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When is Stranger Things Season 4 on Netflix? Release date, plot, trailer

Published: 1/Oct/2020 22:46 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 22:47

by Jacob Hale

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Stranger Things has been one of the breakout television shows of recent years, with a legion of fans across the globe. With three seasons behind it already, we take a look ahead to Stranger Things Season 4.

Production on the show was already underway before the ongoing global health crisis put a halt to many cinematic endeavors worldwide, meaning fans have had to wait even longer than expected for the highly anticipated fourth season.

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Filming was actually due to be done by August, so there is clearly a lot to catch up on, but here’s everything we know about Stranger Things Season 4.

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Filming for S4 was delayed due to the world health crisis.

Stranger Things Season 4 release date

Stranger Things has been hit with a delay in production thanks to the health crisis, but it was confirmed on September 21 that production was back underway and filming was scheduled to restart on September 28.

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On October 1, 2020, Netflix confirmed via the official Stranger Things Twitter account that production had indeed started back up, marking almost a seven-month break in filming. The team even shared an image from the set, with a picture of what appears to be a grandfather clock in the background. Currently, it’s unknown what that exactly means.

It was already in the early stages of filming before Netflix suspended developments on March 13, 2020, so it’s hard to know whether sequences will be re-filmed as a result or that footage will be used to speed up productions and get things back on track.

Season 1 and Season 3 of Stranger Things aired in July 2016 and July 2019 respectively, while Season 2 gave fans a Halloween treat by premiering on Netflix in October 2018. Whether they look to follow tradition and aim for July (October may be a tad too soon) is the big question here, though with how the world is, they might have to break tradition for this.

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Stranger Things Season 4 trailer

We’ve not seen a lot of Season 4 so far, despite knowing that filming had already started prior to its suspension. That said, on February 14, Netflix released a teaser trailer called “From Russia with love…” that featured Chief Hopper, presumably not too long following the climax of Season 3, working on what is presumed to be a snowy Russian train line.

While this confirms to fans that Hopper is still alive after a cliff-hanging end to Season 3, it definitely raises more questions than it answers, but we’ll probably have to wait a bit longer to see more of the upcoming season.

Stranger Things Season 4 plot & storyline

Not much is known about the plot of Stranger Things Season 4, and at this point we can only really theorize based on the end of Season 3.

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In the final moments, we saw Joyce, Will and Jonathan leaving Hawkins with Eleven (who seems to have lost her powers after pulling the Mind Flayer out of her body) in tow after Hopper’s non-death, so we will need to find out where they’re going, and whether it impacts the inevitable doom and gloom that will come their way.

It’s hard to say what we expect to see from the other characters as the show starts moving outside of Hawkins. Steve’s love life might finally take a positive turn, and fans won’t quickly forget Dustin’s iconic duet with Suzie towards the end of the season.

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In short, it’s hard to know what to expect right now, but the show is starting to move into the wider world, which can only mean even more drama and suspense.

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The Neverending Story song scene was one of the best in S3.

That’s everything we know about Season 4 so far. It looks to be the most ambitious yet, travelling across not just the States but to different continents entirely but where the story could possibly go from where it left off is a mystery.

Be sure to keep tabs on this page as we’ll be updating it every time new information pops up regarding the launch of Stranger Things Season 4 on Netflix.

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.