Pause the music, because "Mamma Mia!" fans have some grievances to air.
The "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" trailer dropped on Thursday, but the usual song and dance came with a dark element: the possible death of Donna, Meryl Streep's beloved character. That wasn't what fans had expected to see in the sequel, considering how lighthearted and fun the previous movie was. In fact, many people were downright outraged by the potential plot point, and they turned to Twitter as an outlet for their shock, disappointment, and hurt.
As you'll see below, there are fans who are seriously concerned about Donna. There are already calls for thoughts and prayers, even though the musical isn't due out in theaters for more than six months.
Taking Meryl Streep's fictional death in Mamma MIA 2 pretty hard, your thoughts & prayers are appreciated.— Maggie Williford (@WillifordMaggie) December 21, 2017
The fact that we have to wait 217 days to find out whether Donna is dead in mamma mia is gonna be the actual death of me #MammaMia2— maddie (@maddixelizabeth) December 21, 2017
*watches Mamma mia 2 trailer*— Dan 🏳️🌈 (@WiigOrTheHat) December 17, 2017
*immediately starts emailing my lecturers*
Unfortunately I cannot come in tomorrow as there's been a death in the family.
I CAN ALREADY TELL THIS 2ND MAMMA MIA IS GOING TO BE THE DEATH OF ME. OH MY GOD— Ashley Slone (@Dooders) December 21, 2017
Just saw the Mamma Mia 2 trailer... they implied Donna's death several times... I am OUTRAGED!!! #MammaMia2— John Caboot (@JPCaboose) December 21, 2017
I am completely shocked, I did not expect this turn of action in the most anticipated movie of 2018, Donna's death (if it is true ..., though I hope I'm wrong about this statement 🙏) was the worst move among producers Mamma Mia 2. I'm disappointed! 😒😟 #merylstreep#MammaMia2https://t.co/Sfwn3SffyI— Karolina Zdunek (@1289_Karolinka) December 21, 2017
I'm watching Mamma Mia for the 1000000000000x time, especially because I ain't accepting no Donna's death.— Ꮙᴇʀɪᴛᴀs. (@Praevaricatio) December 21, 2017
What was brilliant about the original Mamma Mia was that it had heart but no cry-worthy moments, it was all about the pure joy and escapism of the plot. @mammamiamovie has unfortunately ruined itself with ONE bad move - Donnas death. The film will be tainted in sadness. So upset!— Jack Byrne (@TID_JByrne) December 21, 2017
But... why is everyone so 'happy' in mamma mia 2... Donna may be death, sophie may be divorced... jezus why can't it be july 2018. K want to know how it ends god damnit— Kelsey 💫 (@kelseyvanacker) December 17, 2017
disappointing me is easy and that is just the possibility of donna's death on mamma mia— ✨poe dameron's bitch✨ (@twelfthriver) December 17, 2017
donna deserved better than death in mamma mia 2— eve! (@sadiesjoe) December 17, 2017
We can all probably hold off on sending our thoughts and prayers. As fans pointed out, "Mamma Mia!" was full of joy, and we suspect they'll be able to bring more of it to the sequel. Amanda Seyfried has sung the upcoming movie's praises, calling it "better than the original." That bodes well, so let's relax for now.
"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" opens in July 2018.