Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard has revealed what the kids of Hawkins, Indiana might be calling the new monster they are up against in season two of the Netflix smash hit.
The next adventure continues one year later in the fall of 1984 with the town of Hawkins, Indiana set to deal with a much bigger threat than the petal faced Demogorgon from season one. The Super Bowl spot revealed not only is Will still dealing with the consequences of his time spent in the upside down, but that world itself is now turning upside down with a giant War of the Worlds meets Stephen King’s The Mist like monster looming over Hawkins.
While the Demogorgon itself was named after two-headed demonic prince from Dungeons & Dragons, we have yet to learn if the new spider-like monster in season two will be named after another D&D monster such as the Thessylhydra (teased in the season one finale) but now we have something to finally call it. On the red carpet at Netflix’s FYSee Space event in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night, Wolfhard revealed to TV Guide that creature seen in the teaser is known as the Shadow Monster:
“Our visual effects team is so good. Even the first season we were like really, really cool. But the shadow monster — the new one, the big one in the sky — that was like crazy for us.”
Since we know that Dungeons & Dragons will continue to be used by the kids to form an understanding about what they are dealing with, it’s possible this new monster could take inspiration from Lolth, the Spider-Queen, as some fans have speculated but Chief Hopper himself, David Harbour didn’t seem too sure that Lolth was big enough to measure up to the new spider monster when he was asked about it back in April.
Executive producer and director Shawn Levy also reiterated on Tuesday night that season two will feature more than just one threat than the Shadow Monster adding that the threats are more varied this year:
“We’re no longer in the world of a single Demogorgon threat. The threats are more varied and definitely darker and more menacing. And the Demogorgon was no picnic either but we’re going darker this year.”
As for what other kinds of monsters we could see in the new season, it was revealed earlier this year that Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) would be bonding with a polliwog-like creature from the Upside Down. Given The Duffer Brothers recent reveal that the new season is inspired by Gremlins, we can start to see where this is going. Episode six of season two was revealed last year to be titled “The Pollywog” so we can certainly expect to see the Gremlins influence around then.
Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp. The series has also added Sean Astin (The Goonies), Paul Reiser (Aliens), Brett Gelman (Jobs), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, and Broadway star Sadie Sink into the mix as well.
Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix this Halloween. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Stranger Things as we learn it.
Source: TV Guide