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.
Blu-ray and DVD release date
Incredibles 2 is now long gone from most cinemas, which means it's time to look forward to the home entertainment release. We don't yet know officially when the film will be available at home in the UK, but we do have US dates: you'll be able to buy a digital copy from 23 October, and a DVD, Blu-ray or 4K UHD copy from 6 November.
Both HMV and Amazon have listed the Blu-rays with a 12 November date for the UK, while Amazon also lists the digital edition for 5 November, so it looks likely that's when the film will be out in the UK - though without official confirmation from either Disney or Pixar, these could just be placeholder dates. Still, they sound about right for when we'd expect the film, so we're inclined to believe them.
Still, we’ve waited 14 years for a sequel to The Incredibles, so what’s a few more weeks at this 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.
Finally, here are the extras you can expect to get from the home entertainment release - with the usual caveat that special features and content often vary by country:
The Coolest Guy in Show Business – In this partially illustrated documentary, Samuel L. Jackson reflects how his childhood and love of comics shaped his passion for film and imaginative storytelling.
2 SuperScene Breakdowns – Casual commentary-style pieces looking at specific scenes in the film (The Racoon Fight and Mrs. Incredible) through a particular creative focus like action choreography, set design or story.
Blu-ray & Digital:
All-New “Auntie Edna” Mini-Movie – When Bob Parr visits super-suit designer Edna Mode looking for help with his high-energy toddler Jack-Jack, Edna pulls an all-nighter designing a suit to harness the baby’s seemingly limitless powers.
10 Deleted Scenes With Introductions – Suburban Escape, Kari Revisited, Return of the Supers, Chewed Out, Late Audition, Slow Day, Frozone and Honey, Restaurant Robbery, Fashion Show and Security Breakdown.
Super Stuff – From buildings and vehicles to costumes and props, every action movie requires a lot of really cool stuff. Meet the makers and learn what it takes to design and build such a uniquely incredible world.
Heroes & Villains – A collection of mini-docs about the backstory and major design ideas behind the “Incredibles 2” characters — featuring voice actors, director Brad Bird, and Pixar artists talking about the many elements that make these characters feel real.
Ralph Eggleston: Production Designer – This short piece explores the many ways a single production designer has influenced the look, feel and character of the Pixar universe, culminating in “Incredibles 2.”
Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird – Brad Bird’s passion for animation dates back to his childhood and mentorship under Disney’s Milt Kahl, and that enthusiasm and powerful insight emanates from every film he’s made. Take a deep dive into Brad’s early years at Disney Animation Studios and his time at Pixar.
Paths to Pixar: Everyday Heroes – At its heart, “Incredibles 2” is about family dynamics and the challenges of being a working parent. Meet the parents of Pixar as they discuss their personal connections to the film and their experience with stretching to balance work and family.
SuperBaby – A documentary/hip hop music video hybrid hosted by Frankie and Paige from Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark. This piece explores how Jack-Jack came to life onscreen — from design to special effects to animation — all set to a hot beat.
Commentary – Get inside commentary from animators Alan Barillaro (supervising animator), Tony Fucile (supervising animator, story artist and character designer), Dave Mullins (supervising animator) and Bret Parker (animation second unit and crowds supervisor).
Theatrical Short: “Bao” – An aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy.
Making “Bao” – Director Domee Shi shares her secret recipe for making an animated short — discussing how her rich cultural heritage, unique relationship with her mom, and her love of food all informed the making of the food-fantasy “Bao.”
Outtakes & Stories – Raccoon Fight Story, Evelyn Animation Outtakes, Puppet Animator Interview, Outtakes Goofy Arms Story and SuperBaby Music Video.
Character Theme Songs, Vintage Toy Commercial TV Spots, Toolkit Montage and Global “Incredibles 2” Trailers
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:
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 Breaking 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.
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.
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 serves as a reminder 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 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 Screenslaver, who uses TV screens and monitors to hypnotise people - including a team of supers being used for Screenslaver’s evil bidding.
Now we’re gonna take a wild, wild stab in the dark and call it now that Screenslaver 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.