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About the Movie
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The Supers.
When the Incredibles was released back in 2004, there wasn't many superhero films, unlike today. (There was only one successful superhero movie that year: Spider-Man 2).

So when The Incredibles came along, it continued Pixar's run of classic animated films and another classic superhero movie to add to the mix. With the sequel coming out next year, let’s find out why everyone is looking forward to the sequel.
Quote There are many reasons why the Incredibles is so much different to most other superhero movies. The Incredibles isn’t afraid too take a different approach. The film focuses on a family of superheroes. You may have seen TV shows like Home Improvement that have a family dynamic. But in a superhero film? That's certainly different.

The film follows the Parr family, with their ordinary life and superhero work taking the main focus at different stages. But wait! There may be a problem with that. This genre sometimes has a disadvantage in the sense that the film is split into two different parts. First is the normal life of the hero, the audience seeing the hero in the real world. The second part is the superheroing – fighting crime, solving cases and beating up bad guys... you know the drill.

The problem this sometimes causes is it feels like your watching two movies. “Quiet” scene, action scene and the cycle goes on. The Incredibles doesn't have this problem. It manages to mix action and slower scenes without switching from one to other without feeling disjointed. Every scene is relevant to the plot or for character development – no filler scenes here!

So the film has a good pace, with interesting character moments and story reveals. But let’s face it, what are the action scenes like? With the Incredibles being a superhero movie, action is important. Thankfully Pixar knock it out the park, with spectacular looking action packed scenes. Again, the Incredibles is quite different to what we normally see in the genre. It isn't just two superpowered people fighting each other until one wins, this is more than the traditional hero vs Villain. It's about a team stopping a villain and his army…
[The Supers]Just your normal family dinner... with someone who is extra strong, extra bendy, extra speedy and someone who can generate force fields...
So this team, the Parr family. Who are they? Bob is the head of the household, and this means he has to be strong – which he uses to protect his family. Helen is super stretchy, great for being flexible to the family's needs - and great for hoovering at home in those tricky spots! Violet is a shy teenager, who feels like she is invisible half the time and can protect herself with force fields. Dash is like any 10 year old – he likes to explore places and is very active – just as well as he can run extremely fast. Jack Jack, the baby of the family, doesn't have any powers, but you never know, a couple of months down the line…

You can tell that the writer and director, Brad Bird, based this film on this own experiences. The powers he gave each member of the film was not picked at random. Each family members power relates to the persons personality and reflects on how they use their powers. This grounded approach to the family's seemingly normal problems works in it's favour. At first, it seems like a normal family, and then your introduced to their powers. It's good to know that even superpowered families have their problems! (Does that make you feel a little better?) You know you have always wondered (No? Well, it may be just me then) what would your family be like if they had superpowers? Well the Incredibles answers that question.

Instead of getting powers from random accidents, Mr Incredible and company are part of the elite members of “the supers”. There is a lot of mystery surrounding these gifted heroes: where did they come from? How many are they? How do you get superpowers? I like how the film doesn't explain this, it leaves the audience to their interpretation. This is far from being predicable.

There is so many different supers featured in the Incredibles, and quite a selection of super powers. So let's see, what do we have here? Super strength, super stretchy, super speed, invisibility, force fields, freeze-rays, mechanical weapons, and more. Of course, we have seen all these powers before.

In Iron Man, there is one “super”. In Spider-Man you have usually two beings with powers. So with each of the Incredibles plus friends and villains having powers, either organic or man-made, there is a lot more to look forward too in the action scenes. Will Mr Incredible use his strength? Or will Dash run to outsmart the bad guy? This does leave a bit of uncertainly when there is more than one hero on screen. It’s great to see all of these superpowers on one movie, without feeling like Pixar are cramming as many as they can.


Closing Thoughts
Classic Classic
The Incredibles is my favourite Pixar film, and after more than 10 years, it’s still one of Pixar's best films. With superhero films coming thick and fast, this still stands out from the crowd. With excellent characters, story, dialogue, action scenes, emotional scenes and score. With the sequel coming in 2018, I can't wait to see the supers once again.

My One Big Highlight
Spiderman Although I really like the Incredible family, Frozone is a standout with a great vocal performance by Samuel L. Jackson. He only appears a few times, but they are all great moments. Especially the conversation he has with his wife! I forward to seeing what he’s been up to in the Incredibles 2.
Elephant In the Room
elephantThere is very little I can fault. The only thing I was a little disappointed with was when the family are together in their new costumes for the first time. I wish we could of seen a bit more of that scene with them in action, fighting as a family - they were kicking butt!
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Fan Theory
Major Marvel Spoilers
[MCU]Imagine an Avengers and Incredibles team-up movie? That would make 2 Billion dollars easily.
The Pixar Theory is a fan theory that was thought up a few years ago, which basically states that all of Pixar's films take place in the same timeline. While a lot of pieces do fit together nicely, it only takes a little guesswork to get the theory to work.

While it’s a great theory, and makes a lot of sense in a lot of ways, watching the Incredibles shortly after seeing The Avengers got me thinking: could the Incredibles be unofficially set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with a little tweaking? After thinking about it a little more, I reckon it could work. Remember that this is all just a theory, and there will be inedible contradictions and flaws that I haven't thought of. But saying that, it's still pretty cool that there is a slight chance it could work. Wish me luck as we examine some of the “evidence”

Firstly, the film is set in a different time period. As we know, the majority of the MCU is set in modern day, during the same year as the film's are released. The Incredibles is set in the 1950s and 1970s, which is a different time period, so there's very little crossover between this film and the MCU.

Ah, you say, but Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter are set in 1930s/1940s. That's true, I'll give you that one. There's a good reason why they didn't “mention” the supers. The majority of this film is set in a far away city of Metroville, and small island somewhere in the middle of an ocean. On the other hand, Captain America and Agent Carter is focused on WW2 and Hydra. So these were set in different places.

Another point to note is there is no mention of the supers origin. We do know that children inherit the ability to have powers from their parents. We don't know how Mr and Mrs incredible got their powers. Is it a mutation like the twins? Did they get experimented on by the government like Captain America? Or was it a freak accident that started off supers originally like the Incredible Hulk? Because there is no explanation, you can fit it in the MCU in any of those ways.
[The Supers]Here are loads of supers from back in the day. Let's name them all: Frozone, and erm...
Personally, I'm for the government origin. Think about it, if the government initiated the program in the early 1920's, after the first world war. Needing superheroes, they worked on it with many successful heroes, including Mr Incredible, Elasti-girl and Frozone. When World War 2 broke out, they used their knowledge to create Captain America: the ultimate “super” to battle Hydra and the German forces.

Shortly after Captain America was created, the serum that created Steve Rodgers and it's creator died, meaning that over 20 years of work had been lost. With Captain America being successful in stopping Hydra, and with WW2 over, plus the problems that the supers have caused, they decided to stop the program and create the super relocation program. You see it all fits!

So why don't we see the supers come back out of hiding? Well for one is numbers. When we catch up with the modern day MCU, over 40 years have passed. The majority of the supers would have either passed away or retired. Hence why we saw no supers helping in New York, Sokovia or any other places on earth where the major disasters have happened.

But what about the superheroes (as they are now called) of the modern day? Weren't they created by the government? No. Iron Man was Tony's own creation. Captain America was created by the Government, but created back in 1930's. The Hulk was an accident, Thor is from another planet, Hawkeye and Black Widow are trained agents and the twins were experimented on illegally. Then you have Black Pather which is a high tech suit made of Vibranium. Then there’s Spider-Man, which has a high tech suit made by Tony Stark and has spider given to him via an accident.

A-ha I here you say, what about Bucky aka the Winter Solider? He was created by the government, was he not? He was dear reader, and look how well he turned out. He was mind controlled to do the government’s bidding, since as Edna tells Mr Incredible how some of the supers weren’t the brightest bunch. Mind you, we later find out that this government is actually HYDRA...


Closing Thoughts
So they you have it. Because of the time period that the Incredibles is set in, the lack of explanation of an origin and the lack of natural superheroes in the MCU, it does fit in quite nicely. Now obviously, something’s might not add up, but I’m quite happy with the overall theory.