Jun 3 2008'Terminator: Salvation' Ending Revealed to be Stupid


Want to know the probable ending to Terminator: Salvation long before its release? Want to be horribly disappointed in something beyond your control? Then look under the cut!

From AICN, and confirmed by CHUD:

"Alright so the main character is a cyborg named Marcus. For some background, Marcus was a criminal who was executed in 2003. He donated his body to Project Angel which was involved with SkyNet. They take his body and make a terminator out of him so he's a terminator skeleton but has living muscle/skin and a beating heart too. At the end of the movie John Connor is fighting a T800 model 101 and loses. He dies and the top resistance people come up with a plan to help the resistance keep fighting on. The resistance feels that it's important to keep the image or idea that John Connor is still alive so the resistance keeps going. So they rip off Marcus' skin and put John Connor's on the skeleton so now Marcus is John Connor."

I think I get it. So, basically, Terminator 4 just devolves into a bizarrely convoluted sitcom plot? I'm imagining something like this:

Sarge: "Marcus, the rest of the resistance is going to be here in half-an-hour! Where's John Connor?"

Marcus: "Uh, bad news, Sarge. He's kinda... uh, dead?"

[audience laughter]

Sarge: "He's what???"

[more laughter]

Marcus: "Dead, sir."

Sarge: "I heard you, you nitwit!"


Sarge: "Well, we can't let the resistance know he's dead! Hmm... I got it! We'll rip off your skin and stretch his skin over your Terminator skeleton! They'll never know!"

Marcus: "But his skin is a medium--I wear a large flesh suit!"

[audience erupts]

Then there's a hilarious scene were Marcus has to fake his way through a date with John Connor's girlfriend after hiding a Terminator skeleton under his blankets so his parents won't know he snuck out to join the resistance movement. This transitions perfectly into the second film, in which Marcus copies some top secret SkyNet documents onto the sole of his shoe, only to realize he learned the information in the process.

Reader Comments


uhhuh.... hmmmmm.... yeah....
I'd say... Fucking stupid!
the point is to suspend belief not go apeshit stupid

But after T3 there was not much to expect

u forgot to mention that at least marcus will look like christian bale after his skin makeover. thats sort of a good thing.

I have to disagree with you #3. I thought T3 was the best of them all.

Anybody want to step up and say "I freakin' LOVED all of those wonderful movies! *chuckle*" ???
like my father, actually...

Oh Christian Bale. I hope this is his obligatory piece of shit big-budget movie that he gets out of the way.

Christian Bale is in this? holy shit, he's friggin BATMAN

Um....the Batman movies are sorta big budget in case you forgot. I doubt this is true though. Remember, Arnold tells John Conner in T3 that "he kills him." Since there are 3 new Terminator movies coming out I find this hard to believe.

Deva....are you serious? The third one was your favorite? Please tell me your joking...the third film is a steaming pile of garbage!!

Or how about when Marcus gets stuck in the SkyNet HQ elevator... with a very pregnant lady!

Yo, "Fartface," (classy!), I qualified "big budget" with "piece of shit," and the new Batman franchise is pretty badass as far as I can see, and they are very well made (I'm assuming the Dark Knight is, judging by the trailer). If Terminator 3 was any indication, this new one is going to be a colossal clusterfuck.

T3 was a disaster. Just like the Alien franchise, it's best to pretend the first two movies were the only ones made.

I prefer Frank Miller's idea where Robocop's brain is used to power Skynet, thereby setting the scene for his ROBOCOP vs TERMINATOR series.

I think George Lucas ghost wrote that ending. Well, maybe not, there would be some dancing, a marriage and every form of creature dancing really, really badly.

//Oh Christian Bale. I hope this is his obligatory piece of shit big-budget movie that he gets out of the way.//

If you forgot Reign of Fire and Equilibrium, I'll have what you're having.

Here's hoping that when John Connor's skin gets taken off they manage to do it in one move, like the tablecloth trick.

Dead guy resurrected?
I've seen this plot before.

Weekend at Bernie's

WHAT!?!?! No they can't be serious? Hello screenwriter, if you're reading these comments... DON'T DO IT!

I hope this isn't true, if it is, my only thought is why do they keep trying to reinvent the wheel with these franchises! Just give us an actor that can portray a convincing "future" John Connor, and put in tons of terminators/HK battles with the human resistance members... show us their world the world we first saw in glimpses during the 1st T-movie. Every Terminator movie they bring out seems to show us less and less of the actual war with the machines, which is strange since CGI should make it a lot easier then back in the first movie!

All of you need to shut up. Movie execs don't care what fans think. If they did we never would have seen Transformers, Heath Ledger as The Joker, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull or anything else that sounds like crap but ended up being awesome. If that's the ending they use, they'll make it work. As long as The Terminator remains a successful franchise, they'll keep making them. Look at Star Wars, Indiana Jones, James Bond and everything else. Deal with it.

#20, er what ? If movie execs listened we never would have gotten Transformers ? Explain the downside, at least then I wouldnt have to have "My bad" by Prime etched in my memory, I hate people who even give Transformers a pass, even if you werent a fan before its an appaling film.

Anyway as questionable as this twist sounds its exactly the sort of risk people complain Hollywood doesnt take. The idea of an even more amoral human leader being the final victor and not John Connor is quite subversive and I'd wait to see how they pull it off.

#21: I agree it is a good risk to take, but considering there is a trilogy here they should hold that one off until maybe the 2nd or 3rd installment.

Furthermore, if McG wasn't directing this I would be all for a twist like this right off the bat… Seeing that he is and hoping that Bale pulls some clout and gets him replaced which I doubt will happen I think this has bad written all over it.

Considering that there are friggin robots all over the place why couldn't they give John Conner his own cyborg body? this will be terrible. . . why dont the damn machines just make more of those liquid metal robots and let that be the end of it? what are the odds that they'll jump into a vat of scolding metal again?

I don't believe this to be true. I think it's fake.

Doesn't this ending sort of go against the entire idea of Terminator? Why the hell would the resistance want to make a robot out of John Connor just to make people believe he was still alive? So freakin' dumb! Oh god, why don't they just say "Directed by Brett Ratner" and get it over with. Then they can have Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in hilarious cameos where they slide down some sheets into the resistance head-quarters and Chris Tucker can say, hilariously no doubt, "Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth", but less grammatically accurate!

Yay! You have ruined this franchise whoever-it-is-that-is-directing! And I hate you!

Equilibrium wasn't bad.

Reign of Fire though. bleech.

Terminator 4. double bleech with a blergh on the side.

all fan boys die! who f'n cares what was printed in the above. McG is fine..and t4 will be good.. Most of you complain about somethign that was written but not verified. is it true? is it false?

T$will be a great restart and the something new. Change is important..but all i see or hear is assholeslike all the above bitchin all the time. if any of you had the chance to do a terminator movie...it be the same f'n thing as part 1 or 2. but with more sex ....cause non of you are gettin any.

so..top it off..shut the f up and stop bitchin. none of you are movie experts nor critics..do be a player in this field when you are not.

#27, You sound like you could be McG defending this ridiculous plot. For the record, McG is not fine. I'm not even going to comment on your last attempt at a sentence.

What do you think these forums are for? Get over yourself. I'll even defend your right to say what you want on these message boards as well. But really!? Your going to get all bent out of shape because people are voicing their opinions about something some of us have a personal sentimental attachment to that is "rumored" to be butchered. Yeah, your right, we pay for the tickets and the DVD's, where do we get off having an opinion.

It's not that bad people. At risk of giving them the idea for the trilogies end, I'll tell ya what would be really bad... A truce between Skynet and the resistance - I'm looking at you Matrix Revolutions


I honestly have no idea where this came from. I'm actually considering taking legal action here. I can assure you, this will NOT have a part in my movie. Or the next, or the next. You can relax. (I mean, seriously..pulling John Connor's skin off to make a Terminator look like him?? What the f-...)

The T800 model 101 Terminator John Connor fights at the end had better look like Schwarzenegger did in '84 before he got rhinoplasty. If they can make Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen look twenty years younger, they can do the same for Arnold. If it isn't the same Terminator that kills John, there will be a major backlash; we were promised that the 101 model kills him in T3. People don't like broken promises or broken storylines.


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OMG...they've gone mad. what are they doing?¡ can't they do anything else besides franchises?¡ ---they're screwing fim history.

I think having John Conner die is the worst thing they could do for this franchise. I'm glad they listened to the fans and changed the ending completely. The story is about the survival of HUMANS and the HUMAN spirit not having some other guy pretend he is John Conner. Common sense guys, Not shock value....

even though all these losers are complaing about this movie before it's realeased who wants to bet they they all go see it and the next one? (not with girls of course)

"I thought T3 was the best of them all."

Well, then you're an idiot

this movie was a disappointment . i liked the older terminators 1-3 better not because of arnold ,but because it had a good story

Thank God the movie didn't really end like that. They just transfer Marcus heart to John to keep him alive. Something if you think to much in science is almost impossible to to compatibilty issues but common this is a Sci-Fi Movie.

dude, all of you who complained about the movie from what you read on this guys blog are idiots. Next time, before you put your foot in your mouth, go see the movie!

I thought the actual ending was even worse than the one this article suggests. Terrible turd of a film.

Everyone always says Terminator 3 was bad...I would like to know what made it so bad...or so much worse that 2 or 1 ...I really liked the story and the ending of part 3. I liked 1 and 2 as well. Please explain what about part 3 was so bad.

uhhuh.... hmmmmm.... yeah....
I'd say... Fucking stupid!

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