Warning: This post contains major spoilers for The Creator

Summary

  • The film "The Creator" ends with hope for the AI population after Alphie and Joshua successfully take down the US military's Nomad, overcoming obstacles along the way.
  • Maya's ultimate plan was to destroy Nomad and liberate the simulants from years of terror. Alphie's existence and evolving powers could bridge the gap between humans and simulants, advancing AI functionality.
  • Joshua's changing views on AI shows that people can reassess their bigoted stances. Alphie's presence and power can change the perception of AI and their global standing, allowing them to evolve further and possibly uplift the simulants.

The Creator ends with an explosion and a flicker of hope for the AI population. The film, directed by Gareth Edwards from a screenplay co-written with Chris Weitz, sees Alphie and Joshua achieve their goals in taking down the US military’s Nomad — but they have to overcome a few obstacles along the way. After the discovery of Maya’s comatose state, Joshua and Alphie say goodbye to her, with Joshua unplugging her life support. She created Alphie to take down Nomad, having been raised by simulants and feeling for them, so Joshua, despite previously believing that A.I. beings aren’t “real” people, decides Nomad must be stopped.

Joshua and Alphie are captured by the US military, and Joshua is asked to kill Alphie. He only puts her on standby. Joshua and Alphie escape on a shuttle to Nomad to destroy it once and for all. They have to battle soldiers before they can properly set up the explosives. Alphie discovers a simulant version of Maya, deciding to plug in the flash drive taken from the original’s brain scans. Alphie is forced to leave Joshua behind because the hatch won’t open on the shuttle. Joshua and AI Maya are reunited before Nomad explodes, and Alphie lands just in time to watch Nomad collapse as the AI population celebrates.

The Creator’s Plan, Identity & Fate Explained

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Maya had great sentiment for the AI community, as they had taken her in and cared for her. Her ultimate plan was to ensure Nomad was destroyed for good, as the military had used the space weapon to terrorize simulants for years. Maya’s goal would not have only liberated the simulants, but, combined with Alphie’s existence and abilities, would’ve created a way for the AI community to fight back. Maya’s creation of Alphie was also the next stage of evolution. If previous AI beings were simply a copy/paste of humans, Alphie’s ability to evolve mentally and grow her powers would have bridged the gap between humans and simulants alike.

As for Maya’s identity, Joshua’s unit had known she was Nirmata. Maya lands in a coma after Nomad’s attack, and she remains in one for five years. Joshua finally pulls the plug on her life support, allowing her to be at peace. But The Creator toys with the idea that no one truly dies so long as simulants are around, as exhibited by the act of downloading one’s brain onto a flash drive. Maya lives on in other ways, through simulants bearing her likeness, and notably in the AI possessing her memories. This version of Maya is short-lived, but she at least gets to reunite with Joshua before her demise.

The Deeper Meaning Behind Joshua Changing His Mind About AI

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Joshua originally feels simulants aren’t real people and, while no one fights against his statements, Joshua’s interactions with Alphie effectively change his mind. He sees how feeling, gentle, and protective Alphie is throughout the film, and his emotional bond with her is what begins to steer him away from his initial beliefs. Joshua changing his mind about AI shows that people can be moved to reassess a previously bigoted stance. The fact that Joshua grew to love Alphie — not only because she became like a daughter to him, but because of her determination and conviction to love — is testament to humanity’s own evolution and capacity to love instead of hate.

What Alphie’s Existence & Powers Signal For AI’s Future

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Alphie is unique — the AI child is not a copy/paste of code, but an evolving simulant who can feel and empathize, as well as develop powers that can control any kind of tech. That’s huge for AI, and Alphie’s existence could bring a great deal of advancements regarding AI functionality. It’s possible her powers will be replicated, or Alphie’s code will be studied in a bid to help evolve the simulants. Alphie is essentially the next step in AI’s future, and learning more about her specific functionality could be a game-changer in the way the AI community handles attacks from the likes of Nomad, should they happen.

Such advancements could also change how the simulants interact with society. While the AI are more integrated throughout New Asia, Alphie being the bridge between humanity and simulants could uplift them and give them more power within their human relationships, jobs, and other areas of their daily life throughout the world. Now that Nomad is no longer an issue, Alphie’s presence and power is no longer a stand-in for hope — it can change the perception of AI and their global standing, allowing them to evolve even further than before. Alphie’s abilities could also raise the question of AI having too much power, but it isn’t something the film fully explores.

Why Colonel Howell Lied To Joshua About Maya Being Alive

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Colonel Howell had one mission — destroy all AI at any cost. Lying to Joshua about Maya’s fate was a necessary evil. She didn’t care about Joshua, and was probably annoyed he’d grown to love someone she saw as the enemy. However, that didn’t mean Howell was about to throw away the opportunity to exploit Joshua’s emotional connection with Maya. Howell knew the only way to obtain Maya’s weapon was through Joshua — he was capable of gaining trust, and determined enough to find his wife that he’d be willing to do whatever it took. It was also these attributes that ultimately backfired on Howell, and she paid the price for it.

How The Creator’s Ending Sets Up A Sequel

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With Nomad destroyed, and Alphie surviving but alone in the world, The Creator 2 could bring about a full revolution for the AI community. Nomad being gutted could also mean the US will prepare to retaliate, perhaps by building another Nomad (or something even more destructive), and a sequel to The Creator could tackle what that could mean for the simulants. A sequel could also chronicle what happens to Alphie in the aftermath of Nomad’s destruction, and how she might aid the AI.

She’s likely to adopt them as her family and continue to fight for AI liberation. Alphie saw what Nomad was capable of, and witnessed the hatred simulants face firsthand. The Creator sequel could follow the next step in Alphie’s life, how her powers will affect AI’s future, and what comes after now that Nomad is no longer a threat. Currently, The Creator director has no plans for a sequel, but if there ever is one, Gareth Edwards has plenty of material to work with.

The Real Meaning Of The Creator’s Ending

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While The Creator hits close to home regarding the rise of AI, it’s also a metaphor for bigotry, as it showcases the way in which certain groups are dehumanized and made to feel inferior simply because of who they are. The simulants in the film are treated like second-class citizens, created to work for humans. Even after they’ve evolved to create communities for themselves, they’re never considered or treated as anything other than robots — this designation surfaces despite their integration into society. They’re simply seen as a danger, and The Creator warns against such treatment. Here, simulants are stand-ins for the world’s disenfranchised, and the dehumanization they face by society.

What's more, The Creator also acknowledges the use of AI, and how its rise in society is ultimately inevitable. While it's tough to imagine AI having consciousness, it's not the first film to tackle artifical intelligence as advancing beyond anyone's imagination. However, the film establishes simulants not as a danger, but as an evolution of early AI that poses no great threat beyond whatever they're programmed to do; any real threat is in the coding, with the film showcasing that human actions are more damaging than anything AI could actually do.