Kick-Ass 3 – Sequel Plans18.08.13 # Sequel # 96 Comments
After a number of Kick-Ass 3 reveals in recent weeks, what has been said and how likely is a sequel?
Kick-Ass 2 opened below expectations at the box office this weekend with around $13.5 million, $6m less than its predecessor. This is partly due to the needlessly negative critical/blogger reaction, which created doubt and stopped many from going. It almost put me off, but Kick-Ass 2 turned out to be one of the best movies I’ve watched this year. The public who have seen it love it too (a 7.5 user score on IMDB is very strong). This should mean similarly strong dvd/blu-ray sales, which propelled Kick-Ass into sequel territory. The key factor though is that Kick-Ass 2’s production budget was only $28m, just like the first movie. It’ll make that back by the end of its theatrical run.
With the movie set to make a profit, albeit not as much as last time, it’ll be up to the creative team if they want to complete the trilogy (the source material was always written that way). Any release date is likely to be many years away since they’ll wait for home entertainment results to come in, mull it over, then, as happened with Kick-Ass 2, it could take some considerable time to align everyone’s increasingly busy schedules.
So what can you expect to happen in Kick-Ass 3? As before, the vast majority of material will inevitably come from Mark Millar’s comic book series. *** HUGE SPOILERS AHEAD *** The ending of Kick-Ass 2 differs from the graphic novel in a number of key ways. The comic’s less conclusive, more Empire Strikes Back, with Hit-Girl being locked up in a high-security prison. The movie’s post-credits scene shows the Motherf**ker has lost his lower legs and arms, but in the comic his limbs are intact.
Issues 1 and 2 of Kick-Ass 3 the graphic novel are already available. They see Justice Forever team up to stage a daring prison break for Hit-Girl, only to chicken out and run away to “train some more”, leaving her trapped –
– With high school done, Marty (Battle Guy) proves himself a boy genius and goes off to Harvard, while Dave (Kick-Ass) and Todd (Ass-Kicker) end up working in a burger joint. Dave is trying not to find it cool that his father was killed by a villain, just like Bruce Wayne. A new ‘superhero’ called The Juicer starts living in Hit-Girl’s private headquarters, acting like an asshole lazy leach. Meanwhile, The Motherf**ker, who has been in prison hospital for 6 months, finds that the charges against him have been dropped thanks to his uncle Rocco’s mob connections. However there’s a backlash against The Motherf**ker on Twitter which has him scared for his life. Uncle Rocco, known as the Ice Man for putting ice picks through people’s heads, is shaping up to be the main villain, assembling a supermob encompassing every criminal gang on the east coast. The Motherf**ker is having serious regrets about his super-villain past, hinting that he might be about to switch sides. Meanwhile his mother (already dead in the movie) has a big role, sneakily getting close to Kick-Ass and Ass-Kicker, and saving her son when Colonel Stars’ brother tries to assassinate him in the hospital.
As to where the story goes from there, Millar will only say “it’s the logical conclusion of what would happen if you were a realistic superhero. Dave’s story ends in 3, that’s it.” It’ll be Millar’s last Kick-Ass novel. But maybe not his last Hit-Girl story…
What would you like to see happen in Kick-Ass 3 (movie version)? Did you prefer Kick-Ass 1 or 2? How can they improve on both? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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