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Sequel baiting is a method used in a work that suggests that there is a possibility for another story. The original work still has closure but, by leaving minor plot elements unresolved, the writer has made writing a sequel easier. This method is so common the audience will identify any unresolved plot element as a hook.

This method is quite common within a variety of media, including good, decent, mediocre, and even bad ones.

Why This Method Sucks

  1. It interrupts the flow and pacing of the movie just to set up future installments, whether they are sequels or even entire cinematic universes.
  2. Speaking of which, they focus so much on planning to make their own cinematic universes similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe by trying to rush it instead of telling a story that's worth telling before you can tell something bigger.
  3. Some scenes with sequel-baiting have pointless fan service that does nothing to progress the overall plot of the movie (e.g. Darth Maul igniting his lightsaber in front of Qi'ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story).
  4. Some of the set-ups for future plot points (unless it's a teaser for a future installment at the ending of a film) also show that the writers are lazy, as they added in plot threads that were left completely unresolved without any sort of payoff intentionally, and instead those threads were supposed to be filled in future installments.

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Examples

  1. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has multiple plot threads that were left completely unresolved without any sort of payoff intentionally, instead those threads were supposed to be filled in future sequels. For example, the movie literally pauses to have Wonder Woman watch teaser videos for Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman.
    • According to some reports, Zack Snyder's intended cut of Justice League was going to have multiple sequel hooks setting up future installments, but thankfully it was re-edited to have less sequel hooks.
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is another example of this, as much of the film's content is setups for plot points in future installments, ranging from Rey's parentage to the Knights of Ren seen in a vision at one point in the film. The sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, had no payoff for any of the plot points that were set up in the previous film, resulting in backlash and criticism.
  3. The LEGO MovieGMW ends with the Duplo aliens arriving at Bricksburg. This is eventually addressed in the sequel, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second PartGMW. Because this sequel hook takes place at the end of the film, it doesn't really interrupt the film.
  4. The Marvel Cinematic UniverseGMW is known for doing this, as their films (excluding Avengers: EndgameGMW) have post-credits scenes show teasers for future movies and encourage viewers to stay and watch the credits and allow for foreshadowings and set ups to take place without interrupting the movie itself.
    • Speaking of the MCU, Avengers: Age of UltronGMW has a scene where Thor has a vision of the Infinity Stones, which was very intrusive because it had nothing to do with the plot and only served to tease Infinity WarGMW.
    • Avengers: Infinity War ends with Thanos decimating half of all life in the universe, including heroes such as Spider-Man, which is supposed to set up the sequel, Avengers: Endgame.
  5. Another example is at the end of Finding NemoGMW, where the Tank Gang escape from the dentist's office as the film ends with Bloat asking, "Now what?", which is supposed to set up a sequel (which would eventually become Finding DoryGMW). Again, it doesn't interrupt the movie due to being the last scene in the film.
  6. The 2019 reboot of HellboyGMW ends with two scenes: one simply revealing Abe Sapien at the last second, and the other having Baba Yaga plotting to kill Hellboy.
  7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 focuses more on setting up Sony's then-planned Spider-Man cinematic universe instead of being a movie, a common mistake by studios trying to make their own cinematic universes similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. An example of this is the character Rhino, whose sole purpose was to set up a then-planned Sinister Six film.
  8. Solo: A Star Wars Story has a scene where the character Qi'ra talks to a mysterious figure, who then reveals himself as a cybernetically-enhanced Darth Maul, which is supposed to set up not only the upcoming Disney+ spin-off series focusing on Obi-Wan Kenobi between Revenge of the SithGMW and A New HopeGMW, but also a potential sequel for this film.

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