10 films where the main character meets his past or his future

Time travel can be tricky business because there’s always the looming threat of changing events too much and unwittingly changing the world for the worse. However, while most time travel films keep this danger in mind throughout, others throw caution to the wind and have their protagonist directly interact with a past/future version of themselves. Whether the interaction is just for a second or for the whole movie, there’s always interesting growth and possible conflict that comes from the main character meeting a younger/older version of themselves.

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Recently, Ryan Reynolds came across a younger version of his character Adam, played by Walker Scobellin Netflix The Adam Project and many MCU fans are wondering which versions of Doctor Strange will appear in the next Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. So before another time travel encounter happens on the big screen, it’s a good time to watch movies where their main character gets an unexpected look in the mirror.

‘Loper’ (2012)


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Rian JohnsonThe hit sci-fi action thriller of 2012 looper was probably one of the first films to come to mind when thinking of characters coming face to face with themselves because that’s such a central aspect of its iconic premise.

looper sees his main hitman Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) plunged into a terrible twist of fate when he is forced to eliminate his future self, played by Bruce Willis, to “close the loop”. The meeting between Joe and his eldest is certainly not as happy as others on this list, but it’s a thrilling encounter that leads to one of the most original and tragic sci-fi rides in the game. last decade.

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‘Zathura’ (2005)


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Although the arrival of Dax Shepard’s Astronaut in Zathura seems like the sci-fi board game simply giving the Danny brothers (Jonas Bobo) and Walter (Josh Hutcherson) a mediator as they try to reach the endgame, he ends up having a deeper connection with Walter.

While the astronaut talks about his own experience in the game, he acts more like a personal mentor to Walter and the big heartfelt reveal of the astronaut being an older version of Walter adds another surprisingly emotional layer to Zathurathe story.

‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Fucked Me’ (1999)


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The second Austin Powers movie, The spy who fucked mehad a lot of fun time travel antics, but none were as great as Austin (Mike Myers) working with himself to stop Dr. Evil (also Myers).

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To save his companion Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham), from a terrible death, Austin jumps back in time to get help from himself to save his daughter and the world. Though it’s short, two Austin Powers getting together are hilarious and can’t resist each other’s “sex appeal.”

“Meet the Robinsons” (2007)


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All along by Disney strongly underestimated Meet the Robinsonsyou can’t help but hope that little genius Lewis (voiced by Jordan Fry) ends up reuniting with his older self as he meets his future family, and the moment he finally does is truly special.

Lewis meets his eldest, who goes by the name Cornelius (voiced by Tom Selleck), leads him to rethink his life and ultimately not to change the case of becoming an orphan that guided his life in the future. It really is the mentorship he needs and it perfectly emphasizes the film’s central message to “keep moving forward”.


‘Deadpool 2’ (2018)


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While the cable (Josh Brolin) travels most of the time by Deadpool 2Marvel’s mercenary with a mouth gets his chance to rewrite history in the movie’s post-credits scene.

Throughout his journey to take down Ryan Reynolds before he becomes Green Lantern and stops Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) of being killed, Deadpool (Reynolds) returns to X-Men Origins: Wolverine to put a bullet in this film’s character incarnation and officially become the one and only Deadpool.

“The Kid” (2000)


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2000 Disney live-action film the child embodies the sweet and comforting impact stories of encountering your younger self can have.

The film follows abrasive image consultant Russ (Bruce Willis) as he meets his eight-year-old self (Spencer Breslin) and develops a strong bond that makes him rethink his life and try to work towards a better future. Willis and Breslin have fun chemistry and make their growing bond easily touch your heart.


“The Adam Project” (2022)


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Netflix’s latest blockbuster, The Adam Projectsees Ryan Reynolds meet his comedic match in Walker Scobell as the two play older and younger versions of Adam, respectively, as they attempt to save the world.

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Reynolds and Scobell show strong comedic chemistry with each other that makes them feel like the same person. The growth they each have upon meeting each other, as well as their deceased father (Marc Ruffalo), lead to surprisingly emotional conclusions.

‘Star Trek’ (2009)


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One of the best surprises of JJ Abrams‘ 2009 star trek reboot was by Leonard Nimoy return as Spock as it leads to an incredible generational connection.

Nimoy and At Zachary Quinto’s Spock interacting with each other is a perfect passage of the torch moment that connects fans, past and present, in a heartfelt way. He pays great respect to Spock’s legacy and ends up playing a significant role in Spock’s character arc throughout the series of reboots.


‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (2014)


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X-Men: Days of Future Past at many times x-men fans are still ecstatic, including the introduction of Evan Peters‘Quicksilver and Observation by Hugh Jackman Wolverine has fought in the past, but nothing compared to watching the two by Patrick Stewart and by James McAvoy Professor X shares the screen.

It’s the quintessential moment where past and present collide in the film, and it’s incredibly touching to watch Stewart’s Xavier convince McAvoy’s Xavier to hope again and save the mutant genre.

“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)


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The iconic Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey features a more horrifying and chilling look at scientist David Bowman (Keir Dullea) seeing his future self.

As Bowman heads to Jupiter to investigate the alien monolith, he is eventually brought into a room that shows him an aging version of himself that he eventually becomes. There’s a sort of cosmic horror vibe to the scene: it’s haunting but feels like a fitting end to David’s harrowing journey.

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