The baby Rapunzel doesn’t spend much time at home before being kidnapped, but it wasn’t the tragedy it seemed. You could say her trauma was destiny at work: just take a look at the mobile in her crib. There’s a sign of her pet lizard Pascal, a Rubber Duck for the tavern she visits on the run, the horse Maximus, and more, all giving hints at her coming adventure.
It broke every Disney fan’s heart when they found out Prince Hans was really a villain in disguise. His plan was a subtle one, but fans missed one of the biggest clues that he wasn’t as innocent as he seemed. When soldiers corner and try to kill Queen Elsa, Hans comes to the rescue, but accidentally knocks down a chandelier which almost kills her anyway. But look closer: Hans spots the crossbow, then takes a quick look at the chandelier before jumping into action. He made it seem like an accident, but his plan to take Elsa out was clear for those who caught it.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Star-Lord has a knack for nicknames when it comes to his alien partners, and goes deep into his childhood for Groot, the walking tree Most fans will get the reference to Shel Silverstein’s childrens’ book, but if they remembered the story, they might realize how closely it follows Groot’s journey. He grows flowers to help his friends, loses his branches,and eventually sacrifices his entire body for the boy he loves. But just like the book, the tree was happy.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
The surprise ending to this detective story is played for a ton of laughs, with the revelation that police lieutenant Lois Einhorn was Ray Finkle in a previous life. The jokes at her expense are all pretty childish, and so was one of the biggest hints at her true identity, revealed through a few pieces of fruit on her desk.
The hero of this film winds up doing everything he can to prevent a telekinetic young boy from becoming a horrible crime lord in the future, going by the name of ‘The Rainmaker.’ Although he succeeds, the name is never explained… but it IS hinted at. Before the protagonist even arrives at the boy’s farmhouse, audiences get a look at a futuristic flying drone used to water the surrounding crops. If they realized this “rain-maker” was the key, they could’ve gotten the twist a whole lot sooner.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Keeping the events of the Harry Potter series under wraps was a major priority for author JK Rowling. But one of the story’s biggest surprises was hinted at in just the third movie. When Harry is injured during a Quidditch match, he wakes up to his friends, with the Weasley twins defending him with a threat. They couldn’t have known it then, but that same fate would fall on Albus Dumbledore, thrown from the Astronomy Tower to his death three movies later.
Directors often use symbols to clue the audience in on their characters, but using them to spoil the movie in the opening credits isn’t as common. In Casino Royale’s credits, Vesper Lynd’s character is revealed as both the Queen of Hearts and the Queen of Spades. For those who know their suits, that means she’s a symbol of love, and a symbol of bad luck or betrayal – revealing her character’s double-cross, setting in motion multiple sequels.