10 Sequels To Watch This Summer

Sharp's Guide to Sequels

A list of ten summer sequels and whether or not you’ll regret watching them.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Marvel heroes return for a second installment that promises to revitalize your wife’s high school crush for James Spader. The ’80s heartthrob lends his voice to the villainous Ultron, a peacekeeping robot created by Tony Stark that, as you can imagine, doesn’t keep all that much peace.

Will You See It? Yes. You’ve already watched every one of the seemingly innumerable trailers.

Will You Regret It: Not at all.


Insidious: Chapter 3

Insidious: Chapter 3 confusingly takes place before the debut installment, following the first film’s psychic (Lin Shaye) as she liberates a young girl from the grips of an evil supernatural being.

Will You See It: Sure, when it’s on Netflix.

Will You Regret it: You might. Plus, with no Rose Byrne, what’s the point?


Jurassic World

Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, and Bryce Dallas Howard take us to a fully operational park where scientists strive to create the next big attraction — and no, it isn’t a clone of Jeff Goldblum.

Will You See This it: You think you’ll be able to resist a marketing blitz of this magnitude with Pratt at the centre? No. You’ll see this movie.

Will You Regret it: If you’re an actual paleontologist, or geneticist, then yes.


Mad Max: Fury Road

In this reboot, professional brooder Tom Hardy assumes the title role made famous by Mel Gibson and accompanies Charlize Theron in a chase across a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of sanctuary.

Will You See It: If you’re old enough to remember when Tina Turner sang about Thunderdomes, or if you enjoy explosions, then yes. You’ll see it.

Will You Regret It: With managed expectations, you’ll have a blast.


Magic Mike XXL

Magic Mike XXL brings all the boys back as they embark on a road trip for a stripping convention. You’re skeptical, we get it, but the first was surprisingly smart and fun. Plus: there is no actor more likeable than Channing Tatum, even topless.

Will You See it: We’d recommend it for date night, but prepare to feel inadequate.

Will You Regret It: Tatum has a history of making sequels that shouldn’t work, but do.


Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

There will be double crosses, high tech face masks, and Tom Cruise running.

Will You See it: Yes.

Will You Regret It: No. This is perhaps the one franchise that, improbably, improves with each film.


Pitch Perfect 2

We really liked Pitch Perfect, and we don’t care who knows it. Rebel Wilson being Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick being so damn lovable. Plus, earnest singing! The next iteration takes the all-female a cappella group to an international singing contest.

Will You See It: Sure. It’s what date nights were made for.

Will You Regret It: Probably not—it’s hard to mess up that formula.


Ted 2

Borrowing its premise from the Seed of Chucky, Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2, costarring Mark Wahlberg, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried, follows its furry lead as he tries to prove his humanity in a court of law so that he can father a child.

Will You See It: Did you see A Million Ways to Die in the West? Did you like it? That should answer your question.

Will You Regret It: There are worse ways to spend your time than listening to Seth Macfarlane’s brand of this-shouldn’t-be-as-funny-as-it-is comedy.


Terminator Genisys

The same plot as the first three Terminator films and the gritty underworld of 1984. What’s new is Emilia Clarke’s uncannily Linda Hamilton-esque Sarah Connor and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese. There will be catchphrases and time travel that likely won’t make much sense.

Will You See it: Like the creation of SkyNet, not seeing this will be unavoidable.

Will You Regret It: You will regret it less than Terminator Salvation.


The Transporter Refueled

Not to be confused for an energy drink, The Transporter Refueled is a reboot that kicks Jason Statham to the curb in favour of lesser-known actor Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones). Refueled explores its character’s backstory, because that’s what everyone was most intrigued by in a series full of crazy car chases and epic fistfights.

Will You See it: If you are related to Ed Skrein, you might.

Will You Regret it: You will not regret missing this movie.