Love 'em or hate 'em, movie sequels are the most hype-tastic way Hollywood can earn a quick buck, riding on the coattails of a cult classic or big budget studio hit. It's hard not to get pumped about some of these upcoming sequels which are breathing new life into beloved movie franchises we thought were long-forgotten. Here are 15 of the biggest movie sequels coming out between now and 2025.
Pitch Perfect 3
Released: December 22, 2017
Aca-yes! The third installment of the insanely successful musical comedy series starring Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick, and Brittany Snow is returning to theaters this December. The plot is still unknown, but expect a whole lot more a capella, dancing, and female bonding.
Released: February 2, 2018
Following the critical success of 10 Cloverfield Lane, J. J. Abrams' Cloverfield universe is officially expanding once again with a third instalment in the franchise. Set aboard a space station, God Particle will once again not be a direct sequel to Cloverfield or 10 Cloverfield Lane, but part of the wider, alien-riddled universe.
Fifty Shades Freed
Released: February 9, 2018
The third and final Fifty Shades instalment will be released around Valentines Day 2018. Filmed back-to-back with Darker, Freed will bring the series of erotic adaptions to a close. Will Ana and Christian survive married life? Will they have kids? You'll have to wait until February to find out.
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Released: February 23, 2018
Guillermo del Toro's surprisingly excellent sci-fi action smash Pacific Rim is finally getting its sequel in 2018. Starring more gigantic mechas, Kaiju, and Star Wars' John Boyega, it's sure to be a hit with fans of 2012 movie.
The Incredibles 2
Released: June 15, 2018
13 years after the first movie was released, Pixar are finally following The Incredibles up with a sequel. The release was moved up a year to 2018 at the expense of Toy Story 4, which is moving forward at a slower pace. The only cast members confirmed to return for The Incredibles 2 are Samuel L. Jackson and Holly Hunter, but the rest are likely to follow given the critical and commercial success of the original.
The Merc with the Mouth returns in 2018 with the sequel to Ryan Reynolds' glorious turn as Deadpool. The teaser trailer and Josh Brolin's recent Cable workout have got us suitably pumped for the second outing, but a fixed release date has yet to be announced.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will follow on from 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse which saw Sophie Turner's young Jean Grey go all Dark Phoenix on the first mutant, unleashing a deadly power which will eventually overwhelm her. Scheduled for a 2018 release, the movie's plot is still up in the air — but it might include a turn in space. After 2006's disappointing Last Stand, let's hope Dark Phoenix can "do a Deadpool" and help us forget about the previous incarnation of the epic comic book character (no offence Famke, you are still great).
Released: November 27, 2019
Fans of the most successful Disney movie of recent years will be delighted to discover that a sequel is very much in the works. Frozen 2 will see Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel return as Elsa and Anna, and Jennifer Lee will also return to direct. According to Bell, the reason they are taking so long to make it is because the studio are treating the script with great care, but to keep fans tide over there is a whole lot of Frozen-related goodness going on between now and 2019.
Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them 2, 3, 4 & 5
Released: November 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2024.
That's right. Not one, but four Fantastic Beasts sequels are on the way! Do we need four Fantastic Beasts movies? Probably not, but Warner Bros. are determined to milk the Harry Potter universe for every cent it's worth. Following a host of new characters we were introduced to in the first movie, the follow-ups are likely to track Grindelwald's (Johnny Depp) reign of terror, leading up to his face off with Dumbledore (Jude Law). Oh, and Newt Scamander will probably still be there somehow. The second movie however, will be all about Leta Lestrange.
Released: January 18th, 2019
The shock ending of M. Night Shyamalan's Split revealed that the 2017 movie was linked to his 2000 murder mystery Unbreakable, effectively creating a shared universe. How are they linked, exactly? Well, that is the question 2019's Glass will set out to answer. After a string of disappointing movies, could Shyamalan be returning to form? Only time will tell.
World War Z 2
Not much is known about the follow-up to Brad Pitt's zombie apocalypse movie, as the plot was seemingly wrapped up quite nicely at the end of the 2013 movie. David Fincher is rumored to be directing, and Brad Pitt is due to star once again. Despite the project seemingly moving forward after being removed from Paramount's calendar, there is no sign is a release date, so expect it to arrive in 2019 at the earliest.
Toy Story 4
The whole gang are reuniting once again for the fourth outing of the beloved Pixar movie, and we even know a little about the plot. In a similar vein to 1999's Toy Story, Buzz (Tim Allen) and Woody (Tom Hanks) will have to go on an adventure to rescue Bo Peep from being given away. Prepare to have your heartstrings well and truly destroyed.
Avatar 2, 3, 4 & 5
Released: December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025
After years of wondering whether or not Avatar 2 will ever see the light of day, in swooped James Cameron to tell us that not only is Avatar 2 definitely happening, but so are Avatars 3, 4, and 5! All four of the movies will chaotically be shot at the same time (akin to The Hobbit trilogy), and Cameron wants to expand the universe beyond Pandora. Could the Avatar franchise become the highest-grossing of all time? I guess we will know by 2025.
These are just a small handful of the confirmed sequels currently in the works, and there are even more rumored to be on the way! It looks like sequels will be dominating the box office for a good few years to come.
Which movie sequel are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!