With The Incredibles 2 just around the corner (or at least on its way), I've been revisiting my favorite Disney/Pixar movie with a new sense of respect and admiration. As any good Pixar fan knows, every one of their movies layers on meaning like frosting on a cake, and sometimes it takes a few years to get the best possible bite.
That's how I'm feeling after reading this truly astounding fan theory that grew more elaborate as it traveled from 4Chan to Tumblr and then to Reddit. Not only does it uncover a truly gut-wrenching detail that is easily overlooked in the movie, it also adds an entirely new side to Edna Mode—as well as her real relationship with capes.
If you want proof that The Incredibles is quite possibly the darkest Pixar movie, read on for the most elaborate murder plot in animation history.
The theory begins with one heartbreaking Incredibles fact
It turns out that Stratogale, the superhero who we see get sucked into a plane's jet turbine, was only a teenager when her cape caused her death.
The "no capes" scene may be hilarious on first viewing, but it becomes extremely dark when you dissect it
She almost certainly caused this plane to crash, causing the deaths of many innocent people onboard (and potentially some back on land). Considering the movie's timeline of events, it's reasonable to assume that Stratogale's death was turned into another politicized reason to force heroes out of public society.
Some even speculate that protesters may have picketed her funeral
With tensions at an all time high between superheroes and the general public at the time of her death, imagine how everyone would feel attending the funeral of a teenager purportedly due to powers she couldn't control. How could anyone close to Stratogale not feel insanely guilty following her demise?
Now for the real tug on the heartstrings: Is this the reason Edna Mode never looks back?
It's made clear from The Incredibles that Edna is the best of the best when it comes to fashion design, and she retains a special place in her sketchbook for superheroes. Assuming that she was responsible for creating Stratogale's suit (and its resulting malfunction), imagine how torn up she must have been when faced with this harsh reality. A young girl died, and superheroes may have been demonized as a result.
There is a silver lining here, though, when you consider Edna's preparedness in The Incredibles
When crafting the new suits for the Parr family, Edna predicts pretty much every possible threat Syndrome could throw at them and builds defenses right into the fabric. How could she have anticipated all of his inventions and plans of attack as successfully as she did?
The theory's answer: Syndrome must have contacted Edna before the events of the movie
Think about it. Syndrome was Mr. Incredible's "number one fan" and desperately wanted to become a superhero. His obsession drove him to the best suit maker in the world, and he begged her to design his costume. Still consumed with grief and anger over Stratogale's death and the state of society, Edna recognized that this rising supervillain was a threat to the remaining superheroes, and she fully intended to keep her friends alive.
Now realize that Edna had the biggest trick of all up her sleeve
And she gave Syndrome a cape.
When you think about her more overlooked catchphrase—"Luck favors the prepared"—this theory seems even more sound. The Incredibles didn't just get lucky, they had a fifth team member working with them the entire time.
(Source: Tumblr via 4Chan)