New artwork for The Incredibles 2 revealed ahead of Disney's D23 Expo may offer our first look at the sequel written and directed by Brad Bird. Released in 2004, Bird's The Incredibles introduced an animated world populated by superheroes, but one in which many of the world's most beloved superheroes had retired to normal, everyday lives as civilians. The film introduced former Mr. Incredible, Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), his wife and former Elastigirl, Helen (Holly Hunter), and their children Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dashiell (Spencer Fox), and Jack-Jack. However, when new supervillain Syndrome (Jason Lee) forces the Incredibles out of retirement, they prepare their super-family for battle.
The Incredibles became a commercial and critical success, as audiences young and old appreciated the film's 1960s comic book vibe and entertaining characters - including fan-favorites like Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) and Edna Mode (Bird). In fact, The Incredibles still holds a strong 97 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. As such, it's no surprise that Pixar and Bird have been developing a sequel for a few years now; with The Incredibles 2 set to hit theaters in less than a year, Disney and Pixar are gearing up for the sequel to have a presence at the annual D23 Expo - and we may have gotten our first look at the long-awaited follow-up.
The D23 Expo 2017 Official Mobile App debuted new concept art from The Incredibles 2 featuring each member of the Incredibles family, Frozone, and Edna Mode. Prior to this, Pixar had only unveiled the logo for The Incredibles 2, which arrived at last year's D23 Expo. Take a look at the concept art below:
Considering we're less than a year out from The Incredibles 2's June 2018 release date, Pixar may begin their initial marketing push for the film during D23. Whether that means we'll receive some kind of teaser or short footage presentation remains to be seen, but if this artwork is any indication, fans will at least get the chance to view something new from the film. Beyond The Incredibles 2, Pixar's other upcoming releases are Coco - slated for later this year - and Toy Story 4, which is set to arrive in 2019.
It's possible Pixar could also announce new projects at D23, since the animation studio has promised more original films following these planned sequels. Pixar does have three release dates reserved through 2020 and 2021 for films that have yet to be announced. Still, with an upcoming slate largely consisting of Coco, The Incredibles 2, and Toy Story 4, Pixar will likely focus a portion of their D23 presentation on Bird's sequel. So, while this concept art doesn't offer much beyond teasing the upcoming animated superhero adventure, fans can expect more from The Incredibles 2 once D23 kicks off July 14.
Source: D23 Expo 2017 Official Mobile App
- Incredibles 2 (2018) release date: Jun 15, 2018