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
BREAKING: Disney/Pixar announce a June 15, 2032 release date for ‘INCREDIBLES 3.’ pic.twitter.com/3JDcjRlnHb
— Le Cinéphiles (@LeCinephiles) June 16, 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.
so when incredibles 3 coming out? pic.twitter.com/45QAxTKME5
— The Artist Formerly Known As MeechOnMars (@DemetriusHarmon) June 16, 2018
I hope we don’t have to wait 14 years for an #Incredibles 3.
— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) June 17, 2018
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,
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 ❤️
— Chris Huff (@chris_huff15) June 17, 2018
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.”