The Secret Behind the Incredibles Super Powers

The world has been waiting nearly fourteen years for the release of the Incredibles 2 and in my opinion the sequel did not disappoint.

I found the movie to be funny, dramatic and a great super hero film. I really enjoyed that the film essentially picked up where the last one ended so that we were ale to join the Carr family right back where we left them.

During a recent press event the writer/director of the Incredibles Brad Bird revealed that the powers that he gave each of the Carr family members were not simply for story’s sake; each super power was intentional and had precise reasoning behind it.

Brad Bird didn’t just give Mr. Incredible super-strength on a whim, or Violet invisibility because he thought that they were fun super powers. When deciding the super powers that each of his characters would have Brad looked at the typical roles that each family member plays within a nuclear family. He drew inspiration from the stereotypes that family members typically have within their families and used these to create unique and intricate character dynamics to tell this family’s story.

When asked about how he created each of the family members Brad said ” I picked the powers based on who they were in the family. And so men are always expected to be strong, so I had Bob have super strength. Women, mothers are always pulled in a million different directions, so I had her be elastic. Teenagers are insecure and defensive, so I had Violet have force fields and invisibility. Ten-year-olds are energy balls that can’t be stopped. And babies are unknown, maybe they have no powers, maybe they have all the powers, we don’t know.”

“So, that’s what Jack-Jack was, he was seemingly the first normal one in the family and then at the end of Incredibles you find out that he’s the wild card, and that he’s sort of the Swiss army knife of powers. And that to me reminds me of the way babies can grasp languages really easily and adopt them easily.”


Have you flown into the movie theaters to see Incredibles 2 yet?



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