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The Incredibles 2 picks up right where the original left off

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Rise of the Underminer?

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The Underminer (John Ratzenberger) rises up to terrorize the city of Metroville in the closing moments of 2004’s The Incredibles.
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The Incredibles 2, the sequel to one of the best films Pixar has ever made, will begin “a minute” after the events of its predecessor, said studio executive John Lasseter in an interview with IGN.

“It starts right as the first one finishes, so it just carries on,” Lasseter, Pixar’s chief creative officer, told IGN. “It starts with the Underminer and a big old set piece. You know that at the end of the first movie when he comes up and you see the family dressed as superheroes, well that’s where start this movie.”

Here’s a refresher on how The Incredibles ended. The Parr family — Helen, Bob and their three children: Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack — is heading home from Dash’s citywide track meet at the Metroville Stadium. But a new villain interrupts the peaceful scene: The Underminer, who breaks the surface with a massive conical drill and proclaims, “I am always beneath you, but nothing is beneath me!” At that point, all five Parrs don their eye masks and become the Incredibles.

We may have a further hint to the opening of The Incredibles 2, courtesy of a video game. The original Incredibles hit theaters in the autumn of 2004, and one year later, THQ published the Heavy Iron Studios-developed game The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer for GameCube, Mac, PlayStation 2, Windows PC and Xbox.

You could call Rise of the Underminer a direct-to-video-game sequel. The action game opens with a clip of the conclusion to The Incredibles, as seen above, and allows players to take the roles of Mr. Incredible and his superhero pal Frozone as they track down The Underminer. You can see the first level’s final battle, in which The Underminer retreats below ground, in this YouTube playthrough.

Samuel L. Jackson, who voiced Frozone in The Incredibles, is reprising his role for the sequel. We’ll likely have to wait all the way until June 15, 2018 — when The Incredibles 2 hits theaters — to find out if Frozone teams up with Mr. Incredible at the start of the film, just like he did in a video game from 2005. But expect some details on the film tonight, during the Pixar panel at Disney’s D23 Expo.