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Why Snake Eyes Isn't Mute In His Origin Movie | Screen Rant

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.

Throughout the entirety of Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, the titular character played by Henry Golding has plenty of lines of dialogue, which may seem odd considering that the classic Joe is traditionally mute. While the origins for Snake Eyes' traditional silence vary depending upon the version, the ninja operative of the Arashikage clan is almost always voiceless, even being known as the Silent Master. As such, why isn't Snake Eyes mute in his new origin movie from director Robert Schwentke?

In Snakes Eyes' Marvel Comics origins from Larry Hama, the ninja was caught in a helicopter collision on one of his first missions as a G.I. Joe shortly after Storm Shadow's believed betrayal of the Arashikage. During the accident, glass from the shattered window scarred Snake's face and damaged his vocal cords, which is what led to his permanent silence. However, other origins have ranged from Snake Eyes' throat being punctured by Cobra's Zartan to the ninja simply taking a vow of silence in response to Storm Shadow's betrayal, as was the case in the prior and unrelated live-action films. Still other versions of Snake Eyes's backstory never bother to explain the reasons for his silence, marking them as classified information. Whatever the particular origin, Snake Eyes being a mute ninja has long been a core element of his characterization, save for this new origin film.

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In Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, however, Henry Golding's Snake Eyes talks throughout the whole film, and no indication or hints are ever made that he becomes mute as the plot progresses. The most likely reason for Snake Eyes' lack of silence is a desire to have a strong leading actor with plenty of dialogue. After all, this is the first film in what could be the beginning of a brand new franchise and G.I. Joe cinematic universe (at least that's the hope). It's harder to drive the plot forward if the main protagonist doesn't have any lines, which likewise becomes a much harder sell to audiences. As a result, having Snake Eyes talking seems almost like a necessity for his solo film.

Even after Storm Shadow betrays his duty and is banished from the Arashikage, Snake Eyes doesn't take a vow of silence nor does he suffer any injuries to his vocal cords or face. As a result, the Silent Master isn't all that silent in his origin film, and he doesn't receive his iconic cowl and visor until the film's end. That follows the basic arc of the vast majority of modern superhero origin movies and TV shows in which the hero isn't shown in their source material-accurate costume until the end of the third act. Still, it's a bit surprising that the movie made the choice to also hold back on the incident that caused Snake Eyes to go mute.

While Snake Eyes speaking in this film isn't all that egregious seeing as how it's his origin, one would expect that his traditional silence will come in some form as he starts to share the spotlight with other Joes in potential sequels, making his voice not as necessary as it was for this first chapter. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins did set up a future where Snake Eyes goes after Storm Shadow while also showing interest in joining the Joes, so there will certainly be opportunities for Snake Eyes to become mute down the line with any future installments.

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