Was the ending to Bloodshot real, or another simulation for Garrison? Dependent on the Valiant comic series of the same title, Bloodshot stars Vin Diesel as Ray Garrison, a former sea awarded a cutting edge upgrade and transformed to a mortal multi-billion dollar super-weapon. Through using”nanites” that replace his blood, Garrison becomes more super-strong and nigh-on indestructible. Though there was talk of Bloodshot kick-starting that a Valiant movie universe to sit down alongside the Marvel and DC juggernauts, the movie has attracted a muted reception critically, and a theatrical release was scuppered by the current pandemic. It remains to be seen as to if Bloodshot’s reception will impact Valiant movie plans ahead.
Even though Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot does not create his cinematic return, his introduction was not left on a bothersome cliffhanger… probably. After Garrison wakes up as a rage monster that is resurrected, he exacts revenge on the guy who killed him and his spouse in the first location. But it’s not long before Diesel’s character discovers his memories have been tampered with. Garrison’s wife left him 5 years earlier, and the shady RST company has been manipulating their new asset to take down targets of their choosing under the pretense of amorous vengeance assignments. Garrison takes down the RST baddies, albeit at the price of his life, and it appears Garrison could be genuinely dead. Bloodshot’s final scene reveals Wilfred Wigans managed to reconstruct his angry, bald friend and escape KT in tow. Together, the trio rides off into the sunset.
Before Bloodshot closes outside, but the voice of Wigans can be observed, and the British genius casts some doubt over the validity of this film’s ending. Just before Bloodshot’s finale hits feel-good overload, Wigans worries, “a little too perfect if you ask me. Are you serious? Right into the sunset? Are we sure that ain’t all a sim…” On one hand, this lineup fits with the largely black and self-deprecating Wigans and is his style of humor. The gag could be Wigans’ method after realizing his new role as the next wheel to KT and Ray of breaking the ice. Having said this, there might be some truth to his worries.
In theory, everything in Bloodshot may be a simulation, and in a similar way to Inception, the conspiracy Garrison discovered was merely concealing another conspiracy intended to take down RST by directing them as villains – something Bloodshot wholeheartedly bought into. Since that particular theory would render the entire movie meaningless, it’s not likely to be authentic; just Bloodshot’s ultimate picture being a simulation game, on the other hand, is much more plausible. The audience never sees what happens to Ray after blowing up himself to kill Dr. Harting, also when Wigans could put the super-soldier back together, yet another super-genius might be in a position to do so too, subjecting him to the same type of simulated fact RST did.
The thing is Wilfred’s awareness that driving into the sunset may be a simulation. If accurate, this would signify that Wilfred, KT, and Ray are all hooked up together to one memory, as an imitation Wilfred wouldn’t be programmed to raise suspicion. The concept of shared simulations is something Bloodshot sets up earlier in the film. When rescue Ray and KT decides to rebel against RST, she moves his mimicked assignment to bring him out, introducing the idea that consciousnesses can be entered into those dream-like realities. In terms of why this exemplary puzzle enemy would catch Ray, KT, and Wilfred and put the trio into one simulated reality, perhaps this unethical organization sees worth in their new acquisitions as a group. A Bloodshot sequel could reply to this mystery definitively, however, when a follow-up doesn’t occur, fans will only have to assume Wilfred was joking, which he almost certainly was. Almost.