I’m Legend is one of the coolest post-apocalyptic movies we’ve seen from Will Smith. The film hit audiences hard, but the biggest problem has to be the ending. Fans criticized the ending for ruining the narrative it was actually going for. The film did not fare well critically and fans expected it would do justice to the source material, Richard Matheson’s book of the same name. But it looks like after 15 years we will have a sequel with Will Smith returning with Michael B. Jordan joining the cast as well. This could mean that the film might consider the original film’s alternate ending as that’s likely Will Smith’s way back in. I Am Legend 2 .
The ending of “I am legend”
One of the biggest problems of I Am Legend was the official ending of the film. With the death of Robert Neville, he ends up reducing the chances of a possible sequel. The book approached this moment completely differently. According to the book, Neville realizes moments before he is killed that he is the black man. He had managed to become a monster for the new species. This actually explains why he ended up being the legend according to the title. But the film sees the character sacrifice himself with the rest of the monsters to save Anna and Ethan.
There have been many reports of a possible sequel or prequel to the project over the years. It was even considered an adaptation for a TV series that would not be canonical for the film. In a 2008 interview Will Smith talked about the prequel as:
We have a great idea for the prequel… we’re still trying to overcome a couple of obstacles in the story. It is essentially the fall of the last city, the last stand of Manhattan. The film would be… inside the DC film body and then Manhattan would fall as the last city. It’s a really cool idea to try and figure that out… there’s a reason why we have to get a little band and we have to get into DC. So we have to go from New York to DC and then back to New York.
I Am Legend 2 adds Michael B. Jordan to the franchise
It wasn’t until last year that Smith drew parallels between his film and the COVID-19 pandemic. During his appearance on Red Table Talk, he mentioned how the original film helped him prepare for such a circumstance. The actor stated:
I wanted to do it because in 2008 I made I Am Legend, so I feel responsible for a lot of misinformation.
There was a basic fundamental understanding of viruses and viral pathogens. It really changed my life and the way I looked at the world. There are basic concepts that people don’t understand.
How Will Smith returns in I Am Legend 2
Considering that the actor will return to the film, we can assume that the alternate ending of the film could end up being canon of the narrative. This ending actually sees Neville survive. He learns that the cure he was working on actually works and discovers that monsters aren’t actually mindless creatures. But he ends up feeling guilty about killing many of the Dark Seekers while he tried to heal them. He joins Anna and Ethan as they leave for Vermont. This ending could clearly explain how Smith’s character might end up returning.