Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Sequel?

iron_man_threeThis Friday sees the release of “Iron Man 3”, the third film in the Iron Man franchise, and the fifth time Robert Downey Jr. has played Tony Stark (including his cameo in “The Incredible Hulk). It won’t be the only big sequel this summer, either, the slate is full of them. “Star Trek Into Darkness”, “The Hangover III”, “Despicable Me 2”, “Monsters University”, “Fast and Furious 6” just for starters.

Sequels have come a long way though. Franchises are carefully planned now, and audiences don’t attachΒ half theΒ stigma to them that they once did. Once upon a time, the question was “Which sequels are better than the originals?” Nowadays, the second installment in a franchise is often expected to be the best.

There are no shortages of sequels out there. Many of them are great. What’s your favorite? Will you go old school with “The Godfather: Part II” or “The Empire Strikes Back”, or something more modern, like “The Dark Knight”? How about one of James Cameron’s noted sequels, “Aliens”, or “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”?

There are hundreds to choose from, and the choice is yours.

So let’s hear it! What’s YOUR favorite sequel?

Daniel Fogarty


143 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Sequel?

  1. Great question man! I think my favorite sequel has to be The Empire Strikes Back, as it is my favorite movie of all time. It does everything a sequel should: improve on the original, up the stakes and suspense, and, when it counts, make it a little darker. The Dark Knight would probably be my second, for the same reasons. Both reference materials on how to do a proper sequel.

    • “Empire” is awesome. Still one of my favorite movies of all time, in spite of Lucas’ attempts to taint the franchise πŸ™„ You’re right, if there were a sequel checklist, it hits all the points. It even successfully adds new characters!

  2. This is a nearly impossible question. To avoid repeating the wise pick of Empire that was made above, I’m going to go with this one:


    What I like about it is the way it learned from the original’s mistakes and didn’t repeat them. It improved on the first one not by being bigger but by pulling it back and using a more straightforward story. Part of that was because of budget limitations, but it made Nicolas Meyer work even harder to create a better script. They couldn’t rely on the grand special effects.

  3. Yeah, I’m just going to have to go with “Empire” on this one. Sprang to mind immediately. But “The Dark Knight”, “IJ & the Last Crusade”, and “Christmas Vacation” all bear mentions.

    • LOL. Christmas Vacation representing! Nice! πŸ˜€

      Yeah, I think unless the Nolan legion get involved, “Empire” may cruise to victory as the most popular answer. It’s off to a big lead out of the gate, that’s for sure. 😯

      • Yeah, I expect those and Godfather 2 to be the big choices. But I’m going to follow along to see what else gets tossed out there. One of my Top X ideas (out of somewhere around 30 half-formed lists at this point…) is “Superior Sequels”, so any little reminders are likely to be helpful.

    • Aliens getting some love, nice. Definitetly a great sequel, and one of the few appropriate answers back when “What sequels are better than the originals” only had a handful of good answers!

  4. New Moon….

    JK!!! Now that you’re heart-rate has calmed… The Dark Knight is definitely up there. Toy Story 3 was great. I also liked Rocky III.

    Good question Fogs.

    • I do get a little Pavlovian pain response whenever I think of Twilight now. LOL. Thank goodness its not often!

      ROCKY II gets a shout out! Nice. “You ain’t so bad! You aint so bad! My Grandmother hits harder than that!” πŸ˜€

      Sorry, big Rocky III fan πŸ˜†

  5. I’ll have to go with The Empire Strikes Back. Not very original, but it’s probably the best. Does Kill Bill Vol. 2 count as a sequel? Because I like it better than Vol. 1 but it was made as one movie and then split up after the fact…. That would probably be my number two if it counts. If not, I’ll go with The Godfather Part II. I’ll throw in From Russia with Love too, my favorite of the Connery era Bond movies.
    I really hope the Hunger Games sequel is going to be good! I was really surprised by how good the first one was and I hope they keep it going!

    • LOL. A bunch of nice choices up there. I guess Kill Bill v 2 counts, even though we know they were made at the same time and originally intended for one single release film. I’ll “allow” it. πŸ˜€

      Meanwhile, yeah, I have hopes for the rest of the Hunger Games franchise as well. I liked the first one more than I expected to, too!

  6. Casablanca II: The Rickening

    I thought of a lot of great sequels… then I realized that The Godfather: Part II exists and stopped thinking about other sequels.

    • It’s a wise decision. Hell of a film. I still think “Empire Strikes Back” gives it a run in terms of the sequel dept though 😯

      And of course, I think we can all be grateful we live in a world without Casablanca II. Even WITH a subtitle as clever as “The Rickening” πŸ™„ LOL

      • Oh, I love Empire. And it probably would’ve been my answer in a Godfatherless world.

        The Dark Knight’s floating around out there, too. And Terminator 2.

  7. I still cry every time I watch Toy Story 3. No shame there. And of course I love The Dark Knight.

    Call me crazy but, I think I might have to go for Scream 2 on this one. It’s kind of an out there answer, probably. But I have some sentimental reasons for it. 5th grade Obsessive Viewer loved Scream (strange as that sounds). Scream 2 was in production soon after I discovered the internet and soon before I discovered naked ladies on the internet. So for several months I would look up the latest information on the movie I was so excited about seeing. Along the way, I learned a lot of things about the industry and, before I knew it, my true love of movies was born. Also, I genuinely think Scream 2 is great sequel. Spotty ending notwithstanding.

    Funny enough, now I avoid production information like the plague, when I can.

    Great question!

    • Thanks OV. Toy Story 3 and Dark Knight are great answers, because they’re great movies.

      I was impressed/pleased with “Scream 2” when it first came out as well. I really liked the first movie, and had high hopes for the sequel. On rewatch, recently, prior to the fourth film, I wasn’t as impressed. The “Spotty ending” is the main culprit. I think all the movies in that series are like that. Theyre good to great when its just Ghostface running around killing folks, but one you pull off the mask and try to explain things, even the first movie runs into issues. 😯

      Still, it’s not an answer I would hammer you for, especially given the fact that you qualified it with personal nostalgia πŸ˜‰

  8. I have incredibly high expectations that Anchorman 2 will be my favourite sequel of all time. But until I’ve actually seen it, the undisputed champion of sequels in my heart of hearts is The Road Warrior. I love me some Batman and some Star Wars too of course. But when I think of sequels, I think of something that totally blows the first movie right out of the water. And for me, The Road Warrior does that on all fronts.

    • Rrrrrrrroad Warrior! Nice! Hadnt thought of that one, but that’s an awesome answer.

      I am the Yang to your Yin on Anchorman 2. I’m deadly afraid that it will be a train wreck. I hope you’re right and not me. I love the first movie and would love a worthy sequel. For some reason, though, I’m more worried than I am stoked. 😦

  9. Empire Strikes Back/Godfather 2/Aliens all seem like easy selections and you would be correct in selecting any of those films.

    So I am going with The Invisible Boy (1957) the sequel to Forbidden Planet (1956). Both films are contained on the Blu-ray edition of Forbidden Planet.

    You Can Shuffle The Order, But Those Are My Faves, Dude. πŸ˜€

      • Oh wow. Forgot all about the French Connection II. That IS a good sequel. Definitely worthy of mention. I’ll have to revisit that one at some point.

        Conquest is the one with Montalban, right? Yup, just checked.

        Ricardo Montalban. The most sure fire way ever to improve your sequels! LOL πŸ˜€

    • Three of the big name choices and then… Pirates 2. πŸ˜‰

      Pirates 2 IS a good movie, and a good sequel. My big issue with it is it’s not a complete movie. They leave it almost open ended due to the fact that the 3rd one would be following right on its tail… I have to dock some points for that, personally. 😦

  11. I was considering The Dark Knight, but while I do think that it is a better movie than Batman Begins, it in many ways feels almost like a stand-alone rather than a continuation. And I’m also not counting another favorite of mine, Revenge of the Sith, since, while technically a sequel within its trilogy, I’d probably consider it more of a prequel than anything else. So in that case, going with movies that really feel like a culmination that improves upon what came before it, I’d have to go with Spider-Man 3. Love that movie. B)

  12. wow there are so many for me, and it’s a misconception often that there aren’t many but there are loads. Not Iron man 2…:) but The Dark Knight, Empire, French Connection 2, Godfather 2, X men 2, toy story 2…I could go on. oh yeah Jaws 2! not!

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