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    28 Movies That Tried To Get Away With Changing VERY Key Plot Points In The Sequel

    "Evil Dead II retold the entire story of Evil Dead in the first half minus most of the characters."

    You've probably experienced this before: There's a movie you love with a killer ending, and you're psyched to hear there's gonna be a sequel.

    But then, the writers completely flip the script — the sequel kills off all your favorite characters, completely changes their backstories, or pretends like the other movie never happened.

    I knew I wasn't the only one who finds this extremely frustrating. Reddit user u/Final_Read_3430 asked a handful of movie franchise fans, "What's a sequel that tries to undo what the previous film did?" and jeez, did they have a lot of opinions.

    Here are 28 sequels that tried to undo the previous film.


    1. In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The T-800 sacrifices himself to prevent the wrong people from getting their hands on his technology, but Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines shows they still figure out a way to end the world.

    Screen shots from "Terminator" films

    2. Just when you expect High School Musical 2 to show a brand new humble side of Sharpay, the pinked-out diva reverts to her old ways and becomes the high school villain once again.

    Screen shots from "High School Musical"

    3. In Pitch Perfect 3, after graduating and moving on with their lives, all the women suddenly abandon their post-college careers so they can reform their a cappella group.

    Screen shots from "Pitch Perfect 3"

    4. Everything from the first Evil Dead is ignored, and in Evil Dead II, Ash and Linda discover the cabin and the evil book for the very first time.

    Screen shots from "Evil Dead II"

    5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle brings back Colin Firth's character Harry Hart after he was shot point blank in the face and killed off in the previous movie.

    Colin Firth in "Kingsman" movies

    6. In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, we learn that Rey's Sith granddaddy "somehow returned" and kept it a secret from the entire galaxy while building a new massive army.

    Screen shots from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker"

    7. In Resident Evil: Extinction, after hope for civilization was teased, Alice is inexplicably separated from the survivors of Raccoon City, and most of the world becomes a barren desert wasteland.

    People driving in car and woman walking in desert

    8. Brahms: The Boy II brings back the shattered, lifeless doll in perfect condition to reveal that it's alive with the ability to possess people.

    Screen shots from "Brahms: The Boy II"

    9. Highlander II: The Quickening completely changes the history of Connor MacLeod and the immortals into alien beings, rewriting everything established in the previous film.

    Screen shots from "Highlander II: The Quickening"

    10. In Blade II, Whistler returns as a vampire after clearly ending his own life to prevent transforming into a vampire in the first movie.

    Screenshots from "Blade"

    11. In Alien: Covenant, after the last survivor, Elizabeth Shaw, escapes, we learn that she met her end before the next adventure began.

    Screenshot from "Alien: Covenant"

    12. In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, after most of the Autobots claimed it's their first time on Earth in the original Transformers, we discover they actually have a history with earthlings that dates back to thousands of years ago.

    Screenshots from "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

    13. In Cars 3, Mater is no longer a high-tech spy with impeccable deductive reasoning like in Cars 2. He reverts back to the old simple, tow truck.

    Mater says, "nobody takes me seriously"

    14. Alien 3, the survivors from the previous film are killed in their sleep by a stowaway alien, and a sleeping Ripley manages to get away just in the nick of time.

    Screen shots from "Alien 3"

    15. In Now You See Me 2, the backstory of Lionel Shrike is changed from amateur magician to legendary secret society leader, and the "supposed" villain was his best friend all along.

    Screen shots from "Now You See Me 2"

    16. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me turns Vanessa, Austin's partner and lover from the first film, into a robotic assassin in the movie's first five minutes.

    Vanessa's robot face reveal and Austin saying "Vanessa, you're a fembot"

    17. In the first half of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, most of the main characters from the previous film are killed off, bringing the new heroes back to square one against Freddy Krueger.

    Screen shots from "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master"

    18. In Don't Breathe 2, the murderous and predatory Blind Man is now a play-father to a child, and we're supposed to sympathize with him?

    Screen shots from "Don't Breath 2"

    19. After their previous heroics, Ghostbusters II has everyone return to mundane jobs and unable to continue their work as Ghostbusters.

    Screen shots from "Ghostbusters II"

    20. Resident Evil: Afterlife basically says, "Whoops!" and immediately kills off the entire army of super-powered Alices that were rescued at the end of the previous film.

    Screen shots from "Resident Evil: Afterlife"

    21. The Return of Jafar brings back Genie and resets the gang's adventures after Aladdin clearly freed Genie from magical captivity in the first movie.

    Screen shot from "The Return of Jafar"

    22. The Bourne Supremacy quickly erases the happy ending of the previous film and kills off Jason Bourne's love interest in the first five minutes.

    Screen shot from "The Bourne Supremacy"

    23. Final girl Julie somehow survived the previous film's fatal ending and acts like it never happened in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.

    Screen shot from "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"

    24. G.I. Joe: Retaliation gets rid of all the Joes except Snake Eyes, and replaces them with an entirely new set of soldiers.

    Screen shots from "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"

    25. In the first minutes of American Psycho II: All American Girl, a random victim manages to break free, kill off the main character, and replace him.

    Screen shots from "American Psycho II: All American Girl"

    26. In the first Crank, Chev Chelios plummets to his death, but then in Crank 2: High Voltage, they take it all back and impossibly bring him back to life for the sequel.

    Screen shots from "Crank 2: High Voltage"

    27. In Incredibles 2, just when we expect a full-fledged family of crime-fighting superheroes from the last film, the parents immediately establish they don't want their kids involved.

    Screenshots from "Incredibles 2"

    28. In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Jacob's memory is taken away like all the other muggles, but only his love manages to break the curse.

    Screen shots from "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald"

    What sequels can you think of that tried to undo what happened in the previous film, and where did it go wrong? Or, did it bring new life into the franchise? Tell us in the comments!