Everyone is hyped for the release of the long-anticipated sequel to The Incredibles. If you haven’t heard, the fourteen-year-long wait is over and on June 15 this year, and people cannot wait.
But before we get too excited, here’s a major plot point most are confused about: The film starts right where it left off.
Fourteen years and not a second has passed in the animated world. A new villain arose last second in the first movie, leaving us on a cliffhanger. It seems like Brad Bird wanted to answer our questions of that ending instead of throwing us into the future. Why would that be? Who doesn’t want to see a moody, teenage Jack-Jack, or an adult Tony and Violet in love? What about a college kid Dash? Would he be over his girl phobia? Knowing these things would be pretty exciting to most people, yet, director Brad Bird doesn’t seem to think so.
“I thought about aging everyone the way everyone does and then I thought, ‘No, that sucks.'” Bird said when asked about his reasoning. He goes on about how many comic books and movie before his had done that very thing and how he wanted The Incredibles to be different from them.
So, no adult Violet or Dash, but instead we are promised to get more Jack-Jack action. As some know, in a short produced after the first movie called Jack-Jack Attack, and at the very end of the first movie, we see that Jack-Jack has more powers than all of the other family members. From what we see, he has the power of fire, steel, and some monster form. Bird calls him a ‘Jack of all trades’; a pun on his name.
Another thing Bird tells us about what to expect is more Elasti-Girl action. Since the last film focused mainly on Mr. Incredible, this one is about Bob tackling parenthood while Helen is tackling bad guys.
Having said that, Bird also comments “…I realized I’m not very interested in the power. That’s not the part that interests me. What interests me is the idea of having a family. Having there be a reason to hide the powers. And once I had that insight into what I wanted to do, I picked the powers based on who they were in the family…” If one was to look back on the first movie, they could see the passion Bird put into making that a huge aspect of the plot. “…Men are always expected to be strong, so I had Bob have super strength. Women, mothers are always pulled in a million different directions, so I had her be elastic. Teenagers are insecure and defensive, so I had Violet have force fields and invisibility. Ten-year-olds are energy balls that can’t be stopped. And babies are unknown, maybe they have no powers, maybe they have all powers, we don’t know…”
So whether you had hoped for a flash to the future, or you’re perfectly content with how Bird decided to do things, no one can deny that they are not stoked for this amazing sequel to be released.