Skip to main content

Is Eddie Munson going to be in Stranger Things season 5?

If there was ever any doubt that Joseph Quinn was a rising star, they were dispelled by this week’s announcement that he has been cast as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, in Marvel’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Although Quinn had numerous movie and TV roles prior to joining The Fantastic Four, his breakout role was in Stranger Things season 4 as Eddie Munson, one of the key one-off characters in the story.

Although Eddie’s dire fate in the Stranger Things season 4 finale was fairly clear, some fans have continually clamored to see more of him. But now, we can pretty definitively answer that question about his return.

Is Eddie Munson going to be in Stranger Things season 5?

Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson in Stranger Things.

As a full-time cast member? The answer is no. And aside from the story justifications for that, the biggest real-world reason is that Joseph Quinn simply won’t be available for anything long-term. Stranger Things season 5 is filming right now, but Quinn has already committed to starring in Fantastic Four, which will likely begin production soon to make its July 25, 2025 release date. And we can’t fault Quinn for favoring Marvel over his previous series. Getting this part could be game-changing for Quinn’s career in Hollywood. It will almost certainly open doors for him to headline more movies.

But the biggest reason Eddie Munson can’t come back in Stranger Things season 5 is that he died heroically in the fourth season finale while distracting the demobats in the Upside Down. He had one of the most epic deaths in the show’s run by putting on an impromptu heavy metal concert to attract the demobats and keep them away from his friends.

This was also Eddie’s redemption for his admitted cowardice in the face of everyone else’s bravery. Eddie felt ashamed that Steve, Nancy, Robyn, and Dustin were braver than he was, even as they tried to clear his name for a murder that he didn’t commit. Whatever else he did in life, Eddie didn’t die a coward, and Dustin tearfully relayed how he passed to Eddie’s grieving uncle.

Could Quinn film a cameo for Stranger Things season 5?

Theoretically, it is possible to get something in before Quinn has to report to the set for The Fantastic Four. Vecna has used the faces of dead characters like Dacre Montgomery’s Billy Hargrove to taunt Max (Sadie Sink). It would make perfect sense if Vecna tried the same trick with Dustin, the character who cared the most about Eddie among their circle of friends. But if Quinn’s too busy playing a superhero, Eddie’s sacrifice will still be felt next season even if he doesn’t return.

Stranger Things season 5 will premiere in 2025 on Netflix.

Editors' Recommendations

Blair Marnell
Blair Marnell has been an entertainment journalist for over 15 years. His bylines have appeared in Wizard Magazine, Geek…
Where to watch Too Hot to Handle season 5
where to watch too hot handle season 5 n s5 e1 00 25 24

In Netflix's Too Hot to Handle, 10 singles sign up for a dating show they think will result in unlimited hookups. One contestant believes he's going on a "floating sex palace." Too Hot to Handle begins every season as a fake dating show to trick the contestants into thinking they're about to have the time of their lives. Season 5's mock dating show, Love Overboard, is set on a beautiful yacht as the contestants believe it's a party tour of the Caribbean.

However, the fun doesn't last once LANA, the AI cone voiced by Desiree Burch, reveals itself, explaining the rules of Too Hot to Handle. The men and women must complete various workshops without conducting sexual activities, including kissing. If the contestants break the rules, the grand prize of $200,000 is reduced.

Read more
5 best TV theme songs of all time
George, Elaine, Jerry, and Kramer sit in The Diner in a scene from Seinfeld.

There are TV show theme songs that go down in history as some of the most recognizable: The Rembrandts’ I’ll Be There for You for Friends and Where Everybody Knows Your Name from Cheers by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart-Angelo are two that instantly come to mind. We also can’t forget the Golden Girls theme song Thank You for Being a Friend by Cindy Fee or Joe Cocker’s With a Little Help From My Friends that plays at the beginning of every The Wonder Years episode.

But these songs, while recognizable, not to mention tunes you can’t help but sing along to, don’t hold a candle to some of the best TV theme songs of all time. The best songs have much more depth and interesting stories behind how and why they were chosen or created. Some don’t even contain lyrics. But the songs evoke emotion and perfectly capture what the viewers are about to tune into for the next 30-60 minutes of each episode of the respective shows with which they are associated.
Dexter Opening Theme

Read more
Stranger Things is getting an animated series on Netflix
The cast of "Stranger Things" season 4 in a poster.

We're still a long time away from Stranger Things season 5, but that hasn't stopped Netflix from releasing more news about their biggest original franchise. While the prospect of spinoffs has been teased before, it's never been quite like this. Deadline is reporting that Netflix has given the green light to a Stranger Things animated series. Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of Stranger Things, will executive produce the series, which will feature Eric Robles as the showrunner.

“We’ve always dreamed of an animated Stranger Things in the vein of the Saturday morning cartoons that we grew up loving, and to see this dream realized has been absolutely thrilling,” said the Duffer brothers in a statement. “We couldn’t be more blown away by what Eric Robles and his team have come up with — the scripts and artwork are incredible, and we can’t wait to share more with you! The adventure continues.”

Read more