There is a brief period in time when you don't know all the secrets of an upcoming film. As the release date grows closer and closer, you learn more, but you can never get that period of mystery back. June 22, 2017 broke the mystery that was the title of the Jurassic World sequel... No more calling it the Jurassic World sequel, JW2, Jurassic World 2, Jurassic Park 5 - We now can officially call it Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom!
The creators (cast & crew) have been very generous with us fans this time around, affording us looks at the behind the scenes, with slight reveals as to what we can expect. The day of the new poster reveal, director J.A. Bayona, offered us an interesting peek at something very familiar. What do you see?
It's a safe bet that we are looking at the iconic Ford Explorer from the first film. Take note of the foliage around the logo - could this be the one that was pushed over the ravine and is now sitting at the base of a tree?
Let's view the logo from a different perspective to see if it makes sense.
That's 25 years of decay performing it's magic on the side of that vehicle. It'll be very interesting to see if this moment in the film (assuming this is in the film), plays out like the Mark Englert poster we all loved so much back at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. Will we see Blue or another raptor pouncing on the vehicle? That would be a magical reveal, since so many of us thought we'd get a scene like that in Jurassic World, but to no avail.
As for the poster and name reveal - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - It sounds cool. Does it feel "Jurassic"? Not quite yet, but I'm excited to learn more about it. Instinctively I started wondering "who's Kingdom?". Someone's Kingdom is going down, whether it is the Dinosaur Kingdom, Jurassic World as a park, or the Human race.
Obviously the poster is giving off a bit of an unsettling vibe. Aside from the cracked and destroyed "Jurassic" logo, we see embers flying, ash falling and smoke rising. What does it mean? Well, I see a bunch of no good in the film's future. We've all see the Volcano located at the top of the island via maps on official pages, so is it time she explodes? This is all very foreboding on the state of this island. As they say time and time again in Star Wars "I have a bad feeling about this...".
Myself, along with contributor to the podcast Aaron Beyer, discussed the poster, the name, and the vehicle tease on our most recent Special Update episode of The Jurassic Park Podcast. Make sure to take a listen to the episode below, download it on iTunes and tell us your thoughts and theories on the name in the comments below!