Here's what we know about this spinoff project.
Will Joseph Quinn Be In It?
Although it is indeed good news, the announcement comes with some bad to it.
The spinoff project will come in the form of a novel, which will be written by Caitlin Schneiderhan and published by Penguin Random House. This means that Joseph Quinn has not yet been tapped to reprise his iconic role.
But it's also possible that the novel, entitled Flight of Icarus, will be adapted into a TV show right away. When this happens, we'll likely see Quinn reprise his role as the leader of the Hellfire Club, providing it isn't too far off in the past.
What Will Eddie Munson’s Spinoff Be About?
The full synopsis of Flight of Icarus reads:
"Hawkins, Indiana — for most, it’s simply another idyllic, manicured all-American town. But for Eddie Munson it’s like living in a perpetual Tomb of Horrors. Luckily, he only has a few more months to survive at Hawkins High. And what is senior year, really, but just killing time between Dungeons & Dragons sessions with the Hellfire Club and gigs with his band?
It’s at the worst dive bar in town that Eddie meets Paige, someone who has pulled off a freaking miracle. She escaped Hawkins and built a wickedly cool life for herself working for a record producer out in Los Angeles. Not only is she the definition of a badass — with a killer taste in music — she might be the only person that actually appreciates him as the bard he is instead of the devil incarnate. But the best thing? She’s offering a chance for him to make something of himself, and all he needs is to get her a demo tape of Corroded Coffin’s best songs.
Just one problem: Recording costs money. Money Eddie doesn’t have. But he’s willing to do whatever it takes: even if that means relying on his old man, Al Munson. His dad just stumbled back into his life, with another dubious scheme up his sleeve, and yet Eddie knows this is his only option to make enough dough in enough time. It’s a risk, but if it pays off he will finally have a one-way ticket out of Hawkins.
Eddie can feel it: 1984 is going to be his year."
As revealed, Flight of Icarus will be a novel set in 1984. This is around two years before the events of Stranger Things Season 4.
The novel follows Eddie's origin story before becoming friends with Dustin (played by Gaten Matarazzo) and having the whole town look for him like some criminal.
This time around, Eddie is working hard to get his band, Corroden Coffin, a recording deal after his meeting with Paige, a record producer.
But to make his dream happen, he needs money. The book will explore the things Eddie does to achieve his goal.
As Schneiderhan says:
“The Eddie Munson we meet at the beginning of Stranger Things 4 is the protective shepherd to the nerdy lost sheep of Hawkins High. But taking on that mantle wasn't such a cut-and-dry decision. I'm so excited for fans to go with him on his journey towards becoming a hero, to experience the messy and uncomfortable decisions that led him to become the brave misfit we all know and love.”
When Is Flight of Icarus Novel Coming Out?
The title of Schneiderhan's novel actually comes from the band, Iron Maiden's single released in 1983.
The Stranger Things spinoff novel will be released on October 31, 2023. The official cover has been revealed by the publication too.
When Is Stranger Things Season 5 Coming Out?
Speaking of Stranger Things, fans are eager to know when Stranger Things Season 5 will be coming out.
As of this writing, however, there has not been any announcement on when the show will be released on Netflix. There are reports that filming will take place in May or June 2023, which is at least a month from now.
If this is the case, it's possible that the show will be released in 2024. We'll update this post once an announcement has been made.