Last year, the Power Rangers returned to the big screen, only instead of being a direct tie-in to one of the TV shows, their movie rebooted the characters previously seen in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. The end result was met with a mixed critical reaction and an underwhelming box office performance, and for a year there was no indication that Power Rangers 2 would ever happen. Then earlier this year, Hasbro purchased the Power Rangers property and other entertainment brands from Saban for $522 million, and after it was rumored last week that Hasbro was interested in making a new Power Rangers movie, the company responded that it see "tremendous potential for the Power Rangers franchise around our entire brand blueprint, including feature films."

To be clear, Power Rangers 2 has not officially gotten the green light yet, but under new leadership, it certainly stands a better chance of happening now in comparison to the immediate months after Power Rangers' release. That movie was by no means an exceptional movie, but it did show potential. Assuming that Hasbro is interested in making another Power Rangers movie, it might be tempted to press that reboot button and start from scratch again, but that would be a mistake. With that in mind, we've laid out why Power Rangers 2, a direct sequel to the 2017 movie, needs a shot to improve upon what its predecessor delivered.

We Need That Green Ranger Payoff

In Power Rangers' mid-credits scene, the teacher overseeing detention announces that a student named Tommy Oliver will be joining them, but we never actually see Tommy, only the green jacket the new kid left behind. This teases Tommy's debut in Power Rangers 2, and since the Green Power Coin is out there somewhere following Rita Repulsa's defeat, the stage is set for him (or her) to become the Green Ranger, just like Jason David Frank's version did in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. The Green Ranger's introductory storyline was one of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' best storylines, as Tommy was corrupted by Rita and forced to fight the other Rangers, but later broke free of her control and joined the team. Seeing a cinematic Tommy go through a shortened, but similar redemption arc is arguably the biggest reason Power Rangers 2 needs to become a reality. Plus, bringing in the Green Ranger also means we'd bear witness to the mighty Dragonzord!

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