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Stranger Things' season 4 premiere has an X-Men-inspired title

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 7/11/2019 Adam Silverstein
Millie Bobby Brown in a dark room: Stranger Things reveals an X-Men-inspired episode title for the Netflix show's season 4 premiere, calling it 'Chapter One: The Hellfire Club'. © Netflix Stranger Things reveals an X-Men-inspired episode title for the Netflix show's season 4 premiere, calling it 'Chapter One: The Hellfire Club'.

Stranger Things might not be returning for its fourth season for a while yet, but at least we now know the title of the first episode.

The Netflix show has revealed that its season four premiere will be called 'Chapter One: The Hellfire Club' and has been written by series creators Ross and Matt Duffer.

Posting on Twitter, the writers' room captioned a picture of the script's title page with: "looking for new members... are you in?"

a close up of a piece of paper: Stranger Things season 4 script title page Hellfire Club © StrangerWriters - Twitter Stranger Things season 4 script title page Hellfire Club

Now, given this is Stranger Things we're talking about, 'Hellfire Club' could really mean anything. Plus, some of season three's episode titles were changed from what was originally announced, so who knows if this will even stick once it's released? 

But if we take them at their word for now, the most notable 'Hellfire Club' relates to X-Men and the group of villains who were involved in the Dark Phoenix Saga from the mid-'80s, led by an iconic villain called Emma Frost (aka The White Queen).

a group of people in costumes: Hellfire Club X-Men Sebastian Shaw Emma Frost Selene Tessa © Marvel Comics Hellfire Club X-Men Sebastian Shaw Emma Frost Selene Tessa

We're just speculating here, but the significance could be that as the Hellfire Club tried to seduce Jean Grey to unleash her inner-darkness, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is effectively Jean Grey. 

The series also made a reference to X-Men in its very first episode, when Dustin and Will raced on their bikes on the condition that Will would get a copy of Uncanny X-Men 134 – the beginning of the Dark Phoenix Saga – if he won. So there is something X-Men going on.

But, again, this is Stranger Things, so they'll probably be messing with our heads right up until season four is actually released on Netflix.

Stranger Things seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix.

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