When 2017's It hit theaters, fans were eager to see how director Andy Muschietti would lay the groundwork for the sequel It: Chapter Two, knowing full well a victory over Pennywise would be temporary.
RELATED: All the Changes It: Chapter Two Makes to Previous Versions As Muschietti details the new dynamic of the group, and its emotional growth (or lack thereof), he adds more meat to this sequel by making a major retcon to the first film that finds Pennywise injecting a lot more terror into the kids in the summer of 1989.
One of the major plot points in the first movie was when the group of children tried to fend off Pennywise for the first time at the Well House.
RELATED: It: Chapter Two Improves One Major Character, But Wastes Another In the retcon, we see Richie's first realization he's gay, which leads to Derry's Paul Bunyan statue attacking him with an ax; Eddie hallucinates his mother being kidnapped and tortured by a leper at his pharmacy; Ben is attacked by his crush, Bev, whose skull is on fire due to her smoking habit; Bill is haunted by Georgie's ghost and other missing kids at the spot where Pennywise grabbed Georgie; Mike is haunted by the fire that killed his parents; and Bev is tormented by her sexually abusive father, manifesting as something more chilling than before.
The retcon allows more of the demonic Pennywise (as the sequel doesn't focus on his antics as much in 2016) and reframes the first chapter, which painted this time gap as an uneventful one.
RELATED: It: Chapter Two's Pulse-Pounding Ending, Explained In the original film, we saw Bev and Bill in contemplative moods at their houses; Ben back at the library feeling left out; and Richie attending Stanley's bar mitzvah (which is now fleshed out as a rebellious moment that frees Stanley from his religion and enables Richie to embrace his sexuality).
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