Freya Allan's character, Mae, takes center stage in "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes," and the recent Super Bowl trailer shed light on her significance. In the film, Mae joins forces with Owen Teague's character, Noa, a young chimpanzee. Their unexpected partnership unfolds as Noa rebels against the oppressive rule of Proximus Caesar, the leader of the apes who governs through cruelty and domination over humans and weaker ape factions.

In the original 1968 "Planet of the Apes" movie and its timeline, humans are depicted as inferior beings, often hunted or enslaved by the dominant ape population. "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" revisits this dynamic, portraying humans as regressed and primitive, treated as pests by the advanced ape civilization. Set nearly 300 years after the events of 2017's "War for the Planet of the Apes," the film explores how humans have devolved into a subservient species. The conclusion of the previous film may provide insight into why Mae becomes a central figure in "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes." While other humans are targeted and captured, it is Mae who becomes the primary focus of Proximus Caesar's pursuit.

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The conclusion of "War for the Planet of the Apes" unveils a significant mutation of the Simian Flu virus. Instead of causing widespread mortality among humans, it renders them mute and significantly diminishes their cognitive abilities. Furthermore, the mutated virus becomes highly contagious, even transmitting through objects handled by infected individuals. This sets the stage for "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes," where the majority of humanity has succumbed to the original strain of the Simian Flu. The survivors, now reduced to a primitive state, no longer hold dominance over the planet, fundamentally altering the dynamics of society and paving the way for the rise of the ape civilization.

 

Mae may be portrayed as smarter than other humans in "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes"

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The "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes" trailer leaves unanswered questions regarding Mae's heightened intelligence compared to other humans. However, tracing the logical evolution of the virus may offer insights. Viruses mutate over time, and it's plausible that the Simian Flu virus became less harmful over centuries. Alternatively, Mae, portrayed by Freya Allan, may possess some degree of immunity to the virus and its genetic mutations, explaining her exceptional cognitive abilities.

If Mae's increased intelligence poses a threat to Proximus Caesar in "Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes," it could have significant implications. As humans gradually regain their intellect, it undermines Proximus's desire for complete dominance. Mae's potential role as a catalyst for change could not only inspire humans to seek an alternative path but also expose Proximus's deception regarding the capabilities of humanity to the ape population. The pursuit of enlightenment and truth poses a formidable challenge to any authoritarian regime, highlighting Mae's crucial role in the upcoming film and potentially in future installments.