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Everything We Want to See in the ‘Sharkboy and Lavagirl’ Sequel

Get ready because Sharkboy and Lavagirl are coming back!

Director Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Sin City, Spy Kids) announced the sequel to his hit movie, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D, at Collider’s “Directors on Directing” panel at the 2020 Comic-Con @ Home.

The 2005 movie excited kids of all ages with its niche characters and adventurous imagination. The sequel, We Can Be Heroes, was named after the popular David Bowie song and will be streaming on Netflix.

Thus far we only know that We Can Be Heroes centers around super-powered kids trying to find their superhero parents after they mysteriously disappear (Spy Kids with powers instead). One of those kids will be Sharkboy’s and Lavagirl’s with both chilling shark and limitless lava powers. Rodriguez described the premise as: “like an Avengers team, but they all have kids. The kids have powers but they don’t know how to use them because they’re just so young.”

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Taylor Dooley as Lavagirl, Cayden Boyd as Max and Taylor Lautner as Sharkboy (Courtesy of Dimension Films)

With so few details about this anticipated sequel, we are left to speculate.

So, what would we like to see in Sharkboy and Lavagirl 2?

  1. 1. Pollution as the evil force these kids have to fight – Think about it. Sharkboy is King of the Ocean now and Lavagirl is Queen of the Volcanos, they have to protect their natural kingdoms from threats, and pollution is a very real threat to the ecosystem. Their kid is the heir to the throne, so fighting pollution is their duty too. Now it just needs a cool villain name like Electricidad. Polluto-Lord? Pollution Master? We’ll let you know when we come up with one.
  2. 2. A legion of Tobors – Hear me out. Sure, Max created him to be a good-natured robot, but if it’s in the air, why not make him too intelligent? Why not make him question his origins and the fragility of the human race? Perhaps this is reaching too close to Ultron, but Rodriguez did mention the Avengers.
  3. 3. A kid without powers – We’ve seen this trope in a number of superhero families, but it works so well as a vehicle for the coming-of-age story arc. Creativity and imagination powered Planet Drool, so it would be really interesting if an older kid didn’t have powers simply because they lacked the imagination as the younger kids.
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)
Sasha Pieterse as Marissa/Ice Princess. Even her dress is powerful. (Courtesy of Dimension Films)
  1. 4. Ice Princess becoming Ice Queen – It’s unclear what exactly this promotion means for Marissa, but she’s a grown woman now and deserves some respect on her name. Plus, she has to defend her kingdom too. Mass pollution accelerates the effects of global warming, melting ice caps and destroying the North and South Pole ecosystems. She’ll join the fight against the Pollution Pixies. No, that doesn’t sound right either. But we’re getting closer.
  2. 5. A reformed Linus – The original movie had another powerful message beyond just pure imagination: understanding and redemption. Electricidad bullied Linus for being bad at school, and Linus turned around and bullied Max for his dream journal. Through compassion, both Max and Linus came to the agreement that Electricidad was the real enemy. He doesn’t even need to be a major character; we just need to see Linus living his best life and thriving.
  3. 6. A few of the kids go bad – It’ll make things more interesting. If these kids are impulsive, gullible, and impatient—or just, regular kids—some of them are bound to abuse their superpowers. And if imagination drives these powers, what if the kids get even more imaginative and dangerous? What if they side with Principal Pollution? That one doesn’t sound so bad.

It’s unknown when the Sharkboy and Lavagirl sequel will come to Netflix or if they’ve even started production with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless, we can’t wait! What would you like to see in the movie? What would you name the pollution villain? Let us know in the comments down below!

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