Movie Sequels That Were Better Than the Original

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15. Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
> Original in franchise: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (sequel), 7.4/10 (original)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (sequel), 92% (original)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (sequel), 87% (original)

More or less on par with its predecessor (2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), this smash sequel follows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) on a class trip to Europe. What’s supposed to be a fun vacation becomes something far more consequential when elemental forces wreak havoc all over the continent. Alas, a superhero’s job is never done.

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14. Creed (2015)
> Original in franchise: Rocky Balboa (2006)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (sequel), 7.1/10 (original)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (sequel), 77% (original)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (sequel), 76% (original)

The seventh installment of the Rocky franchise – technically the first in a spinoff series – hands the story off to Adonis “Donnie” Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), son of former champion Apollo Creed. Stallone appears in a supporting role as a mentor and trainer, thereby filling the shoes of series icon Mickey Goldmill. Director Ryan Coogler carries the torch but also updates the material for modern audiences.

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13. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
> Original in franchise: X-Men (2000)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (sequel), 7.4/10 (original)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (sequel), 82% (original)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (sequel), 83% (original)

This star-studded X-Men installment opens in a dystopian future, where powerful Sentinels are hunting down mutants in droves. So begins a time-traveling adventure that features mainstay characters along with their younger counterparts. With over $746 million in global box office receipts, it was the third highest-grossing entry of the overall franchise.

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12. Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
> Original in franchise: Mission: Impossible (1996)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (sequel), 7.1/10 (original)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (sequel), 66% (original)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (sequel), 71% (original)

Following a failed mission, Ethan Hunt and his team must race against time to prevent the activation of a nuclear weapon. Still performing his own stunts at the age of 55, Tom Cruise famously injured his ankle during production. This is the highest-rated “Mission: Impossible” movie to date.

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11. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
> Original in franchise: Batman Begins (2005)
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10 (sequel), 8.2/10 (original)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 87% (sequel), 84% (original)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (sequel), 94% (original)

Christopher Nolan’s trilogy concluded with this sprawling entry, in which Gotham is terrorized by the masked villain Bane (Tom Hardy). Sent into exile, Batman (Christian Bale) must overcome both personal injury and psychological doubt if he wants to save the day.

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