‘Terminator Genisys’ Writers Explain Matt Smith’s Character and Tease Sequel Possibilities
Just yesterday it was being reported that J.K. Simmons has signed on for a couple more Terminator sequels, should Genisys do well enough to warrant them, of course. Aside from seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger fight himself, Simmons is easily one of the only enjoyable parts of the film. Another one of the enjoyable parts is Matt Smith’s character, who was hidden in promotional materials — for good reason.
Spoilers ahoy, obviously
In Terminator Genisys, Smith plays Skynet — yes, he is Skynet. As Skynet is a sentient being of sorts, writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier chose to give it a human form, one that becomes increasingly human as it evolves prior to launch. I wouldn’t necessarily call Smith’s Skynet character “good,” but I will say it’s one of the weirder elements of the film, and Genisys could use more weirdness.
Smith’s character is a key part of the film, and in a new interview with CraveOnline, Kalogridis and Lussier further explain his importance and where they could go with it in the sequels:
You see in the beginning. [Matt Smith] grabs John. He’s not from this timeline. He’s from an alternate universe, in the multiverse. Another of the many universes that exist. That Skynet is not from that timeline… This Skynet has been to this universe, and this universe, and this universe. That’s why he says, ‘I came a very long way to stop you.’ He’s not from here. So he’s watched it. He’s watched it happen a bunch of different times, and each time he’s seen it there is a different result but the same result.
Honestly, the way they describe it sounds way more interesting than what we see in Terminator Genisys, which does hint at multiple timelines without digging in too deep — there’s already so much time travel and changes to the original timeline already, and the characters spend 90 percent of the film explaining it.
Perhaps further Terminator sequels would have more freedom in getting totally weird with it without having to constantly explain what’s happening. With a “multiverse” approach, it also allows the series to keep rebooting itself with each installment, showing us all the different ways in which this same story repeats itself in various timelines. If they really wanted to get weird, we’d see Sarah and Kyle figure out how to hop from one universe to another in the sequels. Just a thought.
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