When I was younger, there were a few things I believed when watching movies.
a) Superman can fly
b) no one else can fly
c) Superman has a cape
d) no one else has a cape
Conclusion: When wearing his magic red cape, Clark Kent can fly as Superman, and as such, SUPERMAN’S CAPE IS WHAT ALLOWS HIM TO FLY.
Fortunately I didn’t extend this logic to “CAPES allow EVERYONE to fly”, as I probably would have jumped over the 2nd floor bannister wearing a towel to prove that point.
However, what shattered this belief was: when General Zod and his crew showed up and were flying all-about WITHOUT the need of a cape. Them also being from Krypton, it just wouldn’t make sense that Clark would need a cape while Zod didn’t.
What a dick.
a) Obi Wan states that the lightsaber is the weapon of a Jedi
b) in Star Wars: A New Hope, only Jedi are seen using lightsabers (Obi Wan, Luke, Vader)
c) Jedi have a connection to ‘The Force’ which no one else does
Conclusion: The Force is required to generate the power of a lightsaber, and as such, ONLY Jedi can use lightsabers.
Sound logic from a 8-year-old me, right?
However, what shattered this belief was: HAN SOLO YOU ASSHOLE!
In The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke is dying out in the snow, Han grabs Luke’s lightsaber, lights up that bad boy, and goes to town on the dead Tauntaun like it was any tool in an outdoors-man’s camping kit. Kinda ruined the mystique of the lightsaber for me as a kid, like, why is it so special if ANYONE can use it?
So there you have it, fairly logical beliefs of how things that don’t exist work, only to be disproved by other characters in the non-existing universe itself.
And if you guys have any childhood movie beliefs, I’d like to here them in the comments below.