Before the Avengers assembled, and the Justice League formed, there was a superhero family that took the world by storm. We are of course talking about The Incredibles, and after patiently waiting for 14 years, everyone's favourite brood are back this July in The Incredibles 2.
We've only had a teaser trailer so far (and these new posters), but already we're excited for more superhero shenanigans. It's sure to make all those years of waiting seem worthwhile. Sometimes, the best things are worth waiting for, as these other hotly anticipated sequels more than proved…
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The production of this movie was fraught with problems, to the point where it seemed like it might never happen. However, a whopping 30 years after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), we finally got to see the fully realised apocalyptic vision that director George Miller had been sitting on for all these years.
Replacing Mel Gibson in the lead role, Tom Hardy had big shoes to fill, but with the crazy stunts, the garish yet beautiful visuals and the badass characters, this sequel proved it was absolutely worth the long wait. We're already beyond (thunderdome) excited for the next instalment – whenever that will be…
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
It may only have been 10 years between the release of 2005's Revenge of the Sith, the closing film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and JJ Abrams' triumphant franchise resurrection. But if we're looking at the series in a chronological sense, then the 32 year gap between Return of the Jedi in 1983 and The Force Awakens in 2015 is even more impressive.
Bringing back original cast members including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, and adding rising talent in the form of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Adam Driver, The Force Awakens managed to please fans of the original movies and was the perfect continuation of the Star Wars saga.
Finding Dory (2016)
As the 14 year gap between The Incredibles and The Incredibles 2 proves, Pixar like to space out their movies. Not content with making us wait 11 years between Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, they also left a huge 13 year chasm between Finding Nemo and its sequel, Finding Dory.
With the sequel choosing to focus instead on forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), there were more opportunities to dive deeper into their extraordinary ocean paradise. Based on Pixar's past form, you might want to pencil 2030 into your diaries for Coco 2…
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
While a muted critical reception greeted the original Blade Runner in 1982, over time it became a cult classic, widely regarded as one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. The fact that a sequel was being made 35 years later filled many hardcore fans with dread.
However, in the safe hands of Denis Villeneuve (director of Sicario and Arrival), there was no need to panic, and Blade Runner 2049 was easily one of the best films of last year. Bringing together Harrison Ford, reprising his role as Rick Deckard, and mega-star Ryan Gosling proved to be a dynamite pairing, and this sequel more than lived up to expectations.
Staying true to the spirit of the original, adding more intrigue and layers into this fascinating world, and leaving the necessary questions unanswered, we expect this sequel to become as revered as the original.
Jumanji (1995) was a beloved childhood classic of many, and the news of a sequel was, initially, not particularly well received. Following the tragic death of original star, Robin Williams, in 2014, the sequel needed to go in new directions, staying true to the spirit of the original but updating it for a modern cinema audience.
With a bigger budget and better technology, plus huge stars including Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, the sequel had a lot of cynics to win over, but it more than succeeded. Proving incredibly successful at the box office, many were surprised by how genuinely hilarious Welcome to the Jungle was, and there's a strong argument that it may even be better than the original. With another sequel reportedly in the pipeline, let's hope we won't be kept waiting too long.
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