*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Stranger Things Season 4*
With each new season Stranger Things introduces fans to increasingly deadly monsters, Season 4 raises the bar with its latest villain, Vecna.
In Season 4 the creature goes on a killing spree, hunting teenagers with a traumatic past in an attempt to implement their sinister plan.
It is also revealed that Vecna played a part in creating the Vile Mind Flayer, the fearsome creature that threatened Hawkins in Stranger Things Season 3.
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Vecna is the new threat in Season 4 of Stranger Things.
The mutilated creature wastes no time introducing himself, as at the end of Episode 1, he begins to implement his sinister plan by brutally murdering Chrissy Cunningham.
As the season progressed, Vecna’s killing spree continued and targeted fellow troubled teens Fred Benson and Patrick McKinney.
Vecna also attempted to kill Max Mayfield in Volume 1, but the Hawkins gang managed to create music that might stop him, which prevented him from killing Max on his first attempt.
In Volume 2, it is revealed that Vecna is attempting to open four gateways into our world from the Upside Down in order to wreak havoc at Hawkins.
Origin of Vecna
In the seventh episode of Stranger Things 4, the origins of Vecna are revealed, shining new light on Eleven’s time at Hawkins Lab.
Through a series of flashbacks, Eleven learns how he befriended in the lab, Peter Ballard, actually someone named Henry Creel, who was also being watched by the rest of the Hawkins gang.
Henry was another powerful figure who murdered his own family as a child and became subject 001 in Dr. Martin Brenner’s experiments at Hawkins Lab.
For years, Eleven believed that he had committed the deadly massacre in the laboratory, but in Season 4, it is revealed that Henry carried out the attack and hopes to recruit Eleven to destroy all of humanity at once. Can you
XI declined his offer, leading to a confrontation between the pair, which ended with XI, Henry Crell being removed from the Upside Down, where over the years he had turned into the twisted and mutilated creature known as Now we know by the name of Vecna.
Did Vecna Create a Mind Flayer in Stranger Things?
Yes, in the final episode of Stranger Things 4 it is revealed that Vecna was responsible for the creation of the Mind Flayer, the deadly monster the gang faced in Season 3.
In episode 9, Vecna details his separation in the Upside Down to Eleven, describing how he came across many creatures in this new world, including the Demogorgon.
We also see Vecna discover a huge, pulsating dark cloud in the sky made up of Upside Down particles and, using her powers, Vecna shapes the cloud into a Mind Flayer creature.
At that very moment, we see a flashback from Vecna’s childhood as Henry Creel in which he creates an image of the same monster, indicating that he is always destined to rain destruction upon Hawkins.
The revelation also confirms that Vecna has been secretly pulling strings from within the Upside Down since the beginning, allowing the Demogorgons and Mind Flair to venture into our world.
Stranger Things Season 4 is now available in full after Volume 2 arrives on Netflix on Friday, July 1, 2022.
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