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Sequel Hooks in live-action movies.


  • An intertitle at the end of The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension announces that its sequel would be called Buckaroo Banzai vs. the World Crime League. It was never produced.
  • Alien vs. Predator
    • AVP: Alien vs. Predator: The PredAlien chestburster at the end prompted an immediate reaction of "Well, they've set up the sequel nicely then..." and sure enough, said sequel opens on the same scene, even. Reshot, admittedly, but recognisably meant to be identical.
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    • The sequel ends with a Sequel Hook of its own. At the very end, Colonel Stevens puts the predator's gun in a box saying that "This isn't for our world, is it Ms. Yutani?" and it ends just like that. Unfortunately, due to the poor success of the first two, they probably won't make a third one.
  • All Cheerleaders Die ends with Lexi rising from her grave.
  • The Live-Action Adaptation for Alvin and the Chipmunks ended with the movie's Big Bad, Corrupt Corporate Executive Ian Hawke, trying to get squirrels to sing. Like the Back to the Future example below, this is a Sequel Hook only in retrospect.
  • Assassin's Creed (2016). Aside from the fact that the Assassins have been strengthened with Callum and the Apple now among them, in Callum's vision, one of the ancestral Assassins surrounding him looks like Sophia.
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  • Astro ends with Laura Lee, lamenting the disappearance of her father who was frozen and taken into space against his will. Vivian then appears in her room and offers her a stone that she says can change destiny. The final scene is Laura reaching forward to grab it.
  • Every installment of the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! series does this.
    • The first movie ends with carrots rising from the ground and deciding it is safe to attack after the tomatoes are defeated.
    • Return of the Killer Tomatoes, the first sequel, straight up says in the opening song that another sequel is in the cards if the film is successful enough, but it also states in the credits to keep a lookout for Killer Tomatoes Eat France, even though the third film is called Killer Tomatoes Strike Back with Killer Tomatoes Eat France ending up the fourth and final film in the series.
    • After supposedly getting killed by his own tomatoes in Killer Tomatoes Strike Back, Professor Gangreen appears alive and well during the end credits and promises to return.
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    • Killer Tomatoes Eat France ends with Professor Gangreen escaping in a hot air balloon and again vowing to return.
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember hints that Scott Evil will become the villain of the next film.
  • At the end of the John Hughes movie Baby's Day Out, baby Bink picks out a book entitled "Baby's Trip to China", but due to the movie's gratuitous Tastes Like Diabetes moments, as well as Hughes' untimely death, the sequel never came.
    • Arguably for the best, if you believe that the ending's innuendo is infinitely funnier than actually showing it would ever be.
  • Back to the Future
    • Doc Brown whisks Marty and girlfriend Jennifer away at the end of the first film. The writers merely intended it as a closing gag, and later had to work out why he whisked him (and her) away. Word of God states that they would have not put Jennifer in the car if it was planned as a sequel hook, note that she never does little but pass out. That repeat of the end scene of part 1 at the beginning of part 2, while looking like a continuation picking right up at the Sequel Hook, was actually a re-filming of it with a minor Retcon, so that the new actors could match up with the footage to follow, and so that they could subtly insert a moment in which Doc has a new reaction to Marty asking whether he'll become an asshole in the future that is more appropriate to what Part 2 portrays. (In the original version of the first film's end scene—the one from the first film—he immediately brushes off the question with a sincere-sounding reassurance that "both you and Jennifer turn out just fine". In the re-filmed version of the scene at the beginning of part 2, he says the same line, but this time hesitates first with some hems and haws and an "oh shit, I wish he hadn't asked me that" look in his eyes.) A rare case of a Sequel Hook actually going against itself.
    • Back to the Future Part II uses the 1955 'end' of the first as a hook into Back to the Future Part III; as soon as Marty's gone back to the future and Doc Brown's celebrated his good work, the Marty from slightly later in the future appears and tells Doc that he's "back FROM the future!"
      Doc Brown: Great Scott. * faints*
      Marty: Doc? Doc?! DOC!!
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has several:
    • The infamous metahuman footage scene, which serves to set up the upcoming movies for Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash.
    • A photograph of Wonder Woman posing with a group of soldiers during World War I is shown, setting up her solo film.
    • Lex Luthor is defeated, but claims that something far worse is on the horizon now that Superman is dead, setting up Justice League (2017).
    • The very last scene features the dirt on Superman's coffin beginning to levitate.
  • Big Ass Spider! includes a mid-credits scene revealing a giant cockroach is attacking the Statue of Liberty.
  • Biggles: Adventures in Time finished with our American time-traveller getting zapped in to help Biggles escape from a cannibal cooking pot. It may even have finished "To Be Continued..." The film bombed and no sequel was made.
  • Blade: Trinity: The audience is led to believe that Blade died fighting Drake/Dracula, but just before the credits roll, Drake is still alive, and the audience sees Blade riding away on his motorcycle, set to fight again another day. This actually depends on which cut you're watching.
  • The Car: Road to Revenge ends with Daria pushing the burnt-out remains of the car off the edge of the cliff and into the lake. The final shot of the movie shows the car sitting on the bottom of the lake. And then its headlights turn on...
  • City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold ended with Duke handing Mitch a piece of gold from the Washburn treasure.
  • Conan the Barbarian (1982) ended with a shot of Conan as the king. This was eventually followed up in Age of Conan's intro, which shows King Conan sparring with one of his spies and planning for war.
  • This was done twice in the Critters film series. The first film ended with a shot of some Crite eggs that would inevitably hatch into more Crites, while the third film ended with Charlie being instructed to relinquish the two Crite eggs he found and a space pod arriving to pick up the eggs as the screen said "To be continued", setting up the events for the fourth and final film.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy:
    • Batman Begins: "Take this guy: Armed robbery, double homicide. Has a taste for the theatrical, like you. Leaves a calling card."
    • The Dark Knight itself has a huge sequel hook, edging into cliffhanger territory: The series can't very well end on Batman being demonized and hunted, so how will he atone for Two-Face's crimes and regain Gotham's trust? Yet that ending is so organic and un-gimmicky it takes a minute to recognize it as a hook.
  • Dead in Tombstone: Of sorts. Guerrero kills his old gang, but the Devil sabotages him so he doesn't succeed until past midnight (therefore breaking the deal). Satan changes the deal so Guerrero is forced to act as his bounty hunter for the rest of eternity. The movie ends with Guerrero riding to the sunset to his next target.
  • Descendants ends with Mal doing an Aside Glance with a mischievous smile while asking if the audience really thinks that's the end of the story. Uma says the same line word-per-word in Descendants 2.
  • District 9: Christopher promised he'd be back in three years- with reinforcements. We have it coming.
  • Doctor Detroit ends with a promise of Doctor Detroit II: The Wrath of Mom. Sadly it remains unproduced to this day.
  • The end of Dracula Untold, jumps to the present day - Vlad's still alive, and so is the Elder Vampire, now in a more human form. As well, Mina Harker is alive in the present day, or a reincarnation of her.
  • Dylan Dog: Dead of Night has a sequel hook where it is implied that Dylan and Marcus will have more adventures and fight new monsters (with a new monster appearing in the last shot). It is also revealed that Gabriel survived the vampires' attack against him. However, the film's poor reviews and box office will most likely prevent a sequel.
  • Encino Man ends with Pauly Shore's character Stanley "Stoney" Brown imitating Arnold Schwarzenegger's "I'll be back" from The Terminator/Terminator 2. Encino Man 2 was never made, and none of the characters appear in the 1996 made for TV movie Encino Woman.
  • Eragon ends with Eragon and his dragon defeating the forces of evil. Then shortly before the credits roll, the film's Big Bad slices open a large tapestry to reveal his own Dragon, which would presumably do battle with Eragon in the sequel. However, Eldest (the next book in the series) was never filmed.
  • The Fast and the Furious franchise:
    • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift: Dom shows up in Tokyo
    • Fast & Furious: Dom's escape from the prison bus, revealed at the beginning of Fast Five
    • Fast Five: Agent Eva Mendez: "Do you believe in ghosts?"
    • Fast & Furious 6: (Random man played by Jason Statham, right after ramming Han's RX-7: Dominic Torreto? You don't know me... But you're about to...
    • Furious 7: Word of God has is the film was planned to have a Sequel Hook into the upcoming The Fate of the Furious, but the plans were removed in favour of a tribute to the late Paul Walker.
    • The Fate of the Furious: Cipher escapes at the end of the Final Battle after Dom and the Shaw brothers ruin her plans, and Mr. Nobody reports that she was last seen in Athens. Time will tell when she'll make her next move.
  • The 1980 Flash Gordon movie had someone pick up Ming's ring after the story ended; since the movie was a bomb, nothing came of it. Possibly in homage, the third series of the revived Doctor Who ended with someone picking up the Master's ring and laughing evilly.
  • Freddy vs. Jason ended with Freddy's disembodied head winking at the audience. While no more movies with both of them were ever made, the story was directly continued in Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash.
  • Fright Night (1985) ends with the revelation that Evil Ed is still alive (or rather undead), but while a sequel was made, it went in an entirely different direction.
  • Fu Manchu Hammer horror movies always end with him saying "The World shall hear from me again."
  • The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, of all things, had one with the titular kids escaping and hitting the road. A sequel never came because of the film's failure.
  • Every single one of the Ghoulies movies ends with hinting towards a sequel in spite of every film in the series having little to do with one another.
    • The original film ends with the Ghoulies showing up in the backseat of the car John, Rebecca, and Mike are riding in immediately after Mike questions whether it's truly over.
    • Ghoulies II ends with the camera focusing on the restroom where the Fish Ghoulie killed P. Hardin in while the Fish Ghoulie is heard laughing maniacally.
    • Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College! ends with an evil laugh being heard as the Fish Ghoulie's hand reaches out from the enchanted commode the Ghoulies were summoned from and crushes a beer can.
    • The end of Ghoulies IV has Ghoulie Lite and Ghoulie Dark grab the jewel that was supposed to finish the ritual intended to summon Faust and tell the audience to look out for Ghoulies IV: Part 2, which was never made.
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: Cobra Commander (actually using that moniker, to be exact) and the masked Destro appear only almost at the end, the US President whistling a certain tune and the Joes going off on another mission.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Cobra Commander is still at large and there's a possibility that Destro, who was left in the prison by Cobra Commander, may return as a threat in a possible sequel.
  • The Stinger of Girl vs. Monster shows Deimata cracking her containment unit just a little, hinting that she may escape.
  • The Godzilla (1998) ends with a shot of a single left-over Godzilla egg preparing to hatch. The film was intended as the first chapter of a trilogy; as it bombed, however, no sequels were made (at least, not in America). The hook did figure into the premise of the Animated Adaptation Godzilla: The Series.
  • Deliberately averted in Godzilla (2014) by Edwards. He says that he typically rolls his eyes at films that go out of their way to introduce plot points near the end for the express purpose of having them resolved in future instalments. He prefers to have a film that can stand perfectly well on its own. That said, the film's ending leaves itself open for a sequel, as Godzilla returns to the ocean, with the expectation that he'll return when humanity next needs him.
    Edwards: "I want a story that begins and ends, and you leave on a high. That’s all we cared about when we were making this; just this film. If this film is good, the others can come, but let’s just pay attention to this and not get side-tracked by other things."
  • Green Lantern has Sinestro convince the Guardians to forge a yellow ring to combat Parallax, only to be dissuaded by Hal as being a bad idea, which he ends up agreeing and later commends Hal for succeeding in defeating him without it. In The Stinger the yellow ring is later shown sealed away in a hidden chamber, with Sinestro taking the ring for himself, initiating an Evil Costume Switch. The film did poorly at the box office, so we'll probably never see a sequel.
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers ends with Jamie wearing a clown mask, standing on top of the stairs, holding a pair of scissors she used to stab her foster mother while Loomis screams, letting us know she will become the series' next antagonist for any future films as she begins her quest to hunt down and kill the remaining cast members.
  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers ends with a mysterious man in black, possibly Michael's father, wearing a black glove, letting us know another film will address the dangling subplot of the Cult of Thorn and Michael's mysterious connection to it; his holding cell is found empty.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle ends with the title characters planning a trip to Amsterdam.
  • Hawk the Slayer features a hint towards a sequel. Hawk's evil brother, Voltan, appears to Hawk and Co. to be acting alone, but the audience can see that he is just a subservient Dragon to the shadowy, hidden Big Bad. He gets killed, but the final scene sees his corpse being borne away from its burial chamber by said Big Bad for resurrection.
  • Hellboy (2019):
    • Six months after the story wraps up, Hellboy, Alice, and Daimio discover a chamber containing Abe Sapien.
    • The Stinger teases the involvement of Koschei the deathless.
  • Parodied in History of the World Part I, which contains sequel hook material promoting History of the World Part II, which was never intended to be produced. Viewers were given previews of concepts such as 'Hitler on Ice' and 'Jews in Space', simply as an excuse to shoehorn such silly material into the film.
  • At the very end of The Host's ending credits, the monster's roar can be heard again. Since at the time it was the highest-grossing South Korean film ever, both a sequel and an American remake were set to happen. However neither of them could escape Development Hell.
  • The Hunger Games: Even if you didn't know the book had sequels, the end of the film makes it perfectly clear that there's more to come.
  • Played with in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: the last scene has Mutt about to pick up Indy's Nice Hat (which a gust of wind blew off its rack and towards him) only for Indy to grab it right before he has a chance to put it on.
  • At the end of Ip Man 2, we are introduced to young Bruce Lee, who Ip tells to come back when he's older.
  • Jack the Giant Slayer: Near the end of the film, set in modern day London, a boy named Rodey grins evilly at the royal crown (actually the crown of King Erik) and carries with him a backpack similar to Roderick's. This heavily implies that he is a descendant of Roderick (or at least a descendant of any siblings or cousins Roderick may have had, as he never had any children himself) and plans to do what his ancestor did centuries ago.
  • James Bond: "James Bond will return..."
    • At the end of Spectre, Blofeld is defeated and captured, paving the way for his return. And as always, the credits say "James Bond will return" to reassure the audience that the franchise has no intention of ending.
  • Jason X: On Earth Two, two teens watch something land in the lake, as Jason's mask sinks to the bottom. The follow up is found in comics and novels.
  • Jem and the Holograms has a mid-credits scene with Erica Raymond, who's trying to bring Jem down, having finally found a match for her: cue the Misfits, her rivals from the animated show. The film was a box office bomb though, so the chances of it getting a sequel are basically none.
  • Journey 2 The Mysterious Island ends with Anderson presenting Sean with Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon as a birthday present, saying it's an adventure he wants the whole family to take. The camera then pulls upwards, above the house, into the sky, into orbit and to just behind the moon.
  • In Killer Crocodile, the main characters find the nest of the title creature and destroy its eggs. After the climax, the film ends with a scene that shows that one of the eggs survived, and a little croc hatches out of it. Since the film was shot back-to-back with its sequel, continuation to this set-up was delivered.
  • Kim Possible ends on a stinger where Drakken, having been aged down into a child during the film's climax, goes undercover at Kim's school. His alibi is that he skipped several grades and that Shego is his mother.
  • Spoofed in Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (as most things were in that movie), both when Wo claims to meet the Chosen One again... "many times... in the sequel". There is also a clip of a "sequel" at the end of the movie, but this is comprised almost entirely of scenes that got left on the cutting room floor.
  • The Last Airbender: As with the show it's based on, it ends with a shot of Ozai assigning Azula the task of capturing the Avatar. But of course thanks to the dismal box-office returns and overwhelmingly negative reception, the planned sequels that cover the rest of the series were quickly scrapped.
  • Particularly blatant (and incontinent) one in The Last Starfighter. The Dragon, having been deposed and arrested on orders from his Man Behind the Man overlord, kills his two guards with his flicknife sceptre (which he has already shown off to everybody) and escapes.
    • They weren't quite as stupid as that makes it sound. They took it away from him, but he took advantage of his guards being (literally) off-balance due to Alex firing on the command ship and got it back.
  • The Last Witch Hunter leaves itself several, depending on what they'd like to do next.
    • For a Here We Go Again! plot, they have the Witch Queen's heart hidden "safely" in Kaulder's armoury.
    • For Going Cosmic, Chloe mentions "worse, deeper things" waiting to emerge until Kaulder's out of the equation.
    • For exploring the verse, there's Rich Bitch Danique's grudge with Kaulder and (especially) Chloe.
  • The 1998 film version of Lost in Space does this as well: all is well and the villain has been spared and is still aboard, but suddenly a Negative Space Wedgie threatens the ship. The only option is to hit the button that randomly zaps the ship to another point in the galaxy (why do they even have that button?) to who-knows-what adventures. We don't know what adventures: the film bombed and - you guessed it...
  • The old trope image was from Mac and Me, which ended with the eponymous alien and his family becoming U.S. citizens and driving off in a car with a sign on the back with a big pink bubble showing up at the end saying "We'll be back". A sequel was never made because, you guessed it, the film bombed.
  • "Machete... Will Return in... Machete Kills! And... Machete Kills Again!"!
  • "Manos" The Hands of Fate not only ends with "The End?", but also conspicuously allows Torgo to escape.
  • From the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In general, most films end with a "Will Return" Caption at the end of the credits.
    • Iron Man has James Rhodes looking at the older Mark II silver-and-grey armor and says "Next time, baby", an obvious foreshadowing of his becoming War Machine (ironically this is not to be, at least for Rhodes' actor). The brief after-credits scene has Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury declaring the existence of other superheroes and the "Avenger Initiative" is about as blatant as a Sequel Hook can get without being a Cliffhanger.
    • Overlooked because of how awesome it was, but Tony telling a press conference outright that he was Iron Man not only subverts the Secret Identity thing but makes you wonder where they are going to take that.
    • The Incredible Hulk had Samuel Sterns head mutating, hinting at him turning into Leader. Tony "Iron Man" Stark makes a cameo announcing that they're putting a "team" together. In the end Bruce attempts a controlled transformation with an ambiguous smile on his face. According to the DVD commentary, whether the smile indicates that he'd actually gained control or not would depend on which came first: another Hulk movie (where Banner wouldn't be in control) or The Avengers (where he would).
    • After Agent Coulson got called away in the middle of Iron Man 2, The Stinger shows that he was sent to a strange alien hammer that landed in the middle of the New Mexico desert (a scene that was later incorporated into Thor itself). The talk with Nick Fury and the map in the background was meant to foreshadow other Marvel characters who were being primed for future film appearances. The most notable might be the indicator in Africa, meant as a nod to the Black Panther.
    • Thor contains a post-credits sequence revealing that Nick Fury is in possession of the Tesseract, and that Loki is still alive and controlling Doctor Selvig. This directly leads into The Avengers and foreshadows the events of Captain America: The First Avenger.
    • Captain America: The First Avenger has Steve waking up in the present day after being frozen for 70+ years. A post credits scene hints to The Avengers by having Nick Fury give Cap a mission, in fact being a scene taken directly from that movie. It then shifts into a straight-up trailer for the film. The Red Skull's spectacular "death" also works as a sequel hook for future Cap movies, though it wound up only being a bit part in Avengers: Infinity War.
    • The Avengers itself ends with the Other lamenting the Chitauri invasion has failed as humans are "too unruly", and claims trying to take them on again would be "courting Death." Cue The Reveal of Thanos, smiling at the thought.
    • Thor: The Dark World ended with Loki sitting on the throne of Asgard and impersonating the Allfather after faking his own death. The Stinger shows the first appearance of the Collector, from Guardians of the Galaxy, being given the Aether to look after by Sif and Volstagg. It also announces that the Aether and Tesseract are Infinity Gems and the Collector wants to acquire them all. "One down, five to go."
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier ends with Nick Fury faking his death to go after HYDRA and Cap and The Falcon heading off to find the Winter Soldier, who in The Stinger is shown learning about his past life. There's also a second sequel hook, with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver being shown as HYDRA captives.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy has The Reveal that Star-Lord is only half-human and that his father sent Yondu to abduct him for unknown reasons, Drax shifts his vendetta from Ronan to Thanos, and Nebula is still alive.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron ends with most of the team on hiatus, leaving Captain America & Black Widow to form a new line-up for the Avengers. The Stinger also shows Thanos taking the Infinity Gauntlet and declaring that he'll find the Infinity Gems himself.
    • Ant-Man ends with two different instances: In the first stinger, Hank Pym shows Hope a prototype Wasp suit that was made for her. The second is a scene from Captain America: Civil War, where Captain America and Falcon have managed to find Winter Soldier, and Falcon (who had been a Hero Antagonist earlier in the film) knows a guy who he could contact. Cue "Ant-Man Will Return."
    • In Captain America: Civil War, the film itself ends with Captain America breaking his allies out of jail and going on the run, with Black Widow implied to be a fugitive as well. In The Stingers, Black Panther gives asylum to Bucky until his brainwashing is undone, with the warning that doing so could bring war on Wakanda, and Spider-Man recuperates from the fight back at home and discovers the Spider-Signal built into the upgraded web-shooters that Stark made for him, with the promise that "Spider-Man will return."
    • Doctor Strange (2016): In the film itself, the day is saved but the Ancient One is dead, meaning evil forces will want to take advantage of there being no Sorcerer Supreme to oppose them. As for the stingers, one is a scene lifted from Thor: Ragnarok, as Thor comes to Strange for help with what's been going on in Asgard. The other shows that Mordo has made a Face–Heel Turn.
    • There are five end credit scenes for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and some of them open real possibilities for future Marvel movies.
      • Stakar has reassembled his former team which comic-book fans may recognize as the original Guardians of the Galaxy.
      • Ayesha will present to the rest of the Sovereign her latest creation which she dubs "Adam".
      • Before the credits, Nebula leaves to go kill Thanos, hinting at a reappearance in Infinity War.
    • The first stinger for Spider-Man: Homecoming shows Mac Gargan saying he's got some buddies that want to go after Spider-Man, foreshadowing the Scorpion and maybe the Sinister Six. The second stinger parodies sequel hooks at the expense of people hoping to see one, with Captain America presenting a PSA like the ones seen in the film about patience and how waiting for something isn't always worth it.
    • In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor and his allies are heading safely to Earth when they're intercepted by a giant, ominous spaceship; with the implication (confirmed in Infinity War) that it's Thanos'.
    • Black Panther (2018) doesn't really have a hook as much as it gives an update on an existing one: following from Civil War, Bucky is continuing his rehabilitation in Wakanda.
    • Avengers: Infinity War ends with The Bad Guy Wins, giving the Avengers a huge problem to fix in Avengers: Endgame. In the Stinger, Nick Fury sends a signal to someone and receives a star symbol in acknowledgement — the Chest Insignia of Captain Marvel, setting up her own movie and her presence in Endgame.
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: The Pym family disappears thanks to Thanos' actions in Infinity War, and Scott is trapped in the Quantum Realm.
    • Captain Marvel (2019): Subverted with the main one in the film, Ronan promises to come back to Earth for Carol — but this film is a prequel, and we know that he'll die before he can make good on his threat. Carol does make a similar promise to stop the Kree's warmongering, though, which would work equally well for a sequel. The Stinger once again just updates an existing hook, with Carol arriving on Earth in response to Fury's signal in Infinity War.
    • Avengers: Endgame: While mostly serving as a conclusion to the Infinity Saga of the series, it does set up a few new plot threads for the series going forth. At the end of the film, Thor joins up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to help track down the time-displaced Gamora of 2014; leaving Valkyrie in charge of the Asgardian refuges now living in New Asgard. Meanwhile, Steve, now elderly after choosing to remain in the past and live a full life with Peggy, passes over his shield and the mantle of Captain America over to Sam.
  • At the end of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, HMS Surprise finally catches up to the French ship Acheron after chasing it for 138 minutes. In the ensuing battle, the British win and capture their quarry. A prize crew is put on board to take it and the imprisoned French crew to a friendly port. As the captain of the Surprise relxes afterwards, his friend says something to make him think the French might attempt to recapture their ship, so the captain begins chasing it. Just as the audience thinks that the film might never end, it does, leaving the resolution of the chase for a sequel that, thus, far, has not yet been made...
  • The Matrix franchise:
    • The original The Matrix ends with Neo making a call to the machines and telling he's going to show the people within the Matrix the truth of the world, followed by a shot of him flying into the sky.
    • With The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions being filmed at the same time, like Back to the Future, Reloaded contains one in the last shot: an unconscious Neo in the Hammer infirmary...and an unconscious Bane-slash-Smith on another bed.
  • Maverick. When Maverick only hides half of his winnings in his boot, allowing Annabelle to steal the other half, he admits that he did it intentionally because it will be fun to get it back.
  • Parodied in Men in Black II. After the big finale J notes that there's no way anyone didn't notice everything that just went down and no real way for the government to Hand Wave it away. The dialogue heavily implies that the events of the movie will cause the Men in Black to become public knowledge. Cue K using a large scale neuralyser hidden in the Statue of Liberty to erase the memories of the night of every single person in New York who isn't an MIB operative.
  • Merlin And The War Of The Dragons ends with Merlin killing the evil wizard, Uther is proclaimed King of the Britons, general rejoicing and then Nimue resurrects the evil Wizard. The movie was made in 2008, with no sign of a sequel since.
  • The first Mission: Impossible movie ends with Ethan flying back home and a flight attendant offering him his next assignment in the same manner as Jim.
    • In contrast to the other installments (which usually cut off after the "Your mission, should you choose to accept it..." bookend scene), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol ends with Ethan walking in San Francisco and listening to the first part of his mission briefing, which mentions an emerging terrorist group named The Syndicate, based (in name at least) on the recurring organized crime gangs from the television series.
    • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation ends with Lane being captured, not killed, thus paving the way for his return in future sequels.
    • Mission: Impossible – Fallout: Even though John Lark is dead and Solomon Lane is back in custody, the Apostles are still loose by the end of the movie. It's also very likely that Lane will escape custody a second time especially with the Apostles still being active.
  • Mortal Kombat concluded with victory and ended on a cliffhanger, as Shao Kahn, the Man Behind the Man of the movie's Big Bad, shows up and announces he's come to take their souls. Raiden's response: "I don't think so."
  • The Musketeer ends with D'Artagnan whispering the Hook into the ear of Cardinal Richelieu: "Bless me Father, for I will sin. One night, I will come for you."
  • Mystery Team ends with the trio meeting a nameless man holding a photo of him having sex with a panda in a secret lab, and finally realizing that he had been castrated.
    • This may have been more of a Here We Go Again! moment than anything, since just prior to that, the members of the Mystery Team were all preparing to go their separate ways and off to college.
  • National Treasure: The original ending of the first film was thought to be a Sequel Hook by test audiences, so the filmmakers shot a new ending and put that one in the movie. (You can see the original ending on the DVD.) Ironically, the film made so much money that it got a sequel anyway.
  • National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets: Ironically, played straight in the sequel. At the end of the film, the President asks Gates to look into the mysterious Page 47 of the titular book. Though the contents of the page are never mentioned, Gates describes the information contained within as "life altering".
  • Shortly before his death, Troy from The Neighbor tells John that he was just one member of a much bigger organization that will be coming after John now that he's disrupted one of their operations.
  • The Neverending Story:
    Narrator: Bastian made many other wishes and had many other amazing adventures before he finally returned to the ordinary world. But that's another story.
    • Of course, since the movie only used part of the book for its story, it was probably originally meant as a reference to that.
  • The Other Guys ends with the Big Bad still at large and rather ominously telling us that "soon, Lendl will be everywhere!" (Lendl is the corporation she runs). It's difficult to say if this was an intentional sequel hook, but it certainly makes for a good jumping-off point for a sequel.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: "So tell me.... what's become of my ship?"
      • Then there's another example from Dead Man's Chest: the former Commodore entering Lord Beckett's office with the heart.
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End has Jack stealing the map from Barbarossa that mentions the Fountain of Youth.
    • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ends with Angelica finding the voodoo doll of Jack that was thrown off the cliff earlier in the film.
      • Plus Barbossa gaining Blackbeard's ship and magic sword and Jack regaining The Black Pearl, albeit stuck in a bottle, and heading off with Gibbs to find a way to restore it.
  • The 2001 Tim Burton Planet of the Apes remake ends with Leo (Mark Wahlberg) crash landing in a present day Earth ruled by Apes.
  • After Tangina appeared to successfully assist Reverend Kane into crossing over in Poltergeist III, the film ends with lightning flashing while Kane's evil laughter is heard.
  • Power Rangers (2017): Rita claims that other villains will come to Earth to look for the Zeo Crystal.
  • Predators has the survivors watching a new bunch of people being brought into the deathworld to be hunted.
  • A very similar "single left-over egg hatching" sequel hook is the final shot of 1982's Q: The Winged Serpent. The film didn't do well enough to merit a sequel.
  • The end of Red Dragon (movie only) could count as a prequel hook: A young, female FBI agent wants to talk to Dr. Lecter.
  • Each Resident Evil film end with one.
    • The first ends as Alice wakes up to find Raccoon City ravaged by a Zombie Apocalypse.
    • Resident Evil: Apocalypse ends on the prospect of Dr. Isaacs having control over her similar to the Nemesis.
    • Resident Evil: Extinction shows her waking up an army of clones and vowing revenge on Umbrella.
    • Resident Evil: Afterlife has Jill, in her battlesuit, along with a squadrop of Umbrella VTOLs.
    • Resident Evil: Retribution ends with Wesker injecting the T-Virus back into Alice, and Wesker tells Alice, Jill, Ada, and Leon that the Red Queen has declared an all-out war on humanity, and that this is the last stand.
    • In the same canon of the original games, Resident Evil: Degeneration shows that WilPharma's assets have been acquired by TriCell. The ending for the ride Biohazard 4D Executer has Dr. Cameron escaping the city, having become a practically immortal creature capable of Grand Theft Me.
  • The Rocketeer ended with Jenny Blake giving Peevey back his reverse-engineered blueprints for a new and improved version of the rocketpack, which were stolen by Lothar earlier in the film.
  • In Running Scared (1986), two cop partners plan to retire from the force and open a bar in Key West after their current case. They crack the case, then decide not to retire. A sequel titled "Still Running" was planned and different scripts were written, but Crystal and Hines rejected them all as too weak.
  • SHAZAM! (2019) features a scene during the credits where Dr. Sivana ends up in jail after being defeated by the Shazam Family. It is there where he meets Maxivermis Mind, in a sequence clearly setting up an adaptation of the Shazam and the Seven Magic Lands story arc going on in the comic book at the time.
  • The Shamers Daughter (2015): At the end of the film, the rightful heir has been rescued, but not restored. He tells title character Dina that the if he sees the usurper again, he will kill him. She replies "When." A sequel came out in 2018.
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009) with all of its nods to Moriarty.
    • The premise for the sequel is essentially set up in the last few minutes, because it's revealed that Moriarty stole the radio transmitter device and is willing to use his massive wealth to wreak havoc. Holmes agrees to go after Moriarty at the very end of the film.
  • Slither ends with a post-credits scene of the alien Not Quite Dead and infecting a cat. Sadly, the film didn't do well enough at the box-office to get a sequel.
  • Spaceballs has Yogurt stating "God willing, we'll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money" during the middle of the film. A true sequel has been stuck in Development Hell. An animated series was later made, but it was barely related to the film, cheaply made and generally considered horrible.
  • Another Mystery Science Theater 3000 subject, Space Mutiny, ends with the main bad guy proving to be Not Quite Dead. Naturally, Mike and the Bots are Genre Savvy enough to see this one coming:
    "Aaaand his Eyes Open."
    "His eyes open!"
    "Hurry up and show it!"
  • Species ends with a rat eating the corpse of one of the aliens, and getting possessed from doing so. This was completely ignored for the actual sequel.
  • Splice: At the end of the film, Elsa is pregnant with Dren's baby, and the boss thanks Elsa for her readiness to carry on with "phase two" of the project.
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was not expected to have a sequel, but Spock's "Remember..." mind-meld with McCoy was added just in case.
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home also has a sequel hook near the beginning of the film, with the Klingon ambassador proclaiming "Remember this well — there shall be no peace as long as Kirk lives!" Oddly enough, this hook was completely ignored by the next film and wasn't utilised until Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
  • Star Wars:
    • A New Hope had Darth Vader's ship fleeing after the destruction of the Death Star. The Empire Strikes Back blurs the line between Sequel Hook and a Cliffhanger, as the primary goal of escaping the Empire was concluded, but Vader's revelation and Han Solo being taken to Jabba the Hutt meant there was plenty of story for the sequel.
    • Each film of the prequel trilogy had a Sequel Hook as well: The other Sith still hidden from the Jedi at the end of The Phantom Menace, the start of the Clone Wars at the end of Attack of the Clones, and Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Bail Organa making their plans for the future at the end of Revenge of the Sith (the last one, of course, leading up to the original trilogy).
  • Superman
    • Superman: The Movie is a rare case of a film having a sequel hook at the beginning; General Zod, Ursa, and Non are banished to the Phantom Zone in the film's opening scenes, and are not seen again until they return as the Big Bad and Dragons in Superman II. That's because Superman 1 and 2 were originally filmed together. After the entire project fell behind schedule and over-budget, the studio called Richard Donner up and told him to finish up the first film and leave the sequel for later.
    • Superman Returns' credits hint at the destroyed planet Krypton reforming itself, a hook for a planned 2009 sequel.
    • Man of Steel has Clark considering what he will do and how he will help people now that the world knows he exists. The last scene is him talking about what the best job would be to keep aware of world situations, and he dons the famous glasses and joins the staff of the Daily Planet. In more of a tidbit, logos are seen around the movie for both Lex Corp and Wayne Enterprises, with Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne showing up in the sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Anybody remember the Super Mario Bros.? Princess Daisy bursts into Mario and Luigi's apartment armed with a BFG, proclaiming "Guys... you're not going to believe this". Then everyone follows her out the door and the movie ends. There was no sequel, but nearly 20 years later, graphic novel sequels are planned.
    • There were some webcomics touted as the "true" sequel to the film, but even those stopped updating and became an Orphaned Series. (see the Webcomics subpage on that link for references)
  • A title at the end of The Sword and the Sorcerer announces that its sequel would be called Tales of an Ancient Empire. It was never produced.
    • Until 2010, that is. Not that the sequel has much to do with the original...
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), the Shredder falls nearly sixty floors to street level and is captured by the police, but he's seen taking a bit of mutagen on a fingertip and hiding it in his fist.
  • Nearly averted with Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The original ending showed an aged Sarah watching John, by then a U.S. Senator, pushing his young daughter around on a swing at the park while her voiceover mused on how what they did that you just saw opened up a brighter future for humanity. But the studio didn't think the franchise was exhausted by any means.
  • The Three Musketeers (2011); Buckingham manages to rescue Milady de Winter from falling to her death, and announces that he's going back to France. Cut away to a shot of a fleet of British warships, with a fleet of air-ships overhead.
  • Troma's The Toxic Avenger film series has used this in three of the films.
    • In The Toxic Avenger: Part II, Toxie states that if Tromaville is destroyed, there won't be a Toxic Avenger: Part III.
    • In The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, Toxie states that he has to clean up Tromaville in time for Toxic Avenger: Part IV after realizing that Apocalypse, Inc. is evil.
    • After falling into toxic waste, the evil Melvin that emerges from the remains of Toxie's evil incarnation the Noxious Offender in Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV runs away while shouting "I'll be back, motherfucker, if there's a sequel!"
  • Transformers Film Series
    • The first Transformers film has four hooks; Optimus's message to other Autobots at the end, Megatron's corpse dropped in the Laurentian Abyss, Starscream leaving the planet during the credits and Optimus picking up a fragment of the movie's MacGuffin.
    • At the end of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron and Starscream grudgingly pull a Villain: Exit, Stage Left, at the latter's suggestion ("Sometimes, cowards do survive"). It also has this line about Optimus Prime and the Transformers in general:
      Lennox: If God made us in His image, then who made [Optimus]?
    • Transformers: Age of Extinction has two hooks; Galvatron planning his revenge and Optimus Prime flying into space to confront his creators.
    • Transformers: The Last Knight ends with Quintessa appearing in human form and offering some scientists that have discovered one of Unicron's horns a method of killing Unicron.
  • The View Askewniverse: Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Dogma" (Clerks), Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Chasing Amy" (Mallrats), Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Dogma" ... (promise). (Chasing Amy), Jay and Silent Bob will return in "Clerks 2: Hardly Clerkin'" (Dogma).
  • In WarCraft, it's a combo of the Alliance forming and Go'el/Thrall being found by humans.
  • Waxwork ends with the wax museum of the title burning down and Mark and Sarah escaping, but the still animate hand of a wax zombie also escapes. Although it's not really the main conflict of the story, Waxwork II: Lost in Time picks up immediately after that sequel hook, with the main characters trying to stop the hand from wreaking havoc.
  • In The Wolfman (2010), Lawrence Talbot bites Inspector Aberline.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • The first film had the team watching a press conference near the end and noticing that Senator Kelly was being impersonated by Mystique. Logan is also riding off to track down hints given about his past.
    • The Phoenix underneath Alkali Lake in X2: X-Men United.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand, despite being the final chapter in a trilogy, has a potential sequel hook in its final seconds; the de-powered Magneto, homeless and alone, sits at a (steel) chessboard in Central Park vainly trying to make the pieces move; one pawn wobbles, almost imperceptibly, in the instant before the shot cuts to Brett Ratner's director credit. There is even a second hook after the credits, showing that Xavier survived in the Chekhov's Gun.
    • The Stinger at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine shows Logan drinking away his sorrows in a Japanese pub. Logan's next solo film, The Wolverine feature Wolverine's adventures in Japan. However, due to the poor reception of Origins, The Wolverine actually ignores the events of Origins, and instead takes place years after the events of The Last Stand.
    • X-Men: First Class ends with Erik becoming Magneto for the first time and busting Emma Frost out of prison.
    • The Wolverine ends with Wolverine and Yukio heading out to have new adventures across the globe, with Logan finally having accepted his role as a warrior and hero. The Stinger sets up a sequel hook for X-Men: First Class's sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past by showing Logan being confronted by a repowered Magneto and a Back From The Dead Xavier, wanting him to aid them in stopping the upcoming Sentinel threat.
    • Two of them in X-Men: Days of Future Past. First, Mystique rescues Wolverine from the river Magneto threw him in, though we know that turns out alright. The Stinger gives us a glimpse of Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen.
    • The Stinger for Deadpool features Deadpool parodying the stinger for Ferris Bueller's Day Off ("You're still here? It's over! Go home.") before adding that the next Deadpool movie will feature Cable.
  • xXx: State of the Union ends with Gibbs entering an elevator while discussing with his anxious attendants who he has in mind for the next candidate for the xXx position.
  • Young Sherlock Holmes features a post-credit reveal that one of the characters in the film would eventually become Holmes' nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Shame that there was no sequel (beyond the books, of course), because the flick wasn't that bad.
  • At the end of Young Tom Edison, right after the end title, there is a plug for its follow-up Edison, the Man featuring Spencer Tracy studying a portrait of Edison in preparation for his role in the film.
  • Zapped ends with a stinger showing some detention students finding Zoey's cracked phone in the trash. Turns out it still works fine, and it shows the "Listen and Obey" app upon startup.


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