Evanora is the witch who possesses AzkadelliaEvanora's true form is a hag; the witch's true form in Tin Man is a hag, and they both hold true command over the flying baboons. she also possesses someone of a similar physical type as her disguised form.
Oz is also Proffeser Harold HillSo in this alternate universe the tornado hits another part of Kansas. This allows Oz to escape in the balloon. From the days experiences he has an epiphany and learns 4 main points 1. Get out of circuses, they only lead to trouble. 2. If i'mgoing to seduce someone don't use the music box trick 3. I still need an assistant but they don't need to be smart 4. I need to travel far enough away from Kansas that they don't know my face and my disgrace but still in naive Midwestern areas. So using whatever money he has left in his bag he starts travelling around the mid west as a travelling salesman. (As for why he ages about 20years in 5 or so years lets call it magic).
Locasta, Mombi, and Langwidere will appear in any sequels
Evanora and Emperor Palpatine are relatedThey both shoot lightning out of their hands.
Ozma is/will be the daughter of Glinda and OzOzma is the daughter of the ruler of Oz. In these films, that was Glinda. Perhaps Ozma will be born to Glinda and Oz.
Glinda is The Chessmaster in this movie tooShe has precognition; seen in her comment that "scarecrows can be important" even before Oz's plan to use them as a decoy army. She even knew his "fake balloon" plan; but is a better actor than even Oz is. She deliberately misinterpreted the prophecy because she knew people expectations would lead to certain events. She needed Oz to keep the wicked witches at bay until Dorothy could arrive.
Theodora's good side lives on.It's doubtful that the Wizard would forgive himself for what he inadvertently did to Theodora. The movie shows that he didn't completely give up on her, so it's rather strange that 14 years later he would send Dorothy to coldly dispose of her. The answer? He does find a way to redeem Theodora before Dorothy arrives. The Wicked Witch of the West is not really Theodora, but a soulless shell of her, beyond redemption — it's only that the Wizard doesn't know it yet. When he does, he will find a way to reincarnate her good soul into an infant girl named... Ozma. (Hey, this way, she's still technically the late King's daughter!) Only to lose her later to Mombi, which leaves both him and Glinda heartbroken — and distanced from each other, setting the stage for both Wonderful Wizard and Marvelous Land.
The Wizard later introduced glue to Ozin the movie, the China Girl obviously doesn't know what glue is; to her, it is only proof that the Wizard is a real wizard. However, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy and company visit the China Country (omitted from the 1939 movie), the milkmaid knows what glue is, and readies to glue back her cow's leg that Dorothy accidentally broke off. Presumably the Wizard taught the Ozians how to make glue, possibly even for this very purpose.
The Green-Skinned Witch isn't the Wicked Witch of the West....at least, not necessarily. Here's what we know: there are two wicked witches, one of whom has green skin, black hat, and all that, and another that looks old with stringy, grey hair. Those just happen to be the descriptions of the Wicked Witch in the 1939 movie and original book, respectively (more or less; the witch also has an eyepatch in the book). We also know that we never get to see the Wicked Witch of the East in the movie or original book. And despite calling Glinda the "Good Witch of the South", they never assign regions to either wicked witch. This means that which witch is which is entirely up to you, whether you choose in order to make it line up better with your preferred canon, or just to make sense of why Oz would say the Green-Skinned Witch is always welcome in the Emerald City and then sending Dorothy to kill her.
The Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion also had their origins in this film.Oscar scares off a lion by hurling red smoke powder in its face. If this traumatized the creature enough, it could have developed a rash of phobias which eventually made it paranoid; unable to live as a normal predator, it had to learn to talk so that it could beg for food it could no longer catch in the wild. Likewise, Oscar's followers construct an army of rope-and-pulley puppet scarecrows to decoy the flying baboons away from the Emerald City. Glinda conjures a fog to conceal the poppies into which the scarecrow "army" lures them. Most of the scarecrows are torn apart by the baboons, but if one of them remained intact, it could've soaked up enough ambient magic from the enchanted fog to become animated for real. The newly-living Scarecrow remained unconscious long enough for a local farmer to tug him out of the poppy field by the rope which had worked his moving parts, take him to a cornfield, and stick him on a pole, thinking he was just a normal scarecrow. This leaves only the Tin Man with no apparent backstory in the prequel. However, it's possible that one of the Good People of Oz seen in the crowd scenes was actually Nick Chopper, the woodcutter who would later become him.
Annie and John Gale become Dorothy's parents.
Following from above, Oscar is really Dorothy's fatherSince we know Oscar and Annie Gale have a relationship it is possible.
The absence of the China Girl and Finley from the original movie could explain why the wizard sent Dorothy to kill the Wicked Witch of the WestBy the end of the movie's Oscar Diggs/Oz has essentially adopted the kid and he's friends with the flying monkey. And yet there's not one word about them in the classic 1939 movie and he was perfectly all right trying to head back to Kansas with Dorothy at the end in the hot air balloon. So what happened. I think that at some point during the years between Theodora crossed a line and decided to get rid of those closest to the wizard, destroying what sympathy he had left for her. The only reason he was willing to leave the land of Oz at the end was because he's lost most of those closest to him and he could never be with Glinda properly (she's too busy being a witch and protecting the inhabitants to settle down).
The entire film was a fantasy fiction created by the Wizard of the 1939 filmSuddenly ALL of the witches are gorgeously attractive? Suddenly the Wizard becomes the most important being in all of Oz and looks like James Franco? Suddenly everything in Oz is a massive CGI spectacle? Surely this was the product of a bored old man tired of thinking up phony ways to solve the problems of the people of the Emerald City and desperate for some entertainment.
Frank becomes Professor MarvelAdding a bigger connection between the two characters who look alike in the 1939 movie. He also takes Oscar's wagon to become a traveling fortuneteller.
When Oz returns to Kansas without Dorothy in TWoO he goes back in time, as if he never left.Like every other story, ones that TWoO has ubiquitously influence, Oz returns to Kansas like he was simply lifted by the tornado and set down safely somewhere else. He lives his life, reconciles with Frank and is a overall a better man. The only problem is he does not know what happened to Dorothy, until he sees her parents and realizes how she might have met him.
For narrative/fate purposes it's the reason he ended up leaving without her, to make a stable time loop.
China Girl eventually does get her family back.Later on, Oz introduced glue to his kingdom, so he simply glues everyone and everything in China Town back together, including her family. So it's a happy ending for her, now she has two families- her original one, and the one made up of Finley, Glinda and The Wizard.
Future movies will get a RetconSuch that characters exclusive in this movie will be in the upcoming sequels as well.
Dorothy will be asked to remove the spell on Theodora instead of killing her.If the director is allowed to make changes.
All China town people are as stubborn and headstrong as the China Girl...They refused to pay tribute to the Wicked Witch even though they are obviously extremely vulnerable to destruction.
The China people were too reckless for their own good, and the celebration of the Wizard's coming was just what set the Wicked Witch over the edge.
Sequel name theories
A spinoff movie will be made out of the Lion of Oz and the Badge of CourageA cowardly lion was in this movie.
Oz is in a comaOz is actually in a coma, and the events transpiring throughout the movie in the land of Oz are actually all taking place in his head. He was most likely struck by debris inside the tornado and the rest of the movie transpires completely in his mind. The facts: 1. Before going to Oz, he calls his assistant nothing more than a trained monkey. In Oz he meets a trained monkey who has the same voice as his assistant. 2. Oz feels remorseful about not being able to help the girl in the wheelchair who cannot walk. In Oz he is able to fix the china girl's legs (his mind is correcting the guilt he feels). 3. Glinda is the good witch and none other than the girl whom Oz is truly in love with in reality.
Glinda cursed Evanora with the hideous appearanceDuring the battle at the end of the movie, Glinda used her magic to curse Evanora to become a hag. Breaking Evanora's necklace only sealed the witch's powers, but her beautiful appearance was her true look. Basically, with Theodora willing to look hideous and Evanora cursed to be hideous, Glinda can be the most beautiful witch in all of Oz.
The winged monkeys in the 1939 movie are crossbreeds of the two winged monkey species in OTGAPWhile I was pleased to see a portrayal of a winged monkey as cute, I was a bit confused when the bat-baboons (which were still awesome) came on the scene. This raised a lot of questions as to how Finley and the baboons tie into the monkeys of the original movie. Crossbreeding explains this perfectly. Compare the 1939 monkeys to the ones in this prequel. They are certainly larger and more aggressive than Finley, yet they have his feather wings, and resemble Finley's species more than baboons. They're actually combinations of both monkeys. This could have done been done either by (a) good old fashioned interspecies mating (consensual I hope) or (b) magical means by the witches, as an attempt to create more intelligent minions.
It's all a guilt-fueled hallucination of the Wizard'sAfter Elphaba's apparent death and his removal from power, he begins to fantasize about a world where he truly is heroic and "wonderful", he gets the pretty girl, and the Wicked Witch of the West is truly wicked and not his daughter. Unable to come to terms with the real world, his mind eventually breaks and that's when this movie takes place.
The Good Witch of the North wasn't around to help in the movie because she's having trouble with the Nome King and Mombi.
The former king of Oz was Pastoria.
When Oz comes back at the end of Dorothy's adventure, he gets dropped off a period of time before Dorothy leaves.There's a Timey-Wimey Ball Time Travel involved. This is how he can be there before Dorothy's adventure starts and is still there when she gets back. This means Oz knew all about both his and her adventures when she met him the first time - he didn't say anything because he already knew she had at least defeated the Wicked Witch safely and returned. If he told the truth, Dorothy may have evaded the tornado and he may have never gotten back to Kansas!
Tornadoes are the portal to OzPeople only seem to get sent there when there's a tornado. (Though this troper confesses to only seeing the original film and this one) Coincidence?
Glinda rebuilt China Country to be extra safeIn this prequel China Country is just a normal village, which consists of China People. In the book that takes place after, it is concealed within a giant china bowl. Perhaps Glinda after fixing up the inhabitants, created the giant bowl to make it harder for invaders to attack, to avoid another tragedy. Makes perfect sense when you think about it.
Theodora doesn't turn evil, the bite of the apple kills herEvanora mentions that the apple will cause her heart to wither. Even witches (who are just presumably humans with magical powers) would need a heart to survive. Evanora simply killed Theodora and had the vacant body occupied by an evil spirit or made it just a puppet for her control. Since Theodora manages to find out the secret behind the King's murder, it would make sense that Evanora would wish to eliminate her (possibly making up the Oz-betrayed-you story to drive her to suicide) and someone like Evanora wouldn't be above killing her own sister.