Sure, Avengers: Infinity War is making a killing at the box office right now, and Deadpool 2 is right around the corner, but there's another superhero movie set to debut later this summer. We're referring to Incredibles 2, and there's a lot of excitement to see what Brad Bird can do with these beloved Pixar characters. Ahead of the film's release, CinemaBlend recently had a chance to chat with Bird about how he came up with the Parr family's powers, and he told us that he landed on their abilities by not overthinking the uniqueness factor. Bird explained:
Ultimately, this seems to explain why the Incredibles have relatively standard powers that feel reminiscent of other beloved superhero teams like the Fantastic Four or the Justice League. Brad Bird bent over backward trying to come up with creative abilities for the Parr family, but once he found himself face-to-face with the sheer saturation of comic books and superpowers in pop culture, he decided to focus less on the powers and more on the family's need to keep the skills secret. However, despite Brad Bird's lack of interest in the complexity of the powers of the Parr family, he made sure to note that each ability would have a thematic relevance to each character. In fact, each member of the Incredibles ensemble has a power that embodies who they are and how they fit into the overarching structure of the family.
The result of this decision is that each character has a power that ties into their respective arcs. Helen's ability to remain flexible quite literally proves to be her biggest strength as a mother and a hero, while Violet's insecurities as a teenage girl translate to defensive powers that protect her family. Now, with Incredibles 2 right around the corner, one of the most interesting elements to watch out for will be how Jack-Jack's skillset evolves as he becomes a more prominent member of the family dynamic.
Incredibles 2 will debut in theaters later this year on June 15. Make sure to watch out for Brad Bird's long-awaited sequel when it finally premieres and check out our guide to all of the most highly-anticipated summer 2018 films to see what else is coming this year!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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