Top 6 Sequels That Begin Immediately After the First Movie
We all love experiencing exciting cinematic masterpieces, and those that succeed in the box office often spawn follow-up stories that continue these adventures. Utilizing brand name recognition, fans are automatically interested in revisiting characters they already know they enjoy.
Yet not all sequels are created equal. Some introduce an entirely new set of protagonists; others recycle old favorites. Most take place at least a few months after the end of the first, but today we'll examine six unorthodox films that take place immediately after the first concludes!
6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Begins After: The Force Awakens (Episode 7)
Most Star Wars episodes have a few years downtime in-between them. Heck, Episodes 3 (Revenge of the Sith) and 4 (A New Hope) occur a whole 19 years apart! Nevertheless, some entries buck this trend, like The Last Jedi, which picks up right where we left off in The Force Awakens—with Rey encountering Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.
Plus, if you look at the movies chronologically by story rather than release date, the original film A New Hope also starts exactly where non-episoded Rogue One leaves us. If you know me, you know I love Star Wars (yes, even the prequels) and I'd highly recommend any of these cinematic beauties, time gap or not.
5. The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride
Begins After: The Lion King
Disney sequels possess a reputation for disappointment; just watch the continuations for Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mulan. Why? Reasons include lowers budgets and name recognition exploitation; parents will buy the second movies for their kids after seeing the recognizable characters from the first.
Luckily, sometimes the sequels surprise us. We enter the astonishingly decent Simba's Pride with Simba and Nala presenting new cub Kiara to their kingdom. This time, a song called He Lives in You graces the scene rather than Circle of Life did in the ending of the first movie. Some fanatics may argue that the child at the end of the first was lost-son Kopa, not Kiara, but that's a can of worms for another day.
4. Back to the Future Part 2
Begins After: Back to the Future
A classic sci-fi adventure story from the 80's Back to the Future involves Marty McFly accidentally traveling back in time, preventing his parents from meeting, and desperately trying to reunite them before he disappears from existence. Without spoiling anything, let's just say matters end on an epic cliffhanger, and the beginning of the sequel is the ending scene of the first.
To top things off, the third and final film again starts exactly where Part 2 leaves us, essentially making the trilogy one enormous story.
3. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Begins After: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
A non-Disney animated movie with a fast pace and crazy atmosphere, most viewers enjoyed the wild antics of the first Cloudy film. The second received mixed reception, but begins a whopping eight minutes after the first (plus a short flashback and recap intro). Yep, poor Flint doesn't even get to nap before he's thrown into the continuing chaos of Cloudy 2.
2. Kill Bill Volume 2
Begins After: Kill Bill
A Quentin Tarantino classic, Kill Bill brandishes all the insane Tarantino trademarks: brutal action, a unique art style, and conflicted protagonists. It's my personal favorite Tarantino production; just don't show it to any youngsters.
After the bloody finale and twist ending of the first movie, main character "the Bride" still has unfinished business, and that's where Volume 2 picks up, again disregarding a flashback scene. What else can I say? If you loved the first, you'll savor the further action and reveals of the second.
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Begins After: The Fellowship of the Ring
An epic fantasy beloved for its dramatic story and large-scale battles, the first Lord of the Rings captivated millions of fans and brought in more than enough profit to justify two sequels: The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Each continues where the previous ends, chronicling Frodo's quest to destroy the Ring and overcome a world falling into darkness.
You've likely already sampled this epic quest, but for any who haven't (and don't mind long-running times), be sure to check out the delightful The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well at its The Hobbit prequels.
With series do you prefer?
Since most sequels provide time gaps to allow the characters to rest, tales that begin back-to-back immediately pique my interest, and I'm rarely disappointed. Thankfully, as time passes, filmmakers will undoubtedly craft more immediate sequels for us to enjoy.
But for now, vote for your favorite, and I'll see you at our next countdown!