WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Pixar's Incredibles 2, in theaters now.
Writer/director Brad Bird is proof that patience is indeed a virtue, and good things do come to those who wait. Fourteen years after The Incredibles hit theaters, Incredibles 2 continues the swashbuckling journey of the Parr family, only this time it's not against the bratty Syndrome, but the cape-hating PR machine known as Screenslaver.
With the sequel off to a tremendous start at the box office, fans are already wondering whether a threequel will be made. The thing is, although Bird has steered clear of advocating franchising, he has a hit series on his hands. And while his other tentpole movies have been singular outings, there are actually a few reasons why he's more than likely to make a follow-up to Incredibles 2.
In fact, it's not a matter of if, but when -- which, when it comes to this filmmaker, is the most difficult factor to decipher.
Much like the 2004 film, the ending of Incredibles 2 virtually begs for a sequel. The Academy Award-winning original concluded with a cliffhanger, as the Underminer surfaced to attack Metroville, which is where Incredibles 2 picks up. The Parr family eventually overcomes the threats, which include Screenslaver's convoluted plan, leading to supers being loved by the public once more, thus providing Bird an angle he's yet to fully explore: a new age of heroes.
The sequel also introduces a new generation of crime-fighters, laying the foundation for legacy heroes and a potential time-jump from the 1960s setting (let's be real, two movies have thoroughly covered this era), and into a period where the older generation, like Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, can mentor an entire squad of youngsters. That would also allow a new dynamic with Violet, Dash and the enigmatic Jack-Jack all grown up. With the family failing to nab the Underminer, a sequel pretty much writes itself, as he's the only villain to defeat them.
"There's a weird assumption now that right after you do a movie that is a success, that the next thing you should do is a sequel to that movie," Bird said regarding the gap between Incredibles films. "I don't have a problem with sequels; some of my favorite movies are sequels. But people are almost slightly indignant that I haven't made [another Incredibles film] until now — and that part I don't understand. Sequels are fine but I think they're in danger of taking up too much of the cultural bandwidth of movies."