This Wonder Woman 1984 theory explains how Steve Trevor returns
When the trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 finally made its way online, the response was overwhelmingly positive. From the unveiling of Diana's golden eagle suit of armour to the potential introduction of her invisible jet (it might be there, but we haven't seen it – BOOM BOOM!), fans had plenty to feast their eyes upon.
But nothing was quite as perplexing as Steve Trevor's return from the dead. Though images teased that he was coming back, seeing him in the trailer solidified what we knew without explaining how it worked.
There are some big clues in the trailer, however, so we're here to posit our theory of how Steve Trevor has returned for Wonder Woman 1984. And no, it has nothing to do with being frozen in a block of ice in a state of suspended animation.
Instead, we think Steve Trevor isn't really there at all. WooOo0oooOOoo...
Though the trailer doesn't give a single concrete hint that this might be the case, it aptly sows the seeds with a single stone, err, crystal: the Chaos Shard.
Whatever you want to call it, in the trailer, there's a clearly visible mystical-looking stone in the clutches of Wonder Woman 1984's baddie, Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal). An earlier plot leak, from the first test screening of Wonder Woman 1984, claimed that the stone is what gives Maxwell Lord his powers.
This isn't implausible at all. In DC comics lore, the Chaos Shards grant wishes. In the comics, Maxwell Lord gets his powers when a Gene Bomb was detonated by aliens. It activated a latent metagene that a small percentage of humans have, and in Lord's case, he gained the powers of mind control.\
Since there has been no hint of aliens in Wonder Woman 1984, the stone glimpsed in the trailer could be what grants Lord his powers when he wishes for whatever it takes to give him power. There is a particular facet of his powers that are very important to Wonder Woman 1984: illusion casting.
The trailer also makes it clear that Maxwell Lord is offering people the chance to have everything they've always wanted. The next scene in the trailer is a voiceover from Steve from the first film. He places his watch in Diana's hand. Wonder Woman whispers his name and the two hug.
Here's where Lord's powers come into play – he makes Wonder Woman see, feel and experience whatever he wishes her too – in this case, Steve.
As a sidebar to this theory, the Chaos Shard could also be what grants Cheetah (aka Barbara Minerva) her powers, too. Unlike Maxwell, Cheetah is not an out-and-out villain in the comics, but rather an old friend of Diana's who struggles against her unfortunate bloodlust.
Given the fact that director Patty Jenkins has promised Steve's return absolutely makes perfect sense: a vision created by Lord with which to torture Wonder Woman certainly fits that bill. Instead of aliens to detonate a gene bomb, we've been given a mysterious crystal that wouldn't have the same implications for the wider DC universe.
It also means that when she eventually comes to defeat Maxwell Lord, doing so will also mean the disappearance of Steve, a choice that she will undeniably struggle with as it means choosing to let go of her one true love.
Wonder Woman 1984 has a release date of June 5, 2020.