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Foreshadowing: Live-Action Films
  • Forrest Gump:
    • "I wanna be up on a stage with just my guitar and my voice..."
    • At the very beginning of the movie Forrest opens his suitcase and we see not only the Curious George book (which Mama reads to him and Forrest Jr. takes to show-and-tell) but also his Bubba Gump hat and his ping-pong paddle. We also see he's wearing muddy Nikes, which he wore when he ran for two and a half years. Even the box of chocolates shows up in his story when he gives Jenny a box at college.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • In Dead Man's Chest, the sailor's mention of the long pork on the island of Peligostos, which we learn later on is home to a cannibal tribe.
      • Where we find Jack, believed to be a god by island natives who attempt to release him from his human form. Tia Dalma is later revealed to be the sea goddess Calypso, and released from her human form.
    • When discussing the story of Davy Jones' tragic love, the pirates can't agree on whether it was the sea he fell in love with or a woman tameless as the sea. Tia Dalma tells them that both versions are true, for they are one and the same.
      • And during the same visit to Tia Dialma, you can see : Barbossa's boots and the heart medallion which forms a pair with Davy Jones'
    • In Stranger Tides, the pub where not-Jack actually Anjelica is hiding is named The Captain's Daughter.
    • In the same film, Blackbeard describes Angelica as "a fitting last sight for a doomed soul".
    • All throughout the films, Will Turner ends up the sole survivor of shipwrecks. The first wreck foreshadows the second, and it's retconned in the sequels into foreshadowing Will's destiny as captain of the Flying Dutchman in the third film, which doesn't pan-out until the bottom of the last act. The second film has several, including Jack arriving in a coffin and later falling into an open grave, foreshadowing his death in the last act. It also had a few for the third, such as Gibbs explaining the natives of Pelegosto thought Jack was a god in human form and intended to release him, just as Barbossa intended to do for Calypso.
  • In The Devils Advocate, John Milton (who is eventually revealed to be Satan in human form) is shown always taking the subway when he moves around New York City, hinting at his "underworld" connections (both literally and figuratively, as he also turns out to be the mastermind of a worldwide crime syndicate). He also strews the film's dialogue with remarks that sound mundane in context, but by way of Fridge Brilliance are shown to be allusions to his past as the rebellious angel Lucifer and his being cast out of Heaven by God: "Underestimated from Day One!" and "You think I never lost before?"
  • The Tim Burton / Joel Schumacher Batman series has quite a few:
    • The 1989 Batman film: Jack Napier (soon to become The Joker) wears a purple suit, carries around a deck of cards for good luck... and when we first see him, he's watching television in a room hung with glamour portraits of young women with snow-white skin and ruby-red lips, just like the Joker's later female victims. He's also called a "psycho" by one character, even though we haven't yet seen him do anything particularly evil.
    • Batman Returns:
      • Oswald Cobblepot (the baby who will grow up to become the Penguin) picks a fight with a cat in one of the film's opening scenes, foreshadowing his later adversarial relationship with Catwoman.
      • Catwoman herself is (unintentionally) foreshadowed in a scene showing Selina Kyle working in her office at night: light from a lamp on her desk distorts the shadow of her spectacles, making it appear to be a Catwoman mask. (This happened purely accidentally, and the filmmakers decided to leave it in because it was so fortuitous.)
      • The Mayor: "You don't have an issue, Max - and you sure as hell don't have a candidate."
      • Max Shreck provides two: one that turns out to be especially ominous ("I wish I could hand out world peace, and unconditional love... wrapped up in a big bow") and one that foreshadows his own death ("I am the light of this city...").
    • Batman Forever: "It just raises too many questions." This line is spoken by Bruce Wayne to Edward Nygma, who eventually becomes the Riddler. Nygma drives the point home by angrily repeating the "too many questions" part to himself over and over.
    • Batman & Robin: Alfred tells Bruce, "I shan't be around forever."
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance has McClane and Samuel L. Jackson successfully disarm a bomb and hand it off to some cops who are actually the Big Bad's Mooks in disguise. Even after the good guys have left, the "cops" agree they had better hang onto the bomb in case some kids get a hold of it. Of course, much later in the movie it turns out the bomb in the school is a fake. The bad guys are willing to lie, steal, and kill, but aren't willing to kill children.
  • Early in Do the Right Thing, Sal shouts (only meaning it as a figure of speech), "I'm gonna kill somebody today!"
  • At the beginning of Enchanted when Giselle is building a mannequin of her true love, of whom she dreamed, the mannequin is wearing Robert's blue jacket from the ball, not Prince Edward's poofy-shouldered maroon outfit.
  • A veeeeeeeeeery subtle one in Terminator 2: Judgment Day when the T-1000 shows up looking for John. In the first film, dogs were established as being used to spot infiltrators. John's dog Max, barely visible and audible in the background, is going nuts.
    • Also the look that the T-1000 shoots at the silvery store mannequin in the mall.
  • In the Back to the Future trilogy, there are many examples, including:
    • During the opening of part 1, the radio mentions the theft of plutonium by terrorists, the same who show up trying to kill Doc.
    • George McFly flexes his hand defensively during a confrontation in the unaltered 1985 in Part I, foreshadowing his final fight with Biff in 1955, the opening montage of the film (in Doc Brown's garage) foreshadows later parts of the film, including Doc's hang off the clocktower.
    • The DeLorean's ignition troubles once Marty arrives in 1955 during Part I.
    • The following exchange at the beginning of part 1:
    Strickland: No McFly has ever amounted to anything in the history of Hill Valley!
    Marty: Yeah, well history is about to change.
    • Lorraine says the following to her children at dinner, all of which she ends up doing to "Calvin Klein":
    "I think it's terrible. Girls chasing boys. When I was your age I never chased a boy, called a boy or... sat... in a parked car with a boy."
    • In Part 1 Doc mentions that if he can travel to the future he can see the winner of the next 25 world series. In Part 2 the same kind of future knowledge (thanks to the almanac) is used by Biff to build his fortune through betting.
    • Part II is filled to brim with foreshadowing for Part III, such as Biff watching A Fistful of Dollars in Part II foreshadows Marty's boiler plate armor trick, a documentary mentioning "Mad Dog" Tannen being Biff's great-grandfather, and a lot more.
    • A bit of unintentional and subtle foreshadowing: In Part I, the Starliters play a song called "Night Train", which wasn't named in the movie, yet whose title foreshadows the use of trains in Part III. (When that Starliters scene was filmed, the sequels weren't even a glimmer in Robert Zemeckis' eye yet.)
      • What's even more hilarious in hindsight, the lyrics of "Power of Love" by Huey Lewis (the title song) include the following line: "Don't need no credit card to ride this train". It unintentionally spoilered not only the use of trains, but also the fact that the train would be hijacked... used for a science experiment.
    • Doc Brown's home has portraits of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Sir Isaac Newton, and Benjamin Franklin, all foreshadowing elements of Doc's characterization. Einstein for his dog, time-travel and nuclear physics, Edison for his status as an inventor, Newton for modern physics, and Franklin for the lightning strike climax in 1955.
  • The Final Destination movies use this to warn the characters of how Death plans on dealing with them. Unfortunately (for them), it serves more to the viewers as foreshadowing on what's going to happen soon enough.
  • Brick: Pay very close attention to Emily's phone call at the beginning of the film.
  • Reservoir Dogs: the very first scene foreshadows Mr Blonde's sociopathic tendencies, as well as the identity of the rat. A later scene drops a clue unintentionally as well, when an orange balloon is shown flying around.
    • The initial dialogue also shows Mr. White as the "protective" guy (defending the waitresses), as well as foreshadowing his clash of authority with Joe, Mr. Blonde's loyalty to Joe ("Shoot this piece of shit for me, will ya?") and Mr. Pink's individualist attitude.
    • The friendship between Orange and White is foreshadowed without either saying a word to each other - most of White's shots (especially when he's expounding an opinion) include Orange looking at him and reacting to him.
    • Mr Orange's Conflicting Loyalty (and Nice Guy Eddie's raging reaction) is foreshadowed when he is easily convinced by Pink's tirade.
    • In a rare case of foreshadowing that isn't in the first scene, Mr Orange asks his boss to "take care" of Long Beach Mike, the guy who got Orange into the group. His boss very specifically tells him that Long Beach Mike is a piece of shit who he can't trust. Later, Orange tells his friend White that he's the cop. White (maybe) shoots him in response.
  • WarGames: "We're gonna barbecue tonight."
    • In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, when David and McKitrick are discussing working with Steven Falken, McKitrick casually mentions that Falken "is a brilliant man..." not "was a brilliant man..." Later, David later finds out Falken is still alive.
  • There's a conversation in the beginning of L.A. Confidential where Capt. Dudley Smith asks Edmund Exley, intending to join the detective bureau, if he's willing to do certain unethical things to bring a criminal to justice: plant evidence, beat a confession out of a suspect, and shoot a criminal in the back lest he be acquitted. Exley claims he won't... but by the end of the film, he's been complicit in all three.
    • The whole introduction scene of "bloody Christmas" has the three main characters foreshadowed, with Bud White hitting everybody on his way without thinking despite good intentions, Jack Vincennes paying off and getting a blood spot where he'll get shot, and Ed Exley playing smart and lecturing his superiors. Oh, and Dudley already shows part of his dark side, being OK with torture.
  • The Haunting (1963): Nell asks to borrow her sister's car, to which her sister replies: "How do I know you'll bring back my car in good condition?" Nell is killed when she crashes the car into a tree.
  • In Inception, Fischer says to Saito after the avalanche, "Couldn't someone dream up a goddamn beach?".Later, Saito dies and goes to limbo which starts on a beach.)
  • Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are both FULL of foreshadowing (too many examples to fit this wiki). Almost every word and many images appearing in the first 30 minutes are full of foreshadowing and references to the whole plot. The Hot Fuzz DVD even has a function called Fuzz Facts which points out such bits of foreshadowing.
    • The Shaun of the Dead DVD, or at least the special edition, has something similar— the Zomb-O-Meter.
    • The newest film of the trilogy The World's End does not disappoint when it comes to this.
      • As the rest of the group becomes increasingly drunk, Oliver (The first one to fall in the original attempt at the Golden Mile) remains pefectly sober, hinting at his being replaced early on.
      • Oliver's also the only one wearing a suit during the pub crawl. This makes him stand out as the 'odd man out' (i.e. the only one who's not like the others in some way or is worth keeping an eye on for some reason). Wearing a suit is also typically a symbol of being part of the 'system' (or the Network) and being a conformist (i.e. a 'robot'). He also permanently has his Bluetooth attached to his ear reinforcing that he is / will be linked to the 'Network'.
      • Oliver was the first one to fall on the original attempt at the Golden Mile, followed by Peter. They're the only two replaced by Blanks in the second attempt, and in the same order.
      • "I think they missed out on having five musketeers, cos' then you could've had two die and you'd still be left with three." This hints at the deaths of Peter and Oliver later on in the movie.
      • Andy bitterly telling Gary that he doesn't need to check with his wife for permission, hints that his wife recently left him.
      • Gary seems surprising knowledgeable about the psychology of depression when he tells Pete not to repress his bad memories. It's later revealed that he'd been attending grief counselling after a failed suicide attempt, explaining where he picked this tidbit up.
      • The same teenagers Blanks defeated in The Cross Hands are briefly seen sat on a wall outside The Beehive.
      • Andy says that the mobile phones aren't working because of the network. He has no idea how right he is.
      • The conversation concerning teetotalling between Gary and Andy. Gary says that King Arthur didn't drink water at Camelot after winning the Battle of Hastings. Andy counters that to go into a pub full of hard men and order a tap water takes serious balls. In the end, a King walks into a bar in the wake of a great battle, and orders a water when surrounded by hard men. He has some serious balls.
  • The quote at the top comes from the Rifftrax commentary on Daredevil where we see a young Matt Murdock standing behind his father, who is wearing a red hood with devil's horns on it, that casts a shadow onto Matt.
  • The Andromeda Strain (1971)
    • When Dr. Leavitt first enters Wildfire, she avoids looking at a flashing red light. Later on she looks at a flashing red alarm light and goes into a grand mal seizure, whereupon another character realizes she's epileptic.
  • Several in Mulholland Drive.
    • "... and now I'm in this... dreamplace!"
    • "It's strange, calling yourself."
    • "Come on, it'll be just like in the movies...we'll pretend to be someone else."
    • "This is the girl" (albeit this is more of an Ironic Echo)
    • "We don't stop here"
    • "You will see me one more time if you do good. You will see me two more times if you do bad."
  • In The Brothers Lionheart, during the song at the inn, the paintings on the wall depict things that will happen later in the story.
  • Serenity. River's comment about the Reaver that managed to get aboard the ship after their narrow escape ("He didn't lie down. They never lie down.") mirrors Inara's later comment about the victims of Miranda who didn't become Reavers and how they just lay down and died as an unexpected result of the Pax.
    • In the first Reaver chase of the movie, Mal and the others crashland their small hovercraft into Serenity's cargo bay. They start to relax when a sharp piece of the pursuing Reaver vehicle comes flying at Mal, which he barely dodges. Guess how Wash dies at the end?
  • The original King Kong begins with a (made-up) proverb about a beast being placated by a beauty, and how "from that day forward, it was as one dead" (said proverb is also quoted in the 2005 film). Later on, Carl Denham tells Jack Driscoll the story of the movie he's making: "The Beast was a tough guy... He could lick the world. But when he saw Beauty, she got him. He went soft, he forgot his wisdom, and the little fellers licked him." Guess how the movie ends.
  • The Jaws films:
    • Midway through Jaws, Hooper warns Brody about fiddling with his scuba tanks, explaining how they could blow up if not handled properly. There is also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it bit of foreshadowing along the same lines: watch the illustrations in that picture book on sharks Brody flips through very carefully. Quint remarks on this.
    Quint: Yeah, that's real fine expensive gear you brought out here, Mr. Hooper. 'Course I don't know what that bastard shark's gonna do with it, might eat it I suppose.
    • In Jaws 2, it is foreshadowed on two separate occasions how the shark is killed in the end. The marine biologist investigating the orca carcass caused by the shark mentions how sharks are attracted to rhythmic underwater sounds. When Brody's deputy and another assistant are searching for bodies on the sea floor, they find an electrical cable, and quickly drop it back to the bottom. At the end, Brody finds another electrical cable, and attracts the shark by bashing the cable with a bat, causing the sounds. The shark bites the cable, and gets electrocuted.
  • In Dead Poets Society, the ghost story Neil tells at the first meeting can be interpreted as a cryptic bit of foreshadowing of his own death.
    • For that matter his surname, Perry, could be symbolic for "Perish".
    • Also, Todd calming euphoric Neil when he gets the part, by telling him his father might discover it, foreshadows his father...well, discovering it.
  • One scene halfway through the fully-CGI Monster House has three kids stuck inside the titular Monster House's mouth, and the Smart Girl points out all the similarities to human anatomy, including an uvula. The token fat kid somehow misunderstands and goes "oh, so it's a girl house". Turns out he was right - the house was possessed by a giantess who fell to her death in its foundations..
  • In The Stepford Wives, a robotic wife starts malfunctioning, and is clearly at a party, where she keeps repeating 'I'll just die if I don't get that recipe!', which is both a hint at what is going to be Joanna's fate and at the horrifying reality of The Stepford Wives system, which has women literally die - and be replaced by placid robot clones for their husbands' desire of a prim and proper hausfrau, who cleans and cooks.
  • In Gran Torino, Walt reading the paper on his birthday about a sudden life change that will occur that will come to a dramatic, yet seemingly anti-climatic ending. Guess what happens next? Immediately the Hmong girl walks over and invites him to their dinner where he makes new friends and works with a young boy that he comes to mentor. Oh, and the movie ends with him getting anti-climatically shot when everyone was expecting a major shootout.
  • Alien franchise
    • Alien
      • Combines with Tempting Fate. Kane is the first crew member to die.
      Kane: Oh, I feel dead.
      Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead?
      • Dallas and Lambert note that the space jockey's ribs seem to have "exploded" from inside and wonder what could have caused it.
      • Ash never eats. The only thing he consumes is some milky-white fluid. He's later revealed to be an android, with white liquid for blood.
      • "Where's the rest of the crew?" is a very good question that's never brought up again, but a deleted scene from Alien shows that the xenomorph has a habit of turning its victims into more eggs.
    • Aliens
      • In the Special Edition, the "bees and ants" conversation foreshadows the appearance of the Queen.
      Hudson: She's badass, man, I mean big.
      • Newt reckons the scenario will turn ugly again for the humans, despite the presence of the Space Marines.
      Newt: It won't make any difference.
      • Ripley promises that she won't leave Newt, "cross my heart and hope to die". She gets a chance to prove that she means it when the xenomorphs capture Newt with only minutes before a nuclear detonation will occur.
      • Ripley suggests nuking the site from orbit and Hicks agrees. The site ends up nuking itself when the damaged power plant explodes.
      • After Ripley is fired from the Company Burke comes to visit her and mentions that she's been working in the docks, "running loaders and forklifts." Fast forward to the scene of the Marines prepping their mission and Ripley demonstrates her skill with a big loader, much to the amusement of Apone and Hicks. And then the payoff comes when she stomps into the bay in the loader for the climactic battle with the xenomorph Queen, uttering one of the most famous lines in sci-fi.
    • Alien³. There's a "blink and you might miss it" moment during the scene just after the xenomorph has attacked, some inflammable liquid caught alight and a large fire has been set off through the passage shaft. They activate the sprinklers to put the fire out, there's a view of the carnage and there's one brief shot of a bucket that was holding the inflammable liquid and was dropped and as the water hits it, the metal expands and snaps. This is how the xenomorph is actually killed at the end, they hit it with molten lead, it survives, they hit it with cold water and the rapid contraction causes it to implode.
  • The Wizard of Oz
    • Several characters in the black and white Kansas scenes foreshadow their alternate nature and events in Oz.
      Hunk (The Scarecrow): Now you ain't usin' your head about Miss Gulch. Didn't think you had any brains at all!
      Zeke (The Cowardly Lion): You lettin' that old Gulch heifer try and buffalo you? She ain't nothin' to be afraid of. Have a little courage, that's all!
      Hickory (The Tin Man): Someday they're gonna erect a statue of me in this town!
      Dorothy to Miss Gulch when the former is forced to put Toto in the basket: No, no, I won't let you take him! You go away, or I'll bite you myself!! (Aunt Em: Dorothy!) You wicked old witch!
    • Of course, we can't forget "Over The Rainbow". She even makes a reference to the song when she lands in Oz ("We must be over the rainbow!").
    • This all feeds into the All Just a Dream ending the movie has, since all of this would have been stuck in Dorothy's subconscious. In the books however, Oz is not a dream.
  • In The Usual Suspects, Verbal Kint is introduced early on as a short-con operator, which is the only job in the string that seems useless for what they're doing. There is also the fact that his arrest is never shown, which at the time seems irrelevant but later we realize why.
    • Agent Kujan tells Verbal that the way to spot a murderer is to arrest five guys for the same crime and leave them in a cell overnight. The next morning, whoever is sleeping is your guy. In the scene with all the suspects in jail for the hijacking, the one lying down is the one who actually did it.
  • In the thriller Fatal Attraction, during her second seduction of Michael Douglas's character over the telephone, Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) says, in response to him explaining he needs to work and take the dog for a walk, "Just bring the dog over. I'm great with animals. And I love to cook." By the end of the movie, those two things are not mutually exclusive. Just ask that bunny.
    • Not only that, her overall demeanor starts to give hints as to her obsessive personality—calling him the day after, refusing to take "no" for an answer. Not to mention the way she flips out (even before she slashes her wrists) when he gets ready to leave a second time.
  • The Mask:
    • Early on Stanley orders his dog Milo to "Get the keys" (his car keys which he lost). Later, after Stanley is arrested he tells Milo to "Get the keys" again - the keys to his cell.
    • There's also an Incredibly Lame Pun example when, while he and his men are tailing the title character in a park, Kellaway, the police lieutenant, remarks: "We're gonna have a full dance card" (i.e., we're going to have a lot to deal with). That sequence ends with The Mask starting up a spontaneous Latin-themed dance party (which eventually shifts to 1940s swing jazz) and persuading everyone on the street (including the cops who have shown up to arrest him) to join the fun. The action is captured by TV news cameras, and a later scene has Kellaway's partner informing him that a few of those cops have been offered jobs as professional dancers in Las Vegas.
  • There is a cut in Se7en after detectives talk about the case directly to Pitt's character's wife's head. At the end, her head is delivered to Pitt's character.
  • There are many foreshadowing moments in The Matrix trilogy, but one prominent one is (which foreshadows at least two significant choices):
    Rhineheart: The time has come to make a choice, Mr. Anderson. Either you choose to be at your desk on time from this day forth, or you choose to find yourself another job.
    • In that same speech, Rhineheart says that Neo thinks he is special, and the rules do not apply to him. Pretty much everything that happens in the movie after Neo leaves the Matrix is all about proving to him that what he said sarcastically was totally true.
    • Because of the way it's disguised in plain sight as a throwaway line spoken with annoyance, many viewers and Neo himself miss it when the Merovingian says, with no cryptic language whatsoever, that Neo has had predecessors. This is not only a major reveal in itself but foreshadows other reveals Neo will learn when he meets the Architect forty-five minutes of film-time later.
  • James Bond
    • Diamonds Are Forever
      • While Bond is in the Whyte House he sees a painting of the owner, Willard Whyte. Later he meets and rescues Willard Whyte and discovers he looks just like his picture.
      • Plenty O'Toole is thrown out a window and ends up landing in a pool. Later she's killed by Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd, who tie her to a weight and throw her into a pool to drown.
      • When Bond first meets Tiffany Case she's wearing a black wig. Later she sees black hair in a pool and thinks it's her wig: it's actually the hair of Plenty O'Toole. Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd thought Plenty was Tiffany wearing the wig.
    • Goldfinger. Oddjob breaks off a statue's head by throwing his hat at it, and later on breaks Tilly Masterson's neck the same way.
    • Thunderball. After Bond kills Largo's The Dragon Vargas with a spear from a speargun, Domino says "It should have been Largo." At the climax Domino kills Largo by shooting him with the spear from a speargun.
  • The Avengers (1998):
    • While in Wonderland Weather Steed and Mrs. Peel see globes filled with weather patterns, including snowfall and a tornado. When Sir August attacks London with his Weather Control Machine it causes heavy snowfall and tornadoes.
    • Steed says "I'll stick to swordplay" just before his big sword fight with Sir August.
  • In Equilibrium, the fact that DuPont, the suit-and-tie wearing politician, can keep up with Preston in Gun Kata for far longer than anyone else in the move almost seems like an Ass Pull...except for a scene earlier in the movie where he's shown teaching a class on the technique, which would mean he himself knows it.
  • In The Dark Knight the first we see of Bruce Wayne is him tending a wound he recieved from an attack dog. The last shot of Batman in the film is him fleeing from a pack of police dogs.
    Harvey Dent: You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
  • Early on in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, Norman Bates, taxidermist and mama's boy extraordinaire, defends his mother to Marion by saying, "Why, she's as harmless as one of those stuffed birds!" Guess what we find out at the end of the movie...
  • Total Recall (1990)
    • "Would you like us to integrate some alien stuff? Two-headed monsters? (Kuato) We're doing alien artifacts now (the alien device in the mine)."
    • A blink-and-you'll-miss-it one: when Quaid is being put into the Rekall machine at the beginning of the movie, one of the techs says in the background "Blue sky on Mars, that's a new one." Cut to the end of the movie, where Mars is given an atmosphere.
    • When Quaid first arrives on Mars, gunfire from the guards blows out a window leading to the air blowing out. Quaid ends up hanging from a rail to avoid being blown out onto the surface, exactly the way he ends up doing just before activating the reactor.
    • "One minute you'll be the saviour of the rebel cause, next you'll be Cohaagen's bosom buddy!"
    • After Cohaagen is forced to give the order to kill his friend Quaid (Hauser), he angrily knocks over his aquarium full of goldfish. The fish lie on the floor gasping, the same way Cohaagen, Quaid and Melina do after they're blown out into the Martian surface late in the movie.
  • In Avatar, it's practically a drinking game. Observe:
    • Grace: "I'd die to get a sample [of the Tree of Souls]." When she's dying later on they take her to the Tree of Souls, she says "I should get a sample."
    • Grace:"What're you gonna do, Ranger Rick? Ya gonna shoot me?" Quaritch:"I can do that." During their escape, one of Quaritch's shots hits her.
    • Trudy:"And I was hoping for some kind of tactical plan that didn't involve martyrdom." During the battle between the humans and the Na'vi, she attacks Quaritch's ship directly and ends up being shot and blown up.
    • Neytiri mentions that there has only been five Toruk Makto and that they brought all the tribes together, in times of great sorrow. Jake becomes the sixth Toruk Makto.
  • When Zartan is introduced in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, he makes some remarks about the American political system based on the book he's reading.
  • Star Wars has a few of these.
    "Why do I get the feeling you're going to be the death of me?"
    • The scene in The Empire Strikes Back on Dagobah where Luke Skywalker cuts off Darth Vader's head, only to find his own face beneath the mask.
    Yoda: Much anger in him, like his father.
    • Star Wars: Clone Wars has this as well for Anakin Skywalker, when he is in the cave and has the vision. This also happens again in The Clone Wars when the Son shows Anakin his future, although it is later erased from his memory by the Father.
      • A few episodes later, Anakin meets and strikes up something of a friendship with Captain Tarkin, who of course will later become Grand Moff Tarkin. When they shake hands at the end of the three-parter, a few notes from the Imperial March play.
      • This exchange in A New Hope:
        Aunt Beru: Luke's just not a farmer, Owen. He has too much of his father in him.
        Uncle Owen: That's what I'm afraid of.
  • Constantine. Papa Midnite tells Constantine that his soul is the only one Satan himself would come to collect. He's right.
  • The final lines of the movie Mommie Dearest, after Christina Crawford and her brother find out that their mother Joan Crawford had disinherited them, suggest that Christina would truly have "the last word".
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    • When Indiana Jones gets captured by the Nazis after getting betrayed by Dr. Elsa Schneider, she says to him, "Don't look at me like that. We both wanted the Grail. I would have done anything to get it. You would have done the same." To which Indiana replies, "I'm sorry you think so." This minor exchange actually foreshadows the climax of the movie when Elsa tries to leave the temple with the grail. In that scene, Elsa almost falls into a crevice she created when she crossed the seal of the temple, but Indiana catches her. True to her earlier words, Elsa pulls a hand free to reach the grail below her instead of letting Indiana lift her up. Before she can get it, the glove on her other hand pulls off and she ultimately falls to her death. Indiana is then placed in the same situation, only he chooses to "let it go" and let his father save him.
    • Donovan says to Indy that they're only a few steps away from finding the Holy Grail, which prompts Indy to say "That's usually where the ground falls out from underneath your feet." Guess what happens when the Grail is found towards the end.
  • In Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, Laurie Strode (who now goes by the name Keri Tate) is teaching an English literature class on Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Molly, one of the students, responds to a question about the book and fate with this: "I think that Victor should have confronted the monster sooner. He's completely responsible for Elizabeth's death. He was so paralyzed by fear that he never did anything. It took death for the guy to get a clue." She goes on to say that Victor finally confronts the monster because he "had reached a point in his life where he had nothing left to lose. I mean, the monster saw to that by killing off everybody that he loved. It was about redemption. It was his fate." This foreshadows the final scenes in the movie where Laurie finally decides to stop running from Michael Myers and confront her monster. After 20 years of living in fear and seeing her loved ones murdered, she had nothing more to lose. It was time to face her fears and end the nightmare.
  • Throughout the fourth Ju-on movie, Toshio repeatedly shows himself to be placing his hand on Kyoko's stomach. When one takes the ending into account, it becomes chillingly obvious why.
    • Not to mention the entire "Tomoka" vignette in the same movie. When the reason for the mysterious "banging" on her wall every night is revealed, it's downright horrifying.
  • From Thor, Loki's hand after he was touched by a Frost Giant. Also: "Allfather, you look ... weary."
    • In the beginning of the film, Odin tells a young Thor and Loki that both were meant to be king. It's later revealed that Loki was the son of the Jotun king.
  • In Captain America: The First Avenger, when Red Skull acquires the cube, the old monk warns him that its power will burn him. In the climax, when Red Skull tries to use the cube himself, he is seemingly disintegrated by it.
    • When we first see Red Skull without his red skull face there is a shot of blood dripping onto the silver skull on his jacket.
    • A bit later we see a painter painting a portrait of Schmidt. He's using mostly red paint...
    • In the beginning, a group of Nazis are scrambling to lift a lid off a tomb without any success. Minutes later, Schmidt walks over and effortlessly shoves the lid off by himself. We find out later that he had also taken the Super Soldier serum.
    • When Steve asks Bucky where they're going, he simply replies, "The future." This is foreshadowing for the sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, wherein the identity of the eponymous Winter Soldier is a Foregone Conclusion for comic readers.
  • In Iron Man 2 before even the Thor stinger, we get a hint about the Cosmic Cube. Note the Tesseract in the various archive notes from Tony's father that he pages through.
    • Before The Reveal about her identity (not that it was a surprise to comic readers or... well, anyone who just saw the freakin' trailer) "Natalie" is given an early allusion as to her true role. When Tony and Rhodey are fighting in the mansion and burst from the ceiling, Pepper screams and cringes in horror. "Natalie" takes an Ass Kicking Pose.
      • This is well after the scene where she beats Happy Hogan in the ring, mind you. As we learn later on, that's not so hard.
    • Agent Coulson recognizing the Captain America shield in Tony's lab, showing his knowledge of the superhero.
  • In the The Avengers, when Loki arrives on the SHIELD airship, he briefly smirks at Bruce. Guess what or who his plan for escaping is?
    • Steve tells Tony that Tony isn't the kind to sacrifice himself for a greater cause.
    • The Galaga gag becomes a subtle foreshadowing for the final showdown. Much like the unwinnable video game, the heroes fight endless hordes of alien ships.
  • Spider-Man Trilogy:
    • Early on the third film, after Peter and Mary Jane visit Harry Osborn in the hospital, a nurse comments to him how they really seem like good friends. Harry proudly states they're the best, and that he'd die for them. Guess what happens to him during the final battle?
    • In the first film Harry Osborn says of his father "If I'm lucky I'll be half the man he was". Come the third movie, we find out what exactly is meant by this.
    • Another foreshadowing moment for Harry is the green tie he wears in 2.
  • In Ghost Rider, the Caretaker's identity as another Rider, who knows what it's like to be one first-hand, is implied by his having left exactly the right number of cups of water for Johnny to guzzle when he wakes up.
  • In Deep Rising, there are several allusions to the revelation that the monsters are actually the tentacles of a humongous octopoid monster, most notably Finnegan's anecdote about the octopus and the bottle.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon drops a few hints that something isn't quite right with Sentinel Prime, with the most obvious hint in hindsight being "I've seen this one. This is the one where Spock goes nuts.".
    • Also when Sentinel first wakes up, he accidentally attacks Optimus. The second time it happens, he attacks the Autobots intentionally.
    • A subtle one is how the Decepticons were public service vehicles, police, military and construction vehicles while the Autobots were regular private civilian cars. Sentinel's vehicle mode was a fire truck.
    • Mearing had earlier pointed out that Sentinel's pillars could be used to bring an invasion.
    • Carly's car is said to have a "deep throaty engine". Her car is Soundwave and voiced by Frank Welker.
  • In the film Unfaithful, Connie, the cheating wife in question, is on her way to meet her lover when she runs into some girlfriends. While having coffee with them, her lover shows up at the cafe. Unaware of Connie's relationship with him, one of the women proceeds to gush over how gorgeous she is, then half-jokes about how she wouldn't mind having a fling with him. The other woman denounces her for this, then reveals that she had an affair of her own and that it is the one thing in her life that she truly regrets. "These things always end in disaster. Someone always gets hurt". Despite this ominous and inadvertent (the other woman doesn't know about the fling either) warning, Connie continues the affair until sure enough, disaster strikes. Her husband finds out, kills her lover, and now they must contend with the possibility of him going to jail.
  • The first scene in The Artist shows George Valentin's latest silent adventure film. As his character is being subjected to Electric Torture, he is seen speaking, with the accompanying title card reading "I won't talk! I won't say a word!" Later, his refusal to do talkies leads to his film career falling apart.
    • Later in the film, Peppy Miller, the young starlet whose first screen role was an extra in one of Valentin's movies, is seen starring in a movie called "Guardian Angel". She ends up becoming a guardian angel to Valentin, inviting him to stay in her mansion while he recovers from injuries sustained in a fire, and trying to help him get back into movies.
  • Played with beautifully in Woody Allen's Match Point.
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Holmes warned Irene about working for Moriarty. When Irene outlived her usefulness to Moriarty, he kills her.
    • When Holmes officially meets Moriarty, he tells him that if it one-hundred-percent guaranteed Moriarty's destruction, he would gladly accept his own. He follows this when he does a suicide leap off a cliff bringing Moriarty with him.
    • Earlier than that, when showing Watson the web of conspiracy, Holmes told him he'd give his life to see Moriarty's demise.
    • The fate of the Parisian bomb-maker who kills himself to protect his loved ones from Moriarty.
  • Kill List foreshadows several events late in the film in its apparently innocuous early scenes:
    • Jay and Gal's drunken play fight at Jay's dinner party becomes a real fight when their relationship is tested late in the film.
    • Early on, Jay finds the cat has left a rabbit with its entrails hanging out — this mirrors how he finds the mortally wounded Gal in the tunnels late in the film.
    • Jay's play fight with Shel and Sammy foreshadows how the cult force him to fight and kill them for real at the climax.
  • In Master and Commander, this happens several times.
    • Blakeney makes Calamy promise that if he dies, not to stitch him 'through the nose' when wrapping his body in his hammock. After Calamy is killed in the final battle, Blakeney asks to personally take care of his friend's body to make sure that the last stitch doesn't go through his nose.
    • An albatross appears and the Captain of the Marines tries to shoot it. Moments later, the bird dives low, the shot misses and hits Dr. Maturin.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit has several examples:
    • Near the beginning, when asked if he has a car, Eddie says the he doesn't need one in L.A. since it "has the best public transportation system in the world." Turns out that a major plot point in the film was that Judge Doom was buying the Red Car so that he could dismantle it.
    • When Eddie Valiant comments wondering how Doom could be a judge, one of the cops mentioned that he bought the election in Toontown.
    Doom: A human has been murdered by a Toon — don't you appreciate the magnitude of that?
    • Roger crying, "Somebody musta made her [Jessica Rabbit] do it!"
    • The weasels' laughter, which is purported to be quite fatal.
    Smart Ass: Stop that laughing! You know what happens when you can't! Stop! Laughing?! One of these days, you're gonna die laughing!"
    • Roger: "A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it's the only weapon we have."
    • Eddie: (to Roger) "I don't who's Toonier, you or Doom."
    • Pretty much everything about Doom's character. He's Obviously Evil in every sense of the word. In outfit, name, the way he presents himself, and even the way he talks. While the other characters are played more realistically, he's not subtle in the least, in actions or appearance. This makes a lot more sense when it's revealed he's a Toon, who are by their nature over the top and quite obviously their role.
    • Cloverleaf, as in the shape of highway on-ramps.
    • R.K. Maroon: "Unless Acme's will shows by midnight tonight, Toontown's gonna be land for the free—" (gets cut off by a gun that is fired into his back by Doom, killing him)
    • Another Doom example; a fellow cop told Eddie that Doom got elected to be Toontown's judge because he "spread a bunch of simoleons around" and bought the election. Later, Eddie tells Roger about how a Toon killed his brother while they were investigating a robbery at the First National Bank of Toontown.
  • Superman.
    • While baby Kal-El is in the starship his father Jor-El tells him "You are forbidden to interfere in human history". Guess what Superman has to do before the end of the movie to save Lois?
    • While Jonathan Kent is changing the tire on their truck Martha Kent warns him to take it easy because of his heart condition. Guess what happens to him later in the movie? That's right, a heart attack.
  • In The Amazing Spider-Man, if you look closely during the scene Peter puts the equation that allows the mouse to regenerate its leg, you can see the words severe mutation detected.
    • Peter swinging around the chains in the warehouse foreshadows his web-slinging.
    • Gwen's father makes Spider-Man promise to keep her out of danger. If this is like the comics, then you know that Gwen's chances of surviving won't be good.
  • Men In Black. Near the beginning a bug smashes into the immigrant smuggler's van and he says "Goddamn bugs!" Later on an alien Bug with "unlimited strength, a massive inferiority complex, and a real short temper" almost causes the destruction of the Earth.
  • The Dark Knight Rises is filled to the brim with foreshadowing:
    • To Miranda Tate being Talia al-Ghul:
      • When Wayne meets Tate at the party, she mentions the importance of bringing "balance to the world". She also appears wearing a mask to hide herself, then removes it.
      • Miranda has a mysterious scar on her back similar to the League of Shadows brand seen early in Batman Begins.
      • When told that Batman can't evacuate her just yet, she says "Do what's necessary."
      • Bane disposes of Dagget immediately after Tate gets on the board at Wayne Enterprises. In fact, Dagget enters the scene where he dies complaining about precisely that.
      • Whenever Tate becomes part of the good guys' plans, the plans end up derailed soon after. For example, when Tate meets with covert agents trying to stop the nuking of Gotham, Bane's men soon arrive and kill them. Tate joins Gordon's resistance group to help them find the bomb, La Résistance is captured by Bane's men.
      • After sleeping with Bruce, she has a whole monologue about how much she loves fire and what it means to her. This follows a good hour of fanatical terrorists using fire as a metaphor for their evil plot.
    • To Bruce Wayne's death:
      • Alfred's conversation that he's already buried too many members of the Wayne family and will not bury Bruce.
      • Blake mentioning that he might not get a chance to thank Batman later.
      • Batman telling Selina that he hasn't given the people of Gotham everything yet.
      • The positioning of the bat symbol behind Batman's back on the poster evokes angel wings.
    • To John Blake replacing Bruce Wayne:
      • Blake throwing away his handgun after shooting two henchmen.
      • Blake being the one to put together John Dagget's connection with Bane's construction work throughout the city, Blake figuring out on his own that Bruce Wayne is Batman, and Gordon's acknowledgement of Blake as a detective.
      • Batman giving Blake the curious advice of wearing a mask.
    • When Gordon asks Foley for help, he says "I'm not asking you to march down the street in your dress uniform." Foley ends up doing just that as he leads Gotham's police against Bane's mercenaries.
  • In Mean Girls, in the beginning of the movie, Cady narrates her immediate crush on Aaron and almost gets hit by a yellow bus, which foreshadows a much later event in the movie.
    Cady: But this one hit me like a big yellow school bus.
  • The Saw series does this a fair bit, thought how much of it was originally intended as foreshadowing and how much was later simply worked into the overarching story is debatable. A example that was most likely intentional from the start comes from Saw III: the dying Jigsaw is briefly seen playing around with some melted wax in a very quick and easy to overlook shot. In Saw IV it's revealed during the autopsy of his corpse that he was using the wax to coat a tape so he could store it in his stomach for his next victim to find, allowing him to continue his work even after his death.
  • In A Christmas Carol The Musical, after Scrooge rebuffs the blind beggarwoman who later becomes the Ghost of Christmas Future, a hearse drives by with a coffin; specifically that of Mr. Smythe's wife.
  • The Hobbit does this with hints of things to come later in this film and in the upcoming films.
    • When Gandalf gives Bilbo his elvish sword, he tells him that true courage comes from knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare a life.
    • After seeing Elrond reveal the names of Orcrist and Glamdring, Bilbo wonders out loud whether his sword has a name. Balin then tells him that swords gain their names depending on their deeds.
    • Annoyed at Thorin's stubbornness and refusal to confide in Elrond, Gandalf mutters that Thorin's pride will be his downfall.
  • In Looper, the Urban Legends about the Rainmaker.
    Old Joe: We all heard stories about the Rainmaker. Has a synthetic jaw, saw his mom get shot.
    • Later on, when Old Joe tries to kill Cid (who will become The Rainmaker in the future), he shoots him in the jaw, and his mother jumps in front of him in order to shield him from getting killed.
    • Not to mention the double Chekhov's Gun. With Seth as an example, telekinesis is suggested to be worth basically nothing. Then we find that Sarah is a much stronger than Seth. And finally there's Cid, who is much stronger than her...
    • The posters, drawings and action figures of a man in black wearing a wide-brimmed hat in Cid's room, just like the outfits worn by the Rainmaker's mooks in the future.
  • In The Wolfman (2010), inspector Aberline shoots a standing mirror which he thinks Lawrence Talbot is hiding behind. "Now there's some bad luck for ya," an officer says regarding the broken mirror. Near the end of the movie, Aberline is bitten by Lawrence, thus doomed to become a werewolf himself.
  • There's a few hints that Eli in The Book of Eli was blind before you actually know for sure, e.g. his innocuous statement "I walk by faith, not by sight."
  • Legend
    • At the beginning of the movie Darkness says "I require the solace of the shadows and the dark of the night. Sunshine is my destroyer." Just in case the audience forgot, while Darkness is in the underground cave with Lily he says it again. Guess how the good guys defeat him at the climax?
    • When Lily enters Nell's cottage she sees a clock on the wall. While she looks at it it is suddenly covered with frost, a warning of the winter that will descend when one of the unicorns is killed and has its horn cut off.
  • Hitchcock, about the making of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, ends with Hitch telling the audience that he doesn't know what his next picture will be, but he's looking forward to it. A crow then lands on his shoulder...
  • Oblivion (2013) :
    • Beech expresses the desire to see the look on the Tet's face when they detonate the bomb. He got his wish.
    • Jack's conversation with Victoria at the beginning about the last Super Bowl before the Alien Invasion (especially, that the last play on it was a "Hail Mary" pass) becomes pretty important later on in context (the plan regarding the Trojan Prisoner is a "Hail Mary" play).
  • Star Trek Into Darkness:
    • Khan explains that Marcus' ship, the Vengeance, is constructed so that it can easily be controlled by one person. Khan unsurprisingly uses this feature after the Vengeance's crew is taken out.
    • A model of the Vengeance appears on Admiral Marcus's desk, alongside several other Federation vessels and early air/spacecraft, near the start of the film.
    • Khan mocks Spock by saying the latter would never break regulation, let alone bone. At the end of their No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, Spock grabs Khan's arm and breaks it horribly at the shoulder.
    • Harrison's first appearance is saving Uhura from being killed by a Klingon, due to still needing the crew. Uhura later saves him from being killed by Spock on the grounds that they still need him.
    • Spock strongly objects to their mission objective of finding and killing John Harrison without a trial on moral grounds, but stands by without a word of objection while Kirk pummels Harrison after accepting his surrender as payback for Pike's death. At the end of the movie, guess who nearly beats Harrison/Khan to death with his bare hands as payback for Kirk's death? Uhura has to put a stop to it both times.
    • Several times early in the film, characters survive certain death by being beamed to safety. Thus, when Carol Marcus tries to act as a human shield for the Enterprise, Admiral Marcus simply beams her away to his ship.
    • Spock explains his ability to not break Starfleet regulation and still attempt to preserve a primitive species as "embracing technicality". Spock Prime reinforces this flexibility with regulation when he agrees to tell Spock about Khan, despite the Temporal Prime Directive. What does Spock do when presented with the dilemma of giving Khan back the torpedoes or facing the death of his captain and crew? Gives him back the torpedoes. Just the torpedoes. Hell of a technicality.
  • In Man of Steel, during the final fight between Superman and General Zod one of the many things that gets destroyed in the process is an oil tanker with a company logo on it. The name of the company that the logo belongs to? "LEXCORP"
  • The Now You See Me's tagline, "The closer you look, the less you'll see." What character does the film follow the most closely? Dylan, who it turns out is the fifth Horseman.
    • When Merritt's reading Rhodes, he mentions that he has "daddy issues" hinting at his being the Big Bad on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge
    • The Horsemen trick everyone into thinking Jack Wilder died in the car explosion. Now, who got the "death" tarot card at the beginning again?
    • Tarot knowledge also lets a bit more foreshadowing be known; the first card we see in the film is the 7 of Diamonds. The Suit of Pentacles represents martial wealth; all the Asshole Victims in the film have Greed as at least one of their motivations. The 7 of Pentacles itself represents reaching a new level or a prediction of future success, which in both cases is the prediction of the Four Horsemen.
    • Dylan being called The Fool. The Fool tarot often represents an innate cleverness hidden by an apparent foolishness, foreshadowing that he isn't as stupid as he seems.
    • You need five cards for a Tarot reading. The five cards are in order of appearance: King of Spades/Swords, Lovers, Hermit, High Priestess, Death. The hidden card is revealed to be the one hidden in backstory magic trick and is the last one that the Horsemen see so for them the reading is: Lovers, Hermit, High Priestess, Death, King of Spades/Swords.
  • In Winnetou III, Winnetou says he keeps hearing the bells of Santa Fe and that he knows his death is close. Old Shatterhand will hear none of it and insists that they both have a long life ahead of them. Little did he know that this part of the series is known as the one is which Winnetou dies.
  • The Lone Ranger:
    • Tonto says silver made Cavendish, and it would kill him. While this seems to be foreshadowing the silver bullet, it's ultimately how Cole meets his end; crushed under the very silver he spent all this time mining that made him and Cavendish the people they are. Though that silver bullet does end up saving Tonto's life.
    • Also a hint that the story being told about the kid who got his tribe killed was indeed Tonto.
    • The fact the chief mentions two white men that Tonto lead to the silver.
    • when you first see Cole, he flips his pocket watch before reading it. You later see that watch flip again during the story of Tonto's backstory. It's not only your first clue to who one of those men are, but it also hints slightly later at Cole's connection to Cavendish.
  • Ghost Ship. After the Arctic Warrior explodes with Santos on board, Dodge gets into a scuffle with Ferriman and accuses him of causing his mate's death because Ferriman got them there in the first place. He has no idea how right he is.
  • Sneakers
    • Early in the film, a security guard is watching Orson Welles' Touch of Evil. Pay attention to the brief piece of audible dialogue.
    • At the party Carl says "I'd like to have a deep relationship with a beautiful woman who melts from the very first time our eyes meet." At the end of the film he meets a beautiful NSA agent who is impressed by him and gives him her phone number.
  • Elysium:
    • The tie-in websites for the Med-Pod state that it only takes a minute to completely reconstruct a destroyed face. Guess what happens to Kruger.
    • Max takes out one droid by jumping behind and ripping off its head. Guess how he disables Kruger's exosuit.
    • Max's parole officer predicts that he'll fall back to old vices: hijackings and robbery. This is exactly what he does.
    • The lone woman shown to manage getting her crippled daughter healed in an Auto Doc foreshadows Fray and her daugther.
  • In R.I.P.D. Nick's partner doesn't wear armor during the raid. Not to mention the little charm he wears in the beginning..
  • Cube 2: Hypercube. In one of her rare lucid flashes, the senile Mrs. Paley assures Kate that "it's only a matter of time", foreshadowing the hypercube's eventual collapse.
  • Daft Punk's Electroma has a recurring scene where a fire burns in slow motion whenever things get bad for the main characters. This alludes to the Guy-man robot's despair-induced Self-Immolation at the very end.
  • In Godzilla (2014), the collapse of the Janjira plant has one shot where four origami crane figures are seen in a way that makes them look like Giant Flyers soaring over the plant, which hints at the Giant Flyer form the MUTO in the plant takes later in the film. There's also a bug crawling over a toy tank.
  • In The Double, the scene with the jumper and the cops near the start foreshadows Simon's plan at the end.
  • Lord Halifax, early in Into The Storm, sternly warns Churchill that Britain cannot win the war without a devastating loss of life and resources that will probably cost them the British Empire. He's correct.
  • In the beginning of Transcendence, Will sets up a Faraday cage in his backyard just to give his wife somewhere they will truly be alone (no cell reception or other signals). She points out that turning off their phones would have worked equally well. While the cage itself becomes a Chekhov's Gun, the act foreshadows Will's behavior once he's uploaded; he's not acting out of malice or a sense of superiority, but to realize her dream any way he can.
  • In The Prestige, Borden tells one bird out of a pair that it was the lucky one today, having avoided being killed to act out the trick. One of the Borden twins died while the other lived and was able to act out their revenge.
    • Sarah commented how there are some days that Borden didn't love her. She's right. On those days, the Borden twins have switched places. Also, Borden said that a part of him loved Olivia. He was referring to his other twin who did love Olivia.
  • X-Men:
    • The "X-Men 1.5" Director's Cut has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Deleted Scene from X-Men where the energy pulse from Magneto's device washes over the X-Men. Jean Grey is the only one who shows a physical reaction to the flash; this would seem to be the event that activated the Phoenix Force which would become so important in the next two movies. The second film acted as if this scene had been left in, with Scott and Jean discussing how her powers had changed since the Statue of Liberty.
    • In X2: X-Men United, when Professor X is having difficulty trying to get a lock on Nightcrawler, Logan flippantly asks if he can't just concentrate harder. Xavier replies dryly, "If I wanted to kill him, yes." Later Stryker gets Jason to brainwash Xavier into doing precisely this - only on a much larger scale.
    • In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Stryker says to Wade Wilson that he'd be the perfect soldier if he didn't have such a mouth. Stryker later turns Wade into a mutated super-soldier who literally has no mouth.
    • X-Men: First Class:

      When we see Magneto as an adult, he uses his powers to slam a coin at a picture of Shaw in the forehead. This is how he kills Shaw in their final confrontation, except much slower.

      Also part Chekhov's Skill where Erik asks Charles to shoot him point-blank and when met with Charles' refusal, he states he can deflect it. This comes back at the end where Moira shoots at Erik to stop him from sending the missiles back at the American and Russian navies and he easily deflects the bullets ... only to have one bullet hit Charles and paralyze him.

      And in a scene where Havok is learning to shoot straight in the bomb shelter, Charles and Hank are standing right to either side of the target manekin. Charles says, with light emphasis, "And try not to hit ME, there's a good chap". A little odd, considering Hank is just as likely to get hit, so it should be "us". Later in the movie, of course, Charles is hit by a bullet, due to standing right NEXT TO its intended target, Erik.

      Before the attack at the CIA base, Havok beats Darwin at a pinball game. Darwin declares "Jesus man, you're killing me!" Later, Shaw uses the energy absorbed from Havok's blast to kill Darwin.
    • The Wolverine:

      Yukio's vision of Wolverine's future, although it doesn't play out quite the way she saw it.

      Noburo's remark about the Yashida's expensive adamantium research.

      The fact that Yukio didn't foresee Ichirō dying that night.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past: "She can transform into anyone. Even you, Mr. President."

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