WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Otto Bathurst's Robin Hood, in theaters now.
Otto Bathurst's Robin Hood tells yet another story of the famous archer as he steals from the rich to gives to the poor people of Nottingham. This time, Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton), is framed even more as a social justice warrior, targeting the administration led by the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mendelsohn) for his incessant taxing of the common folk.
Robin tries to spark a revolution, backed by his beloved Marian (Eve Hewson) and mentor John (Jaime Foxx), building himself up as a vigilante symbol known as "The Hood." He eventually succeeds in his mission, but in the process, he points a path forward for a sequel featuring an even more personal and sinister threat.
A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
Following his exploits in the English army, slaughtering the Moors across Arabia, Robin gains redemption by partnering with John, a Moor himself, to stop the Sheriff. However, in the film's finale, Robin surrenders to save the people of Nottingham after a big riot, and is taken to the Sheriff to be decapitated. Luckily, John has been impersonating a guard and saves Robin, which leads to the big moment where they hang the villain.
Robin then takes the revolt to the forest on the outskirts to start a new life away from the mines and poverty of their old home. The citizens want to embrace their newfound freedom, but the Church of England has hired a new Sheriff to hunt the outlaws: Will Tillman (Jamie Dornan). He makes it clear that he will purge Nottingham of these rebels, but not before Robin shoots an arrow at his outlaw poster, setting up another deadly rivalry.
THE HUNT FOR MARIAN
In Robin Hood lore, Will's known as Will Scarlet, and was actually one of Robin's Merry Men, his inner-circle of warriors. Here, though, Will's a politician who turned on Robin after Marian left him to be reunited with the archer. When Robin was thought dead after being shipped off to war, Marian got together with Will, but with Will's sly nature emerging, she quickly realized she'd made a mistake.
In the riots, Will sees them kissing and hesitates to throw a Molotov cocktail at the Sheriff's forces, which results in him falling onto it, and getting half his face burnt. With the left-side of his face scarred and bloody red (similar to DC's Two-Face), he's now taken the name "Scarlet," and is out for revenge against the couple, even if it means committing genocide.
THE RISE OF THE MERRY MEN
The sequel can also dive deeper into the Merry Men. Here, we only meet John, but as the revolution grew, we saw mysterious young men pinning hoods all over Nottingham as a sign of anarchy. Hundreds of them join Robin in the riot at the end, masked up with bandanas and hoods, themselves. This, of course, signifies that next time around, Robin might not have a band of men, but an entire legion.
John commanded the Moor army and the film ends with the new breed of outlaws turning to him for training, clearly in awe of his expertise. Friar Tuck (Tim Minchin), a former priest, is one member of this crew who's already present and accounted for, so the door's open to add other skilled soldiers like Allan-a-Dale or Gilbert Whitehand. There are many Merry Men to choose from so it would be interesting to see who Robin and John decide could make the cut for the frontlines.
In theaters now, Robin Hood stars Taron Egerton as Robin, Jamie Foxx as Little John, Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Tim Minchin as Friar Tuck, Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet, Paul Anderson as Guy of Gisborne, Josh Herdman as Righteous, and Bjorn Bengtsson as Tydon.