7 things which will definitely happen in It: Chapter 2 (2024)

The second part of the adaptation of Stephen King's monster classic, It: Chapter 2 is fast gaining momentum with a shoot commencement date set for July this year, while casting of the adult members of the Losers Club has started – Jessica Chastain is on board to play Beverly Marsh, while grown-up Richie Tozier will be played by Bill Hader and grown-up Bill Denbrough by James McAvoy.

There's still heaps to be revealed, but here's what we already know about what will happen in It: Chapter 2.

*Warning* MASSIVE SPOILERS for both the film and the book to follow.

1. Mike Hanlon becomes a junkie

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Mike (the young version played by Chosen Jacobs, the grown-up version yet to be cast) is the only member of the Losers Club who stays behind in Derry after the gang think they have defeated Pennywise at the end of Chapter 1. It's Mike who suspects that Pennywise is back and who brings the others back to town. In a major change to the book, director Andy Muschietti has said he wants mild-mannered librarian Mike to have become a junkie.

"My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book," he says. "I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him.

"I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he's a wreck."

2. Things don't go well for Stan Uris either

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One of the most pivotal points in the book is Stan's reaction to Pennywise's return. And, we're sorry to say, it's not good. In the book Stan is so traumatised by Mike's phone call that he slits his wrists in the bath and writes the word 'It' on the wall in blood.

Muschetti has said to EW that this plot point is even seeded in the first movie. "There is something in the future for him, taking his own life, that finds its seed in this film. He is the one who doesn't want to accept what's going on. And being the one who didn't want to participate, he gets the worst part."

So probably don't expect a megastar to be cast as grown-up Stan…

3. Henry Bowers probably isn't dead

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Another key character that may return is Henry Bowers, who at the end of Chapter 1 has been pushed down a well. We would assume he was killed by the fall, except we know what happens in the book...

King's story has it that Bowers washes up in the sewers and is blamed for the previous child murders and sent to Juniper Hill Mental Asylum. Years later when IT and The Losers return, Bowers escapes and, controlled by IT, tries to kill the gang.

The above deleted scene, which appeared on the DVD, sets up Henry even further as a psychopath who has killed all his mates, which would have even further foreshadowed him as a secondary antagonist in ep 2.

4. The Turtle will feature. But not a lot

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In Chapter 1 the Turtle Maturin (a mystical goodie who vomited up the universe in the book – go with it) was barely glimpsed. Echoes of His Turtleyness appeared in the lake scene and in the form of a Lego Turtle. Muschetti has said he's not a huge fan of the Turtle and was keen not to make the film a fantasy, but the counterpoint to Pennywise will appear in some form.

"The moment you introduce the element of IT, which is an interdimensional evil entity, the presence of the Turtle comes with it, as a counterbalance," he told Syfy Wire. "It doesn't seem to pay a big role, but the Turtle is there.

"Like all mythologies, there's a god of good and a god of evil. I didn't want to use it as a fantastic character, but it's hinted, every time the kids are in danger or something, I wanted to hint at the presence of the Turtle. It might have a bigger role in the second one."

"In the book, they somehow address the Turtle and say, 'The Turtle couldn't help us'," he added. "But I think in the second part, the Turtle will try to help them.

"In the second movie, the Turtle left a few clues to their childhood that they don't remember. They have to retrieve those memories from the summer of 1989, and that's how we jump back to 1989. The keys to defeating to Pennywise are left in the past, and as adults, they don't remember."

5. Ritual of Chüd is in there

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…But with a twist. Mike's drug habit will be the link to the Turtle and the clues to the past, in Muschietti's version of the 'Ritual of Chüd' from the book (a ritual which allows the gang to enter a state where they can see IT's original form).

"It resonates with what the kids do when they go to the smokehouse in the Barrens," Muschietti says.

"By inhaling these fumes from the fire they have visions of IT, and the origin of IT, and the falling fire in the sky that crashed into Derry millions of years ago. We've brought that to Mike, by the end of those 30 years Mike has figured out the Ritual of Chüd."

6. We'll see Pennywise's origins

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As Muschietti says, then, we'll be seeing Pennywise's backstory – or some of it. Pennywise is an alien, it turns out, who crashed into Derry in a meteorite in prehistoric times and pops up every 27-odd years. He's been around for donkeys' and this is one of the things Mike has discovered via his research.

We know that Muschietti and Bill Skarsgard shot a flashback scene which involved Pennywise before he'd gone full clown.

"There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]," star Bill Skarsgard revealed.

"The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I'm not the clown. I look more like myself. It's very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what IT is, or where Pennywise came from."

In this frankly grim-sounding scene, Pennywise eats a baby. Yup. We're not saying that this particular scene will make Chapter 2, but it is inevitable that we'll be treated to scenes of Pennywise through the ages.

7. Don't get too attached to Eddie Kaspbrak

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We're just saying.

And one thing that won't happen...

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One of the more… troubling moments in the novel is the revelation that, after they had defeated IT as kids, the pre-teens became lost trying to return from the catacombs under Derry. In order to restore their confidence and bind them together in a kind of coming-of-age ritual that symbolically links childhood with adulthood, Bev has sex with each of the six boys.

Unsurprisingly, Muschietti has said that he decided to cut the so-called 'child orgy scene' from his version of the story (although it was included in Cary f*ckunaga's initial script). He opted for the less controversial coming-of-age movie standard, the blood oath (although don't try that at home either, please).

It: Chapter 2 opens on September 6, 2019

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What will happen in it chapter 2? ›

The Losers confront It about how they have overcome their fears, and are no longer scared of the entity, causing It to shrink to a small weakened Pennywise. Mike rips out It's heart, which he and the Losers crush with their bare hands, finally killing It.

Is IT 3 coming out? ›

Despite the fact that IT: Chapter 3 is not expected to be released anytime soon, the new prequel series presents an opportunity to expand the world of IT. In March 2022, Variety shared that Welcome to Derry is in development.

What is the storyline of it chapter 2? ›

Is Pennywise afraid of Eddie? ›

Movie info

He was the youngest of the seven members of The Losers' Club, and the only member Pennywise is afraid of. With the others, he fights Pennywise the Dancing Clown, both in 1958, 1985, 1989, and 2016 He, however, gets killed by Pennywise in the final fight (IT (book), (IT: Chapter Two.)

Is IT 1 or 2 scarier? ›

Parents need to know that It Chapter Two is the follow-up to the hugely successful It (2017); both films are based on Stephen King's novel. This one -- which is more centered on adults than kids -- is very long and less scary than the first, but it's definitely entertaining, with great characters and true teamwork.

Is Pennywise still alive after it Chapter 2? ›

Both the miniseries and IT: Chapter 2 stayed true to the novel and the way in which the Losers finally defeated Pennywise, but it also left the big question of whether Pennywise really died in the sewers or not, and the answer is as complicated as the origin and nature of IT, as it did die but not entirely.

Is Eddie alive in it Chapter 2? ›

In "IT Chapter Two," Eddie is fatally wounded by Pennywise, but he manages to injure the creature with a makeshift spear before dying. In the aftermath of the battle, Eddie is mourned by his friends and ultimately laid to rest. There is no further information on what happens to Eddie after his death.

Did Richie like Eddie in it Chapter 2? ›

In the adaptation of It Chapter Two, Richie is portrayed as being secretly in love with Eddie Kaspbrak until the latter's death, and Eddie remained unaware of these feelings.

Was it based on a true story? ›

Answer and Explanation: No, Stephen King's It is not based on a true story. King had the idea for It when looking at an old wooden walking bridge in 1978 near his home in Boulder, Colorado.

Who has a crush on Eddie in IT? ›

In a previous interview, Hader discussed how he had been sought to play Richie in “It Chapter Two.” Here, he talks about the specific decision to reveal Richie's love for Eddie and how it factored into his performance.

Was Richie in love with Eddie? ›

Richie is also in love with Eddie, going as far as to carve their initials on the kissing bridge in town, which is not something you just do for your best buddy. Eddie's untimely death cuts the possibility of romance short, but Richie's feelings are still there and Eddie's feelings are highly implied.

Can Pennywise beat venom? ›

Pennywise. Pennywise, it would know Venom's fears and use them against him. Like Pennywise would take on a Symbiotes only natural predator in the Xenophage and eat Venom. Pennywise is probably a bit overpowered for Venom, excepting maybe the KIB version, but even then I think "It" is more versatile.

What is the ending of it chapter 2? ›

Mike rips the clown's heart from his chest, and the group destroys it. Then the crew escapes the sewer and the house that sits above it as the structure collapses. After a brief, emotional dip in the quarry—a callback to the first film—the happy-ending parade commences.

Does Pennywise turn into a spider in it Chapter 2? ›

Mike was convinced that the Losers' belief that they could defeat It would protect them just as it seemed to at the end of the first movie. It then transforms into its final form, a massive clown-spider hybrid, and the battle of wills between the Losers and It truly begins.

What was Richie's Secret in IT 2? ›

Richie's sexuality

It is revealed in one of the final scenes of the film that Richie recarves his and Eddie's initials into a bridge. Director Andy Muschietti has stated that the decision to depict Richie as gay in It Chapter Two was based on this interpretation of the book.

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