Will Barbie have a sequel? Understanding the ending of the movie
The movie starring Margot Robbie is already on theaters
Will Barbie have a sequel? Understanding the ending of the movie After months of eager anticipation from fans, Barbie has hit the cinemas, drawing crowds dressed in pink from all around the world.
In addition to Barbie: 8 films to get to know Margot Robbie Review: Barbie tells a story worth watching The film continues to receive good approval ratings on Rotten Tomatoes (89% from critics and 90% from the audience), and it is already sparking discussions about the possibility of starting a new franchise in theaters.
In the text below, we explain what happens at the end of the movie and whether there are hooks for a possible sequel. Please note that there are major spoilers from this point on.
What happens at the end of Barbie?
Barbie Scene Barbie and Ken go to the real world - but each returns differently (Promotional Image) To begin, let's talk about the conclusion of the film directed by Greta Gerwig. After going to the real world, Barbie (Margot Robbie) and Ken (Ryan Gosling) return to Barbie Land with different perspectives.
While she believes that bringing real women Gloria (America Ferrera) and Sasha (Ariana Greenblatt) to the place will solve everything, he comes back determined to establish patriarchy in the Land of Barbies, which will soon officially become the Land of Kens. In this context, all the characters in the place set aside their professions to please the Kens with beer and conversations about horses.
When they realize what is happening, the unaffected Barbies (including Robbie's Stereotypical Barbie) devise a successful plan to "awaken" their friends from the trance and remind them of their professions and who they truly are. Meanwhile, the Kens start to fight amongst themselves, and Barbie Land returns to normal, with women voting for a new constitution.
Barbie Image With the help of Gloria (America Ferrera) and Sasha (Ariana Greenblatt), the Barbies create a foolproof plan (Promotional Image) However, instead of reverting to the way things were before, President Barbie (Issa Rae) allows the Kens to have representation in smaller leadership positions, in a witty nod to the space designated for women in the real world. Meanwhile, real women Gloria and Sasha, who are mother and daughter, finally manage to understand each other.
Everything is beautiful and pink, but the fate of Margot Robbie's Stereotypical Barbie remains uncertain. Unlike her colleagues, she went to the real world and gained consciousness, unable to return to what she was before.
In a moment reminiscent of Pinocchio's story, Barbie (Robbie) meets her creator, Ruth (Rhea Perlman), and is granted permission to become a "real woman." The last sequence of the film (which has no post-credits scenes) shows Barbie in the real world facing a significant feminine challenge: going to the gynecologist, as she now has a vagina.
Will Barbie have a sequel?
Barbie Image Could we have a Barbie sequel focused on the Kens? (Promotional Image) As explained above, Greta Gerwig's film ends with a wink to the audience, without a direct hook for a sequel. Barbie Land has returned to normal, the Kens have their space now, and our protagonist is in the real world.
Those who expected some playfulness with a "Mattel multiverse," including a possible appearance of the Max Steel doll, might have been a bit disappointed, as there are no hints of that in the production.
Nevertheless, some theorizing is possible. If the film performs well at the box office, Barbie could serve as a launching point for a franchise, which could explore how Barbie Land has changed after so many events, how Stereotypical Barbie is facing the challenges of the real world, how Ryan Gosling's Ken is dealing with the discovery of who he truly is away from his beloved, and so on.
It is also possible that Mattel plans sequels focused on other characters, such as President Barbie, Mermaid Barbie (Dua Lipa), and even discontinued lines, like Midge (Emerald Fennell) and Allan (Michael Cera). In Hollywood, everything is possible. And if this film is successful, it would be rare for the producers not to consider new productions.
But the ultimate truth is that Barbie is a film that doesn't necessarily need a sequel. The story conceived by Gerwig is sufficient in itself, conveying the necessary message and ending in a light, subtly critical manner. If Warner and Mattel do decide to make new movies in the future, we can only hope that they are as good as this one.
Barbie is currently playing in theaters.