The final trailer arrived this morning for director J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Forgotten Kingdom, bringing with it plenty of action, terror and plot details as we learn the real reason the dinosaurs are being rescued from the imminent volcanic eruption on Isla Nublar.
Along with all of that, however, are more than a few callbacks to previous films in the 25-year-old blockbuster franchise, and -- oh, yes -- dinosaurs in all shapes and sizes. Including Blue and the new hybrid, Indoraptor, naturally. We break down the highlights below.
So, DON'T Remain Absolutely Still?
The opening sequence starts out lighthearted enough, with Chris Pratt's Owen Grady trapped between a sleeping Tyrannosaurus rex and the wall of the world's largest pet crate. But then the sedative wears off and her eye flies open in a closeup that's almost certainly on homage to the iconic scene from 1993's Jurassic Park in which the T-rex escapes its paddock and peers into the vehicle containing the very frightened Murphy children.
Wisely disregarding Alan Grant's advice from the original film to remain absolutely still, Owen makes a hurried escape, avoiding the dinosaur's enormous claws as he jumps through her open mouth, to (presumed) safety.
The Mission: To Save Blue (and, Oh, Some Other Dinosaurs)
We of course already knew the gist of the sequel's plot, with Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing returning to Isla Nublar four years after the closing of Jurassic World, in hopes of saving the remaining dinosaurs from a volcanic eruption. Here, though, we learn they're not part of some mad dash to cram as many animals as they can upon a modern ark. No, Claire's Dinosaur Protection Group teams with Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), the former partner of John Hammond, to rescue 11 species, including Owen's beloved Blue, the last surviving Velociraptors.
But it can't be as simple as that, can it?
Blue is key to the mission, and Owen is key to capturing the Velociraptors, so naturally he agrees to help find the animal he trained from a hatchling. The sequence is a callback not only to Jurassic World, in which Owen commanded the four raptors, but to the very beginnings of the Jurassic Park franchise with the introduction of this species. They hunt in packs, surrounding and herding their prey.
But here, of course Blue is the hunted, suddenly surrounded by mercenaries armed with tranquilizer rifles.