Sequel Even Better Than the Original

Movies: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’
Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

For movie producers and distributors, sequels are a sure thing. Bean counters can pretty much depend on a second movie bringing in nearly as much money as the first one did, and maybe even more.

For moviegoers, though, sequels are a mixed bag at best. Some series experience a slow (or not-so-slow) decline in imagination, care, and talent until they finally peter out into insignificance.

With other series, the makers try to up the ante from installment to installment, which results in more action, more explosions, and less real thought in each succeeding chapter.

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