Dollar signs increase when a movie exploits related series during its marketing campaign. Omitting franchise connections during promotion makes it difficult to capture the attention of your audience.
When a sequel or prequel to a work isn’t heavily promoted as a sequel or prequel, fans benefit from participating in it with no expectations. The Flashes Relations with the 1989s Batman Kept near the vest, it surprised casual fans with the reveal of the trailer.
1 “Django Unchained” (2012)
of django unchained, Jamie Foxx A freed slave, Jango Freeman became a bounty hunter to free his wife. Movie lovers scrutinized the photos looking for links to the source. Quentin Tarantino’s other movies. Their efforts were rewarded with a discovery that linked the prequel to the blaxploitation classics.
While promoting his revisionist western at Comic-Con 2012, Quentin Tarantino revealed: Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington The character was an ancestor of blaxploitation icon John Shaft. Taratino’s interview and Broomhilda von Shaft’s surname are key pieces of evidence in support of that. django unchained be a prequel to shaft series.
2 “Charlie’s Angels” (2000)
Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz Play Private Detectives charlie’s angelsThe second generation of Angels follows in the footsteps of the original cast of the television series, which ran from 1976-1981.
Charlie’s voice John Forsyth, the same actor who lent his voice to the TV series.A connection to the original is hinted at in the first installment, but not until then Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle or Jaclyn Smith Made a cameo appearance as an original angel, charlie’s angels The movie is a sequel to the TV show.
3 “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Destiny” (1984)
100% of the fans who visited the theater Indiana Jones and the Temple of Destiny I thought I was watching a sequel in 1984 Raiders of the Lost ArkTo this day, most viewers are unaware of that. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Destiny The first secret prequel indiana jones movie.
The date at the beginning of the second film is the only wink to the prequel concept. Raiders of the Lost Ark opened the curtain.
Four “21 Jump Street” (2012)
Audience entered 2012 21 Jump Street I believed that buddy cop comedies were merely adaptations of old TV series. Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise Cameo revealed during Mexican standoff at film’s climax, viewers learned 21 Jump Street It is a sequel to the original TV series.
Constables Tom Hanson and Doug Penhall told the audience, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum It’s a legacy character in the same movie world as the TV show. The uncredited cameo appearance wasn’t revealed until the film premiered, so TV fans were really surprised at his connection to the series.
Five “Prometheus” (2012)
During development, the studio went back and forth on whether to pursue Prometheus As a reboot or direct prequel alienSome critics labeled the film a semi-prequel. Ridley Scott’s movie goal.
At the end of a sci-fi horror movie, an alien pops out of a dead engineer’s chest.Cameo shows connection to original series, but fans are still confused Prometheus The movie alien franchise. Ridley Scott has stated that the films will take place in the same universe, but the prequels follow their own ideas, so the connection is complicated.
6 “Split” (2016)
directed by M. Night Shyamalan Known for twist endings that catch the audience off guard.Minutes before the closing credits Splitthe viewer was thrown a curveball in an uncredited cameo Bruce Willis Connected the movie to the 2000s unbreakable.
Split It was the second and final episode unbreakable Trilogy. Subtle clues are sprinkled throughout the film, but not enough hints for first-time viewers to understand the connection, and the secret surrounding Willis’ cameo has been one of M. Knight’s most effective twists since then. He’s one of them. sixth senseAudiences don’t care unless spoiler alerts ruin the experience Split A sequel until the end of the movie.
7 “Star Trek” (2009)
Sold as an origin story, Star Trek previous Star Trek movie.time travel Leonard Nemoy Reprises his role as the older Spock, tying the dots between the original series and Kelvin’s timeline Star Trek picture.
Manipulation of the timeline sets the new characters to the events of a different series, but Kelvin’s timeline is nonetheless a reboot that shares the same cinematic universe as the original series. containment establishes Star Trek A prequel to the movie released from 1979 to 1991.
8 “Jumanji/Welcome to the Jungle” (2017)
Jumanji/Welcome to the Jungle Believed to be a modernized remake of 1995 Jumanji featuring the late Robin WilliamsHalfway through the film, the new Jumanji contestants find a makeshift safe house built by Robin Williams’ character, with the message “Alan Parrish was here” carved into the wall of branches. increase.
The cast and director hinted that they would honor the original, but no one expected the film to be a sequel to the original. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle The villain shares the same last name as the antagonist from the 1995 film, which confirms the films are linked.
9 “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (2021)
Spider-Man: No Way Home Contains an alternate version of the Wallcrawler after Doctor Strange defeats the Multiverse Portal. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Replay and establish your role as Spider-Man Spider-Man: No Way Home as a sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home And a sequel to Stealth spiderman 3 and amazing spiderman 2.
Many fans speculated that the comic book movie was referencing the former Parker, but fan theories were quickly dashed by Garfield during a promotional campaign for the MCU movie. All three Spider-Man’s will have plenty of screen time, and by the end of the picture, the sequel will stitch together the trio’s character arcs from each of the first installments.
Ten “The Flash” (2023)
new flash In cinema, the time travel element allows The Sultan of Speed to be replayed in different timelines. Michael Keaton It was featured in the Super Bowl trailer, warning unsuspecting fans that: flash continue the story of Tim Burton’s Batman.
the next movie Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice Audiences already expected the comic book movie to tie in with a different character than the DCEU property. man of steelties the film to other DCEU pictures, but with Keaton’s Caped Crusader Retribution, flash Works as a sequel to Stealth batman returns.
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