Top 5 Long-Awaited Movie Sequels that Came Out of Nowhere

Sequels are important parts of Hollywood today.  While it is true that people always ask for original ideas to be made, those are always a gamble, and there is always something so satisfying watching characters that you already know go on new adventures, rather than meeting someone new. With almost every movie nowadays getting sequels it is always interesting when an older franchise gets a second wind. While the hype train never dies down, for the longest time it always seemed that some of these movies will never see another entry. So join me as I list 5 long-awaited modern sequels that came out of nowhere.

Now for this list, I won’t be naming the actual record holders, which is the years between Bambi and Bambi 2 with a gap of 64 years. However, I will be looking at more modern examples with a gap of at least 5 plus years. Quality will also play an important part, this isn’t only a numbers games, but the real question is did the movie deliver? I will also exclude straight to DVD sequels which is why I excluded Bambi II, along with sequels that come of as more like reboots such as Mad Max Fury Road.

5. Star Wars The Force Awakens

Let us get this one out of the way early, Star Wars was always a tricky one to consider since there were multiple different comics, and books that told stories past the first three films. However, for a larger audience the hope that they will get a chance to re-visit a galaxy far far away always seemed like a pipe dream.  Without taking the prequels into consideration this creates a gap 32 years of build-up hype, and even with the sequels, there is still a 10-year gap that fans had to wait for any form of continuation on the series.

Finally, in 2015, we got Star Wars: The Force Awakens despite featuring new characters and a new story storyline, that arguably took too much from the original. Star Wars: The Force Awakens felt like a love letter to the original trilogy, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens was so successful that for better or worse we got a Star Wars movie almost every year, with another one scheduled to come out this year with Star Wars Rise of Skywalker. The wait was well worth it and long-time Star Wars fans finally got their wish.