There are sequels, and then there are nostalgia sequels. Actually, contemporary pop culture is calling them “legacy sequels”, although this is still to be decided (we’re sure our own proposal – “late-capitalist anhedonia sequels” – will catch on any time now). In any case, legacy sequels have been all the rage in Hollywood, and our theory is that they’ve been given that name for one of the first, Tron: Legacy. Hence, we’ve been flooded with movies trying to revitalize dying, forgotten, or just already-finished franchises with sub-par efforts retroactively ruining everything. Seriously, remember Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Remember a less necessary and more insultingly bad movie than that? We know you lost interest in Jurassic Park very early on, Steven, but did you really have to do a bland sequel to the trilogy you actually put your heart in?

Alright, back to “dystopian-capitalist sequels (because we can no longer feel pleasure with anything original anymore)”, our other proposed name. So what is a legacy sequel? Well, they’re sequels that follow the original continuity, bring back original performers and creators, and are desperately trying to squeeze that sweet memberberry juice. That doesn’t mean there are no good legacy sequels, of course. But similarly, it also does not mean it is a clear-cut definition.

In this Pictofact, then, we’re just focusing on facts from unequivocal legacy sequels. Accordingly, we’re ignoring movies that came before the trend (Crystal Skull, Rambo, Rocky Balboa), that lack original cast members (Mad Max: Fury Road, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), or that even function outside their original continuities (Spider-Man: No Way Home). And do these criteria work perfectly, then? Not really. Dominion is much more of a legacy sequel than Jurassic World, while inversely, The Force Awakens is much more of a legacy sequel than The Rise of Rey Star Wars. It is still a tricky, in-development concept, then, which also means we probably haven’t seen the worst yet. Steve Guttenberg-boasting Police Academy legacy sequel anyone? No? Whatever.

Anti-Leaks Measures

NOSTALGIA SEQUELS Star Wars: The Force Awakens THE SCRIPT WAS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO READ (TO PREVENT LEAKS). According to С-ЗРО actor Anthony Daniels, the script was printed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn't photocopy it. I got a hangover just reading it. CRACKED.COM

Source: The Guardian

Malcolm's Speech

NOSTALGIA SEQUELS Jurassic World Dominion IAN MALCOLM SPEECH IS A DIRECT REFERENCE TO THE ORIGINAL NOVEL. Michael Crichton book opens with a parallel between the nuclear race and biotechnology - which is Malcolm's exact point of comparison. CRACKED.COM

Source: Course Hero

The Matrix-John Wick Connection

NOSTALGIA SEQUELS The Matrix Resurrections TRINITY'S HUSBAND IS THE JOHN WICK DIRECTOR. Chad, Trinity's (fake) husband inside the Matrix, is played by Chad Stahelski, who was Keanu Reeves' stunt double in the first Matrix film and then directed him in the movies about the dog-avenging assassin. CRACKED.COM

Source: Screen Rant

The Matrix-Venom Connection

NOSTALGIA SEQUELS The Matrix Resurrections MATRIX HELICOPTERS SHOW UP IN VENOM 2. Resurrections took over San Francisco just before the Venom crew got there. The helicopters that appear to be hunting for Venom and Eddie? They aren't- they were actually there for the Matrix movie. CRACKED.COM

Source: Screen Rant

Top Gun Record

NOSTALGIA SEQUELS Top Gun: Maverick THIS IS THE FIRST TOM CRUISE MOVIE TO EARN ONE BILLION DOLLARS. A legendary 40-year career has just peaked with 1/234th of Elon Musk's wealth, which is a major landmark for Cruise and a stain on the human race. CRACKED.COM

Source: CNN

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