During a blockbuster-rich summer that saw X-Men fighting the Apocalypse, Suicide Squad trying to bring a dark edge to the DC Cinematic universe, and a Captain America saga causing a rift within the Avengers, the biggest superhero/sci-fi success story of them all was Netflix’s Stranger Things, a little-known show about kids, dungeons, a Demogorgon, and telekinesis.
With a fraction of a fraction of the fanfare and hype that preceded Marvel and DC’s summer releases — and that’s if we’re being generous — Stranger Things became the breakaway hit of the season.
And now, with Labor Day upon us, Netflix has announced the no-brainer decision we all knew was coming: Stranger Things will return for a second season in 2017. The streaming service broke the news with a cryptic announcement video (above).
Stranger Things season two will run for nine episodes; it does not yet have a specific release date.
The show’s producers, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, have said in interviews that it will be a continuation of what happened in season one and follow the same set of characters while expanding the show’s scope and adding new mysteries. They told Slashfilm:
[T]he plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot of the big mysteries get answered at the end of Season 1, but we are very much kind of unearthing new problems and questions that merit future stories and future investigation in the most enjoyable way. So we are in love with our cast and our characters.
The creative team behind season one, Matt and Ross Duffer, a.k.a. the Duffer brothers, will return to helm season two. We can only hope they bring Eleven with them.