There was no doubt that Incredibles 2 was going to be a powerhouse during its opening weekend. During its premiere, Incredibles 2 took in $183.2 million at the domestic box office, crushing the $135 million record set by Finding Dory. With those numbers backing it - and with the praise it has received - there’s no doubt that fans and critics are curious about the possibility of a third installment in the Incredibles series.
Wow, #Incredibles2 with an incredible record-shattering opening weekend! $180M is an astonishing debut for an animated movie. No way Pixar can’t make an INCREDIBLES 3 with that kind of success. I just got out of seeing it for the second time and loved it even more pic.twitter.com/4ej2U4U0ax— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) June 17, 2018
Director Brad Bird sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the production process of Incredibles 2 and was sure to weigh in on the possibility of a trilogy. Before getting to the answer everyone wanted, Bird first talked about the 14-year gap between Incredibles and its highly anticipated sequel.
He attributes the long delay to the box office pile-up of superhero movies and sequels and his desire to have a perfectly fleshed out story. It may be an animated film, but Pixar - and Bird specifically - has never shied away from telling a complete, compelling, and emotional story.
Dear Incredibles 2,— Chris Huff (@chris_huff15) June 17, 2018
Thank you for doing an awesome job with this movie so my childhood wasn’t ruined. See you in 14 more years for Incredibles 3!
90’s kids ❤️
According to his time with Entertainment Weekly, Bird knew he always wanted to do a sequel and it was just a matter of finding the right story. For inspiration, he turned to the ideas for the original Incredibles that were left on the cutting room floor, such as Jack-Jack’s storyline. The tiny superhero didn’t make it into Incredibles, but Bird was sure to resurrect it for the follow-up.
I am 21 years old and if I have to go to the theater at 35 to watch Incredibles 3 I will— Zach Martin (@zachmartin_15) June 16, 2018
That, essentially, is where the potential for a third entry comes in, with the ideas for the sequel that were cut due to a truncated production schedule. Bird mentions how The Iron Giant included elements originally cut from the animated version of The Spirit. “You never know how these [ideas] are going to get repurposed. There were a lot of ideas that we had on this film that could be [used]... whether it’s another Incredibles film, or something else.”
For Incredibles 3, I think that Mr. & Mrs. Incredible should be retired & the film should revolve around the kids being older saving the world and we can see Jack Jack’s powers in full swing— sher ☯️ (@ssomme99) June 16, 2018
For now, Bird’s concepts for a third entry are in limbo, as is his potential to make Incredibles 3, but Samuel L. Jackson, who voices Frozone and helped push Bird into making a sequel, already has a concept in mind: a prequel showing the origins of Frozone and Mr. Incredible.
Incredibles 3 should be a prequel of the glory days of him and Elastic girl back in the day!!— Ted Mosby (@paulieedelagdo) June 18, 2018
I’m ready for Incredibles 3,4,5, a Frozone solo movie, a Violet goes to College movie and a Dash movie where he goes to the olympics but has to hide his powers in a race... Disney made me wait 14 years for this, I’ve been planning. 😂😂— 💖✨Craig William✨💖 (@CraigWilliam92) June 18, 2018
While we’re left waiting for an announcement for Incredibles 3, producer John Walker has some words of encouragement: “I wouldn’t ever rule it out.”