The last time we've seen the Incredibles, they've suited up to fight a throw-away villain. After over a decade, we'll finally see how that battle unfolds when Disney-Pixar's Incredibles 2 opens in local theaters on June 13.
The animated film grossed more than $633 million worldwide, earning an Oscar for "Best Animated film." But according to writer/director Brad Bird, it wasn't the characters' powers-or the villains-that fueled the film's success. "I realized that the crime-fighting aspect of the story didn't interest me nearly as much as the whole family dynamic," he said. "I think that people see themselves in these characters and that's why they fell for them the way they did. 'The Incredibles' and now 'Incredibles 2' are really stories about a family."
The Incredibles was released in 2004, a few short years before 2008's Iron Man, and the superhero genre has skyrocketed within the film and television industry with major franchises exploding yearly since then. These days we get three superhero films from Marvel alone.
"The landscape has certainly changed since our last movie," said Bird. "But the idea of our hero worrying about getting a job and paying the rent is still compelling. The challenge of juggling everything life throws at you-even if you have super powers-is still relatable."
In "Incredibles 2," Helen is called on to lead a campaign to rebuild the supers' reputation, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of "normal" life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack-whose super powers are about to be discovered by his family. Bird knew for a long time that Helen would step into the spotlight in "Incredibles 2." "I wanted this to be Helen's adventure," he said. "And I was intrigued by how Bob would handle that, along with the responsibilities at home."
According to Bird, the story strives to strike a balance between the adventure and the more ordinary aspects of family life. "It's a dance between the mundane and the fantastic," he said. "That's what makes the idea work.
Which isn't too far off from some of Marvel superheroes, such as Spider-Man, who has to balance crime-fighting and paying monthy bills.
"Helen might take a call in the middle of battling the bad guys to help her kid find his shoes," added Bird. "Or Violet might use her power of invisibility when she is feeling totally humiliated. Audiences see that and think, 'Yeah, I'd do that, too.'"
"Incredibles 2" opens in Philippine cinemas nationwide on June 13, 2018, check out the trailer.