If you are a fan of Get Out, Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated horror film Us is surely on your radar, and it’s created a whirlwind of online debate.
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss
March 22, 2019
Since the first trailer for Us dropped on December 25th, debates and speculation have erupted with fans attempting to decipher all the clues online. Here, we gather evidence and present a curated analysis of the online buzz.
WARNING: These are just fan theories, but if any of them turn out to be true, then beware the potential spoilers ahead.
The Get Out connection
Fans were quick to point out the visual parallels between Us and Get Out. There are speculations that the family in Us is actually a caucasian family which has undergone the transplant procedure from Get Out, where one person’s consciousness can be placed into someone else’s body. Others think the “tethered” family escaped from the sunken place and are back to reclaim their bodies.
Despite the theories, Peele has confirmed that unlike Get Out, Us will not center around race: “The main idea that went into writing this film is that we're our own worst enemy, and that idea created this monster, the Tethered. I wanted to forge this new mythology that explored our duality and the duality of the characters," Peele has stated.
What does ‘11:11’ mean?
This number is revealed two times in succession in the second trailer for Us. Some are saying that 11:11 could signify the presence of a spirit. Others have suggested this is a reference to a bible verse in which God is taking vengeance on people, punishing them for their sins. Alternatively, seeing this number twice could be a sign of synchronicity.
The doppelganger theories
Doppelganger mythology has led to many theories about the film’s plot and themes. Are the doppelgangers or the “tethered” a personification of the family’s darker shadow selves? Are they part of a clone experiment gone wrong? Is this a sick game of identity theft? Or is there some sort of higher power responsible for sending these evil incarnations after this family?
There’s plenty of imagery to support each of these theories, so let’s break it down further.
Who’s the little girl?
Some have argued that the family has a second daughter that they lost to a tragic accident. But the majority of people online seem to believe that Lupita Nyong’o’s character, Adelaide, has a younger self who was previously confronted by her doppelganger. Given the girl’s Thriller t-shirt, these could be possible flashback sequences from the film, and young Adelaide could be the key to unraveling the mystery.
What’s with the masks?
Fans are predicting that the mask motif will tie directly into the main themes of the film: The duality of characters and being your own worst enemy. Are the “tethered” the actual protagonists of the film? Could Adelaide have a twin sister who’s trying to steal her life? Some believe the boy and his look-alike will play a crucial role in revealing this information. It seems like he and his doppelganger might be able to forge some sort of connection…is it a coincidence that a game of “Guess Who?” is strategically placed behind them in one shot?
The significance of the scissors
Besides being a creepy visual, the scissors could be a direct tie to the “tethered” and their aim to sever whatever bond or link they may share with their look-alikes.
What’s with all the rabbits?
Almost every form of spirituality seems to have its own symbolic meaning for rabbits and hares. Supporting the clone theory, many think the rabbits in Us point to signs of possible lab experiments that were taking place before they began cloning humans. Rabbits are often said to symbolize fertility, rebirth and resurrection, so they fit this popular theory. Given Peele’s use of prominent animal motifs, could the rabbits in Us serve the same purpose as the deer in Get Out, where the deer and Chris were mirror images of each other?
Has anyone noticed a magic theme?
Between the two trailers for Us, there’s enough imagery to support the fan theory that something supernatural is involved. For instance, there’s a house of mirrors with a sign that reads “Merlin’s Forest – find yourself.” And the little boy’s shirt oddly resembles a magician’s costume. Then there’s the board game that says ‘magic’ on it. What about the Frisbee featuring the symbol of a pentagram, known to both represent magical workings and signify the netherworld? Are witchcraft, voodoo or magic at play? Could the five points of the star have any correlation to “I Got 5 On It?”? Or have we gone down a rabbit hole?
Watch the theories come to life
See Us before spoilers hit
Needless to say, the speculation surrounding Us is intriguing, and Peele did a phenomenal job of stirring up his fans. But what do all these clues mean? Be the first to solve the mystery when Us hits theatres March 22.