Jon Chu Says Channing Tatum’s Duke Could Return for G.I. Joe 3

Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Adrianne Palicki in G.I. Joe Retaliation (2013) Movie Image

“Whoa, whoa, guys, don’t crowd the magic, okay?”

By now you probably know that Channing Tatum’s Duke dies pretty early on in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”. That’s not a spoiler, right? Oh well, even if it is, it’s such a shitty and pointless death anyway, who cares. So, with Duke blown to smithereens in the second movie, what are the chances he might come back, especially now that Channing “Magic Briefs” Tatum is a really big deal?

According to “Retaliation” director Jon Chu, who is once again helming the third part, it’s definitely a possibility. The director tells MTV:

You never know. Storm Shadow died in the first one and came back in the second one, and then other characters have died and never come back. The G.I. Joe world, the best thing about it is you never know who’s coming back and who’s not.

Of course, whether he comes back or not will probably depend on whether Tatum cares to come back. At this point, he’s probably too busy to do a bit part. They’d likely have to write a bit role for him — like, say, make him the lead instead of the Rock — for him to even return, I’m guessing.

In any case, as to the plot of the third “G.I. Joe” movie, Chu promises that he will be “taking it to another level with this one”, and that “it’s gonna be a really fun movie. We’re taking it in a whole new direction.”

Whoa. A whole new level and a whole new direction? Does that level and direction include a coherent storyline and narrative flow that actually makes sense and isn’t just connected by a series of cool action sequences? Gee, we sure hope so. Then again, who wouldn’t want more sweet stuff like this clip below? Get it? He’s a badass soldier, but he totally sucks at war games? Genius.