After years of rumors and near-confirmations, Walt Disney Animation finally announced that the follow-up to the 2012 movie Wreck-It Ralph is most certainly happening and named the official release date for the sequel as March 9, 2018.
Since the release and wide critical and commercial acclaim of Wreck-It Ralph, fans have been wondering when we would delve back into the world and lives of some of history's favorite video game characters.
Fresh off the success of their latest venture Zootopia, director Rich Moore and screenwriter Phil Johnston are teaming up yet again to stand at the helm of Wreck-It Ralph 2. Also set to return are the voices of Ralph, John C. Reilly, and Vanellope von Schweetz, Sarah Silverman.
Much of the appeal of the first Wreck-It Ralph was that it gave more background and personality to beloved video game characters. While Bowser, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ryu and Pac-Man all made appearances, there are still some characters we'd like to see in the sequel.
1. Mario — Super Mario Bros.
As one of the biggest franchises in gaming, Wreck-It Ralph included plenty of references to Super Mario Bros. Mario's name was mentioned by Felix and Bowser showed up in Ralph's BAD-ANON support group, but a physical appearance from the most famous character in gaming was noticeably missing.
Rich Moore has already stated that he hopes to include Mario in the sequel. In an interview with IGN from March of this year, the director claimed he has a "good relationship with Nintendo," so I think we've got a Mario cameo in the bag.
2. Link — The Legend of Zelda
Wouldn't it be great to see Link "Ha! Hu-yuh! Ha! Hut!"-ing all through the movie? Like Ralph, Link has a penchant for destruction. However, instead of ostracizing him for it we are wildly indifferent when Link breaks pots, slashes shrubbery and skips away in this tunic with a wallet full of rupees.
I think it would be hilarious to see Ralph take umbrage with the double standard between himself and Link. Where are Ralph's rupees? Is Link part of a larger home decor insurance fraud scheme? Only time will tell. Let's hope that relationship with Nintendo extends to The Legend of Zelda as well.
3. Big Daddy and Little Sister — BioShock
The creepy Big Daddy and Little Sister from BioShock might feel a little out of place in the vibrant and saturated video game world of Wreck-It Ralph, but I think they could add a nice contrast and satisfy the horror genre gaming fans.
I would love to see these two interact outside of the game. I imagine the Daddy taking off his helmet and chastising Little Sister for running off and putting her in time out as punishment.
4. Vault Boy — Fallout
Given the massive popularity of Fallout 4 last year, it seems fitting that some form of tribute would be paid. I picture Vault Boy, the Vault-Tec mascot, to be unsure of his purpose in life and tired of holding his thumb up.
The running joke would have Vault Boy being confused for a hitchhiker and is always offered to be picked up by Tommy Vercetti from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a prank, much to his chagrin. Perhaps he can find some purpose in their world when they face a crisis and he comes in handy as a doomsday prepper.
5. Master Chief — Halo
Jane Lynch's character Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun essentially filled this role in the first Wreck-It Ralph, but the addition of Master Chief could become a new love interest for Calhoun.
The last we saw them, Sergeant Calhoun and Felix were married, but maybe all's not well after the haze of their marital bliss begins to fade. What happens when someone as strong and brawny as Master Chief comes into the picture?
6. GLaDOS — Portal
This AI computer and her many personality cores would make an awesome character in the Wreck-It Ralph world. GLaDOS is always in control in the Portal world, so it's not hard to imagine that her hands-on job is emotionally taxing.
Once the game is turned off, GLaDOS likes to spend her evenings at a bar with her other robotic friends. Her social life is a huge departure from her work life, however, and she refuses to make any decisions — making it almost impossible to pick a place to eat dinner.
7. Tony Hawk — Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Growing up, playing THPS after school was a time-honored tradition with my friends. I might be biased, but I would love to see him show up in Wreck-It Ralph 2.
Something as simple as seeing a pixelated version of Tony Hawk and other professional skaters shredding through the "No Trespassing" sections of their world or competing with the snowboarders from 1080° Snowboarding would somehow validate my pre-teen years that were dedicated to the game.
These are just a few of my suggestions. Now I want to hear from you! Which video game characters do you want to see in Wreck-It Ralph 2? We've also discussed what we'd like to see happen in the sequel. Be sure to check out that article here.
Wreck-It Ralph 2 will be released in theaters on March 9, 2018.