When done correctly, a cliffhanger leaves moviegoers on the edge of their seats, hungry for the next installment of a series. For any number of reasons (though usually due to poor box office numbers), some films never make it off that proverbial cliff. While some, like British classic The Italian Job, genuinely left folks thirsty for more, others, like the clichéd rom-com Something Borrowed, left audiences with zero appetite for another installment.
So what do you think? Which movies with cliffhanger endings are the worst offenders?
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The very end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 teases not only the Vulture but also Dr. Octopus, two of Spider-Man's most dastardly villains and founding members of the Sinister Six.
Unfortunately, the film did not generate the excitement Sony hoped for, and the next time audiences saw Spider-Man, it was in the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Cliffhanger to nowhere?
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Though the story closes tidily enough at the end of the movie, a mid-credits scene shows Sinestro donning a ring that turns his suit - and eyes - yellow. Fans of the comics know exactly what this means: Sinestro has ditched his green Power Ring for one that feeds on fear and will soon break off to build the Sinestro Corps, an army of villains.
To the average viewer, however, this makes no sense. The film fared poorly in the theaters and never received the sequel filmmakers seem to have expected.Cliffhanger to nowhere?
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Justice League’s post-credit sequence sees villains Deathstroke and Lex Luthor decide to form their own coalition in order to take on Superman and the other superheroes. Though those familiar with the characters may have been excited to see them, the movie certainly did not earn a follow-up, and the tacked-on scene adds nothing to the film as a whole.
Three years after the movie’s premiere, both Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ben Affleck (Batman) have parted ways with the DCEU, and it seems unlikely that audiences will ever see them go up against this version of Luthor's Injustice League.Cliffhanger to nowhere?
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This Dracula origin story - that premiered to mixed reviews - sees Vlad the Impaler turn vampire and become the titular character. While the vast majority of the movie plays out in the Ottoman Empire before the Renaissance, it ends in modern-day London.
Vlad appears to find the woman who is the reincarnation of his wife, which would seem to give the film a happy ending. However, the vampire that gave Vlad his power is also shown to be in the present and follows him while uttering the phrase, “Let the games begin.” Unfortunately, Dracula Untold 2, and whatever games the vampire had in mind, never materialized.
Dracula Untold, released in 2014, was meant to kick off Universal's Dark Universe, a shared franchise much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe that starred the studio's classic monsters. The film's poor showing at the box office led Universal to try to restart the franchise with 2017's The Mummy, but that film, too, garnered mediocre returns.Cliffhanger to nowhere?