I don't mean to alarm you, but we're currently living in the age of monsters. The upcoming Kong: Skull Island signals an exciting new chapter in Legendary's MonsterVerse, and Universal are set to reboot their own Monsters universe with a number of new titles. Given all this beastly buzz, it seems that The Great Wall has come at the perfect time.
The fantastical take on the history of the Great Wall of China involves literally thousands of menacing monsters facing off with both Matt Damon and the Chinese Imperial Army, with explosive results. But can we expect a sequel for The Great Wall?
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'The Great Wall 2'?
There's currently no sequel announced for #TheGreatWall. So what's the likelihood that a sequel will be made?
The Great Wall was highly anticipated in China, making a staggering $66 million domestically on its opening weekend alone; but estimates for the US release aren't looking so great. The film also wasn't quite so well received by critics in both China and overseas, and the script was met with accusations of whitewashing and white savior tropes.
However, films such as Edge of Tomorrow and The Last Airbender balked against both claims of whitewashing and low box office estimates, with recent talks that sequels are to be expected sometime in the future. This could very well mean that a sequel to The Great Wall isn't entirely out of the question.
A Different Setting
The Taotie may have been defeated at the end of the film, but doesn't mean that's the last we'll see of them. There may yet be more aliens hiding away in those mountains, waiting to return— as they do every 60 years.
A Great Wall sequel could be set during the next invasion, or even during a different era entirely. The Great Wall took place during the Song Dynasty, so the next installment could focus on another iconic time period.
Another possibility is a prequel that tells the story of the Taoti, who were said to come to Earth via a meteor landing. They're enough of a threat even against an impressive army of thousands— just imagine discovering them before the wall was even built. Now that's chaotic.
But a real change of pace would be a sequel based in the modern day. The Great Wall of China now serves as a tourist destination rather than a protective barrier, but just imagine if the Taotie were suddenly brought back into the mix. Would they be a match for modern China's military power?
All New Monsters
Given that The Great Wall's narrative is based around actual Chinese mythology, it's likely that a sequel could explore even more ancient mythological beasts.
The Taotie are said to have been one of the "Four Fiends"; mythical creatures that each represented a different trait— and not the good kind, either. For example, the Taotie were said to be the embodiment of gluttony, which is clear to see from their insatiable appetites.
There isn't a wealth of information on the other three Fiends, but considering The Great Wall's very imaginative interpretation of the Taotie, they don't exactly need a ton of backstory to work with.
The Qióngqí and Táowù were both said to be beasts who harmed or even devoured humans, while the Hundun was a faceless but ominous being, bringing chaos in its wake. The Taotie may be gone, but who knows what other evils lurk beyond the wall?
Do you think The Great Wall will get a sequel?