Warning: Spoilers for At World's End and Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Davy Jones put a curse on his heart, making sure that anyone who destroys the heart must remove their own heart, and preferably keep in in a box. Now, with the destruction of the Trident in Dead Men Tell No Tales, all the curses are lifted, and Will Turner sails up to the shore on the Dutchman, where an elated Elizabeth (the keeper of Will's heart) meets him and they make out. Seems good.

Except she's got his heart in a box - a heart that, judging by the big scar on Will's chest, was removed by relatively non-magical means. And un-cursed people tend to be in trouble when they are on a ship and their heart is in a box on land. So, what's the deal with Will's curse? Did his physically removed heart find a more magical way of making its way back in? Was the heart brought to him really fast by someone right after the Trident was destroyed? Does un-cursing accommodate to living with your heart outside your body? Is this ever addressed by the makers of the movies?

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It is assumed to be back inside him

As you note:

Davy Jones put a curse on his heart, making sure that anyone who destroys the heart must remove their own heart, and preferably keep in in a box.

So once the curse was lifted, there is no reason for Will to keep his heart in a box.

BlueMoon93 summarizes this for us on [movies.se]

Once the trident was broken, the curse was broken. He

  • was able to come back to land
  • lost the barnacles and sea-elements covering his body
  • has his heart beating back inside him (otherwise he would just die)
  • no longer commands the Flying Dutchman
  • no longer survives underwater

Despite this not being directly showed in the movie, it seems like a reasonable interpretation. He is just a regular man now, and doesn't have a hollow chest (as he is no longer cursed).

As a final note, keep in mind that POTC likes to play fast and loose with continuity (cough dead men tell no tales cough), so the heart is going to be exactly where Disney needs it to be next time they need it, regardless of whether or not it contradicts earlier fact.

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    So is the idea that the heart teleported into his chest? It didn't teleport out of there.
    – Misha R
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 19:43
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    – amflare
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 19:55
  • In all seriousness, it's a magical world. It's a safe bet his heart was magically reinstated.
    – amflare
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 19:55
  • I would imagine so :) Although I find the answer it's magic to be generally unsatisfactory to fantasy-related consistency questions. Fantasy often involves a magical world, but generally functions under a set of rules we can figure out. And, even in the world of PotC, non-cursed people tend to die really quickly when their heart isn't pumping their blood. If the only answer is that it's a magical world and magic happens, I'd say that's a plot hole. Not an especially troubling plot hole, but a plot hole nonetheless.
    – Misha R
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 20:01
  • Thats fair. Unfortunately with POTC, what is canon today might not be canon tomorrow, so it becomes very difficult to rationalize some of the things it does.
    – amflare
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 20:09

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