Watching the latest trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard, I got a vision of the future and felt a rare shot of hope for cinema. In a couple decades, we will have run out of gas on nostalgia-fueled sequels like this. The year 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the original Die Hard, which means John McClane (Bruce Willis) has been around a long time. But will we be seeing him in another few decades? What about the rest of the elder action stars who can currently keep going through the Expendables series because there are no real new heroes to replace them yet?
Hollywood might worry a bit that in another 25 years there will be nothing left, and because there are so few original heroes being made today, there might not be any guys or gals presently in their 20s and 30s who will be still kicking around and kicking ass in their 50s and 60s. Unless, maybe Jai Courtney manages to carry the Die Hard torch further -- something we thought could happen in the past with a potential inheritor of the Indiana Jones series, and is sort of going ahead with TRON. While looking ahead to the next generation could be stressful for studios, for us movie fans it's promising since it means the 2030s will have to be filled with original material.
Or more comic book characters. But the thing about Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man, etc. is that they'll always just be rebooted with new actors, same as the James Bond series, which will likely continue for many, many more years. There's no need for Fox to stick with a consistent Fanastic Four group, for instance, only to have to pass it on to whoever grows up playing Frankin Richards. And as far as I know, none of The Avengers ever have kids. Maybe someone in the future will try to reach back to the continuity of Superman Reborn and turn Jason White into a franchise lead. Just kidding. That would never happen.
Are there any recent film characters who could actually appear in sequels through the next 25 years -- or simply in a long-awaited sequel in 25 years? Jason Bourne? Liam Neeson's character in Taken (this time... he's taken from his retirement home)? The best that I can foresee is Django. Twenty-five years from now, Jamie Foxx's character from Django Unchained would be living in the 1880s, which was a pretty terrible decade for African-Americans, with hundreds of lynchings occuring throughout the decade and the overturning of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. Maybe he'll be fighting racists alongside his son, too. Of course, Tarantino won't be directing it, because he'll be long retired by then.
Which film characters of today will still be around in sequels in 25 years?
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