With production on blockbuster dino-sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom having wrapped earlier this week, there's speculation that one of the images posted on Twitter celebrating the end of production tease a new hybrid dinosaur - one that will be featured in the film.
The big antagonistic force of the original Jurassic World in 2015 was the Indominus Rex, a dangerously terrifying hybrid of some of the most dangerous and carnivorous dinosaurs to ever live. It took the wits of Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) plus the might of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a raptor and the massive underwater Mosasaurus to take the beast down, with the park just narrowly avoiding annihilation and massacre. For next year's sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, it's going to be tough to top that threat, but there are hints in recent reveals and potential slips that might give insight to the series' next natural progression in pre-historic danger.
To celebrate the wrap of the sequel, Jurassic World director and Fallen Kingdom co-writer and producer Colin Trevorrow posted a picture on Twitter of Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona peering into the massive jaws of an unidentified dinosaur. According to Jurassic Park fan site JurassicOutPost, this picture might be teasing a big threat in Fallen Kingdom, making good on the threats of Vincent D'Onofrio's military man Hoskins with a hybrid of T-Rex and raptor:
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) July 9, 2017
Though on surface level, Trevorrow's picture is cryptic and unclear enough to confirm anything, JurassicOutPost brightened the image to look more in-depth at the details. With the shadows blown out, the site notes that the color is darker than both the Indominus Rex and Tyrannosaurus Rex, and while on first glance the jaw resembles more of a massive dinosaur, it could just be a matter of perspective. The site speculates that this animal is a raptor of sorts, but is more massive than a normal one of the species, an "Indoraptor" of sorts.
Beyond the analysis of the photo, JurassicOutPost points to a slip up in a recent tweet by producer Frank Marshall. Late last month, Marshall commemorated the three year anniversary of the filming of a key scene in Jurassic World, the initial escape of the Indominus Rex from her enclosure. In the initial tweet about the scene, Marshall referred to the Indominus as the Indoraptor. Being such a specific mistake, plus the fact that Marshall deleted the tweet and replaced it with the correct name later, adds credibility to the idea that Marshall had the Indoraptor on the mind during Fallen Kingdom production.
Neither Bayona nor Universal have confirmed that the Indoraptor is in the film, let alone featured in Trevorrow's post, so this claim should be taken with a grain of salt for now. The Indoraptor does seem like a sensible progression for where B.D. Wong's Dr. Henry Wu and the military would take the production of dinosaurs, following the events of Jurassic World - given how intelligent and capable the raptors showed themselves to be under the right training. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is going to have a difficult time topping the success of the last film, but this Indoraptor could be a good selling point to entice audiences yet again.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018