Disney is on a huge roll lately, now with the release of the trailer of their newest film, Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil. It’s set to premiere on 18 October 2019. The sequel introduces Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith and Harris Dickinson as the new Prince Phillip, with Norwegian director Joachim Rønning at the helm. According to insing.com, Dickinson replaces Brenton Thwaites who couldn’t reprise his role as the prince because of scheduling conflicts.
The first film got a lot of flack for showing too much of Maleficent’s good side when she’s supposed to be a villain. Yet despite that, Angelina Jolie was praised for bringing the character to life while taking it beyond many people’s expectations. So what can fans expect this time in the sequel?
Well, a lot, actually. But before we get into it, watch the trailer first.
In Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil, Maleficent heavily disapproves of her goddaughter Aurora marrying Prince Phillip. This upsets the Queen as she believes Maleficent to be “a threat to everyone” and wants to protect Aurora from her. So much so that, in a face-to-face meetup about the wedding, Queen Ingrith went as far as insinuating that Maleficent was never a “real mother” and claiming Aurora as her own.
This basically sets off Maleficent as she green-flames on and hurts some of the castle guards. When she asks her goddaughter to go home, Aurora refuses as she stays with her new family. Maleficent continues to wreak havoc in her rage. And if you think Maleficent is a badass, you get Queen Ingrith with a crossbow in the war between the two mothers.
But the real kicker? In the final 17 seconds or so, starting with “There’s another creature”. And then we get to see this!
As if a showdown between Maleficent and Queen Ingrith isn’t enough, we get a treat to the entire dark fairy race possibly backing up their girl Maleficent in the war? Sign me up!
And did you manage to catch that familiar voice at the end?
Yup, the unnamed fae whose voiceover you hear in the trailer is none other than Chiwetel Eijofor. Not only is Disney on a roll but Eijofor too, since he’s also the voice of Scar in the upcoming Lion King movie.
Seeing the involvement of the dark fairies now will certainly spice things up in the movie. Plus, we definitely want to see more of Maleficent’s background.
Speaking of background…. Now here’s another thought. This may be a wild thought but hear me out.
The way the trailer was set up, I can’t help but feel like there’s more to Queen Ingrith than meets the eye. She may be the Queen, but you can’t dismiss the disrespectful things she says and the hidden evil looks she gives. Right? Something’s got to be up with her.
After watching the trailer on YouTube, I scrolled down to the comment section and saw this:
See, I’m not the only one with the inkling. So I looked it up and found that the first Maleficent film was based on Charlie Perrault’s narrative of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale and Disney’s 1959 animated film of the same name.
So what if the second film is also based on Perrault’s version?
If you’re not familiar with Perrault’s work, read this and thank me later. Or you can bookmark it for later and see what I want to highlight for your immediate attention.
It reads “…for she came of a race of ogres”. As the YouTube commenter was quick to point out, if Queen Ingrith in the movie is indeed an ogre (or ogress), this explains so much why she would go all out to claim Aurora as her own while hating on Maleficent so much. I’m not too sure about her claim on ogres hating fairies, but ogres are generally evil in folklore.
So looking back at the title “Mistress of Evil”, who’s the real mistress of evil here?
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much when watching the new Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil trailer. I figured it was just going to be a dramatic fight between mothers over a wedding. Pfft, like that doesn’t happen in real life! But Disney surprises me with the dark fairies at the end there and now with the theory of Queen Ingrith possibly being an ogress, I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie in October!