Threequel

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Threequel is a word that can be used to describe any third part in a film franchise. However, a richer understanding of threequels would highlight that they are third parts that exist primarily because of financial rather than narrative considerations: they are made because there was more money to be milked, rather than a need for a closing chapter in a planned three-movie arc. Therefore The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King isn't necessarily a threequel in the way that Rush Hour 3 definitively is.

The watershed year for threequels was undoubtedly 2007, in which the following films were released (in chronological order):

  • Spider-Man 3
  • Shrek The Third
  • Rush Hour 3
  • Resident Evil: Extinction