'Stranger Things': Mike Wheeler might just grow up to the boyfriend we all want. Here's why
Mike has an equal amount of compassion for those who are unable to help themselves but he never looks down upon anyone.
The best part about Netlfix' 'Stranger Things' is its group of protagonists who are not only adorable characters with pleasant faces, but have some extremely strong character traits, such as loyalty. There is, however, no other character on the show as loyal as Finn Wolfhard's Mike Wheeler. Mike serves as the binding point of the group and his subsequent bond with Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) becomes a key subplot on the show. When in Season 2 the evil from the Upside Down world infests Will's body, it is Mike who first identifies the evil and chases it away.
Among all the boys that we come across on the show, Mike is perhaps the only sane minded one. He more than often acts out of his age, in the sense, that in spite of being barely 12-year-old, he takes up charge of an entire group and tries his best to put things in perfect order. He rescues Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) when she is first seen loitering in the woods, and then hides her from his entire family by keeping her in a shelter inside his house's basement. Their bond quickly remind us of the 10-year-old, Elliott, and his secret alien friend, ET, from Steven Spielberg's 1982 movie 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial', in the sense that just like Elliott, Mike is ready to risk everything to save the friend he holds dear.
The similar kind of passionate sense of adoration is also projected towards Will, whose absence in Season 1 acted as a catalyst for the events that followed. It would not be fair to say that Mike was the only one who cared but it can be said, that Mike was deeply hurt when Will went missing. For a good period of time, he involuntarily blamed himself for Will's abduction by the demogorgon since it was after visiting his house that Will went missing. However, once Mike realized that Eleven was just as fragile as Will, he quickly developed a sense of protection towards her, too. What is actually praiseworthy about Mike is that he is not a boy of words, he acts on his feelings.
Mike could have easily let Eleven do all the work of searching Will but his mind was conscious enough to compel him to act in the situation. Even when after Season 1, Eleven, went missing Mike did not give up on her. He continued his search, and as we know a year went by and Mike would still sit with the radio, saying, "El, are you there? El? It's me, it's Mike. It's day 352, 7:40 pm, I am still here. If you're out there, say something... or give me a sign, I won't, I won't even say anything, I just... I want to know if you're okay." This is what makes Mike the most unimpeachable character on the show. Mike is a person who stays, who waits for the ones he loves. He is at his core patient enough to give people space but at the same time, he is the first one to appear when they need help.
Season 3 will see Mike entering his teenhood, and with his love for Eleven already reaching its zenith, let's just say, this boy will grow up to be one heck of a boyfriend, and we are burning with envy. 'Stranger Things' Season 3 premieres on Netflix on July 4.