Like its predecessor, Incredibles 2 is open-ended enough to invite a sequel. But, considering the long wait between the original film and this one, should we tell our kids (and ourselves) that there will definitely be Incredibles 3? Right now, it seems like the answer is a big maybe. Here’s what to know.
Spoilers for Incredibles 2 ahead. You’ve been warned!
The final scenes of Incredibles 2 are somewhat similar to the first film insofar as the family is back together, and seemingly, getting ready to fight crime together. Though one has to wonder why Violet couldn’t have just gone on her date and let the rest of the family do their thing…
The point is, that unlike the first film, Incredibles 2 fixes the pesky notion of supers being illegal. From the ending of Incredibles 2 and into any future for these characters, their super-heroics are now totally legal. Which, in a sense, removes the basic conflict of both films. In the original film, Mr. Incredible was sneaking behind his wife’s back doing superhero stuff, illegally. In the new film, Elastiagirl has to fight for the right to turn vigilantes into, well, not-vigilantes. So, one has to wonder, if everything is okay with the idea of superheroes, what would the larger thematic meat of Incredibles 3 be about?
For the kids, there’s a simple answer: the Underminer is still out there! And his borrowing vehicle is even teased at the end of the credits! So, sure, there’s plenty of plot stuff Incredibles 3 could deal with, but the grown-up heavy stuff is less clear.
Speaking to Bustle this week, the creator and director of both Incredibles, Brad Bird, said he wasn’t sure he could even start thinking about a sequel, yet. “Right now it’s like asking a person who’s just ate a large, living room-size hamburger what they want for lunch. It’s not a good time to talk about it.”
So for now, that’s the answer. The guy behind The Incredibles isn’t ready to think about it. But, if this one is as big of a hit as it looks like it’s going to be, Disney and Pixar might be forced to think of something. And hopefully, it won’t take a decade and a half this time. If the Toy Story franchise was racing The Incredibles around a track, it would have lapped them three times already. (Toy Story 4 comes out this time next year.)
Incredibles 2 is out in wide release in movie everywhere now.
In the meantime, check out our guide to streaming all the Pixar movies right here.