WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in theaters now.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom does the unexpected. It builds on what came previously (changing some history along the way), and it ends with a game-changing moment that opens the door for a third film that will actually venture into uncharted territory. Most Jurassic movies had the same basic premise at their core: A group of people go an island, where they end up being hunted by the oldest and most efficient hunters in the planet's history. It was true of the original Jurassic Park trilogy, and it was a formula that the first Jurassic World honored.
However, with the arrival of its sequel, the formula has been altered. Yes, Owen and Claire once again return to Isla Nublar, but they're not hunted by the dinosaurs. Instead, they're trying to save them from a catastrophic volcanic eruption.
Once both man and dinosaur escape the island alive, we venture into a terrain that only Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World touched upon -- dinosaurs in the real world. But Fallen Kingdom takes things much further than The Lost World ever did. Most of the action in the civilized world may take place in a secluded facility underneath a mansion, but the film ends with a shocker: all manner of dinosaurs are now loose, free to roam the Earth. It's a promising ending, one that has us counting down the days to the already-confirmed Jurassic World 3. But what direction will this third film take? Could the franchise really be heading towards all-out war?
The cat is now out of the proverbial bag: Dinosaurs are now part of the world, and they will undoubtedly lead to cataclysmic change. Given the way Fallen Kingdom ends, and with what we know of the world at large's view on dinosaurs, it seems almost natural that the next film in the franchise will be titled Jurassic World War. Not only would it keep the "Jurassic World" portion of the franchise intact, it would hit fans with a dark, foreboding promise.
We've already seen how difficult dinosaurs are to put down, and it would only make sense to have mankind try to eradicate the creatures from the face of the Earth once more. On top of that, the original Jurassic Park film introduced the idea that, even though all the dinosaurs in the park were female, life had found a way to have them procreate. This means that even though there might be only a few dozen dinosaurs out in the world right now, it won't be long until they lay eggs and procreate. Then, the world will be facing a true dinosaur uprising.
Naturally, mankind will respond the only it knows how: with firepower. It seems so obvious and organic to have Jurassic World War be the title of this third film that it makes us wonder if that was the plan at the onset of this new trilogy. The idea of naming the new park "Jurassic World" was a nod the Disney theme parks, but what if there was also an ulterior motive behind it? What if Universal's plan was always to lead up to a Jurassic World War? A battle for the Earth, man versus dinosaur. It certainly sounds promising.
Directed by J.A. Bayona from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, joined by Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell, and Jeff Goldblum.