Stranger Things, which premiered its first Season 4 teaser almost 15 months ago, has unveiled a new look at the upcoming season, whose development was interrupted by the pandemic.
The second trailer teases the rumored return of Matthew Modine’s Dr. Martin Brenner. The video appears to be set at Brenner’s Hawkins National Laboratory, where he raised, educated, and experimented on children with psychokinetic abilities, including Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), whom he affectionately referred to as Papa. Dr. Brenner (whose face is never seen) is heard saying, “Are you listening, Eleven?” as the camera pauses in front of a door with the number 11 on it at the end of the teaser.
It’s unclear if this is a flashback, a dream, or whether Eleven has been apprehended and imprisoned once more, or whether she is using her telekinetic powers to locate Dr. Brenner in the present. Although Dr. Brenner appeared to be killed by the Demogorgon in Season 1, it was hinted that he is still alive in Seasons 2 and 3, which was clarified by the series’ creators.
The first Season 4 trailer, which debuted on February 14, 2020, teased the return of another Stranger Things character, David Harbour’s Hopper, who had been thought to be dead.
In a note to fans that followed the release of the first teaser, series creators The Duffer Brothers wrote, “We’re excited to officially confirm that development on Stranger Things 4 is now underway — and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper.”
(You can see it in the video below.) Filming was halted a month later due to the worsening coronavirus pandemic. It began again in late September. The new season, which is still in development, has yet to be given a premiere date.
Here’s what else the Duffer brothers hinted at for the upcoming season, which will premiere in February 2020. “However, it’s not all good news for our ‘American’ (Hopper); he’s been imprisoned far from home in the snowy wilderness of Kamchatka, where he’ll face human…and other hazards. Meanwhile, back in the United States, a new horror is surfacing, something long hidden, something that ties everything together. Season 4 is shaping up to be the most massive and terrifying yet, and we can’t wait for everyone to see it. Meanwhile, please pray for the American.”
Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) is seen taking her sons (Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp) and Eleven (Brown) out of the Indiana town to start a new life at the end of Season 3, following the explosion aimed at destroying the Soviet lab to the Upside Down deep underneath the new Starcourt Mall. In the final scene, guards are feeding a prisoner to an incarcerated Demogorgon, but “not the American,” which takes place in the far Eastern end of the USSR.
Stranger Things is made by Monkey Massacre Productions and 21 Laps Entertainment and created by Matt and Ross Duffer. Along with executive producer/director Shawn Levy and exec producer Dan Cohen of 21 Laps and exec producer Iain Paterson, the twin brothers serve as writers, executives, executive producers, and showrunners on the project.