Contains spoilers for Coming 2 America
The sort-of cleverly titled Coming 2 America, a sequel to Eddie Murphy's 1988 comedy Coming To America, hit Amazon Prime recently to the delight of many. The sequel received mixed reviews, and we gave Coming 2 America a positive three stars, writing: "Coming 2 America doesn't entirely capture the magic of its predecessor. But, fans of the original will enjoy the modern twist and callbacks to the first movie sprinkled throughout."
It may have taken 33 years for the sequel to Coming to America to arrive on our screens, but that doesn't mean we'll have to wait another three decades for the third film in the series. No, just a paltry 16 years...
Yes, you read that right, there could be another Coming to America movie when Murphy himself is 75 years old. But what would it look like? Only Eddie Murphy knows, it seems.
Unfortunately, we don't know much more beyond how long it would take to make, and that Murphy himself has the idea. The comedian told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on Live with Kelly and Ryan that it would really have to take 16 years, as: "I have to be 75 to do it, and not make me up like 75 but really be 75."
There's not a lot of detail in that, and just because Murphy has an idea for a third movie in the franchise doesn't mean it will come to fruition. But never say never.
The ending of Coming 2 America is pretty much a sealed deal, story-wise, not leaving much open to interpretation, nor ending on any teasy notes. Neither is there a post-credits scene to tantalise audiences.
The premise of the sequel itself is that King Akeem has a son he never knew about, and is based on the rule that the son will be the next in line for the throne. However, after many hijinks and lessons learned, at the end of the movie King Akeem changes the law so that his daughter Meeka (KiKi Layne) can ascend the throne upon his death instead.
Meanwhile, Akeem gives Lavelle (Jermaine Fowle) and Mirembe (Nomzamo Mbatha) his blessing on their marriage. General Izzi (Wesley Snipes) from the neighbouring nation Nexdoria (yes, really) and his plans for a hostile takeover of Zamunda are thwarted.
Instead, he opens the country up for peaceful trade. The movie ends with a huge party where Akeem's friends from Queens, New York, as his special guests.
However, this definitively wrapped-up ending leaves the story possibilities for a third movie wide open. We could follow Princess Meeka in her preparations to ascend the throne of Zamunda — perhaps King Akeem will abdicate and let her take over, or maybe there will be another threat to the kingdom and Meeka's rule (a child of General Izzi, perhaps, wanting to make good on his father's original plans).
Murphy described Coming to America as a true fairytale while Coming 2 America is more of a classic fairytale disrupted by modern-day problems. How this thematic evolution would apply to Coming 3 America (jk... we hope) remains to be seen.
Coming 2 America is available to watch now on Prime Video.
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