AVClub: “You may be surprised by how things turn out,” says one superpowered, impeccably costumed fairy-tale queen to another during the opening section of The Huntsman: Winter’s War. In strict plot terms, her suggestion does not come to pass. But logistically speaking, she’s on to something. It turns out, for example, that the negligible 2012 fantasy film Snow White And The Huntsman was considered popular enough to forge a cinematic universe, and to such an extent that Universal Pictures deemed it prudent to move forward without the participation of Snow White (Kristen Stewart). Further, anyone who enters into Winter’s War expecting either a sequel or a prequel may be surprised by how it turns out to be both.