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Fans Are Curious About Will Smith's Character in 'I Am Legend' After Sequel Announcement

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Mar. 5 2022, Published 10:58 a.m. ET

The 2007 post-apocalyptic thriller film I Am Legend continues to be a timely conversation piece. In 2020, coronavirus deniers argued that the plot of the film was unfolding before their eyes, but in 2022, I Am Legend is popular for a different reason. Will Smith recently announced his plans for a sequel film starring himself and Michael B. Jordan, prompting questions from original fans about the first film's ending.

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Didn't Will Smith's character, virologist Dr. Robert Neville, die in I Am Legend? If so, how will that lead to a sequel? Here's everything we know about the follow-up film and the fate of Robert so far.

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Did Will Smith's character die in 'I Am Legend'?

In I Am Legend, Robert ends the movie heroically saving two immune teens, Anna and Ethan. At the climax of the film, he is in the process of creating a cure to the Darkseeker mutation, which makes all the infected vampiric but vulnerable to sunlight. When a hoard of Darkseekers track Robert, Anna, and Ethan to Robert's basement lab, he gives a sample of the cure to Anna and Ethan before sacrificing himself with a grenade.

Anna and Ethan then arrive at a survivor's camp in Vermont and hand over the cure, narrating Robert's tale of heroics. While this ending seems final, there was also an alternate ending to I Am Legend that provides a hint of how a sequel film could go.

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In 2008, a two-disc special edition of the film on DVD provides an alternate version of I Am Legend's ending. In the alternate ending, Robert returns the Darkseeker he had been experimenting on to the attackers, who leave. Then, Robert reflects upon his experiments, realizing he's become a monster himself in the eyes of the infected and abandons the cure to travel with Anna and Ethan to the survivors' camp.

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Who is Michael B. Jordan playing in the 'I Am Legend' sequel?

In I Am Legend, Robert's character has a daughter (played in the film by Will Smith's real-life daughter Willow) but no other children. Michael B. Jordan's character may be another survivor rather than a relative of Robert's character. It is currently unclear which character Jordan will be playing, but rest assured, fans are excited about his participation!

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On March 4, 2022, Will Smith and Michael B. Jordan announced the news via a joint Instagram post featuring the apocalyptic setting of a deserted New York City. The post had no caption, but Michael B. Jordan's social media was tagged. Fans immediately flooded the comments with excitement. One person wrote, "I Am Legend 2 confirmed!!"

The film currently has no release date or other details available, but all the same, fans look forward to the sequel film. Currently, I Am Legend is available for streaming on Prime Video.

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