One of the biggest announcements from Pixar in recent years was that Brad Bird was finally making a sequel to his smash hit The Incredibles. Fans had been hoping for an Incredibles 2 announcement for years, and many are already looking forward to next summer when the film finally hits theaters.
At this year's D23 Expo, Disney is letting a few details slip about the upcoming Pixar sequel. Among the new information showcased at the expo was a glimpse of some of the heroes that appear in the film - including a significant number of new faces.
John Lasseter has already revealed that Incredibles 2 picks up right after the end of the original Incredibles, launching the movie with the fight against the Underminer that the first film wrapped on. With the movie building directly on what was created in the first film, it seemed likely that a few new faces would appear given that heroes appear to once again be en vogue. Bird confirmed that there would be new heroes showing up "with amazing powers that rival The Incredibles." Once they started showing off footage and animation tests of the various characters, though, things got really exciting. Fandango managing editor Erik Davis was in the crowd and tweeted about what was going on:
They just showed a lineup of like 25 new superheroes for #TheIncredibles2
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 14, 2017
It's unclear exactly how much screen time all of these heroes will get, though it's likely that at least a few of the new heroes will be major players in the sequel. It's possible that some of the heroes may even be part of a rival team, a new force that seeks to replace the old guard of The Incredibles and get the glory for themselves. Regardless, it sounds like the superheroes will all be coming out of hiding come the sequel.
If they do go the "rival" route it would certainly be an interesting shift from the first film, which featured a wannabe hero who turned into a villain; going this route could allow The Incredibles 2 to feature multiple villains while having the main conflict be between two rival teams of heroes. It might even play out along the lines of the classic Action Comics story "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?" (which was adapted into the animated film Superman vs. The Elite), with a more hardcore team of heroes rejecting the restraint that Mr. Incredible and his family have used against villains in the past.
While there's little more than speculation about the role that these heroes will play at the moment, it's all but a given that at least some of them will be featured heavily in the advertising push that will come in the next year. Will the new heroes wind up being as heroic as they seem, or will they come into conflict with The Incredibles as superheroes so often do? We'll find out next year.
Source: Erik Davis
- Incredibles 2 (2018) release date: Jun 15, 2018