WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Ralph Breaks the Internet, in theaters now.
As most fans are aware of by this point, many Disney Princesses appear in Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet. Their scene with Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) is hilarious, showing the lot of them relaxing behind the scenes together. They bounce off one another, and each exhibit their inherent character traits perfectly.
By the end of the film, they’ve also proved how effective they are as a unit. In fact, it's so impressive, the group deserves its own team-up film. Ralph Breaks the Internet basically turns the group into the Disney equivalent of the Avengers, and it will leave fans wanting more.
The moment comes toward the end of the film. Ralph (John C. Reilly) has managed to calm down the giant avatar of his own insecurities powering the rapidly spreading computer virus. However, in doing so, Ralph is dropped from the top of Google Tower and plummets to the ground. Despite the best efforts of Spamley (Bill Hader), Ralph looks like a goner.
That’s when the Disney Princesses arrive, and do everything they can to save him. We won't go into particulars here, but the way each princess uses her abilities to save Ralph is like something straight out of a comic book, showing a well-oiled machine of a team that has clearly trained together for moments such as this. It is genuinely just as good as any team-up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Extended Universe, and it could justify an entire team-up film.
Imagine how much fun it would be to see this group of characters, not remade to fit a mold but rather given the freedom to let their personalities and abilities. This is the franchise Disney should have launched years ago, focusing on the connections between the princesses and the Disney-level threats they could battle.
Imagine this group going up against someone like Maleficent, or maybe even some underrated deep cuts, like the Horned King. Even a Civil War-style “hero vs. hero” film starring the Princesses would almost certainly do well.
What begins as a good-natured joke at its own expense could secretly be Disney's best idea this year. The Princesses all get the chance to be heroes in their own right during the rescue, and seeing a similar dynamic extended on a broader scale could make for one of the most beloved movies in the animated Disney canon.
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnson, Ralph Breaks the Internet is in theaters now. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot, Jane Lynch, Ed O’Neill and almost every Disney Princess voice recorded.