With the Warcraft movie doing exceptionally well overseas (come on American go see it!) we are all hoping for a sequel announcement soon. The Warcraft fanboy inside me is going crazy with possible ideas and what we can expect! There are so many options as to what the sequel could entail. The lore for Warcraft is as vast and majestic as that of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Let’s take a closer look at the possible Warcraft movie sequel possibilities
We had the first…
The current movie titled “beginning” ties in exactly with the first Warcraft PC Game, ‘Orcs and Humans’ released in 1994. Here’s the plot summary of the game, sound familiar right?
The orcs originated from the world of Draenor, of whom were corrupted by the Burning Legion to form the Horde. They slaughtered the other races of their planet, but sought further war. Their leader, Gul’dan, joined forces with the Last Guardian Medivh, who was corrupted by the demon lord Sargeras, to open a portal to another world called Azeroth.
From here it took as to the second game which brings us to our first option [Take note this may be considered as spoilers as the lore is already written, so be warned!].
Warcraft: Tides of Darkness / Beyond the Dark Portal
Continuing the story with the same characters is the safe option, and probably the most likely. It would still make for one kick-ass sequel! This is what we can expect to see:
With the death of the Orcish Warchief Blackhand, his underling Orgrim Doomhammer was quick to seize control over the most powerful of the Orcish forces on Azeroth. Although each day finds other factions growing stronger within the chaotic Horde, it seems certain that all of the clans will follow Orgrim’s plans to hunt down and destroy the renegade Azerothiens wherever they choose to run…
Sir Lothar, in charge of the scattered armies of Azeroth since the death of King Llane, has led his people across the Great Sea to the shores of Lordaeron. By enlisting the armies of Lordaeron, and making new allies in the Elves and Dwarves, a mighty force known as the Alliance has been forged. Now, the last of the once great armies of Azeroth seek retribution for the loss of their homeland.
Why it will work:
- We see the same characters as in the first movie and further build our connection with them. Lothar, Ogrim, Guldan, Garone, etc.
- We see the birth of the Death Knights b by Guldan
- The first war: The fall of Stormwind can be an epic battle
- Introduce Sir Uther Lightbringer and the Knights of the Silver Hand.
- The second war: The Alliance pushes the disorganized Horde all the way back to the Dark Portal. Lord Anduin Lothar falls during the final battle. The Dark Portal is shattered and many of the orcs who remain in Azeroth are incarcerated in prison camps by the Alliance.
Wrath of the Lich King
Wouldn’t we all love to see this movie! Hell yeah! Wrath of the Lich King was by far the most popular expansion and villain in the entire Warcraft universe. But, this is probably better suited for a third movie. If this is the sequel the producers risk skipping all of the above lore and need to somehow make it work by incorporating the below into the sequel:
Why it will work:
- We see the return birth of the Lich King! Back on the Orc homeworld, Ner’zhul (also an Orc Warlock) accidentally tears Draenor apart in a catastrophic explosion by opening too many portals to other dimensions. Kil’jaeden (evil dude) captures Ner’zhul and transforms him into the Lich King, encasing him in the ice of Northrend, land to the west of Azeroth.
- We see the forming of the Scourge. Ner’zhul corrupts the Archmage Kel’Thuzad and directs him to begin spreading a plague of undeath across Lordaeron known as the scourge
- We asee Thrall become war chief and reforms the Horde. Thrall (The baby orc that was floating down the river) escapes from Blackmoore and searches for other orcs to teach him of his heritage.
- We see Arthas become a Death Knight and new Lich King. The Scourge / Cult of the Damned infects Lordaeron with the Lich King’s plague. The Knights of the Silver Hand try to cure the disease, but fail. Prince Arthas of Lordaeron tracks the source of the plague to the Lich King in Northrend. He loses his soul to the cursed blade Frostmourne, becoming the Lich King’s servant as a death knight. Arthas returns to Lordaeron, assassinates King Terenas, and takes charge of the Scourge.
Warcraft: The Betrayer
The story of Illidan Stormrage can be an entire trilogy on its own! He is the ultimate anti-hero. His story stretches over the above two suggestions, so incorporating him into a sequel will be tricky. Here’s more info on Illidan:
Illidan Stormrage was the self-proclaimed Lord of Outland on Draenor, ruling from the Black Temple. He was born a night elf and. He was the twin brother of Malfurion Stormrage and was in love with Tyrande Whisperwind. Once an unusually gifted sorcerer, the extent of his powers became difficult to classify due to his powers increasing in large bursts as a Demon Hunter and his having absorbed the powers of the dangerous arcane object known as the Skull of Gul’dan.
His pursuit of power and arcane mastery led him to commit a number of horrific acts against his own people and the races of Azeroth, including defecting to Sargeras during the War of the Ancients and creating the second Well of Eternity. For his actions, he was imprisoned for ten thousand years, until his release during the Third War. He came to be called the Betrayer for his acts against the night elf people and carried the title of Lord of Outland. Seeking to bring down her erstwhile prisoner, Maiev allied with Akama to invade the Black Temple, where she cornered Illidan in his inner sanctum and struck him down, bringing an end to one of the most tragic stories in Azeroth’s history.
Duncan Jones, who is a rather splendid filmmaker in addition to being David Bowie’s son, explained to Man Made Movies that he knows exactly what is expected of him with the first Warcraft film, and segued that thought into ideas for how the movie could provide the ground floor for a larger movie franchise. Said the director,
“I know that my job in this first film is to establish certain characters, places and culture while telling a story that a broad audience can be excited by! Hopefully, if I have done my job right, people will want to know and see more! There is certainly plenty more to tell!”
What do you guys think? What will be the best option for a sequel?