Pirates X: The Next Five Sequels
In the almost literal wake of Dead Men Tell No Tales and its three-week $600 million box office return, we can pencil in our sixth date with Johnny Depp and company in a few years. With a beloved character, a fun-loving premise, snappy dialogue, and an insatiable thirst for adventure, there's no excuse to not make more. You hear me, Gore Verbinski? Come back and direct!
But we don't just know there are going to be more. Here's a not-so-rough outline of what the next five Pirates movies will look like.
Pirates VI: A Siren's Song
Remember Syrena from the fourth movie? The mermaid who was there to fulfill a weird condition of the Fountain of Youth? Well she's back! After watching her human boyfriend Philip get mortally wounded at the fountain, she's gone mad with rage, and all the mermaids have gone into full chaos mode. They believe that all land-dwellers must be purified by the waters of the sea, for the air makes people evil. Using the power of the Deep Sea Opal, mermaids can turn into humans at will, but only for a limited time before they suffer from water deficiency. They invade the land, singing a song that draws people to the water. However, Syrena doesn't fully understand the power of the song, since it causes people to simply walk into the water and drown. Her mermaid army invades Tortuga, where Jack is staying. Of course, Jack is drunk, and hence can't really hear the song, so he is unaffected. He wakes up, only to find that he's the only one left in the entire town. Jack, with the help of his trusty crew, must help save Syrena from herself. He suspects that the key to stopping the attack has to do with the Opal, which he must find a way to destroy.
Pirates VII: Keeper of the Code
Captain Edward Teague, father of Jack Sparrow and keeper of the Pirate Code, has realized that he has little time to live. He seeks out Jack and, in his final moments, leaves Jack his famed ring. The ring has the power to coerce others into doing what the wearer wants, with subtle exceptions. Over time, the ring has lost most of its power, and near the end of Teague's life, he primarily used it to ensure that all pirates followed the Code. In Jack's younger hands, the ring regains some of its vitality, and drives Jack mad with power. This time, he is the villain. Jack sails the seas on The Black Pearl, which soon becomes known as a pirate destroyer. Acting as judge, jury, and executioner, Jack destroys any ship where the captain has (knowingly or unknowingly) broken the code.
It turns out that Captain Teague had willingly taken up the mantle of Davy Jones at the moment he died, as there must always be someone to ferry souls to the next world. Upon discovering the wreckage of the many ships that Jack has sunk, Teague realizes what has happened to Jack, and seeks him out on The Flying Dutchman. Teague cites a section of the Code, which states that 'knowingly targeting and sinking other pirate ships is strictly forbidden', as his main reason to stop Jack.
Pirates VIII: A Piece of Eight
Prequel! Johnny Depp is really busy, so we'll turn to a young Jack Sparrow, probably played by Jude Law (since he's the Young Pope and the young Dumbledore too). Following the flashback events of Dead Men Tell No Tales, young Jack mourns his fallen captain, cutting off his dreadlocks. He slowly discovers the powers of the compass, which make him a famous pirate with his ship The Wicked Wench. In his adventures, he finds that the Russian pirate lord Stenka Razin (played by Dolph Lundgren) has a secret plot to eliminate all other pirates in an effort to be the last pirate. Jack goes into hiding, allying with Cutler Beckett and the East India Trading Company. We explore the morality of Jack and the extent of 'what a man can do' as Beckett forces Jack to transport slaves to the Bahamas, at which point he betrays Beckett along with fellow captain Francis Drake (played by Hugh Jackman). Drake and Sparrow manage to defeat Razin, but not before the Wench is destroyed and Jack wounded. Before Jack dies, Drake gives him Razin's pirate lord token. Jack makes a trade with Davy Jones, where he promises to release the sea goddess Calypso in exchange for thirteen years of being captain. Jones raises the Wench from the depths, but it is charred and burnt black from the fight, which leads Jack to rename it The Black Pearl.
Pirates IX: Poseidon's Power
The Johnny Depp contract dispute has been resolved, and he is back in action! After the trident was taken from Poseidon's tomb in Dead Men Tell No Tales, the mighty water God has once again awoken to judge the state of the ocean. Poseidon (played by Tom Hardy) is pissed that someone broke his trident, and even more pissed because everyone is fighting on the water. He seeks out the broken pieces of the trident, aiming to turn the whole word into water by sinking all of the land. Jack doesn't see anything wrong with this, although Henry Turner and Carina Smyth (yes, they're back) certainly do. For some reason, Poseidon will not sink the specific island that Jack is on, leading Carina to believe that Poseidon respects Jack. A flashback is given to the time of Jack's birth, as he was famously born on a pirate ship during a typhoon. It is revealed that Poseidon had blessed the birth of the child, as Edward Teague had prayed during the typhoon to Poseidon to let the child live, believing that the rest of the ship would go down. Poseidon considers Jack to be something of a son because of this, and is reluctant to sink the island. Jack must find a way to placate Poseidon, and considers using the Devil's Triangle as a trap.
Pirates X: Shadow Gold
Captain Henry Morgan (played by Tom Hiddleston), co-writer of the Pirate's Code and first pirate king of the Brethren Court, is shown to be alive though any mortal should have long been dead. He appears at Port Royal, under the guise of a privateer, and puts together a crew that includes a young man with a Jack Sparrow action figure and the sea witch Shansa. Morgan appears to be a normal captain searching for gold, but his true intention is to seek the purest gold to use in his alchemy, which has given him prolonged life at the cost of constant pain. He has consumed enough of this substance to live another 100 years, but seeks a way to die a mortal man, for he can no longer take the pain. Morgan seeks a metal called 'orichalcum', which he believes can be used in combination with the gold to end his life.
An old Jack has teamed up with Davy Jones, who has returned to life following the exile of Poseidon and his trident in the Devil's Triangle from the last movie. Jones, upon learning of Morgan's powers, believes that he has cheated death and wants to send him to the locker as part of his duty. Jack sees Morgan as a rival in seeking out treasure, so they unite in an effort to take down Morgan.
During the struggle, it is revealed that the young man aboard Mogan's crew is the son of Jack Sparrow. Angelica (remember her?), while trapped on Rumrunner's Isle, had given birth. After being rescued, Angelica told him to seek out his degenerative father, and had armed him with the voodoo doll of Jack she had made several years before.
BONUS: Since Disney's not going to stop at five movies, why should we? Here's one more to finally wrap up Pirates of the Caribbean, presumably in the year 2035.
Pirates XI: True North
In the prologue, Captain Morgan's co-author of the code, Bartholomew Roberts, surveys the wreckage with a crystal ball from the former home of Tia Dalma. It is not revealed how Captain Roberts is still alive. Of note: Roberts' nickname was 'Black Bart', and accordingly will be played by Idris Elba.
The entire family is back together again, with Jack and his son having made peace, Henry Turner joining his parents Will and Elizabeth, celebrating the wedding of Henry and Carina. As a wedding present, Jack gifts his beloved compass to Carina, believing that a scientist like her would make the best use of it. After the wedding, Jack is somber, realizing that he may not have long to live, and seeks to spend time with the people he misses the most. Jack believes that he can find them in Davy Jones' Locker, but Jones refuses to send him there until Jack dies an honest death. Irritated, Jack uses his compass to guide him to the locker, forgetting (in his drunken stupor) that he already gave it away and that he's just using a regular compass. As such, Jack sails to the North pole.
Black Bart chases Jack, wanting revenge for murdering Morgan. Bart carries the Buccaneer's Heart, which contains the spirits of all great captains who submitted to it before. Bart tells Jack that he can live forever as a spirit inside the Heart, a convincing offer of immortality. Jack, realizing he cannot defeat Bart or outmaneuver him, sails off the northern edge of the world. He awakes in the locker, to find Captain Hector Barbossa extending a hand.