‘G.I. Joe 3′ Will Mix New & Returning Characters; Channing Tatum Could Return

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G.I. Joe 3 is happening. Despite the debacle that was G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s production (with a last minute year-long delay in release), the franchise continues to make enough money (especially overseas) to convince Paramount that another installment is worthwhile.

The series saw a major overhaul between Rise of Cobra and Retaliation; the sequel was also a semi-reboot that saw most of the cast of the original swapped out for new headliners like Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis. One of the biggest missing elements in part 2 for a lot of fans was the lack of Channing Tatum’s Duke – but could G.I. Joe 3 correct that?

Retaliation director Jon Chu is coming back for the third installment, and in a recent interview he basically said that the idea of Channing Tatum’s Duke somehow coming back into the fold after (SPOILER) seemingly meeting his death in a Cobra ambush isn’t an impossible thing in the G.I. Joe world.

While speaking to MTV:

“You never know, Storm Shadow died in the first one and came back in the second one, and then other characters have died and never come back. The G.I. Joe world, the best thing about it is you never know who’s coming back and who’s not.”

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Channing Tatum as Duke

Chu fails to mention some key facts – such as the fact that Storm Shadow (Snake Eyes’ ninja nemesis) did die in the first film and come back in the second film, without a shred of information about how he was able to do so! So yes, Chu is right, there are basically no rules (and no discernible logic) when it comes to this G.I. Joe movie franchise. So Duke could – somehow, someway – be resurrected.

Of course, bringing back Duke is less important than the obvious benefits of bringing back Channing Tatum. The actor has hit it big since his Rise of Cobra days, and having him share headlining status with Dwayne Johnson is a guaranteed box office draw. On a less cynical note: the scenes of Johnson and Tatum hanging out and trading quips were some of the most fun parts of Retaliation, and the mix of buddy chemistry and action chops is definitely there. The only question is: can the franchise now afford Tatum?

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In other news, Chu says that the third film will feature  both returning characters and “exciting” newcomers, which should lead to plenty of speculation about who will be in G.I. Joe 3. Chu also said the the new film (which will once again be in 3D – hopefully filmed in the format this time) will be ‘next level’ stuff; though I’m sure more than a few of the franchise’s detractors are hoping that the new film is simply on the level, rather than below it, let alone above it.


G.I. Joe 3 is currently getting underway on production. A release date has yet to be set.

Source: MTV

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  1. I have some issues with the deviation from comic and cartoon plots. It has been a real disappointment. The glorified action sequences vaguely camouflage the bad choices for lead cast. I think another shot at the original story is in order before the destruction of an American icon is realized

    • I am 100% in agreement with you, Pascal. The casting has been crap from the beginning, the stories are sub-par and the acting–don’t get me started on the acting. Tatum couldn’t be a worse actor if he were literally a corpse in the morgue. Larry Hama should have been tapped to write from the start and a Magic 8 ball would have made a better casting director. @ALphaEXray

      • you say Channing Tatum Couldn’t be a worse actor but let’s see what movies are you in O thats right none.

  2. The first film was good as was the second. What I think people are forgetting that these films are made suitable for teenagers and adults and with that in mind I think they have gone a good job. All the cast were excellent and I would be good to see most of them back for the third installment.

    Each film has many aspects from the original comics and series and I’m please that they are not just turning a comic into a film as that would be too predictable.

    Looking forward to what no3 has in store.

  3. I want gi joe 3 movie action figure toys and vehicles toys and 12 inch light up action figure toys for the gi joe 3 movie.

  4. Channing Tatum will be in G.I. Joe and G.I. Joe 3 will come out in 2016

    • you say they can’t deliver but with up and coming actors they did a lot better than you would expect They made three quarters of a billion dollars are you stupid.

  5. So they get the same idiot director?

  6. I read over most of comment here, I liked first and second movie but what happend duke’s lover and will u contine the character

  7. No Channing tatum in gijoe 3 he is die. I do not like him I’m glad he die in the 2 movie.

  8. I thought the first one looked just like the cartoon… I mean the Baroness (her story was off) looked so good as well as Scarlett.
    The 2nd one was actually exactly like how I remembered the cartoon… I was expecting the end to have something like “Duke still alive with nano-technology” or something like that. I mean that’s how I expect him to be back in the film… he’s a prisoner in some camp.

  9. Spoiler alert in gi Joe retaliation, Duke wasn’t killed. He was in on the plot, in gi Joe 3 Duke is cobra command

  10. I hope they bring dyke back and add the rest of the team ! It’s suppose to be an army vs an army !! Spirit gung-ho wild bill shipwreck stalker junkyard mutt tomax xamot major blood destro has to return !! C’mon make the films right please you got the budget ! As an avid fan with the 1st comic ever written for g I joe I need to see movie done at least 90 % to the book !!

  11. I really want to see Channing Tatum come back and see him in action again. I really love these movies so I was disappointed when I saw Channing Tatum get killed. PLEASE,BRING HIM BACK.

  12. snake eye you are awosome

  13. Just stay away from the comic please