Warning! SPOILERS for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie. Although Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie could serve as an ending for the series, it also set up several storylines for a Rise of the TMNT season 3. Taking place two years after the original Nickelodeon show, Netflix’s TMNT film continued the turtles’ story. With Leonardo as the team’s newly appointed leader, the brothers already faced challenges from fighting over Leo’s lack of direction. Their problems only worsened when a time traveler from the future named Casey Jones arrived to warn them about an impending invasion by a dangerous alien species: the Krang.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as a Nickelodeon television series in 2018. This TMNT reboot not only gave the turtles (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael) more unique character designs, but special mystic powers. When Rise of the TMNT premiered, it was meant to last for three seasons. However, low toy sales paired with poor marketing caused Nickelodeon to cancel the third season and cut the second season in half. To formally end the series, Rise of the TMNT: The Movie moved from television to streaming on Netflix.
However, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was never officially canceled, only paused. Due to this, many fans still hope that Rise of the TMNT could be renewed based on the success of Netflix’s TMNT movie. Evidently, Rise of the TMNT’s creators are hopeful too since Rise of the TMNT: The Movie set up season 3 in multiple ways. Although it is unknown if they will get the chance to make Rise of the TMNT season 3, one post (via Twitter) pointed out that the Netflix TMNT movie created potential storylines for both Rise of the TMNT villains and heroes.
Rise Of The TMNT: The Movie Sets Up Multiple Villains For Season 3
While the turtles still have many minor villains to deal with, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie also set up several major threats. The most prominent of these was the Krang, a race of squid-like aliens. The central antagonists of Rise of the TMNT: The Movie, the Krang had been locked in a prison dimension for centuries until the Foot Clan released them. Once free, the Krang immediately began their plan to conquer Earth by mutating and enslaving the human race. Although the turtles defeated them, Rise of the TMNT: The Movie hinted that their victory might not be permanent. At the end of the TMNT film, Krang One and Three were both trapped in the prison dimension again, not dead. Additionally, Krang Two was still on Earth, captured by a secret government organization called the Earth Protection Force. Due to this, the Krang could escape and rise to become the turtles’ greatest enemy again.
More subtly, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie also hinted at the existence of other common TMNT enemies. First, Agent John Bishop may have briefly appeared in the TMNT movie. When Krang Two was captured by the Earth Protection Force, a government agent in a trench coat instructed bystanders not to take pictures. This was most likely Agent Bishop, the head of the Earth Protection Force who was paranoid about both aliens and mutants. Due to this, he has switched roles between enemy and ally to the turtles in different TMNT renditions over the years. Furthermore, Rise of the TMNT: The Movie showed that Krang One’s throne was made from an enormous triceratops skull. This was a reference to the Triceratons, a militaristic alien species whose homeworld was destroyed by the Krang in most TMNT iterations. Given the Krang’s throne, the same history is probably true in Rise of the TMNT, but this does not mean that the Triceratons could not return if any of them survived the Krang’s invasion.
How Rise Of The TMNT Sets Up The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ S3 Stories
After Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie, season 3 would have the opportunity to continue to develop the team’s dynamic with Leonardo as their leader. Although the turtle’s sensei/father, Master Splinter, made Leo their leader at the end of the Rise of the TMNT season 2 finale, the TMNT film featured him taking the role seriously for the first time. More specifically, Rise of the TMNT: The Movie set up storylines for TMNT’s human characters. For example, April O’Neil, the turtles’ longtime best friend, was investigating a conspiracy at her university involving chemical deforestation bombs. When she stole several vials, she later discovered that the chemical was the only thing capable of permanently injuring the Krang, burning a hole in Krang Two’s face. While this chemical was essential to escaping the Krang several times, it was never fully explained. Rise of the TMNT season 3 could explore why April’s university was making this chemical and how it was able to harm the Krang.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie also introduced a new character: Casey Jones. Since Rise of the TMNT already had a Casey Jones, the former Foot Clan recruit Cassandra, the film revealed that the second Casey was her son from the future. However, this Casey grew up in an apocalyptic future where the Krang had won. Now that his original timeline no longer exists, Rise of the TMNT season 3 could show Casey adjusting to life in a different world and forming new relationships with the turtles separate from their future counterparts.
Will Rise Of The TMNT Season 3 Ever Happen?
Even with these potential storylines, there is still the question of if Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles season 3 will happen. Given Rise of the TMNT: The Movie’s darker tone, season 3 would probably stay on Netflix rather than moving back to Nickelodeon. However, when former Director of Creative Leadership and Development, Phil Rynda, was let go, Netflix began canceling many of its upcoming animated projects and not renewing currently streaming shows. According to one article (via Sportskeeda), this was especially predominant in Kids and Family programming.
Since Rise of the TMNT falls into this category, Netflix may be unlikely to renew the show if the streaming service continues its current practices. Many fans remain hopeful though given the TMNT movie’s popularity. Since Rise of the TMNT: The Movie premiered, it has received mixed to positive reviews, stayed in Netflix’s Top 10 Kids programs for several days, and consistently trended on Twitter. Based on this response, Netflix could attract more viewers and potentially garner goodwill from Rise of the TMNT fans by renewing the show. Although Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie was intended to end the series, it could also serve as a launching point for season 3.