“He squeezes the bellows of dissent... a little wind... a mere puff... but within it the presage of pandemonium.
Jupiter offers him a deal: if he kills Hephaestus, then he will be reunited with his wife and son in the golden wheat fields of Elysium.
All through Gladiator, Maximus longs to see his family again, so there is a certain logic to a plot which keeps that longing alive, even when the person doing the longing isn’t.
Once you adjust your expectations, you can settle in and enjoy Gladiator 2 for the supernatural quest movie that it is.
Human again, he travels to Rome in search of his son Marius: did I mention that Marius, who was crucified and burnt to death in Gladiator, is alive and kicking in Gladiator 2?. »