has this theory been thrown around yet??
anyways I have a reason to suspect that Stanley/Stan’s brother has been fighting in the Time War that’s been alluded to multiple times. Usually Hirsch doesn’t repeat plot points unless they’re important and so far we’ve had two episodes featuring time travel, and a lot of cute little clues suggesting that something big happens in the future.
Stanley’s got a gun slung over his shoulder, something that looks pretty high-tech, and he’s wearing a trench coat, goggles, heavy boots, all that seem fitting for a war or apocalyptic situation… Cracked glasses mean that he either had no time or means to replace them.
He’s got a quill in his pocket, which is either supposed to just throw a hint that he’s the author, or is more representative of him as someone out of his time. It’s an outdated technology, and one that’s easy to break. I’m pretty sure there’s some trope of people using outdated tech just because it’s personal to them.
When he’s first seen, he’s wearing all black and lighted up with a cyan light, which are the colors of the portal, yes, but the future has been illustrated with a similar palette. I don’t know if that’s just an artistic choice or a hint.
The glimpses of the future that we have seen is one of a ravaged world with hardened people. However, while the ‘police forces’ are wearing clean, high-tech uniforms, Stanley’s face was concealed, and his clothes were torn and ragged. I’d guess that he’s part of some rebel force, because whenever there’s some dictatorship there’s always gotta be an opposing force.
But then again, we don’t really know what kind of person he is so it’s hard to guess.