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How Incredibles 2 Should Have Ended

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
Script written by Nick Spake The wait for “Incredibles 2” was so long that we got two “Spider-Man” reboots in between movies. After building up anticipation for 14 years, however, writer/director Brad Bird delivered a stellar sequel complete with ingenious humor, strong world-building, and phenomenal action that would make even Marvel envious. While many would agree that this follow-up lived up to the hype, no movie is perfect and there’s always room for improvement. That being said, there is one major element in “Incredibles 2” that left us a little disappointed as the credits rolled: the villain.
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How Incredibles 2 Could / Should Have Ended


The wait for “Incredibles 2” was so long that we got two “Spider-Man” reboots in between movies. After building up anticipation for 14 years, however, writer/director Brad Bird delivered a stellar sequel complete with ingenious humor, strong world-building, and phenomenal action that would make even Marvel envious. While many would agree that this follow-up lived up to the hype, no movie is perfect and there’s always room for improvement. That being said, there is one major element in “Incredibles 2” that left us a little disappointed as the credits rolled: the villain.

Don’t get us wrong, Screenslaver has a cool design, an intriguing philosophy, and abilities that are actually quite relevant in today’s tech-heavy world. The reveal of Screenslaver’s secret identity, though, is admittedly weak. We’d say spoiler alert, but pretty much everyone in the audience could figure out Evelyn Deavor was the one behind the mask from the second she appeared on screen. From Prince Hans in “Frozen” to Dawn Bellwether in “Zootopia,” Disney has been relying on surprise villains so much lately that we can smell them coming from a mile away. Since this reveal is so obvious to the viewer, it’s rather frustrating that Helen Parr takes so long to piece everything together.


Screenslaver feels especially underwhelming when you stack her up against a villain like Syndrome, who was not only funny and menacing, but also had an interesting connection to our hero. As a result, the climatic showdown between Elastigirl and Screenslaver – while still fun – lacks the drive the first film had. The film’s opening is arguably much stronger as the family goes up against the Underminer, who disappears after evading capture. While it’s hinted that the Underminer is still out there during the credits sequence, the filmmakers missed several opportunities for a great after-credits scene.

What if after Screenslaver is taken into police custody, the Underminer drills into her cell and busts her out! The Underminer then informs Screenslaver that he’s already patched up the Omnidroid and recruited Bomb Voyage to formulate a Legion of Doom. This would not only explain what the Underminer had been doing throughout the film, but also pave the way for “Incredibles 3,” which hopefully doesn’t take another 14 years to make.

An after-credits scene wouldn’t need to take such a dark route, though. The filmmakers could’ve dedicated a couple extra minutes to some of our favorite peripheral characters. Edna Mode’s interaction with little Jack-Jack is definitely a highlight, but it left us wanting even more. Perhaps the after-credits could’ve seen Jack-Jack develop an entirely new power, requiring Auntie Edna to cook up another costume. It also would’ve been worth staying until after the credits for more of Lucius’ wife Honey, especially if they finally showed her face. The post-credits even could’ve given us more between Jack-Jack and his raccoon nemesis. Come to think of it, between that epic showdown and Rocket’s role in “Avengers: Infinity War,” 2018 was really the Year of the Raccoon.

Of course if “Incredibles 2” did have an after-credits scene, we all know what really should’ve happened. The Incredibles return home where Frozone is already waiting for them. Ala Nick Fury in “Iron Man,” Frozone informs the family that they’ve become part of a larger universe and prepares to tell them all about the Pixar Initiative. This would set up the ultimate crossover event that canonizes the Pixar universe theory!

For those you don’t already know, this theory argues that all of the Pixar films are connected in a shared universe, hence why Easter eggs like the Pizza Planet truck keep popping up. According to Jon Negroni’s proposed timeline, “The Incredibles” films take place in the 1950s and 1960s, a few decades before more contemporary movies like “Finding Nemo,” “Coco,” and “Up.” It would’ve been amazing if the ending to “Incredibles 2” had provided a launching point for such a crossover and we can think of a few routes it could’ve taken.

When it was officially announced that “Incredibles 2” was in development, some fans were hoping that we’d get to see older versions Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack, considering how much time had passed. Rather than taking a page from “Toy Story 3,” however, the sequel picks up immediately after the first film. This was probably a smart move since there was a lot more that could be explored with these characters during their youth. There was a way the filmmakers could’ve had their cake and eaten it too, though: Grown-up versions of the kids travel back in time and meet their younger counterparts! How would they time travel, you ask? Well, this is where the Pixar universe theory comes into play.

It’s been theorized that Monstropolis from “Monsters, Inc.” isn’t another dimension, but a future where animals have evolved into advanced creatures. The doors at “Monsters, Inc.” are really gateways to different time periods, meaning they can travel to any point in the Pixar timeline. It’s even been theorized that the witch from “Brave” is really Boo, who got stuck in the 10th century while searching for her old pal Sulley. What if Mike and Sulley emerged from Jack-Jack’s closet in order to extract laughs, but instead the fiery baby gave the monsters a good scare? This would provide a link that’d allow the Parr children to travel back in time as adults. But why exactly would they need to go back in time?


Well, as “WALL-E” indicated, humanity is in store for a grim future where people become reliant on technology to the point that it consumes them. This is partially due to the Buy n Large Corporation, which has made things easier for people while also ruining our planet in the process. Interestingly enough, this ties into Screenslaver’s mentality that humans will always favor convenience and are slowly but surely becoming slaves to their screens. The future in “WALL-E” proves Screenslaver’s theory correct, as everyone aboard the Axiom spends all of their time on a hypnotic video chat, oblivious to their surroundings.

It actually wouldn’t be surprising if Screenslaver’s tech allowed BnL to evolve into a corporation giant. It’s also worth noting that the BnL logo appears in a few contemporary Pixar films, such as “Toy Story 3.” Although the ending of “Incredibles 2” sees the Supers regain their legal rights, we never see any heroes in the modern Pixar films. Is it possible that Supers got outlawed again? Maybe Jack-Jack simply couldn’t control his powers, resulting in a disaster of “Akira” proportions. Maybe this forced Supers to go underground while BnL slowly took over the world behind the scenes. This would naturally give the Incredibles a reason to go back in time and prevent this horrible future where the world has been abandoned and sentient cars have taken over.

Granted, these proposed ideas all sound pretty far-fetched. If “Incredibles 2” had included any of these after-credit sequences, though, you have to admit that it would’ve made an already highly entertaining film even more incredible.

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