There are countless ways that a movie sequel can screw itself over, either by deviating from the original too much, or equally, not deviating enough and being a cynical carbon copy. Sometimes, it's just down to poor creative choices like say, reintroducing a favoured character from the previous film, only to unceremoniously kill them off before our very eyes. More often than not, it will be the most likable character who bites it in an attempt to up the stakes and make the sequel feel important and necessary, but most of the time it just results in infuriation. Here are 10 movie sequels that took 11 of our favourite characters and killed them off in the most infuriating ways. These characters didn't seem to die for much rhyme or reason - none of them died while riding a nuclear bomb into enemy territory, for instance - and the result was pure fanboy outrage...
11. Cyclops - X-Men: The Last Stand
How He Died: In X-Men: The Last Stand, Cyclops ends up being lured back to Alkali Lake after hearing Jean's voice. Here he meets her new Phoenix form, the two kiss, but Jean loses control of herself, and the next thing we see is Wolverine and Storm showing up to find a pair of Scott's glasses, but no Cyclops. Why It Sucks: Doesn't such an awesome and integral part of the X-Men line-up deserve a worthier death than this? Rather than, say, dying in the final battle at the end of the film, he gets kissed to death off screen, the details of which remain scant because Jean can't remember. Hopefully Bryan Singer will find a way to slot him back into the story in Days of Future Past, given the time travel-centric nature of the plot, but I won't be counting on it.
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