What does Threequel mean?

The third piece in a series of works

A threequel is simply the third part of an ongoing series. It can refer to a movie, a book, or even a video game that has seen at least three releases. A classic example is the movie “Return of the King” which is the threequel in the “Lord of the Rings” series.

Most often, this term is used by movie buffs, or cinephiles, who discuss films online or in person. It’s a more fun and concise way of saying “the sequel to the sequel”, which can be a bit of a tongue twister.

Interestingly, a ‘threequel’ can also refer to the third installment in a series of rebooted movies, known as requels. For instance, the movie “Logan” is the threequel in the X-Men reboot series, following “X-Men: First Class” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.

Example for using ‘Threequel’ in a conversation

Hey, have you seen the new Spider-Man movie?

Yeah, it’s the threequel, right?