In case you’ve missed G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra then the sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation will not make a lot of sense. You wouldn’t get that Zartan has been tweaking his impersonation of the President of the United States or the rest of the Presidential hostage scenes.
Paramount made the mistake of not bringing every character back for G.I. Joe: Retaliation. There are no General Hawk, Ripcord, Ana, Scarlett, and Destro in the sequel. They retained Zartan, Storm Shadow and the President.
Storm Shadow is now one of the good guys. We learn that he had been framed in the first movie. Joining him in G.I. Joe: Retaliation are Dwayne Johnson as a sergeant major, Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye, and Bruce Willis as General Joe Colton.
Bruce Willis is recruited by the producers to beef up the movie but he is seen only in a couple of scenes in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He takes the Joes on a tour of his residence, rides in the back of an El Camino firing an assault rifle, and gives medals in the end.
Dwayne Johnson plays Roadblock and he saves the day after Channing Tatum dies in the first half of the movie. The movie is more of a revenge one than retaliation. There are several things missing from the sequel. While Adrianne Palicki and Elodie Yung are easy to the eyes, they are incomparable to Rachel Nichols and Sienna Miller. The villains are also not as nefarious as Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Christopher Eccleston.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is shelved for a year so that Paramount Pictures can add 3D effects to it. But they could have scrapped the 3D because it doesn’t bring anything to the action. In the end, Cobra Commander manages to escape and General Joe gives Roadblock one of General Patton’s guns to hunt him down.