When Aquaman director James Wan hinted earlier this year that Arthur Curry’s undersea adventure might lift some subtle cues from the horror genre (like his own Conjuring movie-verse), we had no idea he was being this literal.
**SPOILER WARNING: There’s an Easter egg spoiler for Aquaman below. While it reveals little of the movie’s actual plot, it still might ruin the fun for those who want to bring fresh eyes to the whole experience. You’ve been warned!**
In a bid to separate the Annabelle doll from dry land, where she’s already unleashed a flood of terror in Wan’s Conjuring franchise, Wan and the Aquaman team evidently decided to drown her at the bottom of Atlantis.
Via Cinemablend, Annabelle gets her very own cameo appearance early in the movie, creepily lurking on the seafloor in a scene in which Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) are about to board an underwater vessel.
Asked about the alleged Easter egg, Wan kept things coy, telling Cinemablend, “I don't know what you are referring to. [laughs] I have no idea what Easter egg you are referencing here, if it's an Easter egg. ... Maybe [The Conjuring’s] Patrick Wilson is really Ed Warren pretending to be King Orm? What can I say? I'd like to see that film, how about that?”
In other words, Wan didn't deny anything. And it wouldn’t be the first time he’s snuck in an Easter egg that crosses over from another franchise — as anyone who’s spied the Saw series’ Billy puppet in The Conjuring can attest.
Is nowhere safe from Annabelle? We can’t wait to take the wraps off Aquaman for ourselves to see just how terrifying a vision The Conjuring’s demonic doll strikes, quietly biding its evil time in the ocean depths. Aquaman opens in wide release on Dec. 21, following select screenings for Amazon Prime customers a week early on Dec. 15.