A couple of weeks ago we got the mammoth news that Disney and Pixar were going ahead with sequels to The Incredibles and Cars. Now we've got news which is even bigger: Disney CEO Bob Iger says that the two films will actually be one; a crossover film which will lay the groundwork for a "Pixar Cinematic Universe."
Iger said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "People around the world love both of these franchises so much, so it seemed to us that, by combining them, everybody would be getting twice as much enjoyment. This strategy has worked phenomenally well for our Marvel films, and I see no reason that a Pixar Cinematic Universe couldn't be just as big - if not bigger!" He went on to add that, if things go well, this could be a precursor to an "animated Disney multiverse," culminating in a tie-in with Frozen 2, via a post-credits sting at the end of the IncrediCars (working title) movie.
Yes, that barmy "Pixar Theory" - that all the films are set in the same intertwined universe - has actually proven to be less nonsensical, and more prophetic. The film (reportedly due out in summer 2017) apparently sees an un-destroyed Omnidroid gain sentience, and set about building a self-aware, conscious - and deadly - army of robot cars. The statement tells us to imagine "Terminator-like scenarios," as the incredible Parr family (and some of their super-friends) are the last resistance against the apocalyptic automobiles. Then, via some methods that the studio are currently staying tight-lipped about, Lightning McQueen, Mater, and some of their friends from both previous Cars films, travel back in time to help The Incredibles stop the robo-rapture (bear in mind, time travel has happened before in the Cars universe, in the Cars short film Time Travel Mater).
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As if that wasn't earth-shattering enough, Iger went on to hint at a potential Marvel-Star Wars crossover, saying "y'know, I bet Han Solo and Tony Stark would really get on..." Slyly smiling, he added "just throwing that out there."
Oh, and happy April 1st...