Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 Finally Confirmed (& It Already Has A Release Date)

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Universal and Illumination are finally confirmed to be working on Super Mario Bros. Movie 2, including setting a release date, with one caveat.

Following its record-breaking run at the box office in 2023, The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 is finally moving forward. The 2023 movie served as the second adaptation of Nintendo’s iconic platforming video game franchise after the infamous 1993 bomb and completely reversed the property’s on-screen potential, becoming the second-highest-grossing movie of the year with over $1.36 billion grossed worldwide. Talks have swirled about the potential Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 in the months since it came out, though Bowser star Jack Black has frequently indicated not having heard word of any confirmed plans.

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During the latest Mario Day event held by Nintendo, the studio announced they would be reteaming with Universal and Illumination to develop a new Super Mario Bros. movie. The announcement was made by Nintendo exec Shigeru Miyamoto and Illumination CEO/founder Chris Meledandri, with the duo indicating that the movie is set to expand the world of the original hit and hit theaters on April 3, 2026 in the U.S. and some international territories, with animation “beginning soon” and prior directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic returning alongside writer Matthew Fogel. Check out what Miyamoto teased in the quote and video below:

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It’ll have a bright and fun story. This time we’re thinking about broadening Mario’s world further. We’ll let you know once we’re at the stage where we’re ready to share more.

How The Next Super Mario Movie Could Still Be A Sequel

Though a follow-up to the 2023 hit seemed inevitable, it is interesting that Miyamoto and Meledandri aren’t outright referring to the next movie as The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2. A return of the fan-favorite characters from the first movie seems the easiest way to recapture its success, though the group’s desire to expand the universe of the Nintendo franchise could actually prove beneficial. The first Mario movie already set up a wide variety of other characters to focus on in the next movie, including Seth Rogen’s Donkey Kong and Yoshi, who was teased in a post-credits scene.

Even if the next movie isn’t technically Super Mario Bros. Movie 2, there are a number of ways it could act as a sequel. Bowser may be the most iconic antagonist in the games, but many of the Super Mario titles introduced other villains for the titular plumber to square off against, including the Subcon tyrant Wart, Bowser’s seven children known as the Koopalings, the evil astronaut Tatanga and even a Shadow Mario, though he is later revealed to be Bowser Jr.

With the original movie’s cast all keen on returning, it seems likely that Chris Pratt, Black and Anya Taylor-Joy will be back in some form in Super Mario Bros. Movie 2, even if the movie ultimately focuses on a different character. Given the studio is also developing a live-action Legend of Zelda movie, albeit at Sony instead of Universal, it would be interesting to see if Nintendo plants the seeds for the fantasy adventure in the next movie while also expanding the world of the platformer-based adaptation.

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