The Rock, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart are back together for Jumanji: The Next Level, which hit theaters over the weekend. The third movie in the franchise overall brought the action back to the video game world, but what does the future hold? The movie's post-credit scene holds some major clues, and we could very well be taking the series back to its roots next time around.

Warning: spoilers ahead for Jumanji: The Next Level. Read on at your own risk. Before digging into the post-credit scene itself, it's important to discuss what happens at the end of the movie. After Spencer, Fridge, Martha and Bethany escape from the game, alongside Spencer's grandpa Eddie, played by Danny DeVito, they make their way to Nora's restaurant. We come to find out that Nora is none other than Nora Shepherd, once again played by Bebe Neuwirth, who played Judy and Peter's aunt in the original Jumanji. She gets into a flirtatious conversation with Eddie, which results in him taking a job to help around the restaurant. Everyone is happy.

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This is important because, while it had already been established, having Nora reappear firmly connects these newer entries to the original movie. Once the post-credit scene starts to roll, we see that someone has finally come over to fix the heater at Spencer's house. Spencer's mom accompanies the man downstairs, where they discover the Jumanji video game. At this point, the mechanic declares that he's a huge gamer and, without understanding the consequences of his actions, fiddles with the game.

We then cut back to Nora's where Spencer, Fridge, Martha and Bethany rush outside after hearing the familiar Jumanji drum beats. They're then greeted by a flock of ostriches who are running wild in the streets. End scene. The implication here is that the next movie in the franchise, should Sony choose to make one, will bring elements of the video game into the real world. This will be very similar to the 1995 original, which featured Robin Williams and saw him getting sucked into a board game, only having to complete the game years later, with creatures from the game making their way out into the world.

This would open the door for many Jumanji 4 possibilities. Maybe some more characters from the original movie could appear? Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Alex Wolff and Ser'Darius Blain could get more screen time since their characters wouldn't be getting sucked into the video game. Could we see the avatars from the game pulled into real life? That certainly seems plausible, and it would provide new opportunities to play with the formula that's been established.

Undoubtedly, this will come down to money. 2017's Welcome to the Jungle grossed $962 million worldwide, making it a massive hit. Jumanji: The Next Level is off to a great start, with a $212 million global total after its first weekend in theaters. If things continue to go well, odds are Dwayne Johnson and the gang will be back for at least one more adventure. Jumanji: The Next Level is in theaters now from Sony Pictures.

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