SPOILER WARNING: Major spoilers ahead for Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles 2, in theaters now.
2004’s The Incredibles was a warm superhero flick all families could enjoy. It focused on the Parrs, a super-powered family, fighting off the megalomanic known as Syndrome in a straightforward plot; stop the madman who thinks taking over the world is all fun and games.
However, there was a powerful message under the standard superhero hijinks: Don’t go overboard with your fandom and worship of superheroes. This is what Buddy Pine did as a kid, and why he eventually turned into the deadly Syndrome. In Brad Bird’s highly-anticipated sequel, there’s another crucial message at the heart of the story, and it’s particularly fitting for modern times in terms of gender equality.
The director cleverly uses Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) as the face of feminism, firmly placing her into the limelight, and really and truly making her the star of the film this time around. In doing so, Incredibles 2 makes it abundantly clear that fearless women are stepping up and making their mark in the world, no matter who wants to hold them back.
In the sequel, superheroes are drawing the ire of the public for the collateral and infrastructural damage they cause fighting villains. Of course, this is all helped along by criminal despots like Screenslaver, who demonize them and turn politicians against the capes. But Bird offers Elastigirl the chance to fight back as she fronts a pro-hero PR campaign from DEVTECH — a company run by Winston and Evelyn Deavor — to make superheroes great again.
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