Edge of Tomorrow was such a tight, contained sci-fi action experience that fans wondered how a sequel could possibly differentiate itself from the first film in a worthwhile way. Now, it’s been revealed that the use of time-travel will be one of the key ways the two movies differ.

Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment in an interview posted on Wednesday, director Doug Liman provided the detail on the Edge of Tomorrow sequel, which is titled Live Die and Repeat and Repeat. “It picks up where the last one left off, but then we go backwards in time,” Liman said. “I love it way more than the story of the original film.”

While this helps clarify what Liman meant when he told Collider in October of last year that the film would be a “sequel that’s a prequel,” the meaning of Liman’s time-travel comment isn’t entirely clear. Will time continuously be going backwards in the film? Or will time proceed normally at certain intervals? It’s hard to imagine Live Die Repeat and Repeat being completely made of the time-bending scenes from Marvel’s Doctor Strange, where the titular character used the Eye of Agamotto to rewind time as he moved “linearly” through it.

Doctor Strange fighting after using the Eye of Agamotto to turn back time -- 'Doctor Strange'
Doctor Strange fighting after using the Eye of Agamotto to turn back time.

Without more context, it’s hard to tell if this is a good idea or not. And the fact that Edge of Tomorrow 2 will move backwards in time still doesn’t give us much indication of what the main thrust of the film will be. But with Liman thinking that the film’s story is even better than the original, there’s a good chance fans are in for another great sci-fi action flick.


Live Die Repeat and Repeat currently does not have a release date.