Most of the time, movie fans don't really want any sequels. There seems to be a curse in Hollywood that the more you expand a story, the less chances you have of it being any good. As the creators of some of the best original movies out there, Pixar has consequently announced that it'd be holding back on the sequels after 2019.
But still, there are some heroes we're just dying to see again. Take The Incredibles, whose first movie earned the studio an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, and the long speculation about whether there would be a sequel or not. After a long time in unconfirmed-project-limbo, The Incredibles 2 is finally happening! So what do we know about the movie so far?
1. It's Coming Out June 21, 2019
Following in the footsteps of Finding Dory and along with Cars 3 and Toy Story 4, The Incredibles 2 will be Pixar's last take on sequels for a little while. There are still three years to go though, which means an impressive 15 years between the first and the second movies!
2. The Delay Between The First And The Second Movie Could Be On Purpose
What if Pixar had actually intentionally left 15 years between The Incredibles and The Incredibles 2? As Tumblr user Sophicals pointed out, Syndrome's revenge on Mr. Incredible came 15 years after the young fan was first rejected by his idol. So what if another major event came another 15 years later? Sure, we could be reading way too much into this, but there are few things that Pixar leaves to chance.
3. The Incredibles 2 Will Be Written And Directed By Brad Bird
At Pixar, Brad Bird is famous for having written and directed both The Incredibles and Ratatouille, so there's hardly a better fit to take on The Incredibles 2. He's insisted that the story of this superhero family was more about the latter word:
"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."
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he also teased that the project was all about exploring new horizons:
"It's very actively moving, and we're excited about it. [We're] trying to take it in some new directions. [...] Hopefully it's the same characters and feel, but going in a new direction. I mean, that's the trick with a sequel. It's repeating yourself, without repeating yourself."
We can thank Pixar for not just making a sequel for the sake of it, and instead really exploring the potential these characters still have in them.
4. Frozone Should Be Back
There's lots of speculation about which characters we will or will not see make a comeback — but thankfully Frozone seems to be ready for new adventures. While promoting Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Digital Spy, Samuel L. Jackson said he'd discussed his character with Bird:
"Every time I run into Brad [Bird, director] he always tells me Frozone is part of what's going on, so I have to believe that."
5. A Popular Fan Theory Imagined Dash As The Villain
As we've said, Bird insisted that the sequel would be all about family. In the first movie, we saw how the children particularly struggled with finding a compromise between flaunting their powers and not being spotted in their everyday lives. At the end, they all seemed to have come to terms with being a superhero family, but what if the children's powers spin a little out of control when they grow up?
This fan theory imagines Dash as a rebellious teenager, who ends up being a villain in the new plot because that's the only way he imagines embracing his superpower. That wouldn't even be too far-fetched to think of Violet either, since she's at that teenager age where she'd feel like nobody truly understands her. And what about Jack-Jack? From the looks of it, he wouldn't take much to be out of control.
What are you looking forward to in The Incredibles 2?
(Sources: Digital Spy, Entertainment Weekly)