It's almost as if it’s ‘déjà vu’ week in cinemas with Captain America and the Muppets recycling themselves.
Perhaps Marvel will one day hire Kermit after watching a character introduced in 1955 by the late Jim Henson heading off down the international crime route.
Following on from The Muppets movie two years ago, their eighth feature film sees our heroes enjoying a grand world tour.
But it soon turns into a jewel heist caper thanks to a Kermit doppelgänger called Constantine, who has escaped from Gulag 38B in Siberia,
The action opens brilliantly, with the lyrics to a self-deprecating musical intro featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga telling us that a sequel is never as good as the original.
How unfortunately prophetic.
While Muppets Most Wanted is a lot of fun, it becomes increasingly formulaic too, lacking the cinematic brilliance of Wes Anderson’s current hit, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Ricky Gervais plays Constantine’s human sidekick Dominic Badguy.
But, as he has already proved in films like Cemetery Junction, The Invention of Lying and the Night At the Musem series, Gervais isn’t a natural cinema actor despite his talent for comedy in TV series like The Office.
An even bigger flaw is that having two Kermits means there’s not enough of the no-nonsense Miss Piggy.
While it’s fascinating that Constantine Kermit should somehow look as duplicitous as Russia’s President Putin, the story labours once the real Kermit is put behind bars by Commander Nadya (Tina Fey).
Cue some filler moments like Celine Dion playing Miss Piggy’s Fairy Godmother and a whole host of guest stars including James McAvoy (UPS Guy), Saoirse Ronan (herself), Chloë Grace Moretz (newspaper girl), Stanley Tucci (Ivan the guard) and Christoph Waltz (Christopher Waltz).