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Teen Titans Go! May Finally Reckon With Its Past

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, in theaters now. 

If you've seen the commercials for Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, you pretty much know what to expect: The Titans go to Hollywood in hopes of landing their own movie, and gain a nemesis in Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, their actual arch-enemy in the comics. The day is saved, and the heroes manage to get the credits to roll before Robin can bore everyone with a moral lesson. That's it.

Except ... no, not really. After the flashy credits sequence and the catchy song end, a transmission cuts in, and we see the Teen Titans. As in, the classic Teen Titans, from the beloved 2003 animated series, trapped in their version of Titans Tower. "We're still here," comes the transmission. "We think we found a way back." And then it cuts back to the credits.

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Now, that could mean one of two things is happening: The first, and most obvious, is that the original series could be making its way to the new DC Universe streaming service. DC and Warner Bros. gave plenty attention to the digital platform last week at Comic-Con International, with trailers for the live-action Titans and the long-waited third season of the animated Young Justice, subtitled Outsiders. In addition, DC Universe will also offer the classic Batman: The Animated Series in HD for the first time; it's possible Teen Titans could receive similar treatment.

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The other possibility is that the mid-credits stinger is an honest-to-goodness tease for what's to come, either as a TV movie or theatrical release. That may have been the plan for some time now, as the Warner Bros. area of Comic-Con International 2017 featured a mural that depicted both incarnations of the Titans, with the classic team members beating up their Go! counterparts, with the exception of the two Starfires and Silkies who, of course, strike up friendships. Given how controversial Go! has been since its 2013 debut, it came across as nothing more than good-natured teasing, acknowledging how fans of the original feel about the new incarnation. But it seems, funnily enough, like a premonition of things to come.

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Add to that comments made early this month by actor Tara Strong, who has voiced Raven in both incarnations, that the success of Teen Titans Go! to the Movies could spark a revival of the original.

If this mid-credits scene truly is setting up another movie, it would line up with Cartoon Network's recent approach, with a Steven Universe TV movie announced last week at Comic-Con. Not to mention that a number of the cable's network's shows have crossed over with each other: Teen Titans Go! with The Powerpuff GirlsSteven Universe with Uncle Grandpa, and both Steven Universe and Teen Titans Go! will have characters cross into OK KO! and Ben 10 in the near future. This would just be another one of those, and one that finally puts the Titans Classic v. Titans Go! debate to rest, on genuine terms instead of as a quick goof. It may not lead to the sixth season that people want, but it's clear something is being set in motion to bring the two disparate versions of the Titans together.

The film's credits conclude with the promise that events will continue on Cartoon Network -- the movie takes place during Teen Titans Go!'s current fifth season -- so it's best to look there for whatever future awaits the original incarnation of the Titans, and what they'll do to "come back."

In theaters nationwide, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies stars Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Halsey and Lil Yachty.

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