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How Peter Pan & Wendy Changes Up Peter And Hook's Dynamic From The 1953 Film

Contains spoilers for "Peter Pan & Wendy"

Disney's latest live-action remake "Peter Pan & Wendy," tells the timeless tale of the titular duo who travel to Neverland and learn an invaluable lesson about growing up. The update captures the larger-than-life story in a lively and engaging way while even expanding on the original lore to offer more depth and detail. One key example is the relationship between the naive hero Peter Pan (Alexander Molony) and the nefarious pirate Captain Hook (Jude Law). This version fleshes out the history of the two and reveals that they were actually once good friends before becoming swashbuckling enemies. 

"Peter Pan & Wendy" brings viewers back to Neverland for an unforgettable adventure featuring the Darling children, Tinker Bell (Yara Shahidi), and even Tick-Tock the Crocodile. The ravenous beast wreaks havoc over Peter Pan and Captain Hook's first showdown before the film soars into the action-packed finale. Before their final duel, Captain Hook reveals his surprising past to the captive Wendy (Ever Anderson) and also illuminates the audience. He explains how he and Peter used to be friends before he was forced to grow up on the unforgiving sea until he was eventually rescued by a rowdy band of pirates. 

Amidst the pixie-dusted nostalgia, this gives the story an interesting layer that adds more meaning to their relationship. It takes their one-dimensional squabble from the classic 1953 animated treasure and elevates it into a moving story of a broken friendship. 

Peter and Hook were once friends in the live-action remake

In David Lowery's epic retelling, Captain Hook infiltrates Peter Pan and the Lost Boys' secret hideout. In there lies more than a few hidden details, one of which is Hook's real name, James, etched into the door of the top floor room. James' name is scratched out and replaced with Peter's, which Hook traces over with his ghastly tool before opening the door.

As he tells Wendy later, the two were like the original Lost Boys before things turned sour when Captain Hook began to miss his mother. This homesick element is even mirrored by the Darling children and Lost Boys until it eventually brings them all home. In Captain Hook's case, the unsupervised fantasy land transformed him with irreversible consequences after his exile, which led to his pirate destiny and signature hand accessory.

In the original version, we learn that the two are sworn enemies after Peter cut off Hook's hand in a duel, and it was later eaten by Tick-Tock. The same is true in Lowery's live-action version with even more history between them. By including their past friendship, their conflict has more of an emotional resonance that underlines the thematic importance of growing up and embracing change. It even makes the iconic villain a bit more deserving of sympathy as Peter returns to his old friend at the very end of "Peter Pan & Wendy."