Remember how much fun Raiders of the Lost Ark was, and then how in the sequel people’s hearts were ripped from their chests before being lowered into a pit of fire? Yeah, those were good times. And then remember how campy A New Hope was, only to be followed by Han Solo being tortured and frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back?

What’s with sequels going all dark and violent? Can we expect a similar treatment of Avengers 2?

I ask because as we all know by now, Thanos will likely be the villain in the next Avengers installment, and Thanos has a reputation for, well, killing lots of people. So, I put it to you, good citizens of the interwebs, make your voice be heard. It’s Open Forum day, let ‘er rip.

Click here and say stuff.

Bookfacers can click here and vote in our sophisticated online poll. Here are some of the most notorious sequels and why they haunt our dreams:

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Gah! We went from a fun, Nazi punching, snake hating romp through ancient lands to child slavery, brutal human sacrifice and Kate Capshaw’s obnoxious quips (“Indieeeeeee!!!”). This movie is still hard for me to watch, it just sticks with you. Mola Ram, Kali, Voodoo dolls, blood-like mind-control juice poured from a severed human head… What the heck?!

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Like I said above, A New Hope was campy. I watched it again recently, and yes, it’s a goofy 70’s sci-fi flick. I still love it and it’s expertly crafted, but it’s optimistic and everyone survives (well, except the few billion living on Alderaan, they died).

Lucas flipped the switch on Empire Strikes Back. It’s much heavier. There are fewer smiles as the Empire slowly tightens the noose around the Rebel Alliance. Han Solo is captured, tortured, and frozen in carbonite. After his hand is cleaved off, Luke leaps to his death rather than face his Father. Lucas, you need to talk about anything, buddy? You’re scaring us.

Back to the Future, Part II

Much like it’s contemporaries, Back to the Future was optimistic, funny and relatively light in subject matter. Part II, however, grew cynical. Future Marty is involved in illegal activities at work and his kid is mixed up with the wrong crowd.

That’s bad, but it gets worse: once we hit the alternate 1980’s, Biff’s evil empire has turned happy Hill Valley into a violent ghetto. Drugs and alcohol abuse have turned Marty’s family inside out, and Lorraine is physically abused by Biff. Oi veh!

This is seriously bumming me out.

I’m gonna stop here. Leave a comment. You know the drill. Blah blah blah.

Dan Baker

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Dan works out his social anxieties by producing and directing films. He's a proud New Mexican, and prefers green over red.

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