The Incredibles 2 is finally happening. But don't expect it to follow the original. This one is going to be much different, at least according to original director Brad Bird. This November will mark the 12th anniversary of Pixar's The Incredibles, an animated adventure about superhero movies that, at the time, out-grossed several live-action superhero movies. The Incredibles took in $261.4 million domestically and $633 million worldwide, which is more than the worldwide totals of Hulk ($245.3 million), Daredevil ($179.1 million) and The Punisher ($54.7 million) combined. Naturally, those three live action movies represented the low-end of the superhero spectrum back then, but a lot has changed since The Incredibles hit the big screen. And it's amazing it has taken this long to get a sequel ready. Director Brad Bird recently offered some new updates on this sequel in a recent interview.
The writer-director revealed back in September that he had almost finished work on the script, and then in October, Pixar handed out a June 21, 2019 release date. This date comes just one week after the release of another highly-anticipated superhero movie, Warner Bros.' Justice League Part II, arriving on June 14, 2019. Very little has been revealed about The Incredibles 2 story thus far, but in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, where he wouldn't shed too much light on the plot, but he did tease that he plans on taking these characters in new directions.
"I don't like unwrapping presents before Christmas. It's very actively moving, and we're excited about it. [We're] trying to take it in some new directions. Hopefully it's the same characters and feel, but going in a new direction. I mean, that's the trick with a sequel. It's repeating yourself, without repeating yourself."
The Incredibles centered on a family full of superheroes, the patriarch Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), his wife Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and their kids Dash (Spencer Fox), Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Jack Jack (Eli Fucile and Maeve Andrews) who are forced to live a normal suburban life, until a new super-villain named Syndrome (Jason Lee) emerges and threatens to destroy the world. Samuel L. Jackson also starred as Frozone, a superhero friend of the family. None of these voice cast members have been confirmed to return for this sequel quite yet.
Last April, Brad Bird teased that this sequel would avoid addressing superhero trends that have emerged in the dozen years since The Incredibles. We aren't quite sure when the full voice cast for The Incredibles 2 will be announced. It may not be for quite some time, since we have just under three years until this sequel hits theaters.