"Stranger Things" Season 2 won't premiere until later this year, but co-creators are already dropping some major storyline spoilers to whet fans' appetite for the next installment of the hit Netflix series. Matt Duffer, who created "Stranger Things" with his older brother Ross Duffer, told Entertainment Weekly one thing fans can expect from Season 2. According to him, the stakes will be much higher this time around since it won't just be one person who will be in grave danger. "In Season 1, Will (Noah Schnapp) is in danger. The stakes escalate in that way," he told the publication. This comes after Netflix dropped the first trailer for "Stranger Things" Season 2 during Super Bowl LI on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Sean Astin does not want to take the elevator. It's a Monday afternoon when Astin arrives at a downtown L.A. building for an interview. And, sensing some upward travel will be required, he mentions that ever since the Northeast Blackout of 2003 -- in which he volunteered to help first responders in New York rescue people trapped in elevators -- he is a stairs guy. But if a power outage should happen here, it's at least comforting to know that Astin, 46, is in the building ready to spring into action. It's even more comforting if you've binged Season 2 of "Stranger Things" since its release last week.
With the concept of what's TV and what's film utterly upside-down and Stranger Things' second season just a month away, Matt and Ross Duffer are making it painfully clear that they're equating their creation to a movie sequel -- and want us to call it Stranger Things 2. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Duffers emphasize what they've been saying all along: this is more of a cinematic sequel than a second season of TV. Either way, beware of that sophomore slump (looking at you, Friday Night Lights, and nearly all movie sequels). "Netflix was like, 'Don't do that, because sequels are known to be bad,' " said Matt Duffer. "I was like, 'Yes, but what about T2 and Aliens and Toy Story 2 and Godfather II?' " SEE ALSO: Netflix shuts down'Stranger Things' pop-up bar in the nicest way possible In the interview, Ross Duffer also teased more about the new monster, which many fans speculate is the thessalhydra from Dungeons and Dragons and which Will might know from his time in the Upside Down. According to EW, Duffer referred to the new creature as a "shadow monster," and it first appears in visions Will still has of the Upside Down.
Now that "Stranger Things" Season 2 has been out for an entire weekend on Netflix, which is more than enough time to binge it, let's take a look at some of the little Easter eggs that were scattered throughout the episodes and that were discovered by a bunch of close-watching Reddit users. To start, a couple of the Halloween outfits had some fun connections. Steve (Joe Keery), for instance, dressing up as Tom Cruise was a reference to Season 1 when he compared himself to the "guy from'Risky Business,'" Reddit user Myers95 noted. This "Stranger Things" viewer also pointed out that Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) just so happened to want to be a ghost, while at the same time all of her friends were going as the Ghostbusters. Plus, later on in the season, Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) calls back to his "Ghostbusters" costume and references the film by telling Max (Sadie Sink) that it'll be "judgment day" if the monsters catch up to them.
We won't be venturing back to the Upside Down until October 27, but the cast and creators of Stranger Things were kind enough to give us a brief glimpse of the trip we're about to take at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of a thrilling new trailer. The cast gave series creators the Duffer brothers a standing ovation on stage after watching the footage, which was the first time they'd gotten to see it -- and the Hall H crowd was equally pumped. SEE ALSO: Barb got her very own shrine at the'Stranger Things' Comic-Con space The extended trailer gives us our first look at the return of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) who appears to be trapped in the Upside Down. Meanwhile, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) is clearly suffering some serious effects from his time in the terrifying dark dimension -- he's seeing visions of the Upside Down leeching into the real world, making a seemingly fun trip to the arcade into a traumatic post-apocalyptic experience. The promo also features our first glimpse of new characters Max (Sadie Sink), who joins the boys' class after moving to Hawkins from California, and Bob Newby (Sean Astin), a kind-hearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack.