Elastigirl is ready for her close-up — and Mr. Incredible is ready to do some heavy lifting around the house. Last night during the Olympics, audiences got the first sneak peek at Incredibles 2, the sequel to Pixar’s 2004 blockbuster. The teaser confirmed that the new film will literally pick up where the last left off, with superhero family Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), teenage Violet (Sarah Vowell), 10-year-old Dash (Huck Milner), and baby Jack-Jack battling a mole-like villain called the Underminer. But that’s only the beginning. Watch the video above.
While the original film involved Bob doing secret superhero work in a world where superpowers have been banned, the sequel shows the supers coming out of the shadows… with Helen, not Bob, leading the charge. And now that Elastigirl is no longer a stay-at-home mom, it’s up to Mr. Incredible — who was fired from his civilian job in the first movie — to take care of the kids. That means not only packing lunches and learning Common Core math (“Why would they change math?” an exasperated Bob yells in the teaser), but also dealing with Jack-Jack’s newly emerging powers. And boy are they a handful.
Across social media, fans applauded the trailer for channeling parents’ frustration with their kids’ math homework.
— President Carter (@CarterNotCarl) February 15, 2018
Others pointed out the improvements in the animation, which keeps the style of the original flim but updates it with contemporary visual wizardry.
— Mark Ricci (@MovieManMark) February 15, 2018
The role-reversal storyline generated both praise and skepticism from Incredibles fans. Some praised the decision to make Helen Parr the film’s front-and-center superhero. Others questioned why the trailer focused on Bob if this was supposed to be Helen’s moment to shine.
Are people really upset that #Incredibles2 is about Helen going off and confronting trouble while Bob stays home with the kids?
The first film was the exact reverse of that. It’s Helen’s turn, now.
(plus, Holly Hunter/Helen Parr is )
— Team USA Meets Gold (@krismeetsworld) February 15, 2018
I’m not sure about this.I like that Helen gets to be the superhero & Bob is staying at home to look after the kids, but it seems like the focus will be on Bob’s story and the moral will be that parenting is heroic, which it is of course now that the man’s doing it.#Incredibles2
— Amalia Fameliari (@amalitsa) February 15, 2018
The #Incredibles2 trailer looks like Helen will be the main hero and I can’t WAIT for that woman to show us what she can do!
— Leah (@LeahSorto) February 15, 2018
“Elastigirl is gonna take the lead in #Incredibles2! So here’s an entire trailer with her barely in it”
— Traveling Salesman (@OpenMothersMale) February 15, 2018
hope the movie is less “LOL MEN AND BABIES CAN YOU IMAGINE” and more elastigirl being awesome https://t.co/Rxxia9EsOC
— Leigh Lahav (@leighlahav) February 15, 2018
And naturally, everyone is excited about the return of scene-stealing superhero fashion designer Edna Mode (voiced by writer-director Brad Bird).
“Done properly, parenting is a heroic act”
EDNA MODE ALREADY SERVING US THE GOOD TEA & SHES IN THE TRAILER FOR LIKE 4 SECONDS. #Incredibles2
— (@leov_mar) February 15, 2018
— emma lord (@dilemmalord) February 15, 2018
Incredibles 2 opens in theaters on June 15.