Gunpowder Milkshake ends on a brutal note but with the Firm and other enemies in play, let’s dissect how a sequel can be set up to hunt Sam’s family.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Gunpowder Milkshake, now available on Netflix.
Gunpowder Milkshake ends on a bloody, brutal note as Sam’s (Karen Gillan) crew kills off the McAlester gang to protect young Emily (Chloe Coleman). However, before they go on the run from the Firm, Sam lets Nathan (Paul Giamatti) know not to come after her and the Librarians. She’s happy to have finally found a new family, not just with these ‘aunts’ and Emily, but with her mom, Scarlet (Lena Headey).
But while they happily drive off into the sunset after this warning, the film sets up a couple intriguing threads for a sequel.
Revenge of the Firm
Nathan does like Sam but he made it clear not even he could prevent the senior partners from wanting them dead. It traces back to Scarlet killing their affiliates for murdering Sam’s dad in a separate blood feud, and now, to Sam losing their money in a botched job as a result of Emily’s dad. Simply put, there’s a lot of reason for the Firm to finally kill these women for causing them so much headache over the years.
The Firm is more than likely to send new assassins after them, with maybe a better HR handler than Nathan taking over. Nathan did abide by Scarlet’s last wish when she had to go dark, taking care of Sam and hiring her as a new killer, so there’s a small chance he becomes an ally. But he’s very scared of the Firm and it does seem like they’ve got even more deadly soldiers to unleash, so he wouldn’t want to be a casualty.
If the Firm manages to kill one of the other Librarians — after the loss of Carla Gugino’s Madeleine — that will definitely cause Sam’s crew to come for revenge. It may well be the only way to truly be free and give Emily a life without worry. Emily is adamant that she’s Sam’s protégé, so this can see the young girl taking her own agency back by training and joining the team, becoming a new Librarian for the upcoming war.
Enemies of Old
Scarlet’s husband killed a Russian and this led to reprisal as she’d end up murdering the killer. This caused her to flee, going off the grid for 15 years. However, she stuck around town, hiding in a hotel and seemingly keeping watch over Sam. With Scarlet back in play, the Russians could now want to finish the job and gain revenge of their own.
Seeing as this is a feminist movie, it’s well-perched to even have a Russian daughter coming for vengeance, bringing the themes of vendettas and family full-circle in the franchise. There’s so much mystery over what happened with Sam’s dad and the Russians, so that provides a lot of emotional foundation to build on. Seeing as Nate covered for Scarlet and then employed Sam, this can even reveal intel on if the dad worked for the Firm, which would explain why Nate helped the family out.
That may mean other enemies the dad ran afoul of might be interested in revenge. The Russians could use them as partners, or even form an alliance with the Firm to get the job done. It’d create a John Wick situation, which can be made even worse once the Firm puts markers out and other bounty hunters come to collect their payday. This follow-up can incorporate the past, making it a mix of a prequel and sequel, which could even shed light on the history of the Diner and why it’s neutral ground. Given that the Librarians broke the rules in the end, it’s more reason for people to want them dead.
Gunpowder Milkshake stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Ralph Ineson, Adam Nagaitis, Michael Smiley, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett and Paul Giamatti. It’s streaming on Netflix and will play in theaters internationally this summer.
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