What the 'Hellboy' post-credits scene means

Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

"Hellboy" has finally hit theaters, and one thing that's clear before the box office receipts are even counted: This movie is hoping for a sequel.

Based on the long-running comic book series created by Mike Mignola, "Hellboy" stars David Harbour as the titular half-demon, half-human who was summoned to Earth by Nazis.

A departure from some of the more upbeat costumed superheroes audiences expect from certain kinds of comic book films, Harbour's Hellboy is a gruff and angsty paranormal investigator who is a bit unsure of his place in the world.

Directed by "Game of Thrones" veteran Neil Marshall, "Hellboy" reboots the previous franchise helmed by Guillermo del Toro into a bloodier, grittier incarnation that takes full advantage of its R rating.

But like the films of other comics-based franchises, "Hellboy" plants seeds for its hero's future adventures with a pair of scenes during and after the end credits.

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"Hellboy" is back with David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane and Daniel Dae Kim.

Even before the credits roll, the movie teases a sequel as Hellboy, Alice (Sasha Lane) and Daimio (Daniel Dae Kim) take on another secret organization. In the aftermath of the fight, the team stumbles upon a tank full of water labeled "Icthyo Sapien."

"Hellboy" fans will recognize that the being in the tank is none other than Abe Sapien -- even before seeing a mysterious hand reach out against the glass.

In the comics, Abe Sapien is a Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) research specimen turned agent thanks to Hellboy. The two became close friends after Hellboy saved Abe from further experimentation. Though he had no memory of his past, Abe was a human scientist who was turned into an amphibious, fish-like man in a ritual gone awry.


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