Where, exactly, is the Jurassic Park franchise headed? For the most part, Jurassic World was a standalone entry. However, Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be unlike the previous movies in that it will end by leaving things open for the third installment.
After the latest trailer for Fallen Kingdom, we’re getting a better idea of what the trajectory of this new trilogy might be. Let’s take a look at some of the surprising implications from the movie’s latest advertisement (and catch the full trailer on page 10).
1. The sequel is doubling down on the dinosaur hybrid idea
Jurassic World focused on the idea that InGen had made a brand new dinosaur that never existed in reality. They created the Indominus Rex by combining the DNA of multiple different species. But the Indominus Rex is the only hybrid we see in Jurassic World. So it seemed possible that this hybrid idea was just a one-time plot device.
However, we’re now learning that this is not the case. The latest trailer for Fallen Kingdom revolves heavily around a new dinosaur called the Indoraptor. This is another hybrid that seems to be sort of a mix between the Indominus Rex and a Velociraptor.
So the dinosaur hybrids concept wasn’t merely part of the plot of the first Jurassic World. Instead, it’s going to carry through this entire trilogy.
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2. The sequel looks to be a lot more focused on horror
The first Jurassic Park has a lot in common with a horror movie, with the T-Rex serving as the monster. And although at least one of the sequels, Jurassic Park III, really leaned into the horror, Jurassic World was a bit more action-oriented. There were still scares in it, but nothing in it really rivaled the kitchen scene in the original, for example.
That seems to be changing with Fallen Kingdom. The new trailer is much more horror-focused, opening up with a terrifying scene of a dinosaur’s claw slowly extending towards a little girl in her bedroom.
Though we don’t know who the director of Jurassic World 3 will be, this trailer suggests the franchise might be headed in more of a horror direction — as opposed to an action movie direction — in the future.
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3. The sequel will introduce many new dinosaurs
Just because the new movies are so interested in the hybrids doesn’t mean they’re abandoning the classic dinosaurs, though. In fact, the latest trailer features a dinosaur that’s brand new to the series.
There’s one shot in the trailer where we see a dinosaur being air-lifted off of the island. The creature is pretty far away from the camera, but it looks a lot like an Allosaurus. Others have suggested it’s a Baryonyx. Speaking of which, a Baryonyx factors heavily into the new trailer as it did in the first trailer, as that’s the dinosaur that confronts Claire and Franklin (and that Franklin mistakenly thinks is a T-Rex).
Plus, a “first look” promo from December explicitly promises that the movie will feature “more dinosaurs than you’ve ever seen before.” We can expect these new movies to continue introducing dinosaurs that we’ve been dying to see on screen for years to balance out all of the hybrids.
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4. Half of Fallen Kingdom seems to take place off the island
Maybe the most surprising thing about this new trailer is how little of it actually takes place on Isla Nublar. A good half of it consists of scenes that appear to take place off of the island. This is apparently representative of the actual film.
After all, when the first trailer — which focused heavily on the island action — came out, Colin Trevorrow confirmed that everything that happens in it is within the first 57 minutes. This means that the volcano erupts before the halfway point. Then, at least half of the movie, and maybe more depending on how long it is, is spent off the island.
This would be by far the longest amount of time that any Jurassic Park movie has spent outside of Isla Nublar or Isla Sorna. The closest comparison would be The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which ends with a T-Rex lose in San Diego. But even in that movie, the off-island scenes don’t occur until the last 20 minutes.
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5. In general, the series seems to be migrating off the island
It appears that the Jurassic Park franchise is moving beyond the island in general. First of all, there’s the fact that a lot of the new movie revolves around a volcano erupting on the island. But in addition to that, we now have a trailer which is focused heavily on the off-island storyline, and a character even says the line, “Jurassic World. The island. All of that is in the past. I want to show you the future.” And Owen tells Blue that he “can’t stay here,” with here being the island.
This all feels weirdly reminiscent of Kylo Ren’s line that was at the center of Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s marketing: “Let the past die.” That ended up representing one of the film’s themes. This Fallen Kingdom trailer may be trying to tell us that the actual island, Isla Nublar, is being left in the past, and Jurassic World is going to define itself by permanently moving off of it for the third installment.
This fits with Trevorrow’s previous statement that “this isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks.”
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6. There’s a conspiracy afoot
As opposed to previous entries like Jurassic Park III, Fallen Kingdom is not going to purely focus on a simple story of humans attempting to survive against dinosaurs on the loose. Instead, there’s some sort of a conspiracy afoot.
We got a sense of that when Universal released the following description of the film: “Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.” And this trailer provides some more hints at that.
So expect the movie to really lean into the evil plans of its human villains, including the characters played by Toby Jones and Rafe Spall. A closer examination of one shot in the trailer might reveal what their plan is.
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7. The dinosaurs are apparently being auctioned off
This shot of Toby Jones goes by pretty quickly in the trailer, but if you pause it, you’ll notice that the screen behind him says “bidding pre-approval required. Online bidding available.” It seems pretty clear that they are auctioning off the Indoraptor in this scene.
So this may be the conspiracy: InGen is creating dinosaurs from scratch in order to sell to the highest bidder. After the volcano eruption, the second half of the movie can be Claire and Owen uncovering this secret plan and the dinosaurs, especially the Indoraptor, getting loose.
This would fit the description that the conspiracy is something that threatens to destroy humanity.
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8. Will we see any more militarized dinosaurs?
The first Jurassic World introduced the idea of militarized dinosaurs, and when that film came out, some fans speculated that this would be carried over into the next few movies. Perhaps InGen would actually pursue that plan, and we would see militarized dinosaurs in the sequel. It wouldn’t be totally impossible, seeing as the original idea for Jurassic Park 4 involved dinosaurs with guns.
While speaking to Jurassic Outpost, Trevorrow — the writer of Fallen Kingdom — said he’s “not that interested in militarized dinosaurs” as anything more than a pipe dream of a lunatic like Hoskins.
Still, it’s possible that this is the reason why InGen is auctioning off the dinosaurs, even though the plan to use the dinosaurs as weapons won’t actually work since the creatures will break out.
Next: One character absent from the trailer might be a big part of this.
9. How does Benjamin Lockwood factor into all of this?
There’s someone who is conspicuously absent from both Fallen Kingdom trailers: James Cromwell’s character, Benjamin Lockwood. We know that his character is the partner of John Hammond, and in the movie, he’s dealing with some of the blowback of the incident in Jurassic World.
But it’s difficult to imagine Universal would recruit an Academy Award-winning actor for a part that isn’t extremely significant. It does appear that Lockwood Manor will factor heavily into the last act of this movie, but Cromwell’s character did not appear in either of the main trailers.
Lockwood might be a part of the conspiracy; some have even suggested that he and Dr. Henry Wu are in cahoots and sabotaged the original Jurassic Park. But maybe the reason we haven’t seen much footage of him is that he doesn’t do that much in this movie, and the ending will leave Cromwell and Wu around as the main villains of the third installment.
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10. Don’t expect much Jeff Goldblum
Speaking of characters absent from this trailer, we also don’t see any of Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum. He did have a small role in the original trailer, but he’s not in the new one at all. This seems to be because Goldblum is barely in the movie.
Goldblum himself previously revealed that his role is quite small, so small in fact that they could easily cut him out. It sounds like that scene from the first trailer where he delivers a speech might literally be his only appearance.
So unlike the new Star Wars franchise, we shouldn’t expect Jurassic World to really incorporate the original cast that heavily going forward — for now, at least.
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