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Power Rangers 2: Will We Ever Get To See The Sequel?

Back in 2017, it was morphin' time. And while the big-budget Power Rangers reboot wasn't the massive success producers had hoped for, it nonetheless earned quite a number of fans, as demonstrated by the later home video sales. So why hasn't a sequel happened? 

After all, even though the 2017 Power Rangers film was hardly perfect, it was ambitious — because while nineties kids still break into chanting "Go, Go Power Rangers!" at parties, you have to admit that watching the old TV series as an adult forces you reckon with the program's absurd silliness. Between action scenes made using recycled footage from the Japanese Super Sentai shows, and characters built largely on stereotypes, the notion of making the Power Rangers into a serious franchise came with some steep challenges. That makes it all the more impressive how the 2017 film managed to balance all the old tropes — Zordon is still a giant head! — with some decent character work, turning the hastily sketched outlines of a kid's show into troubled, realistic teenagers, each with their own unique struggles. By the time of the rocking finale, pretty much every old Rangers fan was jazzed for part two, particularly once they saw that final scene setting the stage for the arrival of Tommy Oliver, the fan-favorite Green Ranger

And then ... nothing happened. Why? 

Why hasn't Power Rangers 2 happened?

First, it's important to note that the way people classify a "box office failure" is usually painting with too broad a brush, when there are a lot of factors that go into whether a movie is profitable or not. In the case of Power Rangers, well, Box Office Mojo reports that between the domestic and international markets, the film earned a total gross of $142 million. That's not bad, except the movie's budget was $100,000 million. Meanwhile, the same year saw the release of significantly more successful movies like Logan, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man: Homecoming

The biggest problem with the disappointing box office, from the standpoint of the producers, was that they'd banked on Power Rangers being a known brand, and probably assumed the name recognition would create Marvel-sized audiences. The problem? While all those Marvel and DC heroes have crossover appeal, with everyone from grandparents to grandchildren being at least somewhat similar with the characters, Power Rangers is largely seen as a nineties thing: if you grew up with it, you love it, and if not, you barely know who these guys are. And thus, to many would-be audiences, news of a Power Rangers film was a barely-detected blip on the radar.

Even if Power Rangers wasn't technically a bomb, it also wasn't the runaway success anyone had hoped for. On a creative level, the passion was there, as director Dean Israelite told Screen Rant that he wanted to have Lord Zedd in the sequel, but the producers clearly felt iffy about how to continue the thing, since — financially — it certainly wasn't a safe bet. By later in 2017, though, Saban had let the trademark on the film's logo lapse, and even though they assured Cinema Blend that, "The franchise remains as strong and enthusiastic about its future as ever," it seemed clear that the producers were balking. The following year, the Power Rangers rights were sold to Hasbro, according to ABC News

And finally, in 2020, a new announcement pounded the final nail into the sequel's coffin. 

The Power Rangers are going to reboot ... again

In October of 2020, the darker, edgier, YA-themed Power Rangers of the 2017 reboot finally met their end. And it wasn't Rita, or Lord Zedd, who killed them, but rather ... well, another reboot, this time with Hasbro in the driver's seat.

The new take on the Power Rangers will be guided by the creative mind of Jonathan Entwistle, who previously created the cult-favorite Netflix series I Am Not Okay With ThisDescribing his goals for the franchise, Entwistle said, "This is an unbelievable opportunity to deliver new Power Rangers to both new and existing generations of awaiting and adoring fans. We'll bring the spirit of analog into the future, harnessing the action and storytelling that made this brand a success." Perhaps the most unique aspect of this new effort is that Entwistle will now supervise a new Power Rangers universe that will exist on both film and TV, instead of both platforms being separate. In theory, this would play out more like Star Trek used to, pre-reboot, wherein the movies and TV shows all take place in the same continuity.

So, in the end, it looks like the 2017 Power Rangers will, sadly, never get to add Tommy Oliver to their ranks. And while this is a letdown for fans, the upside is that a strong creative talent is looking to revive the franchise, so there should be plenty of Power Rangers material ahead in the years to come.