It’s been fourteen years since
the best Fantastic Four movie one of the best Pixar movies came out. The Incredibles was doing jokes about superheroes four years before the Marvel Cinematic Universe would take over the entire box office. It’s been a long time for us but it turns out it’s been almost no time for the characters. This is one of the advantages to an animated sequel so long after the fact; time doesn’t matter and director Brad Bird decided to take advantage of that. He spoke to Screen Rant about why he decided to have the sequel, Incredibles 2, take place almost immediately after the first one.
Men are always expected to be strong, so I had Bob have super strength. 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 unknowns. Maybe they have no powers, maybe they have all powers – we don’t know. That’s what Jack Jack was; he was seemingly the most normal one in the family and then at the end of Incredibles, you find out he’s a wild card and he’s sort of the Swiss army knife of powers. And that reminds me of the way babies can grasp language really easily and adapt them easily. That idea changes if you age the characters up, and the insight into those periods of your life and those particular perspectives disappear once you age them up. I’m not interested in a college aged Jack Jack, I’m just not.
Bird is in the unique position in that the passage of time doesn’t effect his superheroes. While Marvel is going to have to recast Iron Man or Thor someday because Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth are human beings that age Violet and Dash could be kids for decades. We’ll have to see if Pixar and Disney decide to turn the Incredibles into yet another superhero franchise.
Summary: Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.
Incredibles 2, directed by Brad Bird, stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Jonathan Banks, and Samuel L. Jackson. It will be released on June 15th.
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