The latest Jurassic World trailer gave us a lot for fans to gnaw on: we got a much better look at the highly anticipated Indoraptor, we saw the return of the T-Rex and Blue, a ton of new and exciting action sequences and most interestingly, we saw dinosaurs running amok far beyond the walls and shores of the abandoned Jurassic World theme park.
While for the most part it looks like the film will still follow that familiar plot in which a large, carnivorous dinosaur chases everyone around for a while, it looks to be slowly taking us in a different direction. As we said, the dinosaurs in that trailer have left the park. Could that be the first step toward global domination for the prehistoric giants?
The issue in the upcoming sequel isn't just that the old dinosaurs have evidently escaped from Jurassic World, it's that the ability to produce more of the giant lizards is no longer exclusive to InGen. We know that Henry Wu, played by B.D Wong, made off with the remains of his research in the final act of Jurassic World. It was meant to help achieve the military goal of Vic Hoskins, played by Vincent D'Onofrio, which was to create tamed and lethal raptors for use in military operations. With Hoskins dead, it seems Wu's research will be used by anyone and everyone who can afford it-- people who, much like Hammond, won't understand the illusion of control until it's too late.
If InGen, with all its resources, couldn't contain these beasts, we can't expect anyone else to be able to safely store them. Raptors, the T-Rex, the Mosasaurus and the free pteranodons (not just the ones that escaped at the end of Jurassic Park III) have all managed to escape at one point or another from various types of enclosures. They're more than capable of dominating the Earth.
It seems like an organic progression, given everything we've been shown and everything we've been told by characters like Jeff Goldblum's Dr. Ian Malcolm. He's set to make a small appearance in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the trailers have already given us enough of his speech to know the kind of significance and impact his role will have in the context of the film's story. "These creatures were here before us, and if we're not careful, they're gonna be here after... Welcome to Jurassic World."
Juxatposed with shots of the Mosasaurus hunting oblivious surfers and the Indoraptor about to attack Owen and some kids, it would seem as that the trailer is hinting that Malcolm's fears would be realized. Maybe not in this film, but in the next instalment of the Jurassic World trilogy.
Colin Trevorrow has made it clear that he intends to distinguish these films in terms of plot by veering away from the typical sequence of events and focusing more on the exploration of the franchise's themes and potential. In an interview with Jurassic Outpost, Trevorrow stated that there's mention of militarization and of humans living alongside dinosaurs in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. That sounds like a perfect way of building up to something even more outrageous and thought-provoking for the last film in the trilogy. Of Jurassic World 3, Trevorrow told Entertainment Weekly, "I would say Jurassic World was an action adventure, Fallen Kingdom is kind of a horror suspense film, and Jurassic World 3 will be a science thriller in the same way that Jurassic Park was."
The concept of dinosaurs spreading across the world in the same way super-intelligent apes did in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes seems to fit in perfectly with Trevorrow's intentions for the franchise, especially when you consider the subtext.
There's a theme that permeates the franchise, a message reinforced by the characters and events of each film. The franchise has always shown us that when man and nature come into conflict, nature always wins. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom may not necessarily end with humans being driven to extinction, but it's not unreasonable to consider that the conclusion of the Jurassic World series will take us very close to that outcome.
Directed by J.A. Bayona and written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, with BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum. In theaters June 22nd.