Superhero sequels are everywhere this year, from the mega mash-up of Avengers: Infinity War to the crude crusade of Deadpool 2, and we still have Ant-Man and the Wasp to look forward to, along with Justice League spin-off Aquaman. But there’s one big super squad making a long awaited return to our screens in 2018: the Incredibles.
Yup, Pixar’s mightiest heroes are finally getting a sequel, a mere 14 years after their incredible (*ahem*) debut. Here’s everything we know about Incredibles 2, from the release date and cast through to the latest trailers and plot rumours.
If, like us, you’re in the UK then we’re afraid we have some bad news for you: you’ve got a little while to wait. Incredibles 2 comes out in the UK on 13 July, a full month after its US release date of 15 June. That means US readers can book tickets now - check Fandango for the latest times near you.
We’ve got the football World Cup to thank for the delay, which is playing havoc with Hollywood release schedules all summer - Disney’s also had to delay Ant-Man and the Wasp for the exact same reason.
Still, we’ve waited 14 years for a sequel to The Incredibles, so what’s a few more weeks at that point? In the meantime, you can always entertain yourself by revisiting the original: grab it on disc from Amazon, or download/rent from iTunes or Google Play.
Cast and crew
First up, the good news: most of the main cast from the first film is back. Of the central family, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, and Sarah Vowell are all back as Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Violet respectively - the only real change is that Huck Milner has replaced Spencer Fox as Dash. We also assume they had to get a new baby to play Jack Jack, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed.
Just as importantly, Samuel L. Jackson is back to play Frozone, the true heart and soul of the franchise.
When it comes to new voices, there’s a bit of a Break Bad/Better Call Saul reunion as Jonathan Banks and Bob Odenkirk join the cast as Rick Dicker and Winston Deavor, while Catherine Keener plays the latter’s sister, Evelyn Deavor.
Dicker is a returning character, an NSA agent (voiced by the late Bud Luckey last time around) who’s tasked with cleaning up after supers. Meanwhile the Deavors are the rich Silicon Valley types to hire Elastigirl as their own personal superhero - and, we’re gonna go out on a limb here, may turn out to have a dark secret or two. Just a hunch.
Behind the camera (drawing board? Illustration software?) you’ll likely be pleased to know that Brad Bird is once again the sole writer and director, so the film is in good hands. Since The Incredibles he’s been busy making the very excellent Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and the slightly less excellent Tomorrowland: A World Beyond, but we’re very glad to see him back in charge of our favourite family.
Posters and photos
Pixar has really brought its A-game to posters for Incredibles 2, with a string of one-sheets boasting art deco illustrations or teasing the comic potential of superheroic family life - click through our gallery to check out some of our favourites.
There are also plenty of official images which tease some of the film’s best gags and action beats, along with Elastigirl’s new costume - and don’t worry, there isn’t a cape in sight.
There’s been plenty of footage of the film so far. The first tease we got, in December of last year, was light on actual film clips, but big on teasers for what looks like the film’s most fun new element: a powered up Jack Jack:
The Winter Olympics brought us a longer look at the movie, with the first hints at the proper plot, and a better look at how Jack Jack will fit into the film: as a source of constant frustration for Mr. Incredible, thrust into the role of house-husband:
A couple months after that we got the film’s official trailer, which is actually pretty similar to the Olympics clip. There’s a lot of shared footage between the two, but we also get a few glimpses of new stuff - including the first look at the film’s villain, and a closing gag with Frozone that’s makes the whole trailer worthwhile:
Finally, there’s the Suit Up sneak peek, which boasts some familiar footage, but with much more emphasis on the big action beats, showing off some set pieces we haven’t seen before:
Story and plot rumours
If you’ve watched all the clips above then you should already have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the superhero sequel, though Pixar and Disney are doing their best to keep the details of the plot under wraps.
From the look of things, the film picks up right where the first left off, with the sudden arrival of the dastardly villain The Underminer - a knowing nod to Mole Man, the villain in the very first Fantastic Four comic.
The trailers show off the Parrs working together to take down The Underminer, but along the way there’s plenty of property damage - which we’re guessing is what prompts them to remember that superheroes are still illegal, leaving the family stuck contemplating a normal life.
That’s when Elastigirl gets a job offer: superhero for hire for Winston and Evelyn Deavor, who apparently want to use her to give heroes their good name back - while Mr. Incredible is left with the less glamorous job of raising the kids. Cue teen angst, maths homework, and all the joys a superpowered toddler has to offer.
Naturally there’s a bit more to it than that, and the spanner in the works is new villain Screen Slaver, who seems to use TV screens and monitors to hypnotise people - including a team of supers being used for Screen Slaver’s evil bidding.
Now we’re gonna take a wild, wild stab in the dark and call it now that Screen Slaver is one or the other of the Deavors - or indeed both of them working together. They have the money and technical know-how to pull it off, the investment in bringing superheroes back into the public eye and, most important of all, the tragic backstory: their father loved superheroes, but died in a robbery after they were outlawed.
We’ll have to wait for the film’s release to see if all our theorising is correct of course - we wouldn’t put it past Pixar to have a few surprises up its sleeve. Until then, stay tuned for more rumours and news as we wait for Incredibles 2 to arrive.