Top 10 Movie Questions That Got Answered in The Sequel
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Top 10 Movie Questions That Got Answered in The Sequel

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Derick McDuff
These movies left us hanging, only to deliver the goods at a later date. For this list, we'll be looking at the burning questions that were raised in a film and subsequently addressed in a direct follow-up. Our countdown includes “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, “Jurassic Park”, and more!

Top 10 Movie Questions That Got Answered in the Sequel

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Movie Questions That Got Answered in the Sequel.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the burning questions that were raised in a film and subsequently addressed in a direct follow-up. And since we will be answering all of these questions be forewarned, spoilers ahead. We won’t be including questions answered in a prequel, as that merits its own list.

What burning film questions that you had were eventually extinguished in a follow-up? Let us know in the comments.

#10: Who Is Peter Quill’s Father?

“Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014)
Only at the end of the film, when Peter held an Infinity Stone and survived, was there a hint that the kid from Missouri was more than human. Scans confirmed that while his mother was human, his dad was something far more powerful. Yondu, who raised Peter, was then revealed to have been hired by Peter’s biological father to kidnap him. However, Yondu never delivered the boy after learning how much of a “jackass” Peter’s dad was. In the sequel, we learned the secret of Peter’s parentage, a nearly divine figure; Ego the Living Planet. Of course, Yondu’s assessment of Ego turned out to be spot on, and in an emotional scene, Yondu shared that he had always thought of Peter as his own son.

#9: What Happens to Marty’s Kids?

“Back to the Future” (1985)
The end of “Back to the Future,” where Doc Brown took Marty and his girlfriend Jennifer to the future in his flying DeLorean, became instantly iconic. The reason for their departure: Marty and Jenifer’s kids were in trouble. This was initially meant to be a fun joke to end the story. Of course, the monumental success of the film necessitated sequels, which addressed what had retroactively become a cliffhanger. After traveling to the far-off year of 2015, we learned the dopey Marty Jr. had become involved in a heist with a cyberpunk gang which would lead to the unraveling of his entire family. The only way to stop this was Marty impersonating his own son, which naturally lead to another iconic scene, the hoverboard chase.

#8: Who Was the Real Mandarin?

“Iron Man 3” (2010)
The fearsome leader of the infamous Ten Rings, a terrorist organization that had kidnapped Tony Stark, returned to oppose him again in the final film of the trilogy. Or at least that’s the way it seemed at first. Halfway through the film, it was revealed that the menacing supervillain known as “The Mandarin” was actually an actor being puppeted by another villain. A short, “All Hail the King,” confirmed that the Mandarin did in fact steal someone’s persona. The leader of the Ten Rings was finally revealed in “Shang-Chi,” as Shan-Chi’s own father Xu Wenwu. A warlord for centuries who gave it all up for love that was then taken from him, Xu Wenwu was a complex and tragic villain and well worth the wait.

#7: How Could Harry Talk to Snakes?

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002)
There were a number of unexplained connections between Harry Potter and the dark wizard Voldemort who tried to kill him years earlier. The most noteworthy of these connections was the ability to speak Parseltongue, AKA communicating with serpents. Initially talking to a boa constrictor in a zoo in the first film, only in the sequel did we discover how rare and sinister seeming this ability actually was. Voldemort himself inherited the ability from his malevolent snake-loving ancestor Salazar Slytherin. It was not until the end of the final film that this connection was fully explained. Voldemort’s soul broke off and inhabited Harry after the attempted murder of the latter giving Harry (among other things) the power to converse with snakes.

#6: What Happened After the Truce?

“The Matrix Revolutions” (2003)
“The Matrix” trilogy saw humans revolting against their robot overlords in an epic war. It was a continual cycle of escape, revolt, and eventual destruction and enslavement for humanity. However, at the end of “Revolutions,” that cycle was broken, causing a truce between humans and machines with humanity freed from their oppressors, giving the option to leave the Matrix. Without their human batteries, the machines faced a power shortage and they erupted into civil war. Some machines and programs even joined humanity and together they created a glorious new city through their combined efforts known as IO. Meanwhile, a new threat emerged and a program known as the Analyst took control over the Matrix, powered by a revived Neo and Trinity.

#5: What Happened to the Fish That Escaped?

“Finding Nemo” (2003)
Much of “Finding Nemo” followed a group of fish attempting to escape their tank and make their way into the ocean off the Australian coast. Unfortunately, there was a hitch. The film ended with the joke of them finally in the ocean, but trapped in plastic bags, and the Tank Gang wondering, “Now what?” While the sequel “Finding Dory” didn’t feature the Tank Gang in its main plot, set at the fictitious Marine Life Institute, their fate was finally revealed during a post-credits scene. Having made their way entirely across the Pacific Ocean, still in their bags, the gang was scooped up by the Marine Life Institute, with the last line of the film once again being, “Now what?”

#4: Why Don’t The Dinosaurs Look Accurate?

“Jurassic Park” (1993)
Although paleontologists like Jack Horner worked on the “Jurassic” films to give them a sense of authenticity, some creative license was taken. This, along with emerging scientific knowledge, meant that the dinosaurs on the big screen didn’t look a lot like their long-extinct real-life counterparts. This left many asking questions like, “Why don’t they have feathers?” These questions were finally put to rest in “Jurassic World” when geneticist Henry Wu explained that filling the gaps in the genetic code in the dino DNA had altered their appearance, which fit in with the first “Jurassic Park” having used amphibian DNA to complete gene sequences. In a rather meta-commentary, Wu told his employer when describing how he designed dinosaurs: “You didn't ask for reality, you asked for more teeth.”

#3: Where Was Bo Peep?

“Toy Story 3” (2010)
The love interest of Woody in “Toy Story,” the porcelain doll Bo Peep, featured prominently in the first film yet had a reduced role in the second film and completely disappeared in the third. Other than a brief cameo via flashback and a vague reference, her disappearance sometime in the decade-plus between films was never explained. That was until the fourth film. One rainy night Bo was sold, and Woody, when faced with a chance to join her, reluctantly stayed behind with his young owner Andy. Unexpectedly years later, Woody came face to face with Bo once more, now a lost toy (and an action hero). With Andy all grown up, Woody and Bo got a second chance together.

#2: What Was The Bride’s Name?

“Kill Bill: Volume 1” (2003)
Harkening back to the westerns of old, the main character of the “Kill Bill” film was never given a name in the first film. Instead, she was referred to by a series of nicknames, including, “B,” “Black Mamba,” “The Bride,” and affectionately/creepily “Kiddo” by her older lover and eventual attempted murderer Bill. While her name was mentioned once during the film it is cheekily bleeped out in true Tarintino fashion. No such tricks were pulled in the film’s follow-up, however, as it was revealed that “Kiddo” wasn’t in fact a nickname from Bill referring to The Bride’s age, but in fact her given name. A brief recollection of The Bride’s childhood revealed her full name to be Beatrix Kiddo.

#1: Who Was the Other Force User Mentioned by Yoda?

“Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
The “Star Wars” Saga adhered pretty closely to the tropes of the “chosen one” and the heroes' journey in the character of Luke Skywalker. That notion that Luke was the last hope for the good guys was directly voiced by one of his mentors, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as he flew off to an uncertain fate. However, his other mentor, Yoda, disputed this cryptically telling Obi-Wan, “No, there is another.” This meant there was another Force user out there that could potentially defeat the Empire, but fans wouldn’t find out who that was until the trilogy’s conclusion three years later. Luke would eventually discover that Leia was in fact the powerful Force user because she was in fact his twin sister.

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