The Incredibles 2 is one of this year’s most highly anticipated sequels and a new trailer shows off thrilling new footage, including a further glimpse into baby Jack-Jack’s developing powers. There’s also a seedy businessman who wants to bring superheroes back into the sunlight and Elastigirl seems to be the one to spring back into action, while Mr. Incredible looks after the three kids. (The Incredibles 2 director Brad Bird has previously said the sequel will center on Elastigirl.) The humor is as you’d expect from a Pixar film that looks to be equal parts heartwarming and funny.
The first Incredibles film came out in 2004, and this sequel is due out in theaters June 15th, 2018.
Here’s the trailer, and our list of the Top 5 Things We NEED to See in The Incredibles 2!
#5: A Strong Villain
As memorable as Syndrome was, it’d be repetitive if he were brought back to life for “Incredibles 2” and went after the Parr family again (xref). At the 2017 D23 Expo, John Lasseter mentioned one of the antagonists in this sequel would be The Underminer, who popped up at the end of the first film. Does that mean the story will borrow from the 2005 video game, “Rise of the Underminer?” Well in any case, it’d also be fun to see an entirely new villain, or perhaps a villainess. The Underminer could even assemble a team of supervillains, which would truly provide the Incredibles and their allies with a worthy challenge.
#4: Self-Referential Humor
When “The Incredibles” hit theaters back in 2004, the superhero genre was just starting to make a comeback with blockbusters like “X-Men” and “Spider-Man.” Now it feels like a new superhero flick comes out every other month. Disney even acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009 and the MCU has since become the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. It’d be kind of a missed opportunity if “Incredibles 2” didn’t have a few nods to Iron Man, Captain America, and other Avengers. The filmmakers could also poke fun at how dark and gritty some other superhero franchises have become. Since superheroes are so popular nowadays, there’s no shortage of material to satirize.
#3: Explore the World
“The Incredibles” naturally centered on the titular family, but the audience often got the sense that they were merely a small part of a much bigger world. Back in the glory days, we see Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone tango with street criminals, as well as baddies like Bomb Voyage. Although Supers were eventually forced to hang up their costumes, they seemed to be back on the rise following Syndrome’s defeat. Does that mean other superheroes will come out of hiding and join the Incredibles in the fight for justice? Are they going to usher in a new era of heroes and villains? There’s a whole world of possibilities waiting to be explored here.
#2: Government vs. Superheroes
In many respects, “The Incredibles” is a bit like a family-friendly version of Alan Moore’s “Watchmen.” Both stories center on superheroes that give up crime fighting once costumed vigilantes are outlawed. When heroes from yesteryear start turning up dead, though, several Supers unite to get to the bottom of things. It’d be great if “Incredibles 2” continued to explore the themes presented in “Watchmen,” namely the dynamic between superheroes and the government. Given the damage that often ensues and the politics involved, saving the world isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Sometimes conflicting ideologies can even result in Civil War, which would be a fitting direction for this sequel to take.
#1: Acknowledge the Time Lapse
By the time “Incredibles 2” comes out, its predecessor will be almost fifteen years old. While it’s been confirmed that this sequel will pick up where the first film left off, that doesn’t mean it can’t still acknowledge the time lapse. The film could jump ahead at some point, showing us what Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack will be like when they’re all grown up. Since time travel is also a popular trope in the superhero genre, older versions of the Parr kids could also journey back to the past. We want to see these characters mature like in “Toy Story 3” as apposed to some other animated franchises that forever remain frozen in time.
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