WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in theaters now.
When Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III hit theaters in 2001, it was a far cry from what Steven Spielberg did with the first two movies in the '90s. Jurassic Park and The Lost World, apart from being cinematic spectacles, were emotive stories painting dinosaurs' attempts to rule nature once again.
Johnston's film, however, didn't capture that essence, and as a result came off as all substance and no style. That's the reason fans were so apprehensive when the new trilogy was announced, kicking off with 2015's Jurassic World.
However, Colin Trevorrow put doubts to rest with his box-office hit, delighting fans and paving the way for director J.A. Bayona to take Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in a totally new direction. And so Bayona does, embracing the challenge and truly changing the franchise's path forward.
Bayona sets this future up using the theme of liberation, starting with Chris Pratt's Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire Dearing rescuing the dinosaurs from Isla Nublar. However, it's all part of a ruse by evil geneticist Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) and Eli Mills (Rafe Spall), who kidnap them to raise funds to create hybrids called Indoraptors. Eventually, the heroes sabotage Wu's auction at the California estate of Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), but the day's far from saved.
In order to save the imprisoned dinos from a fiery death, they're released into the world, thus making the planet their new 'park.' As a result, no longer is the franchise about them in captivity, domesticated and for show. Now, dinos are an endangered species, running wild in America. And as Jeff Goldblum's Dr. Ian Malcolm explains at the end, mankind must learn to coexist with these alpha predators once more.
This paves the way for the franchise to become more about preservation, especially as mercenaries are sure to come hunting them for game. The US Senate also wanted to leave the dinos to die on Isla Nublar, so chances are they'll be sending armies to kill the creatures too. The T-Rex is seen in Los Angeles, the Mosasaurus in Hawaii, and the Pteranodons in Las Vegas, so clearly, there's a lot to hunt. Given we don't know how much time will have elapsed between this flick and the threequel (which Trevorrow's returning to helm), there's the possibility the dinos may even have offspring (due to Wu's unconventional genetic tampering), resulting in an increase in population.