Movie sequels are like your kids. Often your firstborn is your favorite and then it’s just all downhill from there. But sometimes a movie will come along that totally blows us away and trumps the original. (Donnie Wahlberg’s kid brother Mark, anyone?) It’s rare but it’s been known to happen. Classic films like Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Spider-Man 2, The Dark Knight and Terminator 2: Judgment Day are all arguably better than their predecessors. This is in spite of the fact that the original in all four of those examples are stellar films in and of themselves. But this unique phenomenon of superior sequels doesn’t only apply to eye-candy, popcorn blockbusters. Before Sunset, Dawn of the Dead and the Godfather Part II are often considered step-ups from their respective franchises. So, in honor of the excellence that is Deadpool 2 (and Incredibles 2 and the return of Jamie Lee Curtis to Halloween), we decided to take a look at our favorite sequels that are better than the original or, at least, just as good.
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