Pixar has a longstanding tradition of finding incredible thematic and emotional depth in unique scenarios. While it's hard to now remember a time when quality superhero movies weren't dominating cinema screens multiple times a year, in 2004 it was still a rare occurrence. Two chapters of Brian Singer's X-Men and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man had hit the screen, but the superhero misfires far outweighed these crowd-pleasing hits. It was during this tumultuous time for the genre that Pixar's The Incredibles hit the screen, boasting some of the best story work and superpowered action filmgoers had yet seen. Despite featuring derivative powers and themes to superhero comics like Fantastic Four, The Incredibles phenomenally outperformed 20th Century Fox's 2005 Fantastic Four film in both critical response and box office draw.
Nestled amidst the tale of Mr. Incredible's mid-life crisis (and superpowered familial fallout), Lucius Best a.k.a. Frozone stood as a loyal friend and partner. Frozone, who is voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, is one of many middle-aged superheroes who find themselves disenfranchised from using their powers to better the world, but by the end of The Incredibles, he publicly takes up the mantle once again. While details about The Incredibles 2 are still very slim, Jackson is definitely set to return as Frozone and revealed mid-December that he had begun recording audio for the film.
During a recent interview with Collider, Jackson revealed that his work on The Incredibles 2. is far from over. In fact, he has only done one day of recording, and it may not even have been for the final film.
“I’ve been in the studio one day so far. One day so far, but I don’t know if that’s a dedicated recording or pre-recording, so they could start to animate against what I said. I think it’s going to be pretty awesome. Everyone’s been waiting to see, more than anything, what Jack-Jack evolved into.”
Despite the long gap between the films, Jackson wasn't surprised that the Incredibles sequel was finally happening:
“Brad’s always said that. Every time I ran into him he said, ‘We’re going to do it, we’re going to do it,’ and he was off on track doing some live-action stuff, I guess expanding his horizons as a director in the kinds of movies he could and the kind of opportunities that he had. So I’ve always thought it was possible.”
While the film's release is still over a year away, with plenty of work left to be done, fans can at least take solace in the fact that Incredibles 2 is actually happening! What did Jack-Jack evolve into? Guess away in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Incredibles 2 as they hit.
- Incredibles 2 (2018) release date: Jun 15, 2018