Every movie that’s even moderately successful these days gets a sequel. If it’s a big success, then it gets many sequels. If it’s a huge success, then it has an entire cinematic universe of sequels upon sequels and prequels and spin-offs and character pieces built around it. Therefore, about ninety percent of the movies that are getting released these days are sequels. Some of them aren’t worth getting excited about, like that sequel to Baywatch a few producers are trying to push after it just about managed to scrape $100 million in the overseas box office. That’s an example of a sequel no one’s asking for and no one will watch. The few people that did watch the first one didn’t enjoy it enough to want more. Anyway, there are some sequels that audiences are dying to see. Every time a new Avengers movie comes out, moviegoers flood to it, and then the second it’s over, they start looking forward to the next one. But there are dozens and dozens of movie sequels coming up – far too many to be actively excited about all of them simultaneously. So, I’ve narrowed it down to the fifteen upcoming sequels you should be getting the most excited about.
15. Blade Runner 2049
Was Rick Deckard a Replicant the whole time? It’s the mystery that made Blade Runner a masterpiece that stood out from the crowd when it was released back in 1982. The question has plagued moviegoers and science-fiction fans for decades. And this year, on October 6, that question will finally be answered. Blade Runner 2049 picks up thirty years after the events of the first Blade Runner. A new blade runner named LAPD Officer K uncovers a terrifying secret that might mean the end of life as we know it, so he seeks out a long-disappeared Deckard in order to get some answers. If you’re not already a fan of the original, then the names involved in this one make it a must-see. For starters, the script has the approval of a one Mr. Ridley Scott, and Harrison Ford is back to play Deckard. Also, LAPD Officer K is played by Ryan Gosling, the movie is being helmed by Arrival director Denis Villeneuve, and the cinematography is being handled by Roger Deakins, the master eye behind No Country for Old Men and Skyfall.
14. Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen
Remember the two Hellboy movies that Guillermo del Toro made with Ron Perlman in the lead role? They’re really cool and dark and action-packed. They are also unique movies that stay true to the comics. For years, del Toro was slyly teasing us with the possibility of a third instalment in the series. He infuriated fans by announcing a third Hellboy movie and then changing his mind and doing Pacific Rim or The Shape of Water. Well, it looks as though his time is up as a reboot is being made to continue the story without del Toro or Perlman. Instead, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will star David Harbour, better known as Hopper from Netflix’s Stranger Things (which returns for its second season this Halloween!), in the title role. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola will be heavily involved in the production of the movie, which will apparently be rated R and be released sometime in 2018. Also, the great Neil Marshall is directing, whose work you will know from the spine-chilling horror movie The Descent and the fantastic Game of Thrones episodes “Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall.”
Enchanted was unexpectedly a huge hit when it came out back in 2007. The Amy Adams-starring twist on a classic Disney movie was well-received by critics and audiences alike, with Roger Ebert calling it a “heart-winning musical comedy that skips lightly and sprightly from the lily pads of hope to the manhole covers of actuality” that “has a Disney willingness to allow fantasy into life.” A sequel has been bounced around for years, with the movie’s stars Adams and James Marsden consistently bringing it up in interviews. Finally, it’s gotten the greenlight from Disney and it’s going ahead with the title Disenchanted. Hairspray’s Adam Shankman is in the director’s chair for the sequel, which has been given the following official synopsis: “Ten years after her happily ever after, Giselle questions her happiness, inadvertently turning the lives of those in the real world and Andalasia upside down in the process.”
12. Top Gun: Maverick
More than three decades after Tony Scott’s original, Top Gun is finally getting a sequel. Tom Cruise has finished his promotional tour for The Mummy and he’s about to finish shooting Mission: Impossible 6, and then he’s getting back in the cockpit to play Maverick again. The sequel has been tentatively titled Top Gun: Maverick, presumably to emphasize a stronger focus on the character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, rather than the focus on his relationship with Goose in the first movie. The new movie will reunite Cruise with his Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski, who is also known for Tron: Legacy, and will reportedly head into drone territory. Because that’s the thing: the military climate of today isn’t as fun as it was in the 1980s. There’s a good chance this sequel will see President Donald Trump sending Maverick and Iceman to Syria to bomb the Assad, and it’ll be kind of difficult to set Kenny Loggins as the soundtrack to that.
11. Bad Boys for Life
A third Bad Boys movie will happen, eventually, in some form or another. And Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will definitely be back. This much we know. The first Bad Boys in 1995 cost just $19 million to make and made about $140 million. Then came Bad Boys II in 2003, and by then, Will Smith was like the biggest movie star on the planet, so the budget ballooned to $130 million, pretty much the entirety of the first movie’s gross, and more than its whole profit. That kind of paid off, as it went on to make $270 million or so at the box office. Since then, they’ve both become cult classics and picked up millions more fans who are dying to see Smith and Lawrence reunite for another dumb, insane, high-octane, laws of physics-ignoring thrill-ride. Sony has announced a third movie, Bad Boys for Life, and a fourth to follow. Bad Boys for Life was supposed to be released in 2018, which is doubtful now, but it will definitely happen eventually – they just need to lock down a director who won’t quit and pay Will Smith whatever jaw-dropping figure he demands.
10. Mission: Impossible 6
After pre-production was halted by Tom Cruise’s salary demands, asking Paramount for at least the same amount he got paid for The Mummy, Mission: Impossible 6 is back on, so everyone can sleep easy knowing that Tom Cruise is being paid the absurd amount he asked for. Christopher McQuarrie, who won an Oscar for writing the brilliant screenplay for The Usual Suspects, is returning to write and direct the sixth instalment in the franchise, after performing the same duties on the fifth, Rogue Nation. Rogue Nation was a big hit back in 2015, the second highest grossing instalment in the Mission: Impossible series only to the incomparable Ghost Protocol. So, Paramount is hoping to strike lightning a second time with the same writer/director, as well as bringing back Rebecca Ferguson’s femme fatale Ilsa Faust, Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, Michelle Monaghan as Ethan Hunt’s long-lost wife Julia, and Alec Baldwin as the CIA head (who hopefully won’t get fired by President Trump). Some new actors are being brought into the mix, too, including Angela Bassett and Superman himself Henry Cavill.
9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Life finds a way. That’s the nostalgic tagline on the recently released poster for the sequel to Jurassic World, whose title was revealed that same day on that same poster. It’s called Fallen Kingdom, since the fall of the theme park and, presumably, the fall of humanity as a whole once the military forces of America start using dinosaurs as weapons of war. The tagline is apt, not only because it’s a call-back to earlier in the series, but also because Jeff Goldblum is back as Dr. Ian Malcolm from the first two Jurassic Park movies. Also back from the previous movies are Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard (aka the power couple), as well as BD Wong, who plays the diabolical scientist who’s going to screw everything up. The movie is being directed by Juan Antonio Bayona who shook up the horror world with his Spanish movie The Orphanage and dropped out of another highly anticipated sequel, World War Z 2, in order to direct this one. According to the writers of Fallen Kingdom, their story for the movie was inspired by a quote spoken by Dr. Alan Grant in the first Jurassic Park movie: “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution, have suddenly been thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea of what to expect?”
8. MIB 23
After 21 Jump Street grossed over $200 million worldwide and 22 Jump Street grossed over $300 million worldwide, a sequel was inevitable. To Hollywood suits, those numbers mean that hypothetically 23 Jump Street will gross over $400 million worldwide. And it’s those same Hollywood suits who noticed that the Men in Black franchise has grossed over $1.6 billion – and the last one, Men in Black 3, was the highest grossing movie in the series yet with over $600 million worldwide! And then they realized that they own both properties and naturally came up with the bright idea of combining them. Pitting Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s Schmidt and Jenko against aliens trying to take over the galaxy is exactly the kind of crazy idea that works for the Jump Street franchise. It’ll certainly be interesting to watch!
7. Pitch Perfect 3
They’re back, pitches! The Bellas are bringing their a cappella charms back to the big screen this December as they prepare to perform at a USO show. The first two were great and have developed a huge following; the third will surely be no different. The second Pitch Perfect movie doubled the first’s gross, and there’s no reason why the third won’t be able to double the second’s gross. That’ll be why the studio was pushing so hard for it. After Elizabeth Banks (one of the series’ supporting actors), took over the director’s chair for Pitch Perfect 2, she’s handing over the reins to another up and coming female director, Trish Sie, who is a Grammy Award winner whose only previous feature credit is Step Up: All In. Kay Cannon is back to write the script and, more importantly, the cast is back to resume their roles. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, and last time’s wonderful newcomer, Hailee Steinfeld, will all be back. Of course, otherwise it wouldn’t be Pitch Perfect without them. Also, for presumably a number of reasons, John Lithgow and DJ Khaled (two vastly different performers) will be joining the cast this time.
6. Thor: Ragnarok
Anyone who has seen the WTF-inducing trailer for the third Thor movie will undoubtedly be absurdly excited for it. For starters, it shows Cate Blanchett’s omnipotent villain grab Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer) and crush it in her hands. So, that’s the end of Thor’s hammer, and the villain of this movie can smash it to smithereens with her bare hands. Captain America and Iron Man combined were not strong enough to even lift it an inch off the ground, and she’s destroyed it with her hands. And add to that the scene of Thor being thrown into a gladiator ring and told he must defeat a terrifying beast. And then his opponent’s door opens to reveal that it is…the Hulk! And then Thor laughs and says, “He’s a friend from work!” just before the Hulk charges at him in an extremely unfriendly manner. What is the tone of this movie? It’s crazy! The whole of Asgardian civilization is at stake here, and the story is said to be a road trip movie across space with Thor and the Hulk bickering Midnight Run-style. Doesn’t that sound like the awesomest movie of all time?!
5. Indiana Jones 5
After the bitter disappointment of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Disney is giving Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford another chance to recapture the fun and the magical sense of adventure inspired in audiences by the perfect genre-defining trilogy that preceded it. The fifth Indiana Jones movie will be released on July 10, 2020, which may seem like a long way away, but hopefully it’ll be worth the wait. Ford is back in the fedora playing Dr. Jones, Spielberg is back in the director’s chair, John Williams is returning to compose the musical score, and David Koepp is returning to write the film’s screenplay. Also, George Lucas will be back as executive producer to ensure the movie is taking the right creative direction. There were initially rumors that he would not be back, but Spielberg quickly quashed them: “I would never make an Indiana Jones film without George Lucas. That’d be insane.”
4. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
First thing’s first. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, is going to kick ass because Colin Firth is back. Harry Hart didn’t really die in the first movie when Samuel L. Jackson shot him in the head and let down every filmgoer who had fallen in love with the character. The first teaser poster for the sequel hinted at his return with the tagline, “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” He’s back! And if that’s not enough, then look at the other cast members: Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Vinnie Jones, and Elton John as himself! The sequel will expand the Kingsman universe, the same way John Wick: Chapter 2 did earlier this year. It will feature agents from the American counterpart to Kingsman: Statesman. The plot will concern the leads taking on a secret New World Order organization called The Golden Circle, led by Julianne Moore’s diabolical Poppy.
3. The Incredibles II
Finally! A couple of years ago when Brad Bird officially announced that he would be making a sequel to The Incredibles after years of teasing, the movie going world went crazy. It’s definitely one of the most highly anticipated sequels of all time; it is one of Pixar’s greatest movies – and that is saying a lot! They wasted a lot of valuable time and money making two Cars sequels, but they’ve finally come to their senses and given Bird the necessary money and tools to craft the perfect sequel to The Incredibles. Samuel L. Jackson is going to be back as Lucius Best (aka Frozone)! Remember Frozone? “Where is my super suit?!?” And here’s another reason to get excited about The Incredibles II: the movie’s release date was initially set for June 21, 2019, however, it’s been bumped up to June 15, 2018, so it’s less than a year away! And what’s more, the original 2019 release date has now been given to Toy Story 4 – another sequel to get excited about.
2. Avengers: Infinity War
This is what it’s all been leading up to. Every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far has been leading up to this. Thanos has spent all of these movies quietly collecting the Infinity Stones, which if he combines them into his Infinity Gauntlet, will give him the power to impose his will on all of existence. All of existence?! Those are some pretty high stakes, right? Well, the Avengers are hoping to stop him, but thanks to the events in Captain America: Civil War, they all hate each other. They’re teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to bring Thanos down. Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who have also directed episodes of Arrested Development and Community, are back to tackle Infinity War, so we know the large cast is going to be wrangled properly. Everyone is going to get the screen time they deserve and be handled properly – and there’s going to be a healthy dose of humor to keep it from getting too heavy. The movie is set to be released on May 4, 2018. So, why should you be excited about the next Avengers movie? Because it’s the next Avengers movie, that’s why!
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Almost as hotly anticipated as its predecessor – The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi will continue the Star Wars saga through to its eighth instalment. Coming to screens on December 15, Looper director, Rian Johnson, has taken the reins from JJ Abrams and will direct The Last Jedi. He will be taking inspiration from classic movies like Twelve O’Clock High and The Bridge on the River Kwai. Picking up where The Force Awakens left off, we’ll see Rey training with her possible father, Luke Skywalker, to learn the ways of the Force and take on Kylo Ren. Sadly, this movie will be Carrie Fisher’s final film appearance, as she died tragically last December and Lucasfilm has stated it won’t be including her in Episode IX. This is poignant and gives moviegoers all the more reason to flock to the movie as a tribute to the beloved Princess Leia. Plus, we’ll get some new details on the identity of Supreme Leader Snoke!