2018 is set to be a big year for Hollywood, and few films are as highly anticipated as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The sequel follows 2015's box-office juggernaut, and brings Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard together for another conflict with dinosaurs on the big screen this summer.
Jurassic World left us with a few unanswered questions, however, so we can't help but wonder if the sequel will provide us with answers. Moreover, while the trailer did give us an insight into what we should expect, it too left us asking some important questions.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the major questions we have as we look forward to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
1. What Happened Between Claire and Owen?
When the credits rolled on Jurassic World, Claire Dearing and Owen Grady quite literally walked off into the sunset together. It seemed that their brush with near-extinction had allowed them to overcome their differences. They could finally see each other for the people they really were.
The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom tells a different story. Not only are Claire and Owen sarcastically quipping with each other like they had done before their 2015 adventure, but Owen actually implies that they are no longer together. So what happened? We had hoped that their ordeal would have brought them closer together.
Having said that, if they really are apart, we can rest assured that a volcanic eruption might just bring them back together.
2. What Will Dr. Wu's Role Be?
While Jurassic World was full of new characters, one person we did recognize was Dr. Henry Wu. The character appeared in Jurassic Park during the iconic raptor hatching scene, but played a much larger role in the franchise's most recent outing, overseeing the creation of dinosaurs.
Wu did make it off Isla Nublar but the reveal that he was working with Hoskins suggests that we haven't the last of him. Remember, while Hoskins was killed by a velociraptor, he did manage to get dino-embryos off the island with Wu. His plan to weaponize the Indominous for military purposes could very well come to fruition.
Wu's departure with the embryos was the only loose end in Jurassic World, so you can rest assured that we will see him in Fallen Kingdom. But just what will he be up to?
3. Will Rexy Survive The Eruption?
Having been the MVP of previous Jurassic Park films, it's only fitting that the legendary T-Rex is returning for Fallen Kingdom. This film icon, affectionately known as Rexy, first exploded onto the big screen in 1993's Jurassic Park when she tore through an electrical fence. She made her return 22 years later in Jurassic World, saving Claire and Owen from the dreaded Indominous Rex.
But as the Fallen Kingdom trailer reveals, Rexy is set to dominate again as she easily takes out a Carnosaur. As she roars triumphantly, the volcano threatening Isla Nublar erupts in the background. As we know, that pyroclastic cloud heads straight for Owen and Claire. But what happens to Rexy? After disposing of velociraptors and an Indominous Rex, will this film icon be able to survive the volcano's rampage?
4. Will There Be Any Kids In The Film?
Family-centric storylines have been one of the biggest reasons for the success of the Jurassic Park franchise. The films utlilize the perils of the island to make our protagonists realize what is truly important in life: family. This type of family-driven plot helps each film appeal to all ages. And while the cast has changed between all four films, one important element has remained: the kids.
From Lex and Tim to Zach and Gray, kids have been the driving force behind the Jurassic Park films. But we couldn't help noticing that there didn't seem to be any kids in the Fallen Kingdom trailer. (Which makes sense, given that the film revolves around a dino rescue operation.) Does this mean that there won't be any youngsters loose on the dino-infested island?
While Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt will be reprising their roles from Jurassic World, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins will not. So, unless Claire's favorite nephews make a surprise cameo (like Lex and Tim did in The Lost World: Jurassic Park), it appears that Fallen Kingdom won't feature them. However, one of the extended previews did contain a brief clip of Owen and Claire protecting a little girl. So, it appears that we may have at least one child in the film. But whether she's featured prominently remains to be seen.
5. Will Blue Help Or Hunt Owen?
Owen's relationship with Blue was one of the highlights of Jurassic World. Not only was he able to communicate with the velociraptor, but their bond was so strong that the dinosaur turned its back on the Indominous to protect him. As the Fallen Kingdom trailer reveals, we will find out a little more about the pair's relationship.
But when Owen returns to the island, he ends up in a standoff with the dinosaur he raised. And we have to wonder if the time apart will have weakened their bond, or strengthened it.
With the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on the horizon, it's safe to say that we're all excited to return to Isla Nublar. But let's just hope that the film will shed some light on those nagging questions that we were left with after Jurassic World.
Jurassic World hits US theaters on June 22, 2018.