Retconvicts: 7 Sequels That Contradict Events In The Originals



Sometimes sequels can be a stretch to write. You’ve got to create new conflict, while somehow keeping it relevant and personal to the main character(s).

More and more, I’ve seen sequels and prequels doing this via retroactive continuity, the “alteration of previously establish facts in the continuity of a fictional work.”

Here are a few of them.

1. Spider-Man 3

No longer did Spiderman fail to stop his uncle’s murderer. Now he failed to stop a thief who, while fleeing, dodged a man who sneezed and slipped on a banana peel.

While falling, the thief bumped into a hot dog cart, which rolled down a hill bumping the back of the gun-totin’ Sandman-to-be, who accidentally fires on Uncle Ben. Look, I may have daisy-chained the events a little bit.

The point is the same. Failing to stop a volitional murderer is a lot more compelling than failing to stop a thief who is indirectly responsible for a man’s inadvertent murder.

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