes in fantasy movies for you to read about and debate.
Have you ever watched a movie that left you scratching or head? Have you ever finished a film, only to be left with dozens of burning questions that the script just didn’t answer? You’e not alone! Tons of superhero movies and fantasy films leave out MAJOR details, and we’ve spotted them all. Some of these plot holes might even be a surprise – but we guarantee you won’t be able to un-see them once they’ve been explained!
Nobody Recognizes Bruce Wayne
Films: The Dark Knight trilogy
The end of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy finds Bruce Wayne faking his death as both Batman – and the billionaire playboy – to go live secretly in Europe with Catwoman. However, it’s not clear how it’s possible that no one else in the world (other than Alfred) recognizes one of the richest men in history.
Why Didn’t Any of the Characters Who Held the Marauder’s Map Notice Peter Pettigrew?
Films: Harry Potter franchise
Fred and George Weasley stole the Marauder’s Map from Filch’s office during their first year at Hogwarts, and quickly figured out how to use it to create mischief and mayhem around the castle. However, using the Marauder’s Map fairly regularly meant that they must have seen their little brother sleeping with a person named Peter Pettigrew every single night for years before handing the map off to Harry Potter. Potter himself has it for a few months before he learns who Peter Pettigrew is, which means that he must have also seen his BFF snuggling up to a dude every night for a fairly long time.
This either makes Potter and the Weasley twins the most oblivious wizards on the planet… or it’s a major plot hole in the story that none of J.K. Rowling’s post-Potter explanations can magic away.
How Does Toothless Fly Without Hiccup?
Film: How to Train Your Dragon
When Astrid first hops on Toothless’s back in How to Train Your Dragon, the dragon suddenly shoots upwards into the sky in attempt to scare her off. Unfortunately, the film previously set up the fact that Toothless couldn’t actually fly without Hiccup controlling his missing tail wing. Even the filmmakers admitted to the mistake on the DVD commentary.
How Did Edward Scissorhands Get All That Ice?
Film: Edward Scissorhands
At the end of Edward Scissorhands, we see the titular character carving elaborate ice sculptures in his exiled castle, causing it to “snow” all over the town. It’s a beautiful scene, but the only question is, where’d he get all of that ice? Not only would he be completely unable to carry a giant block of ice all the way up the mountain to his castle with those scissorhands, he would also be pretty hard-pressed to find giant ice blocks like that in the heart of Florida, where the story takes place.
If Buzz Lightyear Doesn’t Think He’s a Toy, Why Does He Hit the Deck When Andy’s Around?
Film: Toy Story
If Buzz Lightyear truly believes with his whole heart that he’s an actual spaceman, why does he drop to the floor and freeze whenever Andy comes around? The whole entire plot of Toy Story is that Buzz and Woody are fighting to become Andy’s favorite toy, which is exacerbated by the fact that Buzz doesn’t realize that he’s not a real space traveler.
Some have argued that all toys are pre-programmed to do this when they are manufactured, but it still seems a little iffy. If Buzz was able to re-wire his programming to believe he is a real person and not just a child’s plaything, why doesn’t he keep moving and talking when Andy enters the room?
Why Don’t Parents Believe in Santa in The Santa Clause?
Film: The Santa Clause
This plot hole could be found in pretty much any Christmas movie, but it’s especially apparent in The Santa Clause. All of the adults – including Scott Calvin himself – are completely convinced that Santa Claus isn’t real. Both Neal and Laura (Charlie’s step-father and mother, respectively) even discuss at length the year that they stopped believing in Santa, because he had failed to deliver their presents – an Oscar Meyer Weenie Whistle, and the board game, Mystery Date.
Like in any Christmas movie, it turns out that Santa Claus has been real all along, and that Scott Calvin has recently taken over the position. This means that each year, mysterious presents that Laura, Scott, and Neal did NOT purchase for Charlie appeared under the Christmas tree. Any normal parent would be slightly confused when their child opened up a present that they don’t remember purchasing.
The Wolverine’s Filmmakers Clearly Didn’t Understand Logan’s Powers
Film: The Wolverine
The Wolverine uses Wolverine’s powers in a way that makes no sense. Not only does the film imply that Logan got his powers through Weapon X (even though all they gave him was brand-new adamantium bones), but his healing also apparently goes away when metal pierces his heart. What? How? Why?
How Exactly Does Thor Return to Earth?
Comic book fans have been infuriated about the ending of Thor for years. The Norse God is allegedly stranded in Asgard with no way to reach planet Earth. However, the next time we see him, he’s totally made his way back to Earth with no problem. Thor explains that “dark magic” brought him back, but that’s clearly a cop-out. Even director Joss Whedon said it made absolutely no sense.
Why Are Lily Potter’s Memories Appearing While Snape’s Memories Are Playing in the Pensieve?
Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
After Severus Snape dies at the end of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 movie, Harry Potter extracts a single teardrop containing all of Snape’s memories and pours it into the Pensieve in Dumbledore’s office. He’s able to view all of Snape’s past memories, which reveal that Snape was in love with Potter’s mother, Lily, all along.
This scene is incredibly heartbreaking and moving, because viewers finally got to see a softer side of Snape, as well as get a glimpse into Lily’s past. However, there’s an element that simply doesn’t add up. For some reason, Snape “remembers” some of Lily Potter’s memories… from her point of view. This makes absolutely no sense, because the Pensieve should only replay the memories of the person whose tears were extracted.
In Lily Potter’s memories, we see her being picked on by her older sister Petunia before a young Severus Snape even arrives on the scene. Next, we see her telling Harry that he is “so loved” before Voldemort kills her (and also, before Snape can get to Godric’s Hollow to save her).
Which Time Zone’s “Midnight” Are You Not Allowed to Feed Gremlins After?
One of the two very specific rules for owning a Gremlin is to not feed it after midnight. Unfortunately, the movie never really specifies a time zone. Do all Gremlins run on Pacific Standard Time? To paraphrase Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett, “It’s five o’clock somewhere,” meaning that it’s frequently “midnight somewhere,” too. The unspecified time zone in this film means that you should probably never feed your Gremlin, ever, just in case it’s midnight in Iceland, or something.
Those Sentinel Powers Don’t Really Make Any Sense
Film: X-Men: Days of Future Past
In X-Men: Days of Future Past, the sentinels are a big, bad group of mutant killers. If you pay close attention, however, you’ll notice that their powers don’t really make all that much sense. In the film, they’re created by using the same genes as Mystique. Mystique has the ability to transform into any person she chooses with astounding accuracy, but that’s where her powers stop. The sentinels can actually adopt other mutants’ powers, which doesn’t make sense if they used Mystique’s genes.
Technically, this would have only worked if they were created by using Rogue’s genes – a mutant who can absorb, imitate, or temporarily remove the powers of anyone she touches.
Why Would Doc Ock Try to Kill a Normal Person?
Film: Spider-Man 2
When Harry Osborn sends Doc Ock on a search for Peter Parker (in order to eventually get to Spider-Man), the villain has a pretty strange way of safely capturing his prey. Not only does he hurl a car at his face from across the street, he also tries to maim Parker in a bunch of different ways that would have definitely killed him, were he a mortal man. Doctor Octopus doesn’t realize at this time that Peter Parker is actually Spider-Man, so there’s no reason why he wouldn’t just try to bring Parker to Harry Osborn unharmed.
The Separation of Luke and Leia Makes No Sense
Films: Star Wars franchise
It makes sense that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda would try to hide the fact that two Force-sensitive babies had survived Anakin Skywalker’s brutal attack against their now-deceased mother, but the way they went about it makes absolutely no sense. They drop off Luke Skywalker on his father’s home planet, and don’t even bother to change his last name to Lars, the last name of his new caretakers, Owen and Beru.
There’s no reason Darth Vader wouldn’t have found his son – except that he finds sand to be course, rough, and irritating, which maybe explains why he never set foot on Tatooine again.
Hogarth Definitely Got Radiation Poisoning in the Iron Giant
Film: The Iron Giant
At the end of this film, Hogarth manages to hold onto one last piece of his dear Iron Giant. This is very endearing, but unfortunately that piece was also just drenched in a ton of radioactive waste. Unless Hogarth gets himself to a doctor, and fast, things aren’t looking too good for him reaching adulthood.
Superman’s Hidden, Immediately Ready Suit
Film: Man of Steel
Any movie that tries to focus on a “realistic” Superman story always leaves the answer to this plot hole out. How does Superman manage to always hide his ready-to-battle-evil suit? Man of Steel takes some especially large leaps of faith by having Clark Kent suddenly stumble upon a suit with the House of El embellished on it on an abandoned spacecraft. Of course, this random suit fits him perfectly.
So What Exactly Was the Plan in Return of the Jedi?
Film: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
The entire plan at the beginning of Return of the Jedi doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense. A majority of it hinges on Luke Skywalker having to come and save the day, but what if Princess Leia had succeeded in saving Han Solo from Jabba’s palace? That still would have left C-3PO and R2-D2 trapped in the palace along with Lando Calrissian, with no means of escape.
Why Didn’t the Microwave Emitter Kill Everyone in Gotham City?
Film: Batman Begins
The microwave emitter in Batman Begins is supposed to vaporize the water in the town and turn it into toxic chemicals that are dispersed into the air. But if the water had been digested by Gotham citizens on a consistent basis for months, wouldn’t the water in their bodies vaporize as well? Some have argued that it would have been out of the microwave emitter’s range, but the logic still feels sketchy.
Why Did Captain Barbossa Die, but Not Captain Jack Sparrow?
Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Jack Sparrow and Will Turner manage to defeat the villainous Captain Barbossa by returning the last cursed coin to the treasure chest after Sparrow shoots him with a pistol.
This plot line would have totally worked if Sparrow had shot him AFTER the coins were returned to the treasure chest. Otherwise, every single pirate who had been cursed should have dropped dead immediately from all of the wounds they sustained over years of immortal battling. Captain Jack himself should have definitely also died, because Barbossa had impaled him with a sword only moments earlier.
Iron Man’s Armor Is a One Size Fits All
Films: Iron Man franchise
After spending the majority of the first film trying to perfect his Iron Man suit, the rest of the Iron Man films in the franchise have made it the easiest thing in the world to replicate – or borrow – Tony Stark’s suit. Not only is War Machine incredibly skilled at flying and controlling the suit instantaneously, the suit is apparently one-size-fits-all, because every person who tries it on fits into it perfectly.
Why Doesn’t E.T. Just Fly Away?
Film: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
When we meet E.T. at the beginning of this film, he’s been left stranded on Earth with no way to return to his departing spacecraft. At the end of the movie, however, it’s revealed that E.T can make himself – and others – fly. This plot twist kind of makes his whole predicament a lot less dire. He could have flown back to his spaceship pretty much at any time.
Why Not Just Have the Eagles Fly Them All Into Mordor?
Films: The Lord of the Rings franchise
This is something that has been plaguing Lord of the Rings fans for years. There are several times throughout the franchise when it looks like the Fellowship has been stuck in a bind that they can’t get out of, only to have the eagles come and rescue them. This begs the question – why couldn’t they just hitch a ride on the back of an eagle and soar into Mordor in the first place? They’re more than capable of holding their own in a fight, so an aerial battle would have been no problem.