I just thought of something that will help me very well with something I’m very passionate about. See, for many years, I’ve argued with people on what is canon and what is not in franchises like Alien, Predator, Terminator, or Star Wars. People have argued with me about stupid stuff, like that elements were in novelizations are considered canon with the movie they’re adapted from. One time I argued with someone about how the T-1000 travels back in time in Terminator 2 when it’s liquid metal and not living tissue. I theorized that the T-1000 covers itself in a living tissue cocoon that it sheds off later. But one person argued that according to the Terminator novelizations, they cover themselves in some kind of lotion. I tell them that I don’t go by novelizations, and they get really offended saying it’s canon whether I liked it or not or some BS like that.
I remember a heated debate over Lance Henriksen’s character in Alien3 and Alien vs. Predator. I said that the man at the end of Alien3 played by Lance Henriksen, credited as Bishop II, was the descendent of Charles Bishop Weyland in Alien vs. Predator. All we know was that he designed the Bishop android, considering we didn’t even know his name in Alien3 or his connection to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, it’s open to say that he could’ve been a Weyland. But fans who read the Alien3 novelization say that, in reality, that he was really an android designer named Michael Bishop and was not a Weyland.
But it’s not just novelizations, comic books and video games. I’ve often had fights with people about the Predator culture which had been established in comic books about what is the true interpretation. One person hated the 3rd movie Predators because it ignored all the Predator material in the expanded universe.
My argument was on these subjects that, if you’re working with a movie franchise, the movies outrank the other material. I’m not saying they’re bad stories, I’m saying that once they make a new movie, they will ignore those stories. They don’t research every piece material saying that “we can’t do this because it contradicts this book not everyone has read.” Take Star Wars for example. Ever since Disney bought Star Wars, they ignored all the stories that followed Return of Jedi, which I was fine with, because I wanted fresh stories that weren’t restricted by those stories I had no interest in.
But here’s what I have realized. Continuity is subjective these days. People can decide what they want to be considered canon, and I think that gives power to the fans. Take Halloween for example, Halloween has three different continuities: The Thorn Continuity of Halloween 1, 2, and 4-6, the H20 Continuity with Halloween 1, 2, H20, and Resurrection, and 2018 Continuity which is just Halloween 1 and Halloween 2018. People can decide for themselves what is the true canon. And they don’t have to consider all the movies of each timeline, for example, I like Halloween 1, 2, and H20, I don’t have to consider Resurrection canon. It’s called “headcanon.”
Headcanon is an empowering thing for fans to have their own opinion on what stories they accept as canon. Maybe those who don’t like the Disney Star Wars movies can consider everything before the Disney stories are canon, and that’s their right to it. Take me for example, I love the Alien franchise, but I only love Alien and Aliens, I hate Alien3 and I’m not crazy about Alien Resurrection either, so my headcanon in the Alien franchise is Alien, Aliens, Prometheus, and Alien Covenant. People can have their own, no one should be told “this story doesn’t count” like that guy who hated Predators, he can consider all the stories that proceeded Predators and consider Predators non-canon. Again, it’s empowering for fans to decide that for themselves. No one should be allowed to consider a story they don’t like canon. I think my brothers, Wyndham, Weylin, and Wallace, taught me that. Thanks guys.