What Pacific Rim 2’s Best Weapon Is, According To John Boyega

Pacific Rim: Uprising

The jaegers were impressive technological beasts with an array of weapons available in the first Pacific Rim. However, the trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising showed off a collection of new toys the cast will get to play with in the sequel. According to John Boyega, the best weapon in the new Pacific Rim is actually just an upgrade from the first movie, the plasma sword. Of course, it helps that in the sequel, there's now more than one sword. The actor says...

The plasma sword is big; when you swing that, it's not just your strength coming out, it's also the robot's. And if you've seen the trailer, you'll notice we've got two of those babies. When I saw the first film, I was like, 'Why don't they put in another one?'

In the original Pacific Rim, the first battle fought by Mako Mori and Raleigh Beckett very nearly ended in disaster as the Kaiju they were up against was able to withstand every weapon at their disposal. That was until Mako Mori brought out a brand new weapon that Beckett wasn't aware existed, a sword. The blade became the Voltron-like Kaiju killer and a key part of the human victory over the monsters.

In Pacific Rim: Uprising we see that the sword has received an upgrade from being a metallic object to one made of energy. Also, the blade has been added to the other arm. John Boyega tells Yahoo that he thought the Gypsy Danger should have had two blades in the first movie. This time around, that's exactly what happens.

Of course, John Boyega is something of an expert when it comes to science fiction melee combat weapons. He's swung a lightsaber in addition to a plasma sword, and the newest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi shows him armed with a First Order riot control baton, a weapon capable of blocking the swing of a lightsaber.

Pacific Rim: Uprising shows off a lot of interesting weapons in the trailer, and we can't wait to see how they all get used, as well as what cool items might be getting held off-screen in order to give us a big reveal in a future trailer or in the film itself. It does seem clear that fans of the first Jaeger vs. Kaiju movie are likely to get more of the action they loved in the sequel. Pacific Rim: Uprising will be in theaters March 23, 2018.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.