Making movies is hard, but making sequels that are better than the first installment of a franchise is even harder. As a filmgoing public, we think of film as a director and actor's medium, but everyone, from the screenwriters to the producers to the best boys, has an unquantifiable impact on moviemaking. Unfortunately, when you go back to the well over and over again, it gets harder to create a story that doesn't become stale over time.
However, from time to time, there are certain franchises that have been able to hit gold long after other series would've become hackneyed. We're talking about Fast Five reinventing a franchise that was struggling to stay afloat and spinning out into something that has become a worldwide phenomenon. We're talking about Casino Royale singlehandedly taking an intellectual property that felt decades past its prime and reinvigorating it into a series that felt vital again. We're talking about Mad Max: Fury Road reminding everyone that Max Rockatansky even existed in the first place.
Sometimes, great things come to those who wait.