After years of delays and mixed messages as to whether this movie would actually get made, Pacific Rim 2 is officially a go. What's more, John Boyega, hero of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will star in the sequel as Stacker Pentecost's son. And we couldn't be more excited about what this means for the film.
After Idris Elba's Pentecost died in Pacific Rim, he left his adopted daughter Mako Mori to continue his legacy — along with Raleigh, who was the movie's main protagonist (I guess). With Raleigh's story arc wrapped up in the first film, it seems likely that Mako will take more of the spotlight in the sequel, as she deals with the death of her surrogate father.
Enter John Boyega's character. As Pentecost's son, we can only assume that he and Mako grew up together. The fact that he isn't mentioned in the first film could mean a few things — perhaps they're estranged, or maybe he's off on some super secret anti-kaiju mission.
At this point, it's difficult to predict the plot points of Boyega's role, especially as we don't know if there's going to be a time jump between the two films, and how the Kaiju will inevitably return. Having said, that, there's one thing that simply has to happen in this movie: Mako and Boyega's character must pilot a Jaeger together.
There are many things that set Pacific Rim apart from other CGI-heavy action movies of its ilk. The incorporation of international politics is one thing, and the emulation of Japanese mecha anime is another (let's face it, Pacific Rim is basically just live-action Neon Genesis Evangelion, sans the weird your-mom-is-the-robot stuff. Thank goodness.)
But above all else, the key to Pacific Rim's success is the emotional integrity of the story, which rests on one aspect of the mythology — piloting a Jaeger. In order to pilot these huge Kaiju-busting robots, the pilots need to be Drift Compatible.
This means they must be totally in sync, have total respect for one another, and trust each other implicitly. If none of these things are true, the telepathic connection needed for piloting a Jaeger will prove too stressful, and they'll be struggling to get off the floor, let alone punch alien monsters in the throat. Which brings us to John Boyega's character.
Adopted Siblings, Perfect Co-Pilots
If I had my way, John Boyega's character would be Mako's little brother. There would be friction between them, as all siblings have, but ultimately Mako would take up the protective big sister role, possibly having promised Pentecost she would look out for her younger brother. (Which would be a nice twist on the vaguely patriarchal themes in the first Pacific Rim.)
As the Kaiju raise their ugly heads again, and the Jaeger program is thrust back into action, it would be really cool to see Mako and her brother work through their differences as they clash on how best to serve their father's memory and beat back the invading alien forces. And what's the best way to work through your issues in the Pacific Rim world? Sparring, of course!
Ultimately though, the most satisfying thing for the story would be to see Mako and her brother pilot a Jaeger together. Sure Mako and Raleigh were co-pilots in the first film, but Jaegers switch up their pilots occasionally, and there's nothing better than seeing two characters with a deep emotional tie team up to beat down alien monsters.
This is pretty much just wishful thinking at this point, but here's why it needs to happen. As awesome as Mako was in the first film, she did suffer from a lack of dialogue and being sidelined so the movie could focus on Raleigh's journey. OK, that bit with the sword was awesome, but she literally needs help breathing in the final act, and that's not what I call a victorious resolution for an action hero.
So, back to Pacific Rim 2. This film is really Mako's chance to shine, now that she's now longer a rookie pilot but one of the saviors of humanity. Bringing her brother into the equation just enhances both of their stories, giving each character depth.
And the best thing of all? After losing her father and her childhood friend Chuck Hansen (not to mention her entire family when she was a child), Mako could finally protect a member of her family herself, for a change. Boyega's character isn't only set to be an awesome new hero for Pacific Rim 2, he also gives Mako the chance to develop as a character. And we can't wait to see them kick some Kaiju ass together.