It's been a couple of years since I posted my last list of sequels I looked forward to, but as a New Year's here and there's quite a few upcoming ones on the horizon I thought I'd revive the habit... at least for this one year.
So here's a few I am really looking forward to. And since sequels are in such surplus these days there's a few more after that at the end.
Keep reading if you want more.
Bad Boys For Life
This one was promised for 2018, but at the time of writing they've apparently postponed it again. After Bad Boys 2 in 2003 - which I still consider one of the best action movies of all time, I have really been looking forward to this one. Bummer it won't be this year, but whichever year is the year it comes out I'm really looking forward to it.
M:I 6 - Mission Impossible
A new M.I. movie?! Oh hell yeah! So far there hasn't been a single bad one in the series. It's not just action: it's action with complexity, big budgets, and a great group of characters gathered over the years. I can't wait.
The Purge: The Island
I just started watching The Purge franchise a few months ago, but so far I'm loving it. It's controversial, it's relevant, it's packed with action and filmed with style... so of course I can't wait to see how this one turns out too.
The title hints at something new, though apparently it's more a prequel than a sequel.
Maybe they're in the process of milking this franchise dry; unwilling to let it all play out and end just yet... but I hope it'll be good anyway. I imagine it might be something like Death Race, in that the event's now (or then - before it all spread like a plague) isolated to a specific area.
Like an island.
Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel have been putting out some pretty amazing movies recently, easily dominating the superhero scene the last few years. Their world just gets continually bigger and better, and though I don't believe it can keep doing so forever they definitely seem to be delivering this year too. I have no doubt this will be just... awesome.
This movie premiered earlier this week so maybe I'll be seeing it soon!
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
The last X-Men movie ended in such a conclusive way I thought it might have been over, but I'm not unhappy I was wrong! As this is another franchise I've yet to be disappointed with any one movie of I am hyped for this one too. It's a Marvel thing too.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Since the second Maze Runner movie in 2015 I've really been looking forward to this one, and this year is the year!
Actually I've already seen it. You can read the review here.
Deadpool, the anti-hero of heroes: he's back!
I've seen the trailers at the cinema a few times now, and though I can't say he's my favorite movie character I do appreciate his refreshingly uncensored approach.
You never know what you'll get with Deadpool, but you do know it's bound to be a lot of fun, and a lot of action. Possibly also unexpectedly much emotion - like there was in the last one. Reynolds: It's all on you.
It's another Marvel movie, so I'm expecting great things!
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Another Marvel movie? What can I say: I'm hyped. I loved Ant-Man, so I'm looking forward to this one too. The Wasp had a small cameo in that one too if I recall...
Johnny English 3
The previous two were a blast, yet since it's been seven years since the last one I'm wondering how this will turn out. I'm excited though. I don't think I've seen Rowan Atkinson in a movie since then either, and I'm missing his particular strain of humor. He may be older, but he's not too old to be good quite yet!
I mean he's still at least twenty years younger than those guys in Going In Style. Was about to say thirty, but I checked... he is growing old.
Danny Ocean's sister (played by Sandra Bullock), is gathering together a team for one big heist! I don't expect it will live up to the original Ocean's 11 at all, but the prospect of an all-female heist cast seems enticing.
I'm hoping it'll be way better than The Mercenaries were to The Expendables, and better than the somewhat disappointing Ghostbusters reboot.
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Big human-driven Gundam-like robots waging a war against an alien race?! Hell yeah! I liked the original, so I've been looking forward to this one too... and so I watched it last week. You can check the review here.
Last but not least there's a Predator remake in the making! I know this isn't officially a sequel, but it deserves a mention right? I've mentioned remakes as well as sequels in the past too. I have no idea - and no expectations - as to how this will match up the original, but I am looking forward to seeing it.
The first one was iconic, and who knows: maybe some of the oldies might reprise their roles! Like that Schwarzenegger dude.
There's also apparently a Goosebumps sequel in the making! Gotta see that, though I've yet to see the first one. Also notable: Ralph Breaks The Internet (Wreck-It Ralph 2), Creed 2, The Equalizer 2, Incredibles 2, Halloween (they're starting it over again, again) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Considering how the last Jurassic movie went I'm not all that hyped about this one, but it should be fun to watch either way.
Of course there's more, like sequels for Paddington and Fifty Shades, but I haven't seen the first installments of those yet and I'm not sure I will. Fantastic Beasts, however... reading up on reviews for that franchise it might be a sequel I need to see. If I'd seen the first one already I think it could have been high on the list above.
There's also Dabangg 3 (quality Bollywood action) and Taxi 5 (a long-running - for some time until now abandoned - awesome French car-movie franchise a la Luc Besson) on route - the latter of which I'm hyped to see! Also a Tomb Raider reboot I have seen (you can find that review here).
I probably would have included those in the main list if I didn't find out about them last-minute before posting this. Or actually: hid-away in a text file where I'd noted them in preparation for this particular post, a few weeks ago, and then forgotten all about...
Overall there's a lot of sequels! As seems to be the trend these days. Let's see how many of them we can actually see, how many meet our expectations, how many actually come out this year - as announced, and how many of them merit further sequels in the future!
For the Bad Boy franchise in particular I wouldn't mind another three... or nine... or any number really. Either way it seems to be another great year for movies - Bad Boys or no.