Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for the ending of Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.

  • Scott Pilgrim fakes his death to prevent his older self from interfering with his relationship with Ramona and is kidnapped by his older self.
  • Scott and Ramona find themselves unable to kiss due to a force field potentially created by one of Ramona’s evil exes.
  • Ramona and Scott encounter a powerful, even older version of Scott, but through self-acceptance and learning from their mistakes, they defeat him and finally kiss.

Based on the iconic comic book series Brian Lee O’Malley and an even more cult film of 2010 directed by Edgar Wrightboth with a title Scott Pilgrim vs the Worldnew anime series Netflix Scott Pilgrim takes off It’s not quite what fans expected. The beloved story of a young amateur indie rocker from Toronto battling the seven evil exes of the girl of his dreams has been profoundly changed to not only better capture the spirit of the 2020s, but to tell a completely different story. Instead of fighting the men and women of Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) of the past, this new version of Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) loses his first fight against Ex #1, Matthew Patel (Satya Bhabha) and dies, leaving behind only a few pennies, like in a video game. Or he? According to the plot of the series, Ramona believes that the guy she went on one date with is not actually dead, but was actually kidnapped by one of her evil exes..

Ramona is, of course, right, but only up to a certain point. Scott’s real captor is not the one she met before, but a much more mysterious force. She spends five of the series’ eight episodes trying to figure out who this person might be. Scott Pilgrim takes off interrogating and fighting people like Lucas Lee (Chris Evans), Todd Ingram (Brandon Routh) and Roxy Richter (Mae Whitman) – all the people she abandoned at some point in her life. Episode 7 of 2 Scott 2 Pilgrim reveals the reality of what really happened to Scott.

Honestly, it’s probably more honest to call Scott Pilgrim takes offThe finale is two-part. The answers that are usually given in the final episode of a show are in this case split between the final two episodes of the season, which, given a certain post-credits scene, may only be the first in the longer term. But what exactly are these answers? Well, for starters, there’s the already mentioned question of what happened to Scott, but the questions don’t end there. It also begs the question of why Ramona and Scott can’t kiss after reuniting and whether so-called evil exes have anything to do with it. Without further ado, let’s discuss what happens at the end Scott Pilgrim takes off.

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Scott Pilgrim takes off

Date of issue
November 17, 2023

Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Brie Larson, Chris Evans, Mae Whitman, Alison Pill, Ellen Wong, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza

Main genre
Action adventure




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Who kidnaps Scott Pilgrim?

Scott and Old Scott, played by Michael Cera, chat in the movie Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.
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Let’s start with the most important thing: who is responsible for faking Scott’s death during his fight with Matthew Patel? As it turns out, Scott is faking his own death. Or, well, something like that. In 2 Scott 2 Pilgrim we learn that Scott was actually kidnapped by an older version of himself who wants to stop him from ever dating Ramona.. Now in his forties, Old Scott is devastated by their terrible divorce and cannot imagine having to leave his younger self behind to go through their relationship only to end up like him. So, with the help of the Katayanagi twins (Julian Cihi), two of Ramona’s exes with whom he eventually becomes good friends, as well as their super-tech robot, he opens a time portal to take Scott to the future and dissuade him from dating the girl of his dreams.

Scott, however, is not entirely convinced. After witnessing his entire relationship with Ramona through virtual reality, he pleads with Old Wallace Wells (Kieran Culkin) to take him to his beloved’s house. Once there, he learns that Ramona has made a backup plan to remind Scott of the good time they had together. After she picked up a memoir written by Old Young Neil (Johnny Simmons), she went back in time and wrote a screenplay about Scott’s struggle with his evil exes and their inevitable love story—you know, the screenplay that became the doomed movie, and then the Stephen Stills musical play adapted for the stage (Mark Webber) and Chow Knives (Ellen Wong).

Ramona is convinced that her plan has failed because Scott Pilgrim’s film never made it to theaters. However, seeing her attempts to find him in the past, young Scott convinces her to take him back in time so he can patch things up with young Ramona. Telling her everything that happened, the couple decides to pick up where they left off. Unfortunately, there’s something in their way—literally: Every time they lean in for a kiss, a force field prevents their mouths from touching. and pushes them away from each other. Convinced that this must be the work of one of Ramona’s exes, they plan to go to the Stills and Knives premiere to meet the league of evil. After all, Matthew Patel is the star of the show, and everyone else is the guests of honor.

What happens after Scott and Ramona decide to face their evil exes?

Scott, played by Michael Cera, and Ramona, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, run toward danger in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.
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But once in the theater, Ramona’s evil exes don’t seem so evil anymore. It turns out that after Matthew’s fight with Scott, they all realized that they couldn’t get Ramona back and decided to move on with their lives. The only one who still wants a fight is Roxy, but Ramona manages to patch things up with her back in episode three, “Ramona Makes a Video.” As for the rest, well, from Lucas Lee’s concerns about giving up his acting career to Gideon’s concerns (Jason Schwartzman) plan to take back their empire from Matthew, it looks like they all have something else going on.

Ramona and Scott don’t know what to do. But when they sit down to watch the play, an explosion in the theater takes them and all their friends to an unknown, isolated place. Initially, they all believe that the explosion was caused by dynamite that Gideon planted in the theater to sabotage Matthew. However, it soon becomes clear that this was no ordinary explosion—and the culprit is none other than Even Older Scott, who also poisoned Young Scott with nanomachines to stop him from kissing Ramona.

After spending ten years constantly training in his shabby apartment while being kicked out by Wallace Wells, the even older Scott developed the ability to transport people through time and space. After failing to convince Scott to stay away from Ramona, he plans to beat himself to a pulp to spare himself the grief he will one day experience. But Scott won’t go down without a fight, and he’s not fighting alone. From Ramona to Knives to Gideon, everyone Scott knows is on his side. Unfortunately, however, Even Old Scott is too strong and the team barely makes a dent in his battered body. Eventually, he gets tired of playing games and sends Scott and Ramona’s friends back to the theater, leaving only the young couple to fend for themselves.

How did Scott and Ramona defeat Old Scott?

Ramona, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, stands in front of Scott, played by Michael Cera, in Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.
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Alone, Scott and Ramona are no match for Even Older Scott, no matter how many tricks Ramona has in her inventory, that is, in her stellar shoulder bag. Fortunately, Even Elder Ramona comes to stop the massacre.. After scolding Even Older Scott for wallowing in his pain instead of fighting for his love, Even Older Ramona opens her heart to her younger self and admits that she never fell out of love with Scott Pilgrim. However, she has a habit of leaving the people she loves the most. Ramona looks back on her relationships with so-called evil exes and realizes that there really is a pattern. Finally admitting her shortcomings, she embraces even the older Ramona and they both become one, glowing being.

Accepting your flaws and learning from them is powerful. This is the main message Scott Pilgrim takes off. After years of hurting those she loved in order to avoid getting hurt, Ramona finally finds the courage to break the cycle, which gives her the opportunity in the future to send Even Scott back to his shabby apartment, where he must learn that he has to fight for things and the people he loves. In the past, young Scott will have to learn the same lesson as the glowing entity that is now Ramona encourages him not to let her go. Thanks to the strength invested in her by admitting her mistakes, Ramona is again divided into two parts, and back in the 2000s, she and Scott were finally able to kiss..

What happens to the (not so) evil exes at the end of Scott Pilgrim Takes Off?

But it’s not over yet Scott Pilgrim takes off. There’s also the question of what happens to Ramona’s seven evil exes, who turn out to be not so bad in this version of the story. Former No. 1, Matthew Patel, revels in the success of his game and, tired of being CEO, agrees to give Gideon his empire back. Lucas Lee leaves show business and gets a job at Stacey Pilgrim’s restaurant (Anna Kendrick) a coffee shop where the Katayanagi twins spend their days reading about how to become better people. Meanwhile, Roxy becomes Todd Ingram’s personal trainer as he tries to return to veganism.

In fact, all the characters Scott Pilgrim takes off have some kind of happy ending. Scott reunites with his band, which now features musical prodigy Knives Chau on keyboards. Along with Steven, Knives also writes songs for pop star and Scott’s ex-girlfriend Envy Adams (Brie Larson). Ramona gets a job as a stuntwoman, a talent she discovered while investigating on the set of a film. The Precious Little Life of Scott Pilgrimaccording to a script written by her future self. As for Wallace, he travels to Paris, where he meets another Canadian and finally sees the sparks that signal he’s falling in love.

But will this happiness really last? A short post-credits scene indicates that things may not be over for Scott and Ramona.. Sitting in his lair next to his new girlfriend Julie Powers (Aubrey Plaza), the almighty Gideon once again announces that it is time for the real game to begin. Does this mean a second season is coming soon? Maybe. But perhaps not. The real game may have nothing to do with evil exes. The real game may be Scott and Ramona trying to build a relationship despite all their flaws.

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