During one of Aquaman's coolest scenes -- right before a swirling, operatic mid-ocean trident duel between the once and future king of the sea and his nefarious rival -- as the camera pans around the giant amphitheater full of Atlanteans screaming for blood, one shot lingers, just for a few seconds, on a great big octopus playing a rousing drumbeat with his eight dexterous arms.
Even though it never appears again, the creature was some fans' main takeaway from early Aquaman screenings. Is it an Easter egg? Is a giant octopus absolutely ripping on the bongos something director James Wan added in for some atmosphere? Who is this many-armed musical cephalopod?
"A lot of people are kind of blown away by how strange and weird that is," Wan said when asked about the creature. "It's in the comic book! It's a fan favorite in the comic book, his name's Topo. Go Google 'Topo' and you'll see how funny that character is."