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Monster Hunter 2: Will We Get A Movie Sequel?

Just a quick warning, there are spoilers ahead for Monster Hunter.

Now that studios are seemingly no longer scared of the so-called "video game movie curse" when it comes to adapting some of the most famous titles onto the big-screen, the last few years have seen a number of popular movies featuring the most famous video game characters. From the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Tomb Raider, it's clear that there are ways of bringing the world of video games to general theater-going audiences. One of the most recent attempts comes from the director of the Resident Evil franchise, Paul W.S. Anderson, with the recently released Monster Hunter, starring Milla Jovovich.

The premise of the Monster Hunter games is pretty simple — there are monsters, players hunt them, enough said. We're kidding, obviously, there's more to it than that, like crafting armor from the corpses of the beasts you've slayed and exploring vast worlds with your adorable cat sidekick. But the film saw Jovovich play an Army Ranger from our world named Natalie Artemis tasked with finding a missing team in a desert before falling into a portal to the "New World," which is inhabited by towering Kaiju monsters, of course.

Even though she manages to open up a portal back home, Artemis winds up staying in the New World to help defend the gateway from all those bloodthirsty beasties. And thanks to Monster Hunter's ending introducing a classic creature from the games, the Gore Magala, it seems like the door is wide open for Monster Hunter 2... Or is it?

Box office returns and controversy

The story could have easily partnered Artemis up with her own Palico sidekick (who doesn't want a large cat for a sidekick?) while following up on the mid-credits tease of a mysterious figure watching the Gore Magala battle. It's possible that he's the Seeker who made his debut in Monster Hunter: World back in 2017. In the games, the Seeker looks to unlock the secrets behind the creation of new worlds and what they have to do with Elder Dragons. It's possible a sequel could lean into that aspect of the games using the Gore Magala.

Milla Jovovich revealed back in November 2020 that Paul W. S. Anderson is already toying with ideas for Monster Hunter 2, telling Total Film: "Hopefully people are going to love it because I know Paul would love to make a sequel. I mean, he's already writing something." Yeah, about that. Unfortunately, on numbers alone it doesn't look like we'll ever get Monster Hunter 2 — since at the time of writing, it's only scraped back $28.4 million on its original $60 million budget. Ouch.

Obviously, the world is still being affected by the ongoing pandemic so that definitely plays a part in the disappointing box office returns, but critics weren't impressed either. As Den of Geek's Don Kaye so eloquently put it: "It's a monster in all the wrong ways." That's without even mentioning the controversy that surrounded the film after Chinese audiences were in uproar when a line of dialogue from Jin Au-Yeung's character joked about having "Chi-Knees" — seemingly referencing an inherently racist joke.

So although Anderson and Jovovich are both clearly interested in seeing more adventures from Artemis going head-to-head with the Gore Magala, the signs don't look good for Monster Hunter 2.