Will there be an Inception 2? Here’s what we know about a sequel:

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Inception 2

Since the release of Inception in 2010, Christopher Nolan has posed one of the most intriguing questions to all psychological thriller fans. You, like most others, might still be looking for the answer to the infamous ending of Inception: Is the top still spinning?

This sci-fi movie left many people confused about the ending after its release and if you are among them, it might be that you’re interested in a sequel.

But will there be an ‘Inception 2’? Or do you have to dig deeper into the movie that’s already available? Here’s what we know at the time of writing:

What is Inception about?

Inception is about Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), a man who invades people’s dreams and extracts valuable information using a dream-sharing device. It isn’t long before he is asked to implant information rather than steal it by a businessman named Saito.

Dom Cobb tosses his spinning top to see if he’s dreaming or awake – if it spins, he’s still dreaming; if it falls, he’s awake. The movie abruptly ends when Cobb spins his top to learn of reality, and the focus shifts to his children, whom he approaches to greet while still unaware of the outcome. 

Despite the unusual subject material, Christopher Nolan was able to craft a story that’s both intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking. The phrase “dream inside a dream inside a dream” became popular among geeks, and word spread about the complicated nature of the entire movie. Is he dreaming? Let’s dig into whether or not the movie will have a sequel.


Will there be an Inception 2?

No, Inception 2 won’t happen for a very straightforward reason: the story has already been told. Perhaps the point is that a straightforward answer does not exist. Finding meaning for oneself, on the other hand, is a pleasant experience.

Christopher Nolan is widely known for using muddled plot elements like memory, time, as well as an erroneous perception of identity in his films, which are known for their degree of complexity. One would assume that this was definitely done on purpose to make the ending nearly unanswerable because Nolan doesn’t care if Cobb is dreaming or not.

“I skip out of the back of the theatre before anyone catches me, and the audience has a really strong reaction: generally a groan,” he says. But the point is that it matters to the audience in absolute terms, even if it’s fiction, a kind of virtual reality when you’re watching.

What could Inception 2 be about?

The likelihood of a sequel is very low because the plot doesn’t end on a cliffhanger that the director wants to explore, eliminating the need to continue the narrative. Framing the question to focus on why it counts rather than the solution itself appears to be something only Nolan can accomplish, and it’s a clever strategy.

Everyone has their own perception, and knowing you’re neither right nor wrong is reassuring. “I like to believe that Cobb gets back to his kids since I have young kids,”  the director says from an interview a few years ago. “People who have children read it in a very different way than someone who does not. The audience contributes a lot to it,” he concludes.

Nolan quite recently brought up this viewpoint again while promoting Oppenheimer in an interview with Wired, “I mean, the end of Inception, it’s exactly that. There is a nihilistic view of that ending, right? But also, [Cobb’s] moved on and is with his kids. The ambiguity is not an emotional ambiguity. It’s an intellectual one for the audience.”

As the writer Philip Pullman also says, “The meaning of a story emerges in the meeting between the words on the page and the thoughts in the reader’s mind.” This isn’t to say that anything is allowed. Context, convention, older stories, and previous usage all contribute to meaning. But it’s up to us to interpret what we read and create an argument for why we’re doing things the way we’re doing them.

When could Inception 2 be released?

The sequel would have been at least discussed if it was in the works. However, since there is currently no information regarding Inception 2, it is best to avoid getting your hopes high since the likelihood of one is very low.

Of course, this is all speculation and if anything changes, we’ll be sure to update you!

Would you like to see a sequel to Inception? What did you think of the first film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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