With Avatar: The Way of the Water finally hitting theaters this holiday season, well over a decade since the first film was released, it’s fair to say that the franchise’s continuation has taken some fans by surprise. While the blockbuster broke records, it was one of many films that many assumed had missed its chance for a sequel.
Maybe that means there’s hope for other movies that never got a follow-up despite being perfect on their own. Reddit had plenty of ideas for which movies that didn’t get a sequel are still worth considering for one.
10 Megamind (2010)
Dreamworks is known for producing some of the best animated movies outside of Disney, but the animation studio has outdone themselves with Megamind, a family comedy about the titular alien supervillain. The character, played by Will Ferrell, has captured the hearts of audiences, but while Despicable Me from Illumination has spawned several movies, Megamind is still waiting for an upcoming TV series.
Redditor AllTheReservations is one of a ton of fans who are still optimistic about what a sequel to Megamind could have looked like, saying a follow-up would have “been interesting” and wondering if it could have expanded on the short film The Button of Doom showing Megamind deciding what kind of superhero he wanted to be.
9 The All Hazards Team (2010)
While The A-Team hasn’t been a much talked about movie in the more than a decade since its release, moviegoers on Reddit haven’t forgotten how fun its action thrills were. The film’s underperformance at the box office meant plans for a sequel were quickly scrapped, but Redditors like Jtrain10 think that’s a shame.
They point to the most important reason it was a great movie that critics overlooked — that The A-Team is a ton of fun. That’s not all, as they also comment “What a great cast in hindsight too. It’s not too hard to imagine a sequel would have kept the action cheesy and over the top, so it’s sad the franchise didn’t go anywhere from there.
8 Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
With James Cameron and his company Lightstorm Entertainment the driving force behind this rare gem, a Western manga adaptation that critics and fans alike love, it’s perhaps unlikely they’ll find the time to follow up while the Avatar sequels are in production. This might explain why Redditors, including user zc_special, are already resigned to never seeing an Alita: Battle Angel sequel.
Like many people, they say “I’m disappointed that Alita: Battle Angel doesn’t have a sequel” and that “I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the movie”. The film achieved the rare feat of appealing to a general audience without disappointing fans of the source material and many believe it should be rewarded for it with at least a second film.
7 The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
With Spielberg at the helm and some of the film’s best-executed performance capture animations, The Adventures of Tintin still maintains a strong fan base despite having no follow-up. After the first movie was well received, plans for a sequel were announced, but news about it has since dried up, leading many fans to assume the worst.
Redditor Pretorian24 was one particularly sad user that it didn’t get a following due to its old-school adventure feel, calling it “the most Indiana Jones since The Last Crusade.” They echoed a sentiment felt by many saying “I need more adventures!” although it seems reviewing this movie will have to do for now.
6 Galaxy Quest (1999)
While Galaxy Quest did a hilarious job of parodying sci-fi fandoms and tropes back in 1999, there’s undoubtedly a lot it failed to cover and many would appreciate its quick wit at the moment. current era of science fiction. Sadly, with the passing of Alan Rickman, the ship may have sailed on that idea, and Redditors agree that’s a great shame.
One user, Coast_watcher, said “Galaxy Quest 2 is such a missed opportunity” and received a lot of support from other fans. With large, accurate parodies rare in the current age of cinema, its absence seems particularly notable although a TV adaptation is in the works.
5 Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
In an age where superhero franchises are everywhere, there’s one that many feel sadly fell through the cracks and that’s Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy series. The demonic antihero may have been briefly revived for the ill-fated 2019 reboot, but many fans believe Ron Perlman’s interpretation is the best screen version yet.
Redditor bluejester12 is one of the few who hasn’t dropped a single other Guillermo Del Toro Hellboy movie, saying “I still want Hellboy 3.” While most might have the more cynical opinion that there’s simply been too big of a gap since The Golden Army now, one thing everyone agreed was that the series still had potential.
4 Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)
Although this Napoleonic Wars epic starring Russell Crowe was a moderate success at the box office and a huge hit with critics, it wasn’t enough to give them the green light to continue adapting the massive Aubrey book series. -Maturin on which it is based. With so much content still to adapt, many haven’t given up on Master and Commander.
Redditor BreadSheeren was one of them, commenting that they would love if they could “fit more books” for the screen. They may be partially getting their wish, as a prequel movie is reportedly in development, but the time when a simple follow-up could have been done may have already passed.
3 Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Despite being one of the best sci-fi films of the 2010s and being one of the few films to use the premise of a time loop to good effect, Edge of Tomorrow felt so complete that there weren’t many calls for a sequel immediately after its release. Some believe that was a mistake, however, especially with Cruise continuing to see box office success.
Redditor gizmo1492 admitted that the film “was fine without a sequel” but, like many now, thinks it should have happened anyway simply because a “sequel would be cool” and the cast is still going strong. Even without the time loop mechanic, the world of Edge of Tomorrow was so fascinating that it could have benefited from another visit.
2 The Nice Guys (2016)
Buddy comedies come out so often that even good ones don’t tend to see many calls for a sequel. The Nice Guys is a big exception because with its sleek black and action elements as well as the charm of Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as the central pair, it truly stands out from the crowd.
Critics and fans like Redditor whoisguero-xbox also loved the film, with the latter commenting that “Gosling and Crowe were perfect” and that they “would have liked at least one more”, but only a moderate box office take. meant that one did not materialize. With Gosling returning to action for The Gray Man earlier this year, it’s yet another reminder of what could have been.
1 Dredd (2012)
While several titles come up frequently in discussions of which movies should have received direct sequels, the one that comes up far more frequently than any other is cult post-apocalyptic action flick Dredd. Unfortunately, the film was a box office flop upon release, and while it’s become a fan favorite in the years since, studios may still be reluctant to return to the series.
Redditor RODjij helped explain why it’s grown in people’s esteem since its initial release, commenting that “it’s such a great movie and Karl Urban kills it, along with everyone.” Although a TV show is in development, Urban’s involvement has still not been confirmed and it could be the nail in the coffin of a series that many say ‘deserves another movie’. .