Quiet Stranger said:
Okay so it seems at the time of this posting I am the only one who played the video game sequel to this movie. Spoilers ahead... I guess:
Black guy (Windows is his name I think?) ends up dying from the cold and Kurt's character survives and comes to your aid for the final boss battle and yes people can feel it when The Thing is taking over. In the game there is a soldier you come upon who says has been infected and instead of becoming a monster he shoots himself.
So yes the humans won and they DO know if they are infected.
*sucks air in through teeth* Weeeeeeeeell, no. I've played the game. It was... okay, as a game of it's era, but not great. More to the point, it isn't anything like a "canon" sequel (don't think canon is really a thing here anyway... which adds up to the same result), more like a fanfic that got licensing. Not only in it's status, but in it's conceptual/writing quality.
It discards quite a lot of logic about the events and world of the film, as well as getting the biology and behavior of the creature so wrong it's comical.
There was also a sequel comic book in the mid nineties made by Dark Horse which has a completely different story. I feel they are both on the same ground in regards to being legitimate "canon" sequels (i.e. they aren't). Though if you're interested, the comic is better than the game. Well, the first comic: there were two miniseries, the first is okay and has kickass art, the second is dumb and has meh art.
Problem with any hypothetical sequel to "The Thing" is it'd be pretty much conceptually locked into being a rehash of the original film. The monster is such that you can't take it anywhere less naturally quarantined without it winning, and you can't have a large population of any kind around it without it winning, so a "ten little Indians" plot in the antarctic is pretty much all you can do with it. Both the game and the comics run afoul of this hard
, creating scenarios where the Thing can only lose by pure author fiat, and the author is an idiot.
Just as an FYI, John Carpenter himself says in the DVD commentary track for the film that according to him, they failed: Mac dies there, and the the Thing gets out and assimilates the world. He considers the movie part of a thematic trilogy with "Prince of Darkness" and "In the Mouth of Madness", tied together by being stories about the igniting spark of the end of the world.