Malignant 2 release date speculation, trailer, cast, plot, and more

Malignant 2 release date: James Wan is no stranger to making hit horror franchises but we want Gabriel to return so here's everything we know about the sequel

Maligant 2 release date: Annabelle Wallis

What is the Malignant 2 release date? In 2021, James Wan, the man behind hit horror franchises such as The Conjuring and Insidious, released yet another unsettling banger of a film – Malignant. A slasher with a twin twist no one saw coming, the film is already regarded as a cult classic, and fans are itching for another chapter of the terrifying story. Warning spoilers ahead!

Malignant introduced us to Madison (Annabelle Wallis), who harbours a dark secret. Her twin brother Gabriel, who resembles a sentient tumour on the back of her head, is a murderous mastermind who wants to kill everyone around her and take control of her body once and for all. Madison bested Gabriel at the end of the horror movie. However, we want more.

Although there’s been no official word on a slasher sequel, there are plenty of signs that point towards a potential new movie. So in anticipation of  Gabriel returning, The Digital Fix has done some digging and mapped out all the details about his murderous plans.  So here’s everything you need to know about the Malignant 2 release date.

Malignant 2 release date speculation

Currently, Malignant 2 doesn’t have a release date as the sequel hasn’t been greenlit yet (sorry). However, fear not, Gabriel fans. A follow-up movie may still be on its way.

During an interview in November 2021, star Annabelle Wallis confirmed that “conversations” around Malignant 2 were happening.

Similarly, despite Malignant fumbling at the box office when it was released in September 2021, only grossing $34 million against a $40 million budget, there is still plenty of interest in the film as it has the franchise extraordinaire director James Wan on board.

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With the recent and very profitable rise of horror franchises such as Halloween, Scream, and Wan’s very own Conjuring movies, expanding on the world of Malignant with the hit director will undoubtedly be attractive to Warner Bros.

It should be noted that Wan is currently busy with the DCEU film Aquaman 2. So if Malignant 2 does go into production, it is unlikely that it will release in 2023.

Wan recently confirmed that, unfortunately, Malignant 2 isn’t a priority in an interview with Screenrant.

“Let me just say we have a lot of stuff going on right now. Malignant 2 is not necessarily at the top. But we’re definitely keeping Akela [Cooper, who wrote Malignant] very busy, I can tell you that,” he said.

So if you are anxious for Gabriel’s return, you’re going to have to get your own “release the Synder cut” movement going, and wait for Wan’s schedule to clear up.

While we wait for that to happen, we’ll keep our ear to the ground for any updates.

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Malignant 2 trailer speculation

Unfortunately, since Malignant 2 hasn’t begun filming, there is no footage for a trailer. The good news is that if the sequel gets picked up and follows the same production schedule as Malignant, fans won’t have to wait long for a teaser once cameras begin rolling.

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Filming for Malignant lasted for three months in 2019. Its late 2021 release date was due to post-production work and the Covid-19 global pandemic. With that in mind, we can estimate that when and if a trailer for Malignant 2 does release, it will be shortly after filming concludes, as restrictions caused by the ongoing pandemic aren’t as inhibiting as they once were back in 2020.

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Malignant 2 plot speculation

Since Malignant 2 hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, there isn’t a synopsis for the movie. However, thanks to the first film’s gasp-worthy open ending, and cast and crew statements, we know that Gabriel could be coming back for an all-new reign of terror.

At the end of the first film, we see Gabriel, who is revealed to be Madison’s parasitic twin who regularly steals control of her body for spouts of murder, seemingly defeated. After slaughtering an entire police precinct, Madison manages to regain control of her own body and traps her evil brother in a prison within her mind.

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However, things aren’t all sunshine and rainbows after her tumorous sibling is mentally locked away (shocking, we know). Gabriel vows to return one day, with Madison also claiming that she will be ready if he ever does remerge on the back of her skull. So, a perfect set-up for a sequel is made.

It is pretty safe to say that if Malignant 2 does happen, Gabriel will be back, and thanks to Madison’s experience, the mental battle between them will be more intense and juicier than ever.

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We could also see more character work between the two’s relationship and their new dynamic with their newly discovered birth mother, Serena, who, despite Gabriel’s best efforts, was one of the survivors at the end of the first movie.

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There are tons of possibilities going forward, such as Maddison dealing with the legal fallout of Gabriel’s murder spree or the possibility of her being put under surveillance again like she was as a child.

But like we said previously, this is all speculation, with nothing confirmed just yet. However, Malignant fans can rest easy because it seems like James Wan may already have a few ideas on a possible direction if a sequel does get picked up.

In an interview with Gamesradar, when asked if the horror could be made into a franchise, Wan shared how, despite Malignant standing alone as a full story, he always considers a wider world with his projects – hinting that he already has a direction in mind for Malignant 2.

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“So, yes, Malignant could become a franchise, but I set out to just make this movie,” Wan said. “Having said that, when I make one film, I do think of a bigger umbrella story. I’m always just telling a section of this bigger story.”

Considering how Wan has turned horror favourites into hit cinematic franchises such as The Conjuring and Insidious, it is safe to say that his plans for the plot of Malignant 2 will likely be a step in the right direction to another spooky cultural phenomenon.

Malignant 2 release date: cast

Malignant 2 cast speculation

Despite Malignant being an excellent old slasher full of gory kills, surprisingly, most of the main characters survived and will likely be on board for a sequel once one gets announced.

We’d be willing to bet money on the fact that Annabelle Wallis would return as Madison, Gabriel’s twin in Malignant 2.

Similarly, Maddie Hasson, who plays Madison’s adoptive sister Sydney Lake will probably be back to help once Gabriel tries to take over the back of Madison’s head again. At the end of the first film, we also saw Madison reunited with her birth mother, Serena May, so Jean Louisa Kelly may be up to bat for Malignant 2 as well.

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Other actors who avoided the twisted twin’s last backwards rampage included Susanna Thompson as Jeanne and Michole Briana White as Detective Regina Moss. There is the potential to also see George Young as Detective Kekoa Shaw, who was stabbed in the shoulder by Gabriel yet had no confirmed on-screen death.

Paired with all these prospective returning faces, like any good slasher sequel, it is highly likely that we will also get a whole busload of new victims if Gabriel does indeed return. We will be sure to keep our eyes peeled for any new casting updates that may contribute to Malignant 2’s future kill count.

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