The world turns quickly after Syndrome. Though most of the old guard is gone, a new generation of heroes has begun to perform in plain sight without fear of public outcry. And, at the forefront of this bright new day, The Incredibles have grown closer and more powerful than ever.
Their adventures continue until the night of Violet's senior prom. The atmosphere in the Parr household is bittersweet as she awaits her beau. Though an alert calls the team into action, Bob and Helen insist that she take time off while they and Dash go investigate. Jack-Jack is left in the care of Lucius Best as Violet sets out to enjoy her evening.
But what seems at first to be a minor disturbance soon becomes a disaster. An eerily familiar sequence of events unfolds in the streets of Metroville as an impacted meteor blossoms to reveal a shifting alien construct. Living flesh crowns strange lenses emitting rays which eliminate vast sections of the surrounding buildings. Forced to act quickly, Bob, Helen, and Dash severely damage the monstrosity before it launches a final salvo which consumes them all.
The world turns again.
When the light clears The Incredibles find the city changed. The streets host architecture and technology beyond their ken, and before their eyes stand memorials made in their likenesses. An unfamiliar gang of villains descends, augmenting their own powers with weaponized drugs. The weary supers are saved only by the intervention of a powerful young man called Mr. Incredible!
To their shock, the Parrs learn that they have somehow traveled over two decades through time. History has painted them as martyrs who died in battle. The new Mr. Incredible is Jack-Jack, grown into a compassionate optimist eager to prove himself worthy of his name. Raised by Lucius and mentored by his sister, he is the most revered of all modern heroes. Violet, meanwhile, has spent her life consumed with guilt over her perceived failure to protect her family. Lonely years of deprivation and obsessive training have made her The Ghost, the most proficient vigilante alive.
While Jack is overjoyed to meet the parents and brother he never knew, Bob and Helen are left reeling by the revelation that they have missed the formative years when their children needed them most. Dash is fascinated by the world of the future, but disconcerted by siblings he no longer recognizes. And Violet is hostile, determined to expose the resurrected Incredibles as impostors, unable to accept that her sacrifices have been predicated on a misconception.
The disarrayed supers must come to grips with their altered circumstances and learn to be a team once again, not just for their own sakes but for the human race... because in the cold of space a colder intelligence has taken notice of its beacon's echo.
The Incredibles have returned, but they are not alone. The alien menace has arrived. And Earth will need its first family of heroes more than ever.
Notes: I'm not sure if this was more inspired by Artificus
' Team Future stories or that Justice League
episode Hereafter. But I definitely got the "presumed dead but really they time-traveled" angle from those. I give credit where it's due.
Anyway, I tend to think of The Incredibles as an homage not just to comics and superheroes, but to Marvel comics specifically. Think about it... the personal problems, the obvious Fantastic Four pastiche, the ungrateful public... Hell, look at Frozone's ice platforms. That's 100% Iceman, bro.
So in envisioning a sequel, I thought it'd be neat to make it more of an homage to DC comics. The world's changed, heroes and villains are both more powerful, Violet and Jack-Jack fill the roles of the Batman and Robin/Superman analogues, and so forth. I suppose there being an "older generation" of superheroes touches on themes found in the Justice Society, and trippy elements like time travel and aliens fall into more cosmic categories, which DC has always been slightly more at home with. And of course, since every DC movie sequel has to have "Returns" in the title, well...
So there you have it, another one of my concepts I may or may not flesh out, but I was so enamored with it I felt I at least owed it a poster.
Naturally, The Incredibles are owned by Disney/Pixar.