How Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Sets Up a Sequel

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in theatres now.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil picks up after the events of the first film, finding Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) protecting the magical lands of the Moors during a tense peace. When she learns that Aurora (Elle Fanning) and Phillip (Harris Dickinson) intend to marry, she agrees to meet Phillip's family. Things quickly spiral out of control, building from that failed meal to an all-out war between the forces of magic and humanity.

Although the film ends on a definitive note, it still makes sure to leave the door slightly open for potential follow-ups. Here are all the plot threads that could be resolved with a sequel.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil introduces a slew of other Faerie, revealing that Maleficent isn't the only one of her kind still left in the world. In fact, there's an entire community of them that have sprung up in the middle of the ocean atop the back of a giant sea creature. There are Dark Faerie from around the entire world, each living in different climates around the hidden home after having fled their original homes due to malicious human expansion. The legion is eventually rallied to war by Borra (Ed Skrein) to attack the human kingdom. Many of the Faerie are killed in the battle, although some do survive long enough to see Maleficent end the conflict and for Aurora and Phillip to announce the end of all hostilities between the forces.

The Faerie are invited to move into the Moors, and it's implied that under the protection of Aurora and Maleficent, the Dark Faerie can regrow as a people. This could mean entire new generations of Dark Faerie filling the world and bringing magic back; Maleficent could even theoretically find a partner and have a natural child of her own, giving Aurora a younger sister. But this could also inadvertently put a target on the Moors. Human kingdoms from around the globe could decide the threat of the Dark Faerie needs to be dealt with.

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Queen Ingrith (Michelle Pfeiffer), Phillip's mother, is eventually revealed to be the true architect of the continuing war between the human kingdom and the magical forces of the Moors. She frames Maleficent for an attack on her husband, and then almost has her killed. She also has large stores of red powder formed from the Tomb Blooms and iron, which proves fatal to magical beings. She even seemingly kills Maleficent during the final battle, although the Faerie is able to reform as a massive Phoenix and end the fight once and for all.

However, it's important to note that Ingrith doesn't die at the end of the film. Borra and the other Faerie spare her life, but when she refuses to quit raving against the magical creatures, Maleficent turns her into a goat. Diaval (Sam Riley) points out that she could easily be changed back. Her hatred for magic isn't lessened by the events of the film: if anything, only amplified.

There's no reason she wouldn't go to another kingdom with the knowledge of the red powder, trying to rally a force to take back her kingdom. Ingrith could easily return for a future film as an even greater threat than she posed before.

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The film ends with Aurora and Phillip happily married. They speak with Maleficent and ask her to stay a little longer in the kingdom. Maleficent instead decides that she wants to head back into the Moors sooner rather than later. But she tells the happy couple that she'll see them soon "for the Christening." Coming from Maleficent, there are levels of meaning to the specific event she's referring to. Aurora's Christening was where Maleficent cursed her in the first place, inadvertently tying their destinies together. Now, Maleficent will be something of a guest of honor when it happens.

But this also means that the future may get more complicated for the kingdoms. The child of Aurora and Phillip will be the sole heir to both Phillip's kingdom and Aurora's domain within the Moors. This could give them command of the Dark Faerie, as well as all the other creatures that call the Moors home. It could help create a single kingdom where magic and humanity live together, finding power in one another. This, in turn, could make them strong enough to warrant whatever threats come their way.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is directed by Joachim Rønning and stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Skrein, Jenn Murray, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juno Temple and Brenton Thwaites. The film is in theaters now.

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