I just found out there's another Bourne Series, but it looks unoriginal. I'm going to be busy and I want to watch Jason Bourne in the cinema before I do, but I'm not sure if I can skip The Bourne Legacy.

Is The Bourne Legacy canon? Can I skip it and pretend there isn't a 4th movie? Would it continue off the 3rd movie?

  • They're all sorta episodic, don't you think? I mean the second one ties in with the first, but not in such a way as to detract seriously if you hadn't seen it, and both 2 & 3 had relevant flashbacks, as I recall, as needed. We're not talking films with what I would call "heavy emotional baggage" like, I dunno, Star Wars or Toy Story. ;-)
    – moviegique
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 21:57
  • Legacy doesn't even involve the same characters... as far as I'm aware, it's filler and there's no reason to watch it if you don't really want to. Not that it's a bad film... but it's not one of the main series.
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 22:33
  • No, you dont need to watch bourne lagacy. Commented Jul 30, 2016 at 13:51
  • @Catija, there are some crossover characters, such as Landy (Joan Allen) and Hirsch (Albert Finney) , as Legacy was meant to be set at the same time as Ultimatum, but you are correct in that it wasn't meant to be part of the main series. Legacy references the previous Bourne movies, but I doubt the new one will reference Legacy. Commented Jul 30, 2016 at 16:13
  • I've watched the new movie, and it was awesome. Too awesome. You don't have to watch Legacy
    – Ali Bdeir
    Commented Jul 30, 2016 at 18:41

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I watched Jason Bourne in the cinema, and it continued normally off The Bourne Ultimatum exactly as a canon episode should skip the storyline of a filler.

The Bourne Legacy is like a filler, you can skip it. It continued after The Bourne Ultimatum, I didn't have any trouble.

TL;DR: You can skip The Bourne Legacy and watch Jason Bourne.

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