Movie sequels are all over Hollywood. Massive film franchises have been giving us fabulous movie sequels that have awed us in every way. No matter how many comic book adaptations we see coming, there are many who bring us newer plots or characters in the movies. While such retcons work for the best and, in fact, enhance the stories, a few retcons make no sense. It would’ve been rather better if the other 5 times, they would’ve stuck to the original stories and left the retcons. So here we bring 5 times the retcons in popular franchises made sense, and 5 times the retcons absolutely didn’t. Let’s start with the good ones first.
1. Many fans had this one complaint from the Star Wars movies, which was about Death Star’s weakness. However, what looked like an oversight was well explained in Rogue One and thus turned out to be a great retcon.
2. Rocky film franchise was quite fulfilling for all the Sylvester Stallone fans. While the franchise already had six movie sequels, Ryan Coogler did a fantastic job of introducing Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son in Creed.
3. X-Men: The Last Stand turned out to be a disappointment for many die-hard fans of the franchise. However, X-Men: Days of Future Past gave the film a reincarnation. When Wolverine mended what happened in The Last Stand, all of our favorite team members were brought back to life.
4. Spider-Man fans were eagerly waiting to see him make an appearance in the MCU movies. And when he finally did in Civil War, fans were excited to see his further involvement. However, for us, he entered the MCU in Civil War, but the retconning in Iron Man 2 proves that he was always a part of the MCU.
5. If you’ll ask Star Wars fans who their favorite villain from the franchise is, the most popular answer would be Darth Vader. In The Empire Strikes Back, Obi-Wan Kenobi revealed that Darth Vader was Anakin Skywalker and was Luke’s father.
6. In The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson determined Rey’s parents to be ordinary, which glorified Rey’s journey of becoming a Jedi. J. J. Abrams showed us that her parents were instead the clones of the Emperor. This created a lot of controversies and didn’t make sense.
7. Spider-Man’s origin story was quite intriguing. We all loved and found the superhero to be more relatable. And when Peter let a criminal escape, he understood the responsibilities. However, when we saw that Sandman was the one who killed Uncle Ben in Spider-Man 3, it messed up the entire plot and made very little sense.
8. Professor Charles Xavier’s death created an avoidable loophole in the plot. For all we know, he died in The Last Stand, and we saw him back in X-Men: Days of Future Past, with no mention of how he was back alive.
9. It excited all the Bond fans to see Ernst Blofeld in the new movies, especially because Christopher Waltz was cast to play the role. But portraying him as the ultimate culprit just diluted the excitement, and the plot seemed bland.
10. In the entire Star Wars universe, the Force was the most impactful factor of the mythology. It intrigued the fans most and was indeed an incredible concept. But since George Lucas’s revisit to the universe, the Force became less interesting. However, it was shown that if one had enough Midi-chlorians in their blood, they could use the power of the Force.