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Why INCREDIBLES 2 is the Superhero Movie We Need Right Now

Way back in 2004, Brad Bird unleashed a modern classic of both animation and superhero cinema: The Incredibles. It was a thoughtful, hilarious, and heartwarming story about a family of superheroes who must come together to learn the importance of family, compassion, being honest to oneself, and always remembering where you put your super-suit. But the world of 2004 is a very different than the world of 2018. For example, since The Incredibles first hit theaters in 2004, there have been more than 50 superhero movies released–and that’s just counting ones based on DC Comics and Marvel Comics characters. So where does The Incredibles 2 fit into the modern superhero landscape? What makes The Incredibles different and special? To find out, we sent Nerdist managing editor Amy Ratcliffe to sit down with the cast and filmmakers–including Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush, Brad Bird, and Nicole Paradis Grindle.

But what do you think? Is The Incredibles 2 the superhero movie we deserve, the one we need, or yet another entry in an increasingly crowded field? Let us know in the comments below.

The Incredibles 2 opens on June 15, 2018. In the meantime, watch our brand new series Animation Investigation, hosted by Hector Navarro, which asks the question, “Was The Incredibles 2 spoiled by a decade-old video game?” You’ll just have to watch in order to find out!

Images: Disney/Pixar

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Dan Casey is the senior editor of Nerdist and the author of books about Star Wars and the Avengers. Follow him on Twitter (@DanCasey).

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