Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took in an impressive $65 million at the box office this past weekend, replacing the beloved Marvel sci-fi epic Guardians of the Galaxy as the number one movie in the country. Audiences enjoyed producer Michael Bay's rebooted take on the popular franchise, though critics didn't treat it too kindly. It didn't matter what they had to say though, as Paramount proudly announced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 for June 6, 2016. That's a full two years for the filmmaking team to get it right!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a pretty streamlined affair, and only gave us a taste of this comic book universe, focusing on the four main turtles Donnie, Mikey, Raph and Leo, their sensei Master Splinter, their greatest enemy Shredder, roving Channel 6 reporter April O'Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick. A lot of classic and iconic characters, not to mention some very cool weapons and possible cameos, were left out. But they must make their cinematic debut in the impending sequel. Here are 9 things we NEED to see in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2!
1 Introduction of Krang and Dimension X
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has a rich and layered mythology full of interesting characters that span both the previous animated series and the comic books. Some of these storylines have seen many different iterations, and Krang is one of them. But he is probably the second favorite villain after Shredder, and if Shredder is (SPOILER) truly dead, the four brothers will have to face off against this pink alien bastard at some point. Krang first appeared in the 1987 animated series before appearing in the pages of the comic. He hails from Dimension X, from which he was banished after stealing the powerful mobile fortress The Technodrome. Making a new home on earth, he allied himself with Shredder in exchange for a new human-shaped exo-body. His main goal is to take over our planet. But, unlike Shredder, he doesn't view the turtles and Splinter as mortal enemies, he sees them as objects that must be destroyed when they get in the way of his nefarious plans. Introducing Krang would set up the expansive world of Dimension X, allowing for a sci-fi themed storyline that could open up all kinds of story possibilities.
What do you want to see happen in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2? Are there any other obscure characters you think should make an appearance this soon in the franchise? Is there something we mentioned that doesn't belong on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts.