The Incredibles 2 plot is allegedly complete, except for some minor details. The sequel to the successful animated superhero movie could be about to go into production, but don’t expect the theatrical release date to be announced any time soon.
The first movie revolved around a scenario which was almost like Watchmen before Watchmen was even a film (warning: spoilers ahead). Superheroes had become considered a menace to society after Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), in costume as Mr. Incredible, saved a man who didn’t want to be saved. The scenario was made worse when French supervillain Bomb Voyage (Dominique Louis) came face-to-face with the hero, endangering Mr. Incredible and his unwelcome, “number one fan,” Buddy Pine. The situation ended up inspiring Buddy to become a deadly villain and the family’s biggest nemesis, Syndrome (Jason Lee).
By the time the family finally eliminated Syndrome’s giant robot and foiled his plot, other villains had taken the inspiration and decided to challenge Bob and his family. The era of superheroes had been reborn.
This concept is where the roots of the Incredibles 2 plot may be grounded, according to Christian Today. Nothing has been confirmed, but the rumored story will surround the discovery that Jack-Jack Parr’s powers are triggered by anger. When Syndrome discovers this, he kidnaps the boy, now 6-years-old, and attempts to turn him against his family.
There are also rumors that Edna Mode, a character surprisingly voiced by director Brad Bird, will be a superhero this time around. Her extensive knowledge of the history of the craft and the technology involved could make her just as formidable as Syndrome, as proven by the fact that her costumes ended up being what saved the Parr family from a horrible fate.
A possible problem with the Incredibles 2 plot could come from the critical disappointment of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland. While the story seems safely similar to that of the original Incredibles, the George Clooney feature film — which some critics such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch considered a children’s film gone wrong — could keep audiences skeptical about trusting Bird again.
The same thing has happened to once-lauded directors like Tim Burton (Batman) and Chris Columbus (Harry Potter), whose impressive success streaks took a dive after their most recent efforts proved a critical flop. After Alice in Wonderland and Percy Jackson, many moviegoers are hesitant to give the aforementioned directors another chance. Sequels released so long after the original film also have a tendency to disappoint, a problem which J.J. Abrams is betting against with Star Wars 7.
Brad Bird’s insistence that he wouldn’t take on Incredibles 2 if the plot wasn’t at least as good as the original could pay off. According to Master Herald, the film is expected to take everything audiences loved about the first film and expand on it.
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The writers are allegedly still working out the minor details, though production could begin at any time. There could be a lot more news on the Incredibles 2 plot, characters, and release date in the next year or two.
Just don’t expect an exact announcement too soon, since IMDb has the Incredibles 2 release date slated for 2019.
Brad Bird told Collider the Incredibles 2 plot will hit theaters after a maelstrom of superhero films have already been around from both Marvel and DC comics, so it’ll need to tread a path that hasn’t been worn already.
“There were only two other superhero franchises at the time Incredibles came out. One of them was X-Men and the other was Spider-Man, and now there are 400 billion of them and there’s a new superhero movie every two weeks. What you don’t want to do is trot over the same turf in the same way everyone else is. So we’re trying to keep it focused in the area that our film was, which was a little bit more about characters and relationships and stuff like that, and see where that takes us. But we’re having a good time.”
Do you think Brad Bird can surprise us again, or did Tomorrowland sour you on what he might do with the Incredibles 2 plot?
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