What could cats possibly have to do with one of the most anticipated comebacks of the year? It’s a long one, but stick with us here.
It all started when fans of NCT DREAM noticed the members making cat gestures during a performance of “Hello Future.”
And they even had a giant cat in the background of the stage!
There aren’t any cats featured in the “Hello Future” music video, so fans weren’t sure what the cat had to do with anything.
Some thought it was a reference to Chenle‘s cat gesture during a performance of “Irreplaceable.”
But, since Chenle is the king of spoilers, maybe he was telling fans something even then!
Fans then connected this cat to aespa‘s Catwoman-inspired concept for their “Next Level” stage on Music Bank.
At the time, some wondered why aespa had chosen these dark outfits when they were a part of the “Heroes” team for the special episode. Maybe the members will fill a role similar to Catwoman’s in their fight against Black Mamba!
When member Ningning posted this photo on Twitter, fans claimed the cat in the photo she’s holding looks like the cat from NCT DREAM’s “Hello Future” stage.
Some have theorized, jokingly and seriously, that cats are somehow related to Kwangya!
A few have connected it to the cat in EXO‘s “Power” music video!
Since we know that SM Entertainment is building a cinematic universe and all the groups are connected, perhaps the cat is significant in the SMCU.
A few theories surrounded a collaboration between NCT DREAM and aespa, but another theory has also arisen related to senior group Red Velvet!
In June, SM Entertainment confirmed that Red Velvet were preparing to comeback with an album this August.
It wouldn’t be the first time an SM Entertainment artist teased another idol’s comeback! Taemin teased aespa’s debut in SuperM‘s music video for “One: Monster & Infinity.”
So what does it mean? NCT DREAM x aespa collaboration? Red Velvet comeback? Cats are the reigning species in Kwangya? Or maybe these idols just really like cats? Only time will tell!