Mari achieved the curse of EVA/immortality before the Second Impact, or she is an extra Lilith-class Angel who choose to help humans.Read the extra for the last NGE manga album - She looks like 14 in 1998 and calls Ayanami Yui her older sister. The first manned EVA experiments took place between 2004 and 2008 and none of the pilots come out with their minds intact.
This time, what is Kaworu's agenda?Besides bringing Shinji hapinness. He surely did not wanted the third impact to happen at the end of 2.0. That is, the version of the Third Impact that involved Unit-01 (made from the body of Lilith?), Lilith's soul, a Lilin and an Angel, which look like something Gendo would be satisfied with. He does not seem to be willing to stop the Third Impact from happening between 2.0 and 3.0 (the one with Lilith's body and an Angel), since Mark 06 needed to be automatised to do the duty. Then, in 3.0, he happily jump on a journey to use one of the Adams (Unit-13, a Lilin, an angel (himself), the Spear of Longinus (anti-Lilith weapon) and the Spear of Cassius (anti-Adam weapon, maybe?) to perform a Reverse Impact somehow. None of this is coherent, but it may be sure to assume that:
Gendo harvested Rei out of Unit-01 before locking it in the tesseractThat's the only reason she isn't inside 01's core and Lilith's face changed to hers at some point in the 14 years gap. Also, it's classic Gendo to not care on saving his own son and leaving him trapped inside the damn thing while he carries on his plan.
The "Curse of Eva" is a metaphor for Creative Sterility.Hideaki's relationship with Evangelion is complicated. He considers it both his Magnum Opus and his Old Shame. The fact that the 3.0 timeline advanced 14 years (not unlike the amount of time that passed between the original series and Rebuild), but characters were Not Allowed to Grow Up is akin to metafictional acknowledgement that Gainax has to revive Eva over and over again due to sheer commercial success, whereas they'd rather break away from the tired plot if Executive Meddling ever allowed for Shinji Growing the Beard at last.
The Wunder was created for the Super Robot Wars franchise...so that Misato could have a more prominent & important role than that of an NPC.
SOMEBODY on the production team reads Shinji And Warhammer 40 KBecause there are just a few too many similar elements, including:
Touji, Kensuke & Hikari will appear in FINALAs the pilots of the Mass-Production Evangelions seen in the trailer, that NERV fields to fight against EVA 8+2.
Rebiuld is only a stilized version of Hideaki Anno's LifeI only can support this with the ending of EVA 2.0 and most of 3.0: "Saving Rei" was akin to being hired to work on Nadia: A long series? with a huge budget? that's GREAT! a crowning moment, a bright, better future and untold oportunities. But everybody knows that working on Nadia did indeed broke down Anno. It broke him so mucho that if you see the "Evangelion Proposal" document, the idea that the young and motivated anno had, and the final thing, the Evangelion we all know, they have almost nothing in common! So, EVA 2.0 is yhe young Anno, the struggling young Hideaki Anno, and EVA 3.0 is him working on Nadia. Come on... This video could be the poster image for Shot Out! So, in this movie, Shinji/Anno, is broken, delusional, he cannot trust in the ones he used to (Young Anno trusted the Otaku community, but his older self despised them) EVA 4.0? Only Time will tell which kind of story is... but remember: after Nadia, he started to work in Evangelion, one of the most depressing stories ever told. It this end with sad note, like Eo E? or they will fight, go through hell, and give us a Gunbuster (Or Gurren Lagann) ending? only time will tell.
Kaoru is Adam, at least for ROEThere is no mention of Adam anywhere.
"Poofy Pink" is to be watched for!That odd girl with the poofy pink-ish hair, in the trailer, doesn't anybody else think her pink hair is unusual? I know its anime, but back in the TV show the only people with truly unusual hair were Rei and Kaworu. Misato has purple hair, true, but its more of a stylistic black. Pink just seems too far off the normal range. So its possible she might be 'something'.
Shinji becomes an angel during the Zeruel battleThink about it. Shinji's eyes turned red. Now both Rei's and Kaworu's eyes are red (and are the only people to have red eyes, which shows their part angel status)and when Shinji was pulling Rei out of Zeruel's core, his eyes changed to the exact same tint of red as Rei's and Kaworu's.
The rebuild characters retain some memories from NGE and EoEConsider that in 2.0 when Mari comes crashing in to meet Shinji via the wrecked Eva 02, Shinji isn't even phased by the fact that Eva are obviously ORGANISMS, with all the blood and brains he couldn't have not seen that Eva is alive. Has no one noticed this yet?
The World of Rebuild is the world of the original after the reboot at EoEIt shares a lot of similarities with the of EoE,but take another turn in the most dramatic moments,so my theory is that the are the re-incarnations and are on their way of learning from their mistakes in EoE.
Rebuild is a separate continuity from the originalAll indications that Rebuild is after EoE is just Anno having fun with our heads
Rebuild Kaworu is EoE Shinji RebornAn extension of the above WMG, consider this◊. Unit-01 suffers severe facial trauma in NGE, and in Rebuild, we see the Mark 06 being (re)built on the surface of the moon, away from prying eyes, specifically Gendo's prying eyes, around an EVA whose SEELE mask has an additional bit of covering right over Unit-01's affected area. Kaworu even goes so far as to call Gendo 'Father'. This theory implies two things: 1. Everything, including NGE, EoE and Rebuild up until now has possibly all been according to SEELE's plan. This is supported by Kaworu's incredibly convenient timing at the end of You Can (Not) Advance. 2. There's a timeline from before NGE itself where Third Impact was triggered by Yui merging with Lilith and Shinji merging with Adam, spawning Rei with Lilith's soul, and Kaworu with Adam's soul into the NGE timeline. Yui, having retained her memories of this possibly original timeline willingly merges herself into Unit-01, in accordance with SEELE's wishes, so that she can later facilitate Unit-01's consumption of Zeruel in berserk mode in NGE to set up the (Second) Third Impact scenario in EoE. This explains why Lilith/Rei/Yui hands over responsibility for Instrumentality to Shinji whose personality in the NGE timeline was specifically crafted in order to precipitate the reality he would create in Rebuild. This leads us into Rebuild where Rei and Kaworu are still working as agents of SEELE, this time around to heal up Shinji's relationship with his dad and his other relationships (as evidenced by Misato also acting nicer to him, possibly under influence from SEELE) and turn him into someone both strong enough to achieve the Godlike state necessary for Instrumentality, and the happiness with his life that would allow him to abandon his AT Field and finally, ultimately complete the Human Instrumentality Project that's been in motion from before NGE.
Kaworu Nagisa is prescientOr in other words, he can see the future. He has played out several versions of the possible yet-to-be timelines in his mind, so when he drops lines like "I shall make you happy this time", he is referring to memories of the future he already has. Of course, nothing guarantees that the future he seeks will actually happen, with destiny being as fickle as it is.
Kaworu Nagisa was created from Gendo Ikari's DNA. A fan theory in the original series suggested that Kaworu was born from the human DNA inserted into Adam that started Second Impact. If the same thing happened in this continuity then...yeah. Of course. it's still possible he's referring to Adam in Gendo's hand...except Kaji brought him something else this time.
What the hell is Mari Illustrious Makinami?
Assuming that the "reset button" theory is true, Zeruel nomming Unit-00 was a twisted sort of revenge for what Unit-01 did in the original series.
Applying Fridge Logic, what is FINAL?The Meaningful Name/Idiosyncratic Episode Naming of the movies holds the fact that each of the movies are part of a three-part stage act...but that doesn't make sense: where does FINAL fit in? If we assume that Rebuild is an Alternate Timeline, then FINAL is...what? The original series? After Death? If we assume Rebuild is not an Alternate Timeline, then FINAL is...After the End? If After the End equates to after EoE, then the theory that Rebuild is an Alternate Timeline is false, since Rebuild is assumed to be a...huh?
The entire continuity is a Peggy Sue orchestrated by Kaworu.Someone needed to say it. His "this time" line is definitely suspicious, as is his last-minute intervention to halt Third Impact. The fact that he referred to Gendo (apparently) as "father" (which I took as referring to Gendo being in possession of Adam in the original series, considering that Kaworu is one of "Adam's Children) is a slightly more subtle reference.
Mari is a clone of Kyoko Zeppelin Shikinami....Okay, apart from eye color and her ability to sync so well with Unit-02, I got nothing supporting this.
Asuka originally had the last name Soryu, she just changed it to distance herself from her motherWhich makes sense if her backstory from the series is present.
Anyone else here seen Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai?They're all trapped in an endless time loop that doesn't stop until fate is put right. Or rather, until the character conscious of the time loop gets out alive and the Big Bad is stopped. The Big Bads are anyone working towards Instrumentality and the conscious character is Kaworu. Once he figures out that he really can Screw Destiny by not dying, things will be put right and everyone can go play club games. Or not.
Contact Experiments are not required for EVAs.During the scene where Lilith is revealed in the first film, there's a whole bunch of little red lights floating around. As we saw in End of Evangelion, that little red light is a soul, thus it's not necessary for someone to get munched to get a soul into an Eva: They just need to pop on down to Level EEE and pick up a random soul and shove it into an Eva. Ergo, Yui may have died another way, and Kyoko may well be still alive.
Asuka will resist her mind rape this time and kick ass.We had EVA 01 Rocket punches and eye lasers, this will just be the next step of awesome. Or maybe I am just optimistic.
Mari is a clone of Ninamori with the same taste in glasses.Just look at those color◊ palettes.◊
The "mother soul" rule only applies in full to Eva Units 00 and 01.As Asuka said, Unit-02 is the first Eva made specifically for combat. It's problematic if the Humongous Mecha syncs only with one person—what are they to do if said sole pilot is injured? In this way, both Unit-00 and 01note could be considered "flawed". Especially 00, since it is the prototype. 02 is an upgrade; the same goes for 03. The "mother soul" probably makes it easier to sync, but the upgrade renders it no longer necessary—hence why Asuka could sync with 03, and Mari with 02.
Final will have a battle against ADAM.Think about it. As of 2.0, we have exactly three Angels left: Arael, Armisael, and Tabris. Unless Final simply deals with Instrumentality and The End of the World as We Know It (which has not only been done before but also seems to be a far cry from where the series is going), there is hardly enough material to make two more movies. Also, it would be f___ing awesome to say the least.
Mari is Evangelion Unit-07Mari is able to Pilot Unit-02 when It's core had been removed. How did she do this? The answer is that Mari herself is an Evangelion, one that was made at human size. An apparently weird supposition, if not for that fact it was the plot to one of the spinoff games.
The pilots are the "Adams"◊.Quoth the preview for 3.0: "The reunion of children whose destinies were determined by fate." The corresponding image shows four shadows. These are likely Shinji, Asuka, Rei, and Mari. This is the reason why they can sync with the EVAs and do spiffy things such as those shown in the "GIVE AYANAMI BACK" scene.
Asuka, after the incident with the EVA-03, learned about the past timeline of Evangelion.During the infection, the song Les Betes of Rebuild of Evangelion 2.0 has the chorus of Halelujah, the same one that had been sung during Asuka's Mind Rape in the original series. Ritsuko mentioned that the Angel Bardiel had probably polluted Asuka's mind... but could it also mean that the angel let her know what happened before the first Third Impact?
Asuka, Mari and Kaworu will form an another Power TrioThe preview seems to imply that Rei and Shinji are out cold for a while in the next movie. So, Nerv is forced to assemble another team of three children, which'll include Kaworu, Mari and (because they haven't an alternative) Asuka. And this is the reason, why Asuka's character was toned down! Because in the old team she represented the Id, but now Mari fulfills this position (ZA BEASTO everyone?). So the roles in the new team will be like this: Ego = Asuka
Superego = Kaworu
Id = Mari The question now is: How will this turn out? (And will it be awesome?)
Shinji and Rei have been permanently fused into one being.Shinji doesn't appear at all in the 3.0 preview. Not even for a split second. He and Rei have gone through a small-scale Instrumentality, and neither has the will to break from it. The combined soul will be restored into one of the empty Rei bodies, much of the time not spent fighting Angels will be spent attempting to seperate the two of them.
Shinji and Rei are trapped in Unit-01 permanently.They spend the whole third movie impaled outside the Geofront; at the climax (either vs. Kaworu or vs. Unit-08, depending on what Unit-08's "quickening" actually is), they'll be released as a last-ditch attempt to save everything. Rei, Shinji and Yui will have a long talk, and then they will proceed to kick everything's ass. Alternatively, they aren't released until the fourth movie and they fight Adam or Lillith or something.
Rei is still in Uni 01The way I saw it, Shinji and Rei were dissolved in the EVA like he was in the original series. However, only Shinji got out. Since Rei is cloned from his mother, and his mother is Unit 01, the WILLE staff didnt notice her presence.
The blue version of Unit-00 will show up next movieRei will spontaneously form it nowhere, now as a Lillth-based EVA like 01 rather than an Adam based Eva...assuming how the EVAs were created from the series is still present in the movie. And she will kick ass. Waaagh!.
In the end, Everyone LivesYes, the perfect subversion to the expected Mind Screw Downer Ending would be an unambiguous happy ending. Misato, Kaji, Shinji, Asuka, Rei, and much to his own surprise Kaworu will look out as the sun rises upon a deep blue sea. Shinji will briefly see the bookend Rei who smiles and vanishes (or turns into Mari and vanishes), thus providing a Happy End of Evangelionnote . Oh, and Ritsuko and Maya get together.
During the Final Battle the Tone Compleatly Shifts To Old School Super RobotAll the Pilots will be Hotblooded, and everyone will scream out the names of their attacks, as the Eva's suddenly gain weapons and powers we've never seen before. This will be due to the Spiraling power of their couragious hearts or something.
The SDAT player that switches to Track 27 in Rebuild is actually Mari's SDATShe swapped them with Shinji after running into him. That's why he seems surprised when it changes to Track 27- his only had 26.
After get infected by Bardiel, Asuka will return as a Newtype in 3.0Probably during the Angel Infection to the Unit 03 and it's pilot, Asuka could have been affected by the energy of Bardiel's S2 engine making her a Newtype (according with some WMG, the S2 engine could be related to the Spiral Energy wich is the power of evolution and by Word of God the Newtypes are the next step of human evolution). Then in 3.0 she will appear with her new EVA (a reconstructed/regenerated/repaired Unit 02 or the Unit 08 or maybe the not revealed yet Unit 07) with it's own Fin Funnels and then she will be fighting against Kaworu à la Char v.s. Amuro in Char's Counterattack in front of Lilith and then she will be owning him while yelling "Fin Funnel!!!!!". Don't deny it, it will be AWESOME!.
Cores will be switched aroundYui's core will be transferred to Unit-08, while Zeruel's core (containing Rei) will remain in Unit-01. The remnants of the soul in Unit-00's core is transferred into Unit-07, giving no useful information as to who it is, and introducing even more questions. Things become unbelievably more awkward for Shinji.
Third Angel SpeculationNotice how Sachiel is now the 4th angel instead of the 3rd? That brings to question, who is this missing third angel that came after Adam and Lilith? I don't know, but my bet's on the evil guy downstairs....
Mari will have some kind of psychological problems.Self Explanitory, really. This is E V A after all. She's a Blood Knight, implying psychopathy or psychosis, possibly a detatchment from reality. She is rather nonchalant about the whole Eldritch Abomination mecha thing, which means that she might see everything as a game, pointing to the psychosis mentioned earlier. In classic EVA style, things will go horribly, horribly, wrong.
Shinji doesn't need mommy anymore.In the series, Shinji often "won" battles by the skin of his teeth by Unit 01 going berserk. As we know, this is actually Yui doing the fighting. In the movies, however, this has only ever happened once - admittedly, it doesn't have a chance to, but one of the more significant berserk episodes is indeed the battle with Zeruel. This time around, Shinji was in full control. This could mean that Shinji, in addition to involving himself in the world by trying to rescue Rei, is taking control of his life. His entire life at this point pretty much revolves around Unit 01, and in turn shows his dependence on his mother. Besides that, he shuts out everything else. One of the main features of Shinji's character is that he doesn't involve himself in the world due to his feelings of worthlessness. Then he becomes the pilot of a giant robot and saves the world - big, big change. Shinji then leaves NERV temporarily after the Unit 03 incident, but comes running back to fight Zeruel, even outright declaring that he is the pilot of Unit 01, embracing his role in the world, and then fighting for something he truly cares about... not the fate of the world, but for someone he holds dear, Rei Ayanami. Pretty big step forward from "waaah I'm worthless and only hurt others - fuck the world, fuck me." Even if his rescue of Rei triggers Third Impact, this is a show of personal growth. Now, the fact that he was in full control of Unit 01 - his "life", so to speak - during this fight hammers in the idea. He didn't need Yui to help him - or, alternatively, didn't rely on her as much, depending on how you connect Unit 01 itself to her, as well as its powers (which, it should be noted, never showed up when Unit 01 berserked in the movies or in the series... only when Shinji took over). So yeah, Shinji is still saying "fuck the world", but he cares about something (Rei), and is willing to put himself forward and involve himself in life.
Everything is still going to go to hell.2.0 ends on a pretty optimistic note (Kaworu not withstanding), but everyone is forgetting an important fact: There are two more movies after this. Proportionally, we're approaching the halfway mark. In Eva Classic, when we were approaching the halfway mark, we were doing a funny awkward love comedy thing, and we were trashing guys like Israfel and Sandalphon and Matariel like they weren't actually a serious threat to all human life. Sounds an awful lot like what 2.0 was about. More than that perhaps is the fact that after all of that moe moe, things went down in flames. I was Sahaquiel all along, it's not different at all, is it Steve? You guys are still getting Bardiel, and this time he kills Asuka, and also Zeruel kills Rei. But afterwards, it seems like we're gonna be allll right. Rei is saved from death (or whatever), Asuka shows up in the preview with a bitchin eyepatch, and Shinji's testes grew three sizes. It's almost like we experienced the remade version of the part of Evangelion with Asuka in a bathtub, Rei is a clone now, and we made it out this time, like we can take whatever they throw at us now, we're ready for ya. But. In Evangelion, there were three angels who came after Zeruel: Arael (destroyed Asuka), Armisael (destroyed Rei), and Tabris (destroyed Shinji). We've still got lots of time for Asuka to be crippled emotionally and for Rei to plummet into the uncanny valley. We can fit all of that into one movie and have another one left over to do End of Evangelion, in which Evangelion went to hell and then kept digging and dug some kind of new double hell. My point is that if we go by an approximation of the original timeline, we've hit the high point in the series for positive emotion, and there's a whole lotta negative left over.
Asuka is still gonna end up in the bathtub.Asuka Langley Shikinami is subtly but dramatically different from Asuka Langley Soryu. Sometimes, this seems like change for the better. Instead of whoring for her class's attention, she's cagey and plays DS. She doesn't have her awkward Lolita thing for Kaji anymore, and her attraction to Shinji now seems like a genuine crush and less a bizarre sexual attention thing. And in the end, she can speak of Shinji and Rei as if they're really her friends, overcoming the inability to connect with people that crippled her in the original series. Oh, and she has no problem at all with dolls anymore. Ah. Wait right there. It's a fair assumption that it's "Shikinami" now because her mother is not Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu. Well that's great; maybe Shikinami-san didn't hang herself and string up a doll as her daughter's surrogate. Well, Asuka's fine with Raggedy Asuka, so that seems like the case. She doesn't call Rei "doll", after all. She calls her "pet". Oh. Asuka befriending Rei and Shinji, even if it lasts, isn't the end of her character arc by a long shot. And, if I may speculate, I don't think Asuka and Mari are going to get along one little bit.
The final movie will be exactly the same as End of Evangelion.We all hope for a better ending, with hot blood and manly tears. We're all expecting a worse ending, a dreadfulness to top even the inexorable miasma of EoE. So, since we're ready for all that, what's the only way left for Gainax to troll us? Make End of Evangelion again. Blood will run in the streets. People will suicide from utter Despair Event Horizon.
The final movie will be episodes 25 and 26.In the streets.
The final battle will feature Shinji unleashing the Wings of Light with EVA-01Because it was in the opening animation and Hell, it's about time. The final level of Evangelion 64 has him do this, too.
The third Rebuild movie will be called You Will (Not) Understand.After You Are (Not) Alone and You Can (Not) Advance, and given NGE's reputation, would anything else be more appropriate?
Rebuild 3 will follow the remainder of the series AND End.
Stemming from that, Final will be an original story where the world is undoubtedly saved, and Eva will finally have an undoubtably happy ending.Because after all that mindfuck over the years, the World of Eva needs a happy ending.
It's all a Dying DreamYou know the drill, it's all Shinji hallucinatiing about a happier universe in which neither Rei, Toji or Asuka die; in which his father shows at least a little respect/love, in which he actually acts the way the pilot of a towering rage-powered war machine should act...
Rei will end up naked in the Eva-01's cockpit, during a battle in which Shinji will kick all sorts of Angel assBecause if it works for Gainax's OTHER starting-wimp pilot...
Mari is Shinji's cloneLook closely to her face when she lose her glasses in the parachute's scene. Here, between the times 0:17 and 0:21. And yes, they swap their SDAT players.
A fifth pilot will show up in Final or QuickeningAlong with the original trio and Mari, it'll make a Five Man Band.
Unit 01 will become a Mark-class Evangelion in 3.0After the whole "Almost cause the End of the World" fiasco, it is likely that those pesky locks they put on an Eva's true power will be gone from Unit 01, making it a True Evangelion. The court is out on whether this upgrade will include it going from purple to blue, and the shoulder fins being replaced with energy vents.
Shinji remembers the events of the original show, and is insane and in denial because of itHe's convinced that this time he can save everyone, since he knows what is supposed to happen. Unfortunately for him, things are different this time around, which he finds infuriating. Thus why Shinji goes batshit on NERV HQ when Asuka apperantly dies, and when Rei is consumed Shinji decides he doesn't care about this timeline anymore, so he decides to initiate the Third Impact himself and try again. This probably isn't the first time he Rage Quit on the world either, odds are everytime things don't go his way he hits the Reset Button. Kaworu shows up to stop Shnji because all these resets are somehow negatively affecting the universe.
Why Kaji can't speak EnglishI think someone pulled a horrible prank on Kaji's voice actor. Right before that scene, somebody told him that Hideaki Anno wanted him to speak with a Russian accent but speaking English words - because they're ambiguously in Russia. It was so hilarious that they left it in
The ending of the final movie will reveal that not only Rebuild, but also the original Evangelion was all a hallucination of Jowee. I mean, there is a character called MARI for pete's sake!
Mari is actually a rogue AngelAdmittedly I'm just kind of pulling this out of thin air, but with her personality in mind I was thinking about it. She's got no real emotional issues similar to how Kaworu has no real emotional issues and she is a total Blood Knight. My bet is that Kaworu hasn't killed her yet (I don't know why but I can see him doing this and still being IC) because he wants to make Shinji happy and that means that having someone around who's far more eager to take out Angels lifts a little of the burden off of his shoulders. As soon as Kaworu thinks that she isn't working to the benefit of Shinji's happiness, there's going to be a massive fight between the two in an EVA vs EVA clash.
Gendo knew what would happen to Unit 03. He put Asuka there deliberately.He either remembers some of the events of the previous universes or the prophecies he is aware of are very specific. Either way, he had some idea what would happen to Unit 03. And since his plans rely on Shinji becoming closer to Rei, and Asuka could easily get in the way of that, it was as good a time as any to remove her from the equation.
Rei STILL is a clone of YuiCrazy, I know, right? But while there's some speculation to the contrary, Evangelion 1.0 ports one of the very first clues about this ("If it's a boy, we'll name him Shinji. If it's a girl, Rei.") from the end of the series to it's very beginning. This seems to be a subtle clue from Anno, that this particular important detail remains true in Rebuild, despite appearances to the contrary. And that's not even mentioning how in 2.0, Gendo outright hallucinates Yui's image superimposed over Rei's.
Kaworu intends to cause the third impact himself at some pointIf him saying "This time I'll make you happy" when talking about Shinji and assuming he somehow knows how the events of the origional series played out are anything to go by. His lack of understanding with regards to humans means that when he sees how utterly broken having to kill the one person who showed him some love left Shinji he assumed it was because he had made the wrong decision. So now he intends to cause the third impact himself and do what he thinks will make S Hinji happy. Plus it fits with his real name "Tabris" the angel of free will, he has the choice to either prevent the third impact or cause it, and this time he intends to make it happen.
Unit 06 is a regenerated Adam.Kaworu was originally Adam's soul. This time around, however, he got himself a spanking new body.
Shinji is the reincarnation of James Strang, and will continue to re-incarnate until he can create a mormon kingdom on Beaver Island, MichiganThe ending of the first rebuild movie talked about how the phase of the Dead Sea Scrolls is over (a reference to the tv series) and now it is time for the book of law. The Book of Law could the Book of the Law of the Lord better known as Book of the Law. James Strang had 5 wives while Shinji has 5 love interest (Asuka, Rei, Misato, Mari, and Kaworu). James Strang failed to create the mormon Kingdom that the Book of the law prophesized so clearly it's now up to Shinji to convert Nerv to the the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite) and move them all to Beaver Island, Michigan and take over.
Mari Makinami is really from the First Ancestral Race.She's on Earth to check up on things,because they are just plain less neglectful than other Precursors.
Shinji will get a new Eva.As long as he's using Unit-01, he's still relying on his mother. In order to complete his growth into an adult, he'll have to leave Unit-01 behind, and get a new Eva.
Shinji has ascended to become a Champion of Khorne.Consider: Before counterattacking, the EVA spews out a ridiculous quantity of blood, which could only attract the Blood God's attention. He granted Shinji the rage needed to get Rei back, demanding more blood to fuel it, which was given when Shinji entered the field, stripping his arms and face of skin. Khorne, like fanboys, believes the pilot of a Humongous Mecha should not be a cowardly little wimp, and certainly not one devoted to Slaanesh. More than happy to correct this glaring error in the universe and steal a worshipper from his hated opposite, he will ensure that Shinji continues to be the terrifying asskicker he should be.
Unit 06 is the prototype or test type for the MP EVAsBased solely on SEELE referring to it as the first true EVA.
Shinji will learn that Rei is a clone of his mother.... and stay with her anywayThe boy damned near killed the planet to save her life. After what he's been through (and what's likely to come), thinking about the Oedipal implications seems a relatively trivial thing. To be sure, there will probably be a stretch of time where he's shocked and confused, but he will get past it (in what will probably be another Crowning Moment of Heartwarming).
The third movie will be A Day in the Limelight for Mari.With Shinji and Rei trapped in Unit-01 and Asuka heavily injured and potentially insane, Mari and Kaworu are the only pilots in any shape to actually be doing things. Mari didn't get much development in 2.0 due to the other characters getting focus, but now they're out of the picture. (This may be very obvious to everybody else, but it only occured to me today.)
Leliel will appear in the third movie.While this would mess up the order of Angels, it would make sense. Since Leliel is the Dirac Sea, and the Dirac Sea still exists (Unit-04 got pulled into it), Leliel must therefore exist, and therefore has to be fought before Kaworu. This could possibly explain some of the scenes in the trailer, like the one where Rei is wearing her AU clothes.
Mark 06 is Lilith.The mask on Mark 06 before the construction starts is exactly the same as the mask on Lilith in the original series, with the seven eyes. The 'Lilith' in Terminal Dogma has the standard 'Angel Face' mask that is on most of the Angels. I think that the Mark 06 is made from Lilith's body, but without the soul (which is in Rei). The Dogma Lilith is a clone (much like the evangelions) that is a decoy placed there to fool anyone attempting Third Impact by Kaworu and SEELE, who want complete control over the process. Doesn't work too well when Unit 01 stands in pretty well for Lilith though...
The Lilith in Terminal Dogma is Adam.This isn't very well thought out, I admit. However, it would make sense that like the "Adam" of NGE turned out to be Lilith, the "Lilith" of Rebuild, which has a mask similar to Adam's child, would actually be Adam (or one of the "Adams").
If Rebuild is indeed a 'sequel' to the original, then the Mark-06 is the Unit-01 from the Original Series.(This is a little far fetched, but bear with me here) During the last scene of 1.01/1.11, we see a Lilith lookalike on the moon, which is being converted into the Mark-06. Now, this may not seem to be too relevant to this theory at first, but according to Anno/Gainax/The Producers, there was an unused ending for Eo E that had Unit-01 'lying on the Moon, and woman's hair flowing from its broken mask, her face remaining unseen'. Helping this theory is the fact that:
Mari and Kaworu will have to fight each other in their respective EVAs.Whether or not you believe that Mari is an Angel, Kaworu definitely is. Mari is going to find this out and, due to her hotblooded nature, get her ass kicked. This'll put Shinji in a tough spot - avenge Mari and kill Kaworu (who's still his friend), or don't avenge Mari and hesitate to kill Kaworu.
The Rebuild Movies take place in a Potential "New World" for ShinjiThe movies take place during EOE, when Shinji is basically God and trying to decide what to do with Instrumentality. While experiencing the "new" universe, Shinji has no recollection of the old one(s). But Kaworu does. He's there to guide Shinji to a happier universe, so he'll try to change things in Shinji's favor and help him. This is EVA however, so it's all gonna end up even worse.
Rei's feelings are at least partially maternalIn the Rebuild movies, especially 2.0, there have been many hints for romanctic feelings between Shinji and Rei. Hell, Asuka even says that Rei is in love with Shinji. My guess is that at least part of these feelings from Rei's side are maternal, due to her being a clone of Yui. She still has romantic feelings, only they're competeting with the maternal ones. The revalation of this will cause some angsting in the next two movies.
Rebuild will go the way of EOEThere's news going around that Anno is depressed again. If this is true, well, we're in for a ride....
By "father" Kaworu was referring to FuyutsukiHe's the product of an affair with Yui, and is an angel due to...reasons.
Asuka is an Angel.Probably,but not certainly, the Last Angel.
All of the civilians are dead.
The Adams are Ultramen
About the updated trailer for 3.0Asuka's spoiler:space/aerial battle is against Arael. But instead of the original's Mind Rape sequence, this time she'll take the fight to the Angel, showing her character development this time around through shrugging of the Hallelujah-Beam's effects.
Kaworu lives and...
Mari will somehow give birth horriblyOkay. Mari. Mary. Rebuild. New Testament. ?????. Profit.
Kaworu will actually attempt to make Shinji happy.And not in a weird apocalyptic way or anything. He'll just go around doing nice things for Shinji because he wants a better ending.
Mari is this universe's version of Mana KirishimaFrom what this troper is aware of, Mari acts somewhat similar to Mana outside of an Eva, or at least somewhat similar to some of her fanfic portrayals. Since I don't believe Mana ever actually fought in Girlfriend of Steel, she could have been a Blood Knight and we just not known it. You know, All There in the Manual-type stuff, only without the Manual.
FINAL / EOEThis is similar to some of the above WMG that 3.0 will finish the rest of the Angels and FINAL will be the same as/similar to EOE. However, I don't believe that to be the case. So far, given the first two movies, the last Angel battle in the film deviates wildly from the original, moreso than the others. This tells me that the last Angel battle in 3.0, likely Kaworu/Tabris, will also be very different. As a result, either Kaworu and Shinji will become friends and Shinji will Take a Third Option, possibly by destroying the Lilith entity so that there's nothing handy for Kaworu to merge with. However, Kaworu's plan to "make Shinji happy this time" might involve a Zero-Approval Gambit on his end, so that Shinji will still kill him, but because there was no friendship, it will not be a source of angst. Then, SEELE becomes the Big Bad of FINAL, and despite Shinji's, Asuka's, and Rei's best efforts, everything still starts going to hell a la The End of Evangelion... and at the last minute, Mari Illustrious Makinami Bright Slaps all three of them before going on to perform some sort of Heroic Sacrifice worthy of Kittan himself, weakening the MP EVAs/Unit-06/whatever-the-hell-SEELE's-main-anti-EVA-force-is and inspiring her friends (because given how much more sociable the big three are, it's bound to happen) to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, unleash their true potential, and give the Big Bad the biggest No-Holds-Barred Beatdown in recent anime history, and in the end, Everybody from the original series (except possibly Kaworu) Lives, thus compromising between both sides of the Broken Base.
Utada Hikaru will sing Cruel Angel's Thesis in one of the upcoming movies.And it will accompany the single greatest beatdown in franchise history.
Rei's soul is now wholeThis may seem like piling one WMG over another, but there is a theory that in the TV series, a fragment of Rei's soul was within Unit 00 and that part of her soul was reunited with the rest of it upon Unit 00's destruction. If this is the case in Rebuild, then Rei's soul may have become whole when Zeruel consumed both Rei and Unit 00.
Asuka was already Mindraped. Remember how the version of The Beast featured "Hallelujah", not to mention the girlish giggling that didn't come from Asuka right before she sprouted wings and was forcibly pulled into the Entry Plug? Yeah... I'd say Q will feature this between Asuka's periods of not being filled with suicidal depression about it. This Time, this troper suspects Mari will be mindraped (Shinji's in the hospital, presumably Rei is too, and, well, Kaworu's an Angel...why would he suffer the effects of Mind Rape?).
Rebuild is on Post-Scratch EarthThe ocean is red from a Betty Crocker rebranding experiment.
Rei will be fully human when she get's released from Unit-01And it will be a huge sign that Yui has her own agenda different from Gendo's.
Rei looking like Yui, and trying to get her and Shinji romantically involved was Yui's idea.Turn's you Yui was a huge fan of brother/sister incest mangas.
Theories on what future angels may look like.
Gendo's ultimate plan this time around is to make a weather-controlling machine....It was a weird dream I had the other night, but considering this is Evangelion, I'm not counting anything out.
This time around we'll get to see the EVAs go head-to-head with the ADAMS themselvesBecause it would be awesome and not fighting ADAM in the original was really disappointing.
The Rebuild movies take place in the RE-TAKE multiverseOkay, so RE-TAKE takes place in a multiverse that Shinji created, filled with alternate realities where only one thing stays consistant: he gets with Asuka. I theorise that this is one of those worlds, except Kaworu's existance is messing with Shinji's world. The old and the new is clashing, and this is causing some rather problematic changes: the most notable is Asuka being in Unit 03's entry plug when crap went down. Shinji is forced into another, far more problematic situation, where he begins to transcend the boundries of humanity and starts 3rd Impact. Kaworu has to stop this, and he does. But why does he have to stop 3rd Impact on this world? This world holds the key to birthing the original Earth anew. Combining the object Kaji bought Gendo in this series of movies with an EVA, and then divecrashing it into Lillith, will cause a process that will result in an Earth that is an exact replica of the original series' Earth, which will then be taken over by SEELE. The entire plan from the beginning has been to get Shinji to cause 3rd Impact, create a series of worlds with one "key world" that would allow a "master world", a replica of the first and original Earth, to come into existence. Taking advantage of the young state of this earth, the SEELE men will take the role of God and rule over the original Earth. This whole process causes a "Big Bang" effect, destroying every other smaller world, along with the rest of the universe, and creating a single galaxy in the now completely empty universe consisting of the original Milky Way galaxy,with SEELE ruling over everything. Asuka Langley Sorryu, of the old earth, knew of their plan, and followed them to this "key world". Hence, we have Asuka Langley Sorryu in 3.0 working to cause 3rd Impact so the SEELE guys can't possibly get their hands on it.
Kaworu is no longer Tabris. Mari is.It's already an established theory that Mari is an Angel, but everywhere on this page, people seem to be assuming that Kaworu is definitely an Angel. But this is Rebuild. All the bets are off. If Mari is playing the role of and Angel, then her actions (disguised as a human, being able to sync perfectly well with any Eva) mirror Kaworu's in the original series. Given that if this is the literal 'Rebuild' that people mainly think it is, and Kaworu really is responsible for its existence (likely, as he's the only one conscious of the change), then why would be put himself in the position of Shinji's enemy, when his goal is to 'make him happy'? So he shoved the role onto a poor unsuspecting girl, who in the old world, just lived a normal life (well, as normal as you can get in post-apocalyptic world). So the people who think Mari's existence is down to self-indulgence on the part of the writing staff are right, on a meta-level. Whether or not Mari is aware of her identity at the moment, I don't know.
Touji is the pilot of Unit 08 mentioned in the 3.0 trailer
In this continuity, Humanity was born of ADAM (Or equivalent thereof), and the Angels were born from Lilith (Or equivalent thereof)
Mari is The reincarnated form of the previous world's EVA-01
Kaworu is either ADAM himself or an entirely new being.Going by the thought that Kawuro knows what's going on and isn't Tabris anymore (from an above wmg), perhaps Kawuro is actually ADAM? It'd explain his breathing in space and his appearent knowledge of what happened in NGE. Plus, ADAM was embdeded in Gendo's hand in the original - it would explain the "father" line. If he's not ADAM himself, he could just be a human-avatar of ADAM, created and used to watch over the human world and guide things to go the way he wants them ie: stopping Shinji/Rei/EVA-01/whatever from ending the world. As for my second guess (still going on the thought that Kawuro =/= Tabris), maybe he's a separate entity entirely. Not from ADAM or Lilith, but a being sent from wherever it is ADAM and Lilith came from to watch over the Earth and make sure things don't go too bad or against some sort of plan.
Mari and Kaworu are both Tabris.Based on this.
Plug depth affects synchro ratiosI'm not sure about the first Rebuild movie since I haven't seen it in some time, but the second movie makes a great number of references to an EVA pilot's "plug depth". What I'm thinking is: the higher the plug depth (the closer to an EVA's core the pilot is), the higher their synchro. Anyone who watched the original TV series knows a higher synchro rate means finer control over the EVA, but the greater chance of bodily harm the pilot risks should their EVA take damage. In Rebuild, a higher plug depth also grants better controls, but once more at the risk of bodily harm, on top of risking "contamination" from the EVA's core and subsequent loss of humanity. This would correspond with Mari having a high degree of control over EVA 02 when she activated its Beast Mode (her plug depth was said to be in the negative range, suggesting she might've actually been inside EVA 02's core), as well as Shinji's powerful control over EVA 01 when he snaps towards the end (plug depth of 180+).
Ritsuko and Gendo are in a relationshipJust like in the original. They show no sign, but when questioned, a piece of Ritsuko's cigarette falls down, and Symbolism is high in this series.
The Final movie...Will be subtitled "You Must (Not) Runaway". Search your feelings, you know it to be true.
Rebuild is the result of Anno going over the original proposal to the series and deciding to recycle some ideas.Plot points in the Proposal:
Asuka's eye patch is not for a missing eye, but is being used to hide that eye's true natureThat's true nature is the fact that during Bardiel's possession of Unit 03, it was brought up that Asuka was being pull forward into plug. Now, where does that description seems familiar, right, the same thing happen to Shinji when he unleashed Unit 01 on Zeruel at the end of the 2nd movie. Now based of the previous theories, that Shinji during these event became part or full-on angel. So simply the eye patch asuka wears in the preview for the 3rd movie, is really to hide that eye's color in now red, which occurring to similar theories is a sign of angel DNA.
Asuka Shikinami and Mari Makinami are Rei clones, or similarTheory partially composed because of Asuka Langley Shikinami's Evageeks Wiki page. So some theorise that Asuka Shikinami and Mari Makinami's names have been created in order to form some sort of "trifecta" with Rei. The basis for this is that all 3 lastnames end with nami. This seems like a completely baseless rumor, just some sort of coincidence fans are taking too seriously. But, think back to the 3.0 preview at the end of 2.22: one frame contains 3 seperate Rei clones, close together. There are shots of Asuka and M Ari individually, though, so cloning is unlikely. But... what if they were alternate universe Reis? Reis that Rei could have been? Ego-boosted but hollow Asuka, awesome Mari, both sharing the "nami" prefix in their names. There's gotta be a reason.
This is not the second iteration of these events after End of Evangelion. It is the fourth (possibly fifth).In the first series, we have one single Adam, whose silhouette looks rather EVA-like. In this series, we have four Adams who look much less EVA-like. Whatever the nature of the Adam/Adams is/are, it's possible that the number of Adams is indicative of how many cycles this story has gone through. The series, and End of Evangelion are the first cycle, and Rebuild is several cycles somewhere down the line. If the Adams are actually True EVAs (much like what Unit-01 almost became at the end of 2.22), then it could be that each Adam is the product of each preceeding Third Impact event. Obviously, this means that the Adams each survive their Second Impact events as well, and are likely recovered and used in the construction of each cycles' EVAs. It should be noted that the EVAs seem to have similar, but also different and arguably more powerful abilities in Rebuild than in the show, which could mean that having more Adam samples (which, if the theory is right, would be EVAs from previous cycles) would result in marginally better EVAs each cycle, which then result in marginally more powerful Adams. Notable abilities include Unit-02's Beast Mode, as well as Unit-03's spontaneous growth of fully functional arms. Ultimately, this could mean that the Adams, and possibly Angels, are undergoing a slow evolution as a direct result of previous cycles' improvements on EVA design.
Rei will be pregnantin 3.0 She and Shinji were stuck in Unit-01 with nothing else to do.
Shinji won't kill Kawrou this time.Somebody else close to him like Rei, Asuka or Misato will, leading to a whole new freakout.
Third Impact will be Averted, and the world saved, but everyone close to Shinji will die, leaving him an even worse emotional wreck than at the end of the orginal.Thus making a happy ending even more depressing than the depressing ending.
Just as the end of 2.0 deconstructed always save the girl, one of the upcoming films will reconstruct it.
There will be a ninth Eva.And it will be for Rei considering that unit 00 was completly destroyed.
Evangelion: FINAL will end with Shinji making a Heroic SacrificeThe main plot of Evangelion 3.0 is Shinji attempting to redeem himself for causing Third Impact but ultimately failing. This Troper's theory is that the 4th movie will climax with all the pilots fighting a seemingly invincible enemy poised to destroy humanity completely and Shinji will stop this creature and save the world by self destructing his Eva or something to that effect.
Evangelion: FINAL will end with only Shinji, Asuka, and a godlike Unit 01, with comments that humanity will rebuild from the ground up, even if the now-godlike Unit 01 sends out Angels eventuallyAll of this has happened before...
The moment someone syncs with an Eva, They cease to be fully human.Case in point: Asuka and Mari in 3.0. Neither of them have aged in 14 years. During the Unit-03 test Ritsuko mentions that a certain plug depth will cause Asuka to cease being human. However, what if they got the depth that it happens at wrong?
Kaworu will come back to lifeMind, he won't be the same we know i.e., he won't be an Angel but will come back in 4.0 as a human and be Shinji's best bud (perhaps more than that) in the end. Please, God, Anno, let me have this!
In Final Shinji is going to Really snapand I don't just mean be catatonic and curl into a ball either. I'm talking something ranging from a Nihilist who just doesn't care anymore and who sees any action he takes as doomed to end in tragedy, to full on Villain Protagonist who is actively trying to destroy the world and kill everyone, while longing for his own death.
Meta:The original script for 3.0 was a bit cheerier...but then March 11,2011.Well,bluntly a magnitude 9 earthquake killing tens of thousands of people,setting of half a dozen nuclear meltdowns, thousands of fires, and turning a huge chunk of your country into an unihabitable radioactive wasteland probably has an effect on the makers outlooks.
The Peseudo evolved-form can only be achieved by EV As made out of the ADAMS (EVA 1(?), Eva mark.06, Eva mark.08 and Eva 13
Shinji is going to have to let Rei dieOr maybe even kill her himself in order to set things right.
Alternatively, both Shinji and Rei will have to die.Since both are the two who are needed for the scenario to work, they both may realize that the only way to stop the next impact is to remove themselves from the equation. Quite a Bittersweet Ending, as they are both dead, but the world is saved, and the two are reunited in death.
The ultra-depression of 3.0 has something to do with the semi-optimistic endings of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Red vs. Blue.When it comes down to it, Gendo, Homura, and the incarnates of Church have the same motivations (in Epsilon's words, they "kept trying to get her right"), so their series may be connected in some way. (Instrumentality reincarnation, maybe?) Madoka got a happy ending (happy for Urobuchi, anyway), while Red vs. Blue got its happiest ending so far in Season 10. Going with the Madoka law of emotional Equivalent Exchange, there has to be an equivalent amount of hope and despair in the universe. So, it's likely that the optimism of those two series led to 3.0 becoming ultra-depressing.
ROE Gendo is Shinji from the original series.Despite their seeming dislike for each other, they do behave in relatively similar manners.
Rei will go through her own introspection sequence.Considering that Shinji went through a similar thing in the original series when he was trapped in Unit 01, Rei II will have something similar in 4.0. It is here that she finally comes to her own conclusions about her feelings for Shinji, possibly after meeting Yui.
4.0 will loop back to the beginning, but this time, it will be the beginning of the actual seriesSomething will happen that will massively screw up the entire world and make it so that events that made Rebuild different from the original never existed (i.e. Mari, Asuka being in Unit-03, etc.), the major difference is that Shinji is still himself. His broken self that knows everyone hates him, despite the new universe not acknowledging his Third Impact launching. This might explain all the self-doubt he has in the original and why he calls everyone liars when they say they're nice to him. He's not thinking this, he knows this from experience. A bad experience that never really happened.
Rebuild is the story of The Apocalypse, and the four remaining Eva pilots are the Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Any guesses for the souls of the new Evas?
Gendo will get a Didn't See That Coming in the final film which will cause all of his plans to fall apartBonus points if it comes from the universe's favorite plaything: Shinji. And it will be glorious!
Mari is as psychologically damaged as all the other pilots.If Gainax ever gets around to fleshing out Mari's backstory, it will tell us of a girl with a painful childhood defined by loss and loneliness, just like in the case of Asuka and Shinji. But unlike them, Mari accepted her role as an outsider, forever bound to the EVA and unable to relate to others. So even though she still feels pain and frustration, Mari has successfully learned how to control it and unleash it on the battlefield.
In FINAL, Mari pilots Unit 8+2 against the MP Evas.She ends up dying in Asuka's place, and since Mari was essentially the only person Asuka could relate to with the whole Fountain of Youth problem, they had probably become best friends or something. As a result, Asuka will either lose it or go catatonic, leaving it all up to Shinji.
Only Lilith-based Evangelions needs the Mother-Child relationship. The Evangelions in Rebuild is Adam-based.It is more or less confirmed by now that in the original series an Eva needs to have the soul of the mother of it's pilot. This appears to be true of unit-01, 02, 03 and even 04 (in spin-offs). But Unit-00, whoever's soul it may contain, obviously does not contain the soul of Rei's mother. While unit 02-04's origins are unaccounted it has been stated that 00 was made from Adam and it is shown that 01 was grown from Lilith. Now; it may be that only someone close to the pilot needs to be the Eva's soul (but if that is the case why can't Gendo pilot unit-01 and why does unit-01 to 04 always use the soul of the pilot's mothers and not someone else close to them?) or that Rei can control the Eva, when it's soul is dormant, in the same way that Kaworu does with Unit-02, but it is also possible that this difference stems from unit-00 being Adam-based while unit-01 is Lilith-based. And, since they function the same way that unit-01 do, unit-02 to 04 are also Lilith-based. If this is the case it is also likely that the Mass-Production Eva's were Adam-based as they could be piloted by dummy-plugs while unit-01 rejected the dummy-plug when Shinji was not also piloting it. Now let's look at Rebuild: here the Evas are used indiscriminately by the different pilots, a pilot can have multiple Evas without any obvious new soul-surrogates and the Evas, like the Mass-Productions units, have many angel-like qualities that they did not have in the original show. This can be chalked off to Anno changing the rules, but if this is, as so often hinted, a sequel, changing the rules of the universe like that would be weird. And once we also consider that the "Lilith" in Central Dogma now wears an angel-mask (while Mark.06 wears a Lilith mask) it is not unthinkable that said "Lilith" is actually Adam and that (most of) the Evas in Rebuild, except Mark.06, are made from Adam and not from Lilith.
Rei Q actually is Rei II.As it turns out, Rei will be revealed to have actually been secretly retrieved from Unit 01 by Gendo, who proceeded to blank her memories so as to make her more submissive again. Shinji's comments that she isn't "his" Ayanami is now slowly beginning to remind her of her past connections and relationships with him and the others, ala Robocop. Alternatively, Rei II is being held by Gendo in secret, while he uses the clones to take over her original place.
Shinji will make his "Everyone can just die" speech from End of Evangelion before the climax of finalAfter losing Kaworu and Rei in 3.0 the constant beratings and mistrust from Asuka, Misato and the others will finally push him past breaking point until he tells them that if they hate him, he hates them as well and that he doesn't care if they die or not. After that Misato and/or Asuka will Bright Slap him and tell him that despite what he's done they do still care about him but he needs to grow up, realise that he can't change what he's done, accept responsibility for it and try to move on. This will probably be combined with the death of one of them (most likely Misato but it could happen to Asuka as well) to finally snap him out of it.
Kaworu is a lying liar (who lies); Shinji did not cause near-third impact.At least three points seem to make it extremely unlikely:
Adams' Vessel(s)When Mari refers to Rei's Eva as an "Adams' Vessel" she's saying that she's at risk of being chomped on by Eva-13 which, at this point, we know is an Adam. The 12th Angel as we know escaped from Mark.06 as a Core and was eaten...and of course later we find out the Mark.09 is also a Core (possibly the repurposed Core of the Angel who's remains were used to build the Wunder), which would also make it an "Adams' Vessel."
The scenes shown in the 3.0 trailer are what actually happened during the 14 year timeskip.These will possibly be explored in FINAL or some sort of OVA.
The last movie's international title will be You Can (Not) Rebuild.It has a similar ring to the previous titles and what abstract question could be more important in the last movie than this one?
Rei II will return.And she'll be pissed Shinji tried to destroy the world to save her. Why would she be is she looked so happy to see him before? That was TI beginning and Shinji saw what he wanted to see. So why would Rei be upset?
Rei II will come to accept Shinji's actionsAdding onto the above, Shinji will eventually persuade her that her life does indeed have meaning, and that she deserved to live just as much as himself. While she will be upset at first, she will find that she is worth living after all. Bonus points if she returns in a way that doesn't start the next impact.
In the Final, Shinji is going to take responsibility for all of his actions!He'll accept the fact that TI was due to his own selfishness. Then he's going to call out the rest of the Jerk Ass cast for not bothering to explain things to him.
Shinji will save Rei........After taking responsibility.Adding on to the above, it will only be after Shinji accepts what he has done and takes responsibility for his actions that he rescues Rei from Unit 01. In fact, rather than rescuing her by himself, it will come about thanks to the help of the other members of WILLE as a way for them to make it up to Shinji as well. After all, You Are Not Alone.
The significance of the 4 Adams, 13 Angels, and Nebuchadnezzar's KeyThe 4 Adams are the 4 Worlds of Merkabah mysticism, they form the tetramorph throne of God...in other words the body of a Godlike entity. They're vessels were scattered and are used to create Evas Mark.06, Mark.09, Eva 13. A final one has not yet been revealed.
At the end of Final Shinji will save humanity and redeem himself in the eyes of Misato, Asuka and the rest but will choose to leave.Granted that's kind of a downer but even if he were to earn his redemption it's not impossible that he would decide he doesn't deserve redemption or to see the world rebuilt or that he should punish himself for causing Third Impact and choose to live away from society. Of course it might also be possible that someone will find out and try to stop him.
At some point in Final Shinji is going to beg WILLE (or at least Asuka/Misato) to kill him.Whether out of guilt or because he thinks he's too dangerous to keep alive Shinji will probably want to die given his current state and it logically follows that he may very well want to die at the hands of the people he wronged.
3.0 is/was a Take That to the fanfic writers who wanted a Badass Shinji and a happier EVA after EOE.Thusly, it can't go both ways for either of them.
The Adams, the awakening of Eva-01, the Third Impact, Eva-13, etc. were all just parts of the plan to awaken the Final/Zeroth Angel aka God:Shinji. Notice that when Neo-NERV attacked WILLE, they didn't take Eva-01, but rather Shinji himself. Ritsuko then mentioned something along the lines of "he can still be a potential trigger" and tries to convince Misato to detonate the DSS Choker. According to Kaworu, the DSS Choker was designed to kill Angels. Also, both Eva-01 and 13 (presumably both Adams) awakened because of whose will? Shinji himself. When Shinji caused Eva-01 to awaken, he mentioned "I don't care what happens to the world but I'm bringing Rei back" thus triggering the Third Impact apocalypse. Both 01 and 13 needed him as the epicentre of both the Third and Fourth Impacts. When Kaworu was killed by the Choker, Eva-13 remained awake and the Door of Guf didn't close. Mari then realized that it was Shinji himself, again, who is keeping the Door open. The Door only closed when Mari activated the ejection system. I think, that the various factions of the world are fighting not just to possess the Adams, but also to possess Shinji, whose subconscious is the equivalent of Haruhi Suzumiya. That is, he's the prime Reality Warper of the series, aka God himself. SEELE wants to break Shinji's ego in order to trigger his God-subconscious to accept Instrumentality and euthanize existence, hence why they are exposing him to fight against insanity-inducing Eldritch Abominations while planning more misfortunes against him in secret. Kaworu in response tries to comfort Shinji in the hopes that he can remake the world. The world is progressively becoming more worse and Lovecraftian as a reflection of Shinji's God-subconscious, as it becomes more and more convinced in its isolation, Hedgehog's Dilemma, and misunderstanding of humanity. The God-subconscious tries to remake the world in its own image, hence the Failures of Infinity Eva-01 replicas littering Tokyo-3, and the Giant Rei mutated from the Lilith underneath Central Dogma. No amount of physical or supernatural force can save humanity from Shinji's God-subconscious as it approaches Awakening; the only thing that can do so is understanding, the element that allows humans to connect to each other and build the wonders of human civilization, despite their miserable existence.
Final will feature the ULTIMATE mind screw and subversion for Eva...After years of it being said that Shinji is a screw up, how awful he is for running away from reality, that his refusal to own up to his actions,and how it only makes things worse for others, they will do the one thing you'd never expect. It'll turn out that absolutly nothing is Shinji's fault. In fact his course of actions were the best possible ones, and everyone else is the screw up, or malicious. It will even turn out that Wille is responsible for most of the world's population being dead, but they didn't want to own up to it, and passed blame onto Shinji to run from their own guilt. Because, lets face it, who would see that coming?
The Kaworu seen in the first two movies is different from the one Shinji meets in Q.While this can easily be chalked up to Art Evolution, the Kaworu who appears in the first two movies has very different looking hair, sharper features, and an over all more masculine design. His few lines are all also significantly more sinister than the Kaworu seen in the third movie. The fact that this Kaworu was the pilot of the Mark.06, which became infused with Lilith in an attempt to cause an impact is why we don't see him after the timeskip. The fact that Rei Q was unaware of her previous identity before being told of it may suggest that Kaworu is similarly unaware of his clones, and has instead been convinced that Mark.06 was autonomous to keep him from learning the truth.
The events of 3.33 were always in the plans. It just wasn't originally planned to happen in 3.33.Nothing we see in the preview for the third movie is actually in the third movie, but everything that's said and shown seems like things that could have happened in between the two movies. What we got as Evangelion 3.33 may have actually been originally envisioned as the first half of the fourth movie. Hey, it would explain why, for as many whams and complete game-changers 3.33 throws the audience's way, very little actually happens in the movie itself.
Rather than being a brand-new Angel like Third or Seventh, the Twelfth Angel is Rebuild's take on Armisael.
The cat is the mastermind behind everything that happensAround the middle of 2.0, there is a random shot of a cat sitting on some stairs, and then he stares at the audience for a second. You know he's the one behind it all. You can tell it by his secretive eyes.
Kaji died during Third Impact.He doesn't show up at all during 3.33, despite Shinji visiting every place Kaji would logically be if alive. Would further explain why Misato is so pissed at Shinji and why her crew is so reluctant to talk about Third Impact.
One of the people in the photo of Yui from 3.0 was Asuka's mother.Note the woman in the far right of the photo.◊ Look familiar?
Final will feature a Fifth ImpactAnd this time, it won't be stopped: everyone will die.
All of 3.0 is actually happening in Shinji's headAfter Eva 01 was skewered by Kaworu with the Spear of Cassius and Third Impact was stopped, Shinji was trapped not only inside the robot, but inside his own psyche, possibly because of whatever power of Impact-preventing magnitude holds the Spear; an event quite probably intended by Kaworu, who fully expects Shinji to be happier in a world of his own creation, with some adjustments to make it rational and not too much dream-like ( SEELE still exists but it is silent, no longer able to harm anyone, for an example). Unexpectedly, though, Shinji ends up in the ultimate bad trip: all his good actions meant nothing, most of the people he ever cared about are dead and those surviving hold only contempt for him: this is a reflection of Shinji's own astronomical guilt and abysmal self-esteem, resurfacing violently from his subconscious and imprisoning the poor guy in his own personal nightmarish hell. Kaworu somehow senses this and thus 'inserts' himself in the constructed universe, giving Shinji some relief and insight and ultimately trying to free him through the Twin Spears and Eva 13. Sadly, this world being (mostly) a product of Shinji's mind, he manages to sunbconsciously screw up his own rescue through Gendo: the personification of everything Shinji fears and hates, the very source of his insecurity and self-loathing. Kaworu is forcibly removed from this Bad Future scenario via gory death, his parting words to Shinji a hope that his intervention was not entirely made moot. By the end of the movie, a catatonic Shinji is saved by Asuka, showing that in the end, there is indeed still hope, as a tiny fragment of the boy's mind has not given up yet and may possibly finally find the strength to face his own demons and free himself by 4.0.
Events between 2.0 and 3.0Based on the original trailer and 3.0:
Rebuild 4.0 will (never) be born.
Wunder is the Lance of Cassius
Ritsuko is a secret agent for Gendo during the events of 3.0
The "Curse of Eva" is related to mental contamination from piloting the Eva.
The Piano-Scene is part of Gendo's plan.At first, the entire piano-scene seems to be completely irrelevant, but remember that Shinji's Synchro-Rate in the beginning of 3.33 was shown as 0.0000%. This means he would be unable to synchronize with an EVA, and thus wouldn't be able to play his part in Gendo's big masterplan. However, in the real world, scientists have found that skilled musicians are easily able to synchronize their heart-rates and even mental activity before they even start playing. Shinji was already established as being a superb cello player in NGE, while Kaworu is shown to be a very skilled pianist, and assuming that Shinji was also a skilled cello player in Rebuild, he would have a lot less trouble learning to play a second instrument, even if the second instrument is vastly different, than if he had to start from scratch. Gendo needed Shinji to pilot Unit-13 in order to start the Instrumentality project as Gendo envisioned it, and to do that, Shinji needed to learn to synchronize again. During the piano-scene, Shinji appears to synchronize with Kaworu fairly quickly, and after the piano-scene, Shinji has no problem synchronizing with Unit-13 and Kaworu at the same time. Therefore, the seemingly pointless piano-scene is actually one of the most important scenes in the movie!
Mari is actually an alternate universe version of Marisa Kirisame.Let's see...
Once you've successfully synchronized with an Eva once, it becomes possible to synch with other Evas too because of Angelic contamination.I know that the rules I'm keeping in mind here don't necessarily apply in Rebuildverse, but let's roll with it for a sec. Think about it this way. We know that in Rebuild, achieving a certain plug depth or interacting with Angels can cause physical/mental contamination of a sort in Lilin - probably, contamination of an Angelic nature. The dub implies that even in normal circumstances, piloting causes this contamination on some level ("Psychological contamination is within the standard range" - said by Maya when Shinji is entering Eva-01 for the first time). We also know that in the original series, Kaworu's ability to achieve any synch rate he wants comes from being an Angel, despite having a Lilin-like body (it's not clear whether said body was composed of LCL, PWM, or a combination, but if it's true that he was born from the first Contact Experiment then it's probably the latter). Ergo, Angelic qualities make synchronizing with an Eva easier, even if your mother's soul is not inside it. This would explain how Asuka was a viable candidate to test Eva-03 and how Mari's piloted three different Evas, while still allowing for Evas to carry the souls of pilot's parents - which is implied to still be true, since in 3.0 Fuyutsuki tells Shinji that Yui is inside Unit-01. In this scenario, Mrs. Shikinami was inside Eva-02, and Mrs. Illustrious/Makinami was inside Unit-05, but after the first successful synchronization, the contamination from the Evas let their children synch with other Evas. But you need that first synchronization to work for any contamination to occur, which is why they still can't just pick any child to be a pilot - without having a mother in an Eva, there's no way for the child to contract the Angelic traits.
SEELE is not a group of people in Rebuild 3.33Rather, it's their preserved neural matter. Maybe they died in the 14-year time skip but since they still wanted to run things they turned themselves into Brains in Monoliths beforehand. But this gave Gendo the ability to just shut them down by turning off their life support when he no longer needed them. Supporting this, when Fuyutsuki turns the monoliths off, you can briefly see an image of a human brain.
Rebuild is one of the worlds created by Shinji in RE-TAKEQuite possibly, one of the first worlds.
Shinji will strangle Asuka in Final.Like in Eo E, but this time, Shinji will kill her.
The plot of Final.Shinji will go berserk and hijack Unit-01, going on a rampage through Tokyo-3 Godzilla-style. NERV will declare Shinji an enemy to humanity and Misato will order his death by any means necessary. NERV deploys Asuka in one of the newer units (up to Anno to decide which), and a major battle between two former friends-turned-mortal enemies rages through the city. During the fighting, Asuka is knocked against her console, eyepatch-first, causing sparks to fly from her eyepatch. She suddenly pulls off the eyepatch and discovers her left eye is normal. No Angel Eye, no empty eye socket. A normal eye. Then her head becomes clear as she looks at the eyepatch and discovers that it's a mind-control device with Gendo's signature on it. It dawns on her what is happening: Gendo is mind-controlling NERV to turn them against Shinji, who still thinks Asuka is against him, continues the fight until Asuka informs him what is going on. Shinji just blacks out from the shock of this revelation, and Asuka takes him and Unit-01 far, far away from Tokyo-3. Using the new teleporters in the plugsuits, Asuka parks the two Evas, extracts Shinji, and sets up camp. That night, Shinji awakens in the tent, and Asuka fills him in on all the details:
Shinji will not appear in Final.After causing Fourth Impact, Misato will have killed him. Mari will be the main protagonist of Final.