Incredibles 2 is one of Disney-Pixar’s most anticipated films in recent years. Fans have been clamoring for a sequel since the first Incredibles came out back in 2004.
First, for those of you who missed the first film (for fourteen years!?), we’ll fill you in quickly: superheroes are a norm in the universe of The Incredibles. However, when it seems that superheroes are hindering society more than helping, they are ordered to adopt and adhere to everyday public identities. Using their powers would get them into quite a lot of legal trouble. Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), one such superhero, can’t stand his desk job and is drawn into secretly fighting crime again. However, he gets tangled up with a super villain, and his super-wife and kids who have inherited super genes have to save the day.
So, what do we know about its highly anticipated sequel? Brad Bird has returned as writer, director, and voice actor for the sequel. Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, John Ratzenberger, and Sarah Vowell will all be returning as voice actors as well. Michael Giacchino will also be returning as the composer.
The second film starts off at the moment the first film ends. The Parrs are a secret crime-fighting family unit: Bob is Mr. Incredible, super strong, Helen (Holly Hunter) is Elastigirl, elastic, Violet (Sarah Vowell) can create barriers and turn invisible, Dash (Huck Milner) is super fast, and Jack-Jack, the baby… Well, at the end of the last film he showed off fire powers, and powers of transformation, among others, and the first teaser trailer for The Incredibles 2 showed off his laser eyes and a few other shocking abilities. While Elastigirl fights crime in secret and campaigns for superheroes to return to the public eye legally, Bob becomes a stay-at-home dad.
Many of the film’s trailers focus on Jack-Jack using and abusing his super powers while Bob struggles to keep up with his son’s impressive repertoire. However, Brad Bird had said at Disney’s D23 panel last year that the film will focus on Helen Parr. It seems that there will be flashbacks to Helen’s career as a legal superhero, as there were in the first film.
Brad Bird has also said that he will be using ideas for the first film that didn’t make it into the final cut. According to the IMDB trivia page for the first film, there was a scene where Helen fights with Bob about becoming a stay-at-home mom and almost accidentally reveals her powers to the non-super neighbors, but this is the only cut scene listed on the site as of right now. A form of this scene could conceivably be in the sequel, though–Bob and Helen do switch places in the role of the homemaker between the two films.
Of course, a new film needs new characters, as well. Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) is working to get the public to view superheroes–or supers–favorably. He works with his sister Evelyn Deaver (Catherine Keener) at their telecommunications company. A character known only as “Ambassador” (Isabella Rossellini) right now is a foreign ambassador also trying to further the cause. Presumably we’ll see them hanging out with Helen a lot.
A new wannabe superhero named Voyd (Sophia Bush) has powers akin to telekinesis, the ability to move objects without physically touching them, and can create voids that objects can disappear into and out of. Facebook PR describes her as “overeager”–wasn’t an excessive personality Syndrome’s downfall? Well, that’s just speculation at this point.
The villain from the end of The Incredibles, The Underminer (John Ratzenberger), will be returning in this film, but it is unknown how important a villain he will be. Rumors, of course, are flying (no pun intended), and some even think that Syndrome could return despite his fairly definitive demise in the first film, or that Dash or even baby Jack-Jack will go bad.
Another thing we can look forward to is a technology update. No, the new movie won’t be retconning the sixties time-stamp. But in the past fourteen years computer animation has improved greatly. It’s hard to tell from the trailers, but there does seem to be a new level of detail. Dash, for one, appears to have more to him, sporting freckles and a slightly updated body type. Effects of technology, or effects of a preteen growth spurt? Probably a little bit of both. The animation and action looks a bit smoother and shinier, but it will be hard to see how much has really changed until we get the full picture on the big screen.
One thing that catches the eye comes from some revealed concept art. Is that a raccoon above Violet’s bubble? What’s the raccoon’s story? Well, Jack-Jack “fighting” the raccoon is supposed to be how Bob finds out about his youngest’s powers. But the fact that the raccoon is right in the art that features all the other major characters, the good guys specifically… Well, it could be nothing. But it’s fun to imagine that the little guy will turn out to be important to the film, more than just the one moment we have heard about.
Check out the latest trailer for the film here, which was released on Valentine’s Day.
Incredibles 2 will be out on June 15. Be sure to check n3rdabl3 for further updates on the most super family around!