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It’s rare that a sequel can equal or surpass the original film, but Bird and his cast and crew deliver the goods with Incredibles 2. It was certainly worth the wait, though it should be noted that Bird did not spend 14 years developing the story or waiting for technology. He directed Ratatouille, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland, each taking at least a year or two to make. He also didn’t want to do something that was not up to the standards set by the first film. He could have dashed off a sequel years ago, and it probably would have been pretty good, but this feels like 14 years of care has gone into it to make sure it’s as good as it possibly can be, and if it takes another 14 years for us to get Incredibles 3, as long as it’s as good as Incredibles 2, it too will be worth the wait.
Despicable Me 3 is, by far, the weakest entry in the series. The best parts of the film deal with real-world issues like parenting and adjustment to new situations and the blandest parts are the copies of the previous films. Hopefully the repetitive story elements (and songs) will be ironed out and moved past if they go for a fourth and if not, we’ll just get the same cookie-cutter plot with new aspects of Gru’s family life layered on top of it and it’ll probably be funny and occasionally touching, just like this one.
Wonder Woman stands as an excellent example of what a superhero movie can be and should prove that woman can be the lead in a superhero movie and people will still go to see it (in droves, as evidenced by the box office receipts). Though I’m sure studios will look on this as an exception and not a new rule, the hope is they will begin to see what is possible (though they’ll probably make some lame excuse like “Let’s see if the sequel does the same numbers, then we’ll think about more like it.”). Whatever the outcome, Wonder Woman has finally made it to the big screen and it is glorious.