The possibilities for The Incredibles 2 really are endless. In the 11 years since the first film's release, the superhero genre has exploded into popularity. Yet creator Brad Bird has stated that he doesn't want the sequel to comment on current Hollywood trends, but rather focus on the most important thing about the story: the characters and the family.
"For me, the interesting thing was never the superhero part of it. It was more the family dynamic, and how do superhero things play into that. So [Incredibles 2] is a step further in that direction."
It hasn't been confirmed yet whether the sequel will be set a few years after the first film, or whether it will keep up with real time. But we could see Violet and Dash take up more heroic responsibilities as their parents decide to retire. In the meantime, baby Jack-Jack has been growing into his impressive (and terrifying) powers, and there are rumours that he may well turn out to be the villain of the tale. Could this be a teen rebellion or something darker?
The Incredibles was one of Pixar's most popular movies, ranking 4th in Box Office figures. It made over $6 million dollars worldwide, and was released to high critical acclaim. According to Bird, the film's success lies not in the appeal of superheroes, but the human element. The Incredibles is very grounded and relatable. Instead of gods and epic mythology, sacrifice and huge explosions, the majority of the film focusses on a life after heroic deeds. When sometimes the bravest thing you can do is to stick it out at a boring job so you can go home to your family.
This idea is all the more relevant today: as Marvel and DC's empires grow ever larger, maybe it's time to get a fresh perspective on the superhero life. And Brad Bird is determined to give us just this.
"A lot of movies bring out a lot of fireballs and then wonder why the fireballs don’t have that much impact, no matter how loud and how big they are. But the truth is that the fireball isn’t that exciting unless you care about the person running from it.”
The Incredibles 2 is clearly set to tell a poignant, family story. And what's more tragic than betrayal?
Hero gone bad
Syndrome, the villain of the first Incredibles film, seemed at first to be your run of the mill bad guy. But as Bob Parr got sucked further into his world, it was slowly revealed that Syndrome had been playing a long game, luring Mr Incredible into a trap. This wasn't some faceless baddie: Syndrome had a personal vendetta and history with the hero. Brad Bird clearly believes that character depth and realistic relationships pack a bigger punch, so the villain of Incredibles 2 will surely have some kind of connection with the family.
Who better then, than one of the children? Turning to a life of crime to spite their parents, or getting pulled into a bad situation... who knows what trials the young heroes could face. This would be a very emotive twist: imagine how difficult it would be to fight someone you love.
Although the rumour is that Jack-Jack will be the one to go bad, it could just as easily be Violet or Dash. With Samuel L Jackson raring to return to the role of Frozone, Bob might end up facing his best friend in the final battle. One way or another, with Brad Bird at the helm, this film is bound to bring us to tears!
So who do you think should be the villain of The Incredibles 2? And do you have your own theories about what the plot will be? Tell us in the comments, or write your own post!