I've been not-so-patiently awaiting the day that Disney would confirm a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. And they finally did! Last week, the entertainment juggernaut announced what pretty much everyone else already knew: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is coming and it will arrive in theaters on March 9, 2018. I cannot wait. Thank you, Disney. Finally, giving the fans what we want. Maybe now we'll all be able to forgive you for Alice Through The Looking Glass.
The plot of the film, also revealed by John C. Reilly, who voices the former villain turned incredible hero and titular character, is set to focus on Ralph as he leaves the arcade and finds himself connected to the ever-expanding universe of the internet. As Reilly himself stated, "What could possibly go wrong?"
When rumors began to swell that Disney was looking into making another movie, it was director Rich Moore who brought a whole new idea to the table that could really change things up for both Disney and the gaming mega-giant, Nintendo (on top of what Pokemon Go has already done, that is).
In the original film, the nostalgia-fueled Nintendo gave Disney permission to use one of their most iconic characters, Bowser, a.k.a. King Koopa, in a strict cameo-only, non-speaking role. Director Rich Moore spoke about the working relationship between the two companies and how he hopes in the future that they'll loosen the reins on another of their more celebrated creations.
“In the first one we didn’t have Mario in that movie, so it would be great to have the great Mario in a second one if we did it.”
But With The Reveal In Plot, Can Mario Still Fit?
If there ever were solid plans to include one of gaming's most easily recognizable faces, it seems now they may have been cast aside for a plot that works better with Disney's vision. Sure, they could include him in another cameo, but in all honesty, how disappointing and unfair would that be to both the fans of Wreck-It-Ralph and of Mario?
Pros: Mario, as I stated above, is one of the most well known video game characters ever created. Fans would flock to the theater to see him make his debut in his first potentially good movie. Everyone's been trying to forget the travesty that was the 1993 Bob Hoskins disaster, but no one more so than Nintendo's die-hard fan base. This would present the ultimate opportunity for everyone involved to do just that. Can you say, spin-off?
Cons: Mario has never really been what you might call a "side character." He leads the way, undoubtedly, from one successful adventure to the next — with a few minor exceptions. With the endless possibilities that a Mario story could present, it seems more fitting that the character — and his just as iconic friends — be given their own feature film, without the limitations of Disney's Wreck-It-Ralph universe.
My Final Thoughts:
The best solution, in my mind, is to let this idea go, Disney. Including Mario would only raise questions you don't have the ability to answer. The plot of the sequel — Ralph's adventure to the internet — doesn't seem to fit all that well with Mario. Although there are plenty of knock-offs of the games online, none are currently endorsed or distributed by Nintendo themselves. But if you do get permission, stick to a cameo-only basis, a fun Easter egg for longtime fans. Otherwise, the legendary Mario deserves a whole lot better than being Ralph's sidekick.
Wreck-It-Ralph 2 is currently slated to hit theaters on March 9, 2018.
Are you excited to see Wreck-It-Ralph 2? Should Mario be included in the sequel? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!