For better or for worse, once a studio gets their hands on something good, there’s no letting it go. Digging their claws into the very fabric of fantastic stand alone stories, it doesn't take long for them to be torn apart. Sequels are inevitable, there to offer more insight into our favourite films before ruining them entirely with their sheer redundancy. But I digress.
Sometimes, by some magical will of the universe to make things right, sequels can be just as good - and sometimes better - than their original counterparts. Alien and Aliens, Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs, Terminator and Terminator 2: there’s still hope that something credible can rise from the ashes of a script marred with a big old number two in its title.
Whilst there’s no real clue if any of the following films will make good on their promise of doubling down on their predecessors, we can only hope there’s some good on the horizon. Or at least, that the films will go down in a spectacular sh*tstorm that’s entertaining enough to make up for it. Either is fine.