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10 Movies Unrecognizable From Their Sequels, According To Reddit

Marvel Studios has recently announced that they want Deadpool 3 to elevate the series in the same way that Thor: Ragnarok did. This has gotten movie fans on Reddit thinking about other examples of movies whose sequels made big changes both stylistically and narratively from the original (for better or for worse).

Particularly in a time when sequels and spin-offs are becoming more and more common, it isn’t that surprising that franchises can experience some serious change over the course of a few movies. Whether Jurassic Park or Rocky, Reddit has given its strongest examples of those that have changed the most.

Jurassic Park (1993)
Sam Neill in Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg’s original adaptation of Jurassic Park is often hailed as one of the most engaging and exciting family films ever made, but its sequels sadly don’t receive the same praise. Despite being revived for a new generation with Jurassic World, these films sadly feel completely different from the original.

Reddit user onwardalan notes this, writing that “not even the original group from Jurassic Park could save [the sequels]… the first two were the only good films (with the first being a classic) but even The Lost World felt a lot different to Jurassic Park.” To make matters worse, the latest Jurassic film, Jurassic World: Dominion, was anything but a movie focusing on dinosaurs, where the franchise’s main spectacle was merely put in the background serving such an insignificant purpose to the central storyline.

Alien (1979)
Ripley wears a spacesuit in Alien

There are many movie fans that call Ridley Scott’s Alien the best horror film ever made, but it’s admittedly hard to imagine how the sequels changed so drastically both in tone and quality. The suspense element of Scott’s original film has been completely wiped out and replaced by extensive sci-fi elements and action sequences.

It’s Redditor stanthemanchan that suggested this film as having the most unrecognizable sequels, and they write that “Alien changed a lot from one film to the next almost to the point where I’d hesitate to call it a “franchise”. The only thing that is the same is the xenomorph.”

Mad Max (1979)

Although all the films have a similar dystopian tone, there’s very little that connects all the Mad Max films other than their shared protagonist. George Miller’s films all feel like they take place in separate universes, with so much plot happening in between the movies that it’s sometimes hard to keep up.

Reddit user ty_kanye_vcool comments on this, writing that “Every Mad Max film is completely unlike any of the others, but the first one doesn’t even take place after the apocalypse.” Whilst this doesn’t make the films bad at all, it is definitely something that audiences will have to adjust to.

The Purge (2013)
Ethan Hawke looking through his door in The Purge

Many people are often surprised upon revisiting the original The Purge that the film only focuses on one family, given that the subsequent sequels are much bigger and center on the city-wide conflict that ensues every year on Purge Night. However, movie fans on Reddit seem to feel that this change was warranted.

One of these Redditors is ambitious_log_1884, who writes: “I feel like The Purge… changed for the better. It took on a much bigger scope that allowed for it to explore its potential. The first movie was basically The Strangers on a larger scale set in a dystopian future.”

Die Hard (1988)
Bruce Willis in a vent in Die Hard

There’s no denying that John McClane is one of the most iconic ’80s action heroes ever written, but the difference in his character between the original Die Hard and its subsequent sequels is shocking. Whilst the original film is more of a survival thriller with plenty of action, the rest of the franchise is much higher-stakes and less relatable.

Redditor 1stchairholophonor picks up on this, noting that “John McClain is just this normal guy, you know? He’s just a normal New York City cop who gets his feet cut, he gets beat up. But he’s an everyday guy. In Die Hard 4, he is jumping a motorcycle into a helicopter in the air. You know? He’s invincible.”

Rocky (1976)
Sylvester Stallone as Rocky

There’s a reason that Rocky is considered one of the best sports movies ever made, but this high praise doesn’t always carry over to the sequels. Whilst the original is an intimate story of ambition, perseverance and success, the sequels focus more strongly on Rocky’s career and develop a very different tone.

Redditor moviebuff90 agrees with this opinion, writing that “The first Rocky is a realistic, down-to-earth story of a boxer getting his shot at the big leagues. By the fourth one, the franchise had become a silly, over-the-top, commercialized series where said boxer fights a new villain in every installment.”

Star Wars (1977)

Although it’s become one of the most popular franchises of all time today, there was a point in time when Star Wars was merely a single film about the battle between good and evil political forces in space – completely unrestrained by the thousands of pages of background reading that exists within the franchise today.

Some Redditors believe that the extensive attempts to expand the Star Wars universe have actually diminished the quality of the original. Redditor ghastly_mcnasty argues that “Star Wars was meant as an art film. Then everyone took it a little too straight and a little too seriously. Now look where we are.”

Mission: Impossible (1996)
Breaking fish tank scene in Mission Impossible with Tom Cruise jumping

It’s difficult to believe now, but the original Mission: Impossible was actually a pretty low-stakes mission when people consider how intense and dramatic the later installments have been. The original focused much more on the characters and the intricacies of the plot than the action and spectacle, which hardly happens now.

Although Fallout is popularly cited as one of Tom Cruise’s best films, it’s undeniable that the series has changed a lot. Reddit user frightened_by_bark writes: “The Mission Impossible movies now are entirely different from the espionage thriller De Palma made, where the big set piece was a near silent computer hack.”

Saw (2004)
Saw 2004 Lawrence Gordon

The Saw franchise has developed a pretty negative reputation over the years, and whilst it’s mostly warranted, it’s still a shame to see the legacy of such a momentous and inventive piece of horror ruined by a batch of subpar sequels.

Most audiences seem to agree with this opinion, such as Redditor holdfast02, who writes that “Saw 1 was great – the twist at the end I did not see coming. But after that, it seems they were just after more and more gore and shock. Not fun to watch.”

The Fast And The Furious (2001)
MIa flirts with Brian in The Fast And The Furious (2001)

Upon watching a gang of small-time criminals pull off a minor robbery in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, nobody could have expected that the very same characters would be engaging in high-stakes battles and international espionage merely a few years later.

Reddit user ausernameisfinetoo agrees that the films have changed drastically since their original installment, stating that “characters were real(ish) and relatable… now they’re indestructible super soldiers until the plot does/doesn’t need them to be.” On top of this, the selling point has always been about the race car driving aspect that made the early installments distinctive from other franchises, but these scenes have become less realistic as each film took on bolder adventures.

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Fast & Furious 11 Needs Hobbs Vs. Dom (To End The Rock & Vin Diesel’s Feud)


Fast and Furious 11 needs to feature an epic fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel to resolve the real-life feud and bring closure to their characters’ relationship. The clash between Dom and Hobbs in Fast Five was a game-changer, and revisiting that epic confrontation in Fast 11 would elevate the action and add nostalgia. A showdown between Dom and Hobbs in Fast 11 could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation, reaffirming the underlying themes of family and unity in the franchise.

Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has returned to the Fast Saga, Fast and Furious 11 needs to include an epic fight between Johnson and Vin Diesel. In the high-octane world of the Fast and Furious franchise, the thrill of fast cars and heart-stopping action has always been amplified by the magnetic on-screen chemistry between its stars. However, a real-life feud between The Rock and Vin Diesel has been brewing since 2016. Director Louis Leterrier achieved the impossible by bringing The Rock back into the fold. Now, he must find a way to reunite Luke Hobbs and Dominic Toretto on-screen.

Ever since Fate of the Furious, the void left by The Rock’s absence has grown more conspicuous. The actor’s feud with Vin Diesel has cast a shadow over the franchise, making it increasingly difficult for the writers and directors to craft a cohesive narrative. As Fast Saga fans await the next installment, all eyes are on Leterrier to weave a compelling story that not only showcases jaw-dropping action but also offers a chance for Hobbs and Dom to partake in an epic showdown.

Hobbs & Dom Fighting In Fast & Furious 11 Would Bring Their Arc Full Circle
Vin Diesel's Dom confronts Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs in Fast Five

Fast X and Fast and Furious 11 act as sequels to Fast Five in many ways, so it makes perfect sense for the upcoming installment to build on the fight scene between Dom and Hobbs from Fast Five. The clash between the two powerhouse characters left an indelible mark on fans. Revisiting that epic confrontation could elevate the adrenaline-fueled action and add a layer of nostalgia to Fast and Furious 11. Now that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a change of heart and returned to the Fast Saga, the anticipation for a rematch between his and Vin Diesel’s characters has reached a fever pitch.

Dom and Hobbs’ showdown in Fast Five was a game-changer for the franchise, propelling it to new heights with its intensity and raw energy. Given the unresolved tension between the two stars in real life, a meticulously crafted fight scene in Fast 11 has the potential to invigorate the climax of the series and provide a cathartic experience for the actors and fans alike. As Fast 11 may be the final chapter in the Fast and Furious universe, all eyes are on this anticipated clash. Hopefully, a brotherly fight will be the defining moment that brings harmony back to the Fast Saga family.

The Rock & Vin Diesel Can Put Their Feud To Rest On Screen
Hobbs holding on to Dom in Fast and Furious 5

Vin Diesel and The Rock’s personal history adds a layer of complexity to any potential fight between their characters in Fast and Furious 11. Given their real-life feud, it’s unlikely either actor would be portrayed as the clear winner or loser. Moreover, from a storytelling perspective, it would be counterproductive to have Dom excessively harm or kill Hobbs or vice versa. However, as the series approaches its potential end, a showdown between Dom and Hobbs could serve as a decisive moment of reconciliation. After all, throughout the Fast and Furious films, audiences have witnessed a recurring pattern of men engaging in physical conflicts before eventually forming unbreakable bonds.

For instance, Fast and Furious sees Dom and Brian’s tumultuous relationship evolve into a deep brotherly connection after a series of knock-down, drag-out fights. This same sort of understanding between Dom and Hobbs would reaffirm the underlying themes of reconciliation and family that have contributed to the franchise’s enduring popularity. By embracing the notion that they are, in a sense, brothers, Dom and Hobbs could mend their on-screen relationship and deliver a broader message of unity. This would ultimately give fans a satisfying conclusion to their relationship in Fast and Furious 11.

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Vin Diesel Posts Paul Walker Tribute On 10th Anniversary Of His Death


Vin Diesel shares a touching tribute to Paul Walker 10 years after the actor’s tragic death on November 30, 2013. Diesel expresses that “more smiles manage to break through the tears” as years pass because he knows his bond with Walker will be stronger than ever when they eventually reunite. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, remains alive in the world of Fast and Furious, and Diesel has previously teased that the franchise won’t end without a proper farewell to Brian and Walker.

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel takes to social media to share a touching tribute to Paul Walker, 10 years after the actor’s death. First released in 2001, the debut installment in the long-running Fast and Furious franchise introduces Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Walker as Brian O’Connor. Both characters would return for a number of sequels, but Walker tragically passed away on November 30, 2013, during the production of Furious 7.

Now, on the 10th anniversary of Walker’s passing, Diesel has shared a touching tribute post on Instagram to honor his late Fast and Furious costar. Check out the actor’s emotional post below:

Accompanying an image of Walker with one of his daughters, Diesel reminisces about an important lesson learned from the late actor and how his legacy still lives on today. Diesel’s full caption is included below:

I was listening to a song this morning…‘That Lucky Old Sun’… thought of you, racing around Heaven all day. Hahaha…
The family of the Mourning, feels like it has grown since a decade ago… feel’s like that experience of losing someone is far too common today. Leaving more and more of us in search for meaning, trying to make sense of this complex existence…
Oh, I have finally understood what you use to do with the phone, “phone Fasting”… you had the insight to turn off your phone for long stretches of time. I started this year to do just that. You used to say, Vin and I can go years without talking, and our brotherhood will always be stronger than we left it, the ones who truly love you will always be there.
Amen to that.
This is one of my favorite images ever taken… You knew how proud I was when my daughter, the Alpha Angel, your niece would play the piano… well last night she was playing Moonlight Sonata… it took me back to the night before she was born. Me and you were working late… you were telling me that the best moment in life would be witnessing my child being born. That priceless smile you had when I told you the next day that I had cut the umbilical cord…
The next song she started playing on the piano is by an artist you would have loved, named Billie Eilish, ‘What was I made for’… when she started to play, the other angels all came and joined her at the piano and they started singing… wow…emotions… angels, I know you were listening.
After ten years… I know these days of beautiful remembrance will be filled with tears. But as time rolls on, with each year that passes… more smiles manage to break through the tears. Cause I know, when I see you again… our brotherhood will be stronger than we left it.
Miss you.

Will Brian Be Seen Again In Fast & Furious?
Furious 7 Reveals How Paul Walker’s Character Can Return
CGI Paul Walker in Furious 7.

Walker’s death in November 2013 came with a great deal of sadness, but it also created problems for the Furious 7 production, which was about halfway done. It was ultimately decided that Walker’s remaining scenes would be completed with a digital recreation of the actor, with his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, serving as body doubles. Although Walker may have passed away, Brian remains alive and well within the world of the films, though he has not been seen in the flesh since Furious 7’s emotional ending.

The closet audiences have come to seeing Brian again (outside of the flashbacks featured in Fast X) is at the end of F9: The Fast Saga, when the character’s iconic Nissan Skyline pulls up at Dom’s house. This summer’s Fast X supposedly sets up the conclusion of the franchise in an 11th and potentially 12th installment (in addition to the announced Dwayne Johnson Luke Hobbs spinoff movie), and it’s very likely that the final movie will see Brian return in some capacity.

Diesel has also essentially teased as much, telling Total Film (via GamesRadar) earlier this year: “I couldn’t imagine this saga ending without truly saying goodbye to Brian O’Conner.” It’s unclear if this will mean a substantial digital recreation of the actor for extended portions of the film or a quick cameo at the very end, but it seems like audiences haven’t seen the last of Brian just yet. Even in death, Walker remains a key pillar of Fast and Furious, and it’s fitting that the final film will feature another heartfelt goodbye to further honor the late actor.

Source: Vin Diesel/ Instagram

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All 4 Fast & Furious Heroes Who Stayed Dead (& Which One Is Most Likely To Return)


Fast & Furious franchise is known for bringing back dead characters, but there are a few heroes who have remained dead. Jack Toretto, Dom’s father, died in a racing accident and his death should not be undone in the franchise. Jesse, a member of Dom’s crew, was killed in a drive-by shooting, while Vince was killed during an ambush. Elena, Dom’s love interest, was killed by the villain Cipher.

The Fast & Furious franchise has brought many characters back from the dead, but a handful of its heroes have remained killed off after their demise. The Fast Saga has taken its characters on a wild ride from street racing to the most outlandish adventures possible. The running theme of the Fast & Furious franchise has long been family, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) building quite a large family indeed over the course of the Fast Saga’s run.

On top of its embrace of ridiculous, superhuman feats as a staple of its action scenes, the Fast & Furious movies are also well known for bringing back seemingly dead characters for more missions. The returns of Sung Kang’s Han in F9 and Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar in Fast X would be especially noteworthy in emphasizing the notion that no Fast & Furious death is irreversible. However, that is not entirely true, as there have been a few Fast & Furious heroes who have died and never come back.

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4 Jack Toretto
An image of Jack Toretto driving a car in F9

Jack Toretto (J.D. Pardo) is the father of Dom, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Jakob Toretto (John Cena), and is first seen in a flashback to 1989 in F9. Jack is a highly skilled race car driver who instilled that talent in his children, with Dom and Jakob being part of his racing pit crew. However, Jack’s racing career took a tragic turn when his car malfunctioned and crashed, killing him. Dom later beat his father’s racing opponent, Kenny Linder (Jim Parrack), almost to death with a wrench, believing him responsible for his father’s demise.

This tragedy also led to Dom and Jakob falling out, with Dom later coming to believe that Jakob set up their father’s death since he was the last one to work on his car. However, Jack was intentionally attempting to throw the race in order to get his family out of debt. He had asked Jakob to help tinker with his car so that it would fail, with Jack’s death being unintentional on both their parts. While his return has been theorized by fans, of all the characters killed off in Fast & Furious, Jack Toretto’s death should never be retconned.

3 Jesse
Jesse in The Fast and the Furious pic

One of the early members of Dom’s family in the original The Fast and the Furious, Jesse (Chad Lindberg) was the brains of Dom’s crew in his enterprise of stealing DVD players. Jesse went on the run after losing a street race to Dom’s rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), having bet his MK3 Volkswagen Jetta in the race. Jesse was later killed outside of Dom’s house when Johnny Tran and his associate Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) arrived and performed a drive-by shooting. Dom and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) then chased down Johnny Tran and Lance Nguyen to avenge their fallen friend.

2 Vince
fast and furious 5 vince

Vince (Matt Schulze) was another member of Dom’s crew in The Fast & the Furious, and he was badly injured during a truck heist in that first movie. After his recovery, Vince fled to Rio de Janeiro where he later reunited with Dom and family in Fast Five. Despite Vince having settled down with a wife and a baby son, he agreed to join Dom’s daring heist of Rio’s most feared crime boss Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Unfortunately, Vince was killed during an ambush by Reyes’s team. After successfully pulling off the heist, Dom left Vince’s intended share of the money with his wife and son.

1 Elena
Elena Neves walks with her gun drawn by a car

Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) worked alongside Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in apprehending Dom and his crew in Fast Five. She and Dom gradually developed feelings for each other, however, and departed for Spain with Dom at the end of the movie. After Dom learned that his wife Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) was still alive despite her apparent death in Fast & Furious, Dom and Elena had an amicable split, only for it to later be revealed that Elena is the mother of Dom’s son in The Fate of the Furious.

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After Elena was killed by the villainous Cipher (Charlize Theron), Dom and Letty raised the boy together, with the two naming him Brian after Brian O’Conner. Meanwhile, Dom later met Elena’s sister Isabel (Daniela Melchior), who joined Dom’s crew in Fast X. While Elena remains deceased as of Fast X, the arrival of her sister Isabel and Fast & Furious’s habit of not truly killing off characters makes her the most likely thought-to-be-dead hero to potentially return as the franchise speeds towards its finale.

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