Hold on to your butts – months of speculation has just been confirmed by Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom producer Frank Marshall. Frank casually took to Twitter today, corroborating the rampant fan theories that the upcoming sequel will feature some eruptive action. In a rather fun, laid back way, he humored the fact that two projects he was working on featured the magma ridden mountains:
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) July 10, 2017
We first began to speculate about a volcanic threat when one of our team members caught an image of a volcano on JurassicWorld.com, although the image was quickly removed. Coupled with domain purchases such as IslaNublarRescueMission.com, and Colin Trevorrow saying that the upcoming sequel would focus around mankind’s responsibilities to their creations the plot clicked into place: Fallen Kingdom will revolve around Isla Nublar in peril, with a mission launched to evacuate as many dinosaurs off the island as possible.
As we previously speculated, if the dinosaurs are in peril there may be some heavy resistance from the public regarding a conservation mission:
It stands to reason that after the Jurassic World incident, not only has the park closed, but the fate of the island may be in question. We have no doubt that that world will be a little less fond of having an island full of escaped, breeding dinosaurs – the threat of them becoming free in less isolated ecosystems is nothing short of hazardous. Invasive species of the non extinct variety already threaten the delicate balance of the food-chain in the real world: letting these creatures loose could have longstanding effects, creating the very chaotic butterfly effect Ian Malcolm predicted in 1993. So, again, after the Jurassic World incident it would not surprise us if the governments of the world are humoring their destruction for the ‘greater good’.
Thus sparks the debate: would a mass euthanization be ethical? Do these extinct animals have rights, or are they simply dangerous corporate property? As this debate likely rages on (and for good reason, we’d be pro-dinosaur, but it’s foolish not to consider the danger they present to the natural ecosystem) certain more empathetic parties will wish to take action, to protect the animals. Those who had a hand in their creation (such as Claire Dearing) have all the more motivation to get their hands dirty in protecting them – and of course Owen Grady would have more reasons than most to protect their livelihood, due to his relationship with Blue the Velociraptor.
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) March 3, 2017
This resistance seems to come in play via another tweet from Frank Marshall, which showcases a grassroots “We Can Save Them” fundraising operation. If the world was happy to help, surely they wouldn’t be starved for cash to save the dinosaurs? Just what has happened to Masrani Global and InGen post the Jurassic World disaster? Our bets are those companies are all but extinct, and are in no position to officially intervene once the threat of an active volcano comes into play.
While the concept of a volcano on Isla Nublar may seem to come out of left field, the idea has been around for some time. The movies never touched on it, but the novels made mention of active geothermal plains on the island with volcanic caused steam vents, which is where the escaped wild raptors made their nests. InGen utilized geothermal power to run Isla Sorna, and the Telltale Jurassic Park game said the same was done on Isla Nublar. The films never actively acknowledged the volcano, but it can be seen on several park maps, and was confirmed to be called Mount Sibo on MasraniGlobal.com.
Why the volcano has become a serious threat after so much time remains unknown – it stands to reason John Hammond wouldn’t have built Jurassic Park on Isla Nublar if he thought it was a serious threat. Perhaps InGen did utilize geothermal power, which destabilized the natural volcanic ecosystem, and after Jurassic World closed, the system collapsed, leading to a surge of activity? I do hope the film answers these questions, because as much as I love the concept, it is strange this is the first we’re hearing of it.
There are a lot of questions that now come into play: how does Dr. Wu fit into the picture? How does the rumored “Indoraptor” come into play? And just what is Benjamin Lockwood’s role in all this? Odds are those questions won’t be answered until the film erupts into theaters, and I cannot wait until that happens.
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