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The Most Controversial Sci-Fi Movie Endings of
All Time
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The 2017 follow-up to “The Force Awakens” subverted fans’ expectations and theories regarding Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) origins and ties to other characters. Some fans were disappointed with writer/director Rian Johnson’s decision to give Rey an ordinary heritage instead of being descended from an established bloodline.
The prequel to the 1979 film “Alien” felt more akin to a standalone sci-fi journey up until the ending, which teased a connection to the Xenomorphs. The inconclusive ending left fans unsatisfied, with director Ridley Scott admitting an earlier connection between the films would have made it more popular.
Director Josh Trank intended his “Fantastic Four” reboot to be closer to a sci-fi horror film than a traditional comic book action film. 20th Century Fox pushed back on this idea, leading to many scenes needing to be reshot to match their vision, causing fans to feel like the ending came from a different movie altogether.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Taking place years after the originals, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” follows new characters in a rural town, with a final scene cameo appearance from the original team. The late actor Harold Ramis (Egon) was digitally included as a ghost, leaving some fans feeling that the studio pushed the nostalgic aspect too hard.
The mostly-faithful movie adaptation of Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” divided fans, as most Zack Snyder films do. A significant change to the ending shifts the blame for New York City's destruction from a squid monster created by Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) to Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup).