‘The Incredibles 2’ Will Be a Massive Hit for Disney

Disney just confirmed The Incredibles 2 is on its way.

Disney Pixar has confirmed Incredibles 2 is in the works, Credit: Disney

Say it with me, Pixar fans: It's about time!

Kicking off The Walt Disney Company's (NYSE: DIS  ) annual shareholder meeting this morning, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed Pixar is planning both a third installment of its Cars franchise and a sequel to 2004's The Incredibles

No offense to Cars, but I know I'm not the only one significantly more excited for an Incredibles sequel. In fact, last summer I practically begged Disney to make it happen, and the response from readers both in our comments and on social media proved overwhelmingly positive.

And why not? With all the time we've spent writing about superhero movie sequels since Disney acquired Marvel in 2009, it's easy to forget the House of Mouse has held an animated ace up its sleeve ever since the first Incredibles grossed $631.4 million worldwide in 2004.

Look to Marvel as a guide
How does that compare to The Incredibles' live-action counterparts? Well, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America: The First Avenger hauled in a combined $634 million worldwide in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Thor grossed $449.3 million in 2011. Iron Man and Iron Man 2 tallied respective global totals of $585.2 million and $623.9 million in 2008 and 2010.

Thor: The Dark World did beat The Incredibles, but not by much; nearing the end of its theatrical run now, Thor 2 currently sits just below $642 million. Based on early tracking data, next month's Captain America: The Winter Soldier should also be right around the $600 million range.

Finally, Iron Man 3 and Marvel's The Avengers were the world's highest grossing movies of the past two years, collecting $1.215 billion and $1.518 billion, respectively.

But that also brings up an important question: What do all of Marvel's top-performing films have in common? Apart from obviously revolving around superheroes, they're all sequels. It seems a fair observation, then, that when people have time to warm up to a superhero team through a properly implemented movie, they can't seem to get enough.

Given the lovable, relatable characters that comprise The Incredibles' universe, I see no reason to believe Pixar's super-powered sequel will be any different.

Bird's the word
I'm also encouraged by Disney's confirmation The Incredibles director Brad Bird is returning and currently writing the script for the sequel.

Though Bird is simultaneously finishing Disney's live-action film, Tomorrowland (slated for release in mid-2015), he's kept himself busy with Pixar since 2004 by writing the original story for Ratatouille and serving on the senior creative teams for Up, Brave, Toy Story 3, and Monsters University.

Of course, one man alone doesn't make a great movie, but you'll be hard pressed to find someone willing to argue either The Incredibles or its pending sequel would be the same without Bird's signature touch. Call me crazy, but I don't think it's a coincidence the only two Pixar sequels with which Bird was involved currently stand as Pixar's first- and third-highest grossing films -- Toy Story 3 totaled $1.063 billion in 2010, while Monsters University brought $743.6 million last year. Finding Nemo sits sandwiched between them, having earned $895.6 million in ticket sales in 2003.

That's why I pointed to "Brad Bird's quest for the perfect storyline" last July as one of the primary reasons The Incredibles 2 hadn't yet entered Pixar's pipeline. Only two months earlier, Bird stated, "I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get 'em to click all together, I would probably want to do that." 

Considering Disney's CEO felt comfortable enough telling investors The Incredibles 2 is officially in the works today, it looks like Bird may have already accomplished that goal.

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In any case, I'm not going to venture a estimate for just how huge The Incredibles 2 will be for Disney. But with all the pieces coming together, I will go out on a very short limb to say it should be a massive blockbuster when it hits theaters.

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  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 1:47 PM, delfra wrote:

    There is absolutely no doubt in mind that "The Incredibles 2" will be a huge smash at the box office and out goss the first film's 631. 4 million, probably sufficiently out gross it too. The first 'Incredibles' film was a masterpiece and easily one of my favorite films of 2004 as well as one of my absolute favorite films by Pixar. Normally I would agree with you about "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" grossing around 600 million, but buzz on that film is so great right now and word from those who have seen it is it absolutely fantastic. If it's as good as I've been hearing it is and it really truly gets audiences attention, I think 600 million will be a cinch and 700-800 million might come into play.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 2:39 PM, PAJohnDoe wrote:

    In true Motley Fool fashion, I fully expect there to be a second article, entitled "Why Incredibles 2 Won't Be a Hit At All", to be hitting the site at any moment.

  • Report this Comment On March 19, 2014, at 3:23 PM, jonfromny wrote:

    I don't get the thought process behind Disney/Pixar. The Incredibles was a global mega-hit, as this article confirms; and yet it was more important for Disney to invest their time and money into the lousy Cars spin-off Planes (and its sequel coming this Summer). Cars 2, which wasn't anywhere near as good as the original, should have been the end of those movies.

  • Report this Comment On March 20, 2014, at 3:06 PM, PAJohnDoe wrote:

    Cars moves a TON of merch, that's why. Incredibles was a great movie, and it made a lot, but wasn't nearly as marketable in terms of the sheer amount of merchandise they could slap the name on and still have it make sense.

  • Report this Comment On March 20, 2014, at 8:09 PM, cobraman69 wrote:

    Sorry, Steve, but the Avengers was not a sequel!!

  • Report this Comment On March 21, 2014, at 11:44 AM, TMFSymington wrote:

    @PAJohnDoe, That would be "Motley," but I"m not sure there's anyone bold enough to make that argument. (grin) Also, good point on the merchandising for Cars. Also keep in mind The Incredibles' characters are big sellers for the Disney Infinity game.

    @cobraman69, I suppose you're right...though The Avengers was built on the character development Marvel had done in its 5 previous films. Perhaps we can call it a quasi-sequel.

    Thanks for reading, everyone, and Fool on.


    Steve (TMFSymington)

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