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LIST NUMBER 08(b) -- Films that elaborated on any story from a past film, clearly sanctioned by those who made the story’s first film, which wasn't an adaptation.

As of 2022, TV Tropes's less specific analogue, "Canon", may apply here.

Represented here is the only kind of non-adaptation fictional movie sequel/prequel which is indisputably "canonical." As they say in fandom.

Each group of connected films on this list and their unlisted predecessor, i.e. each indicated film saga, entails overlap of key creators or their endorsements. So no breaks occurred in any chain of authority (however weak or nonlinear it might have been).

Therefore, every such team of filmmakers, when they worked on a particular saga, owed fidelity to all prior such teams. All were founders or rightful heirs, establishing canonical precedent.

Let me give you an example ...

If, for instance, RETURN OF THE JEDI says a child…

  • Cars 2
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Mad Max 2
  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • Return of the Jedi
  • Monsters University
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • Finding Dory
  • Happy Feet Two
  • Planes
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Cars 3
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Mission: Impossible II
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
  • Toy Story 4
  • Frozen II
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • For a Few Dollars More
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Rocky IV
  • Escape Plan 2: Hades
  • Godzilla vs. Kong
  • The Croods: A New Age
  • The Matrix Resurrections