I think that we can all agree that the Disney/Pixar film The Incredibles was a pretty "incredible" movie. (Sorry, I had to.) So, naturally, when Disney finally announced there was a sequel in the works 12 years later, I felt like I was 10 years old again. Slated for a 2019 release date, there will be an impressive 15-year gap between the original Incredibles and its sequel. This poses two important questions. First, will the film's timeline also jump 12 years into the future, or will the new film pick up where the original left off? And second, who will the villain of the new film be?
Theory 1: Evil Dash
This theory isn't new. It's been floating around the internet for a while now. It started on Reddit, as crazy fan theories often do. According to Reddit, the theory goes that Dash, upset at not being allowed to use the full extent of his superpowers, turns down a dark path (can anyone say "Anakin Skywalker"?). He ends up declaring war on his aging parents, leaving Jack-Jack and Violet to save the day.
Now before you start blasting me in the comments, let me say I think this theory is way off the mark. It's an interesting theory, but the likelihood of us seeing an evil Dash zooming around is pretty much zero. The first film gives absolutely no evidence to support this theory, and, in fact, actually gives evidence to the contrary. Dash learns to accept his limits in the original Incredibles, even though he may not want to. My opinion of this theory is best described by Joe Biden's statement during the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate.
Villain Likelihood: 3/10
Theory 2: The Return of Syndrome?
Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that Syndrome got shredded in a jet turbine. And he did. All because he wore a cape.
But, did Syndrome really get sucked into the turbine? We all saw Syndrome's cape get caught in the motor. We all saw him struggle to get it off. We all saw the ensuing explosion. But we also all saw Jack-Jack's shocked expression as he looked back up at the exploding plane.
So, what if the reason Jack-Jack was so surprised is that he actually saw Syndrome get the cape off and flee the exploding plane? We never actually see the death of Syndrome, it's just implied. So, what if Syndrome miraculously survived and returns to wreak further havoc on the Incredibles family? After all, this is a superhero movie, and we all know that nobody stays dead in a superhero movie. Except Quicksilver.
If Syndrome does return, there's the distinct possibility that he may in fact make good on his threat to kidnap Jack-Jack and turn him against his own family, which is a plot I'd absolutely LOVE to see. Are you listening, Brad Bird?
Villain Likelihood: 2/10
Theory 3: The Son of Mirage?
Yes, I know that Mirage ultimately reformed and dropped out of the movie, but that makes me wonder. She's never seen again when things go back to "normal", so what if she ended up getting married and having a kid who somehow finds out about her work with Syndrome? What if said child decides that he needs to complete Syndrome's mission of eradicating supers once and for all?
I mean, think about it. Mirage is a very mysterious character, and if she had a child, who knows what he'd be capable of? This would be a neat way of keeping the villain tied to the original cast and story, without retconning an original character and inexplicably turning them into a villain.
Villain Likelihood: 7/10
Theory 4: The Underminer
Now, given that a significant period of time has elapsed since the original film, and given the fact that the Underminer has received both a comic book and a video game in the meantime, it's unlikely that we'll actually get to see the character reappear on screen for more than another thirty seconds. But still, if the sequel were to pick up where the original left off, I foresee many puns about living underground. And he certainly sounds like a character who's not afraid of getting his hands dirty. (I would apologize for that one, but I'm not really sorry!) He probably has a few minions stashed away inside his tank/drill/whatever-it-is, but he's clearly willing to go to any lengths to accomplish his goals, because as he says, "I am always beneath you... but NOTHING is beneath ME!"
Villain Likelihood: 9/10
Theory 5: Evil Jack-Jack
There are actually two possibilities with this theory. The first is that a villain (possibly a resurrected Syndrome?) succeeds in turning the now-teenaged Jack-Jack against his own flesh and blood, and all of his family (and Frozone) have to team up to stop him.
The second — and much more likely — possibility is that Jack-Jack, having grown up as the baby of the family in a world where supers are once again looked upon as valuable members of society, has grown up to be a spoiled brat. Suppose that he essentially turns into a superpowered Kylo Ren and his older siblings attempt to defeat him, but, fail on their own. In desperation, Dash and Violet will no doubt drag their parents and Frozone out of retirement to help because they're unable to cope with their baby brother's vast plethora of superpowers. If this were to happen, I'd really want to see Jack-Jack be a total momma's boy and crumble instantly when his mother tells him that he is grounded for life.
Villain Likelihood: 7/10
Regardless of who the villain in Incredibles 2 turns out to be, I'm still going to be first in line to watch it. Whether the timeline jumps or stays the same, I think we can all agree that the mere thought of there being a second Incredibles is downright "incredible"!
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