A subplot in G.I. Joe: Retaliation will reportedly delve further into the back story of the characters Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, which was teased in the first film, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Part sequel, part reboot, it’s hard to know exactly what to expect from G.I. Joe: Retaliation, except an apparent continuation of the back story between rivals Snake Eyes, played by Ray Park, and Storm Shadow, played by Byung-hun Lee. In the first film, their origins were hinted at with one flashback, depicting a child Snake Eyes sneaking into the Hard Master’s dojo to steal some food, and a short fight scene between him and a young Storm Shadow.
Then, a super-cut showed the apparent murder of the Hard Master by Storm Shadow, who then fled the dojo, explaining Snake Eyes’ vow of silence in the present and the animosity between the two adult characters.
Park told ScreenRant that the sequel will pick up right where the first film left off for Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.
“Like it’s two brothers fighting, there’s a lot of aggression. Instead of flashy-flashy and doing flips in the air, we wanted to tell the story throughout the fight as well. There’s a lot of good moves, a lot of great choreography that we worked on. There’s a lot I can do with the character but I’m also working with my fellow actors, especially with Jinx.”
Lee agreed that he was looking forward to how the rivalry will play out on screen, and added that the back story of the characters will get more screen time in Retaliation.
“I think it’ll be more of his history. His history and we will see even his humanistic traits [..] Of course there are a lot of action scenes here. Much more, I think. They will use different weapons […] Definitely much more than the first one. I used to always be with Sienna Miller or Destro before but in this movie I’m with a lot of people, actually. There’s no specific person in this movie. I go around, sometimes by myself with Snake Eyes, Jane. Maybe all of them.”
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is rumored to have more of a gritty, militaristic feel than its predecessor, despite more or less picking up where the last film left off in terms of story. Whatever they do with Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, I actually kind of want them to unmask Snake Eyes in the sequel.
Cry foul all you like, but the child Snake Eyes showed two moles under each eye (hence the code name) and I kept expecting the unmasking of the adult Snake Eyes to be a surprise third-act reveal. All we got was a weird “G.I. Joe break-room” sequence with an out-of-costume Snake Eyes … wearing a ski mask.
It doesn’t have to be some big reveal, just treat it like a casual thing. It’s not like Ray Park is a bad-looking guy anyway.
Are you excited for G.I. Joe: Retaliation? Are you happy that they’re planning on giving more screen time to Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow? Sound off below the trailer!