You can make an argument for 2004’s The Incredibles as one of the best superhero movies ever made. Unrestricted by fanboy expectations, Brad Bird and Pixar delivered a smart riff on ’60s comics, especially the Fantastic Four. But how do you follow that up? Not by repeating the first one, according to Brad Bird.
Bird’s currently promoting the re-release of his other beloved animated feature, The Iron Giant, and at the tail end of an interview with Collider, he got into The Incredibles 2:
What you don’t want to do is trot over the same turf in the same way everyone else is. So we’re trying to keep it focused in the area that our film was, which was a little bit more about characters and relationships and stuff like that, and see where that takes us.
It’ll be curious to see where the movie picks up. After all, if the movie goes in real time, Violet is in her mid-20s, Dash is just getting into college, and Bob and Helen are about to get their AARP cards. And, of course, there’s a lot in their backstories that remains unexplored: We never did find out just how Helen became an expert pilot, for example.
As for when it comes out, Bird notes they’re still writing the script, so it’ll be a few years yet. Still, we can wait; better it be good than fast.