As this recent thread on Reddit shows, fans of Stranger Things and Futurama have found a relationship between the two shows due to the former’s fourth season. u/babadukeduke started the conversation by saying, “Stranger Things latest season reminded me of something,” and attached a picture from Futurama of Bender (John DiMaggio) watching the bones of Steve Castle (David Herman) breaking and breaking because of “bone inflammation.” In “Futurama,” boneitis is a 31st-century disease that causes crippling of the human body, ultimately leading to death. This occurs specifically in the “Futurama” episode titled ” Future Stock”, the ninth in Season 4.
Fans like u/chromaticssoup joked in the comments, “I’ve been too busy being an 80’s guy,” referring to apparently missing the reference. Others, like u/theonetruegrinch, noted that the bone inflammation in Futurama also reminded them of the condition suffered by the people in M. Night Shyamalan’s 2021 film Old.
It’s a funny coincidence that both “Stranger Things” and “Futurama” would feature similar deaths in their own fourth seasons for different reasons. Unfortunately for the residents of Hawkins, this type of “Boneitis”-like death comes from an evil entity from another dimension rather than a disease from a future century. In any case, it’s not ideal. Unfortunately, now that we know that Stranger Things will soon have its 5th and final season and will feature another lengthy battle with Vecna (via Deadline), it’s very likely that we’ll see more Futurama- Boneitis-like deaths will be seen.