If Shen hadn't massacred the panda village, Po still would have been his nemesis as predictedIn that case Po would have grown up locally, trained by his (apparently) warrior father. Who would have become the Dragon Warrior to defeat Tai Lung isn't known. It might have still managed to be Po, perhaps sent by his father to Oogway to receive more advanced training than he could provide.
Shen has magic involving red lightIt explains why the sky turns blood red when he enters his palace, and why his canon fire as well as regular torch fire used by his wolves are blood red in colour as well.
That panda village at the end?It's Panda Heaven. Notice how the camera crosses very thick fog and briefly fades to white before we get to it; presumably it went up into the clouds while the fog was still thick, showing us the ghosts of all the pandas that were killed during Shen's invasion (including Po's biological father) and making them look like they were alive all along. In other words, it could be Dreamworks pulling a Gainax at the viewers and screwing with their heads.
After the events of the movie, someone else will invent the cannon anyway, and this time, the Dragon Warrior won't be successful in stopping him.Assuming this world is an ancient period of time parallel to our own, the cannon will just be invented anyway, since we obviously had cannons in our own world that were eventually replaced with guns. Po was able to stop Shen this time, but maybe one of his descendents, or another different villain, will take up Shen's project again. Of course, in our present time, kung fu is not widely used except for entertainment or personal purposes, so regardless if the next Dragon Warrior is successful, kung fu will live on in some form.
Ox and Croc will become Shifu's apprentices. They, Po, and The Furious Five will become The Epic Eight.Why? Rule of Cool, of course. A rule of which Po is one of the most fervent adherents ever seen. You see a glimpse of it when they all (and Shifu) attack together and Po is overcome by the awesomeness of it.
Shifu will die in the next filmIf Po's father plays a big role in Kung Fu Panda 3 giving Po 3 father figures might make things a little crowded and repetitive. If someone's going to get nudged out, Shifu seems like the most obvious candidate. Dark as Kung fu Panda 2 was, I can't see them killing off Mr Ping as he's probably Po's strongest emotional tie, and after knowing him for 2 films and seeing how he's a lot more goofy and funny than Shifu killing him might be too dark for the film. Shifu on the other hand might be easier to handle. While he's certainly not unlikeable, he's been appropriately solemn and had enough darker moments that would make his death easier to handle. Another issue is the Ship tease between Po and Tigress. If it goes anywhere Shifu could be a problem, since he's Tigress's adopted father. It may raise squicky overtones if Shifu's around, serving as a father figure to Po as well. Finally, you can only outrun the dreaded Mentor Occupational Hazard for so long. Given how Po's Hero's journey has progressed, Shifu's death looks more and more likely. If Kung Fu Panda 3's tone is as proportionally darker as Kung Fu Panda 2's was to the first film, they might as well call it, Kung Fu Panda 3: Shifu's Doomed.
Monkey will actually do something in the sequelNah, that's just crazy talk.
Lord Shen destroyed multiple villages of black and white animals after his banishment, more than just Pandas.Though it may be a stretch considering the timeline (this would make Shen impressively older than he looks), one of these villages was home to Snow Leopards - Tai Lung's family. Therefore, Tai Lung was orphaned and sent to Shifu, setting off yet another significant chain of events in Po's life. Nice job breaking it, Villain!
Po's father is going to be the next film villain.Calling it now...
Tai Lung will return in at least one of the sequels.Please? Ian Mc Shane is just so awesome...
Lord Shen found peace in his death.After his defeat, we see his ship explode into fireworks. It formed a shape of a peacock resembling the villain. It then shifts to the Soothsayer with a smile, affirming this idea.
The next movie will deal with Po having to choose between his adopted family and his Panda familyThis movie likes to throw Po for a loop, emotionally. He's just found inner peace, he's secure of his place in the Furious Five, his issues with his stepdad are gone, he's made peace with the murder of his family....and then the next thing, his biological father comes out of nowhere and wants him to come home. And maybe, for whatever reason, Po's father doesn't want anything to do with Shifu or the Furious Five. Maybe he asked Shifu or Oogway for help when Lord Shen was leading an army of wolves into his town, but either help didn't arrive on time, or Oogway knew that the destruction of the village would bring the destined Dragon Warrior into the Valley and chose not to help (which would be Machiavellian as FUCK, and screw with Po's head as well as Shifu's, who might still have some issues of his own with Oogway). In either case, Po will end up facing a choice: between his old life and the life he could live with his 'real' family. Also there's going to be a female panda in the mix to make things complicated. It's not a proper trilogy if there isn't romance. Besides, the "simple village girl/kung fu hero" wuxia trope is one that hasn't been explored yet in the movies.
Tigress' Background will feature heavily in Kung Fu Panda 3Some of the in jokes in Kung Fu Panda was that Po could not possibly be Ping's son, leading to Kung Fu Panda 2 which explains Po's background. Interestingly enough, at several points in Kung Fu Panda 2, Tigress begins to tell her own story only to be interrupted and also shows a much softer side. Ie the proclamation that the hardcore "do understand." If the dark trend of the movies continue, more than likely there will be a focus on Tigress in the next film and a possible betrayal.
There will be a scene at some point where Po dresses up as an elderly grandmother/be confused for one when someone calls out "Po! Po!".Since 'po po' is the Chinese word for grandmother, it'd be a Bilingual Bonus Visual Pun.
Sinlong will be the villain of the 3rd movieAnd he'll use magic attacks against the heroes.
Po's father (the Goose) is actually Bad AssIts hard to spot, but even as a baby Po seems to be about as heavy as his father. That the guy even TRIED to give Po goose back rides, speaks volumes. Doesn't seem like the type to give up once mind is made up so one day, perhaps at Kung Fu Panda 3, we'll see him lift up his so Po, a full grown Panda and twirl him happily like a child.
The movie symoblizes the Europeans starting to use gunpowder for weaponsThe beginning of the movie talks about the Peacocks using fireworks making people happy, but Shen began using fireworks(gunpowder) as a weapon. The other peacocks represent ancient China, while Shen represents the early-modern Europeans.
The warrior of black and white was not Po, but Shen himself.Shen's primary colors are also black and white. Note that the cannons and the gunpowder are black. There is a brief, stylized shot showing Shen with half his face black paralleling the ying-yang symbol, and it is the smoke figure of Shen that transforms into the yin-yang symbol when the Soothsayer tries to predict his fate. And in the final confrontation, some of Shen's white feathers are covered in black soot. Over the course of the movie, including the backstory, Shen loses his parents, his right to the throne of Gongmen city (and eventually destroys even its symbol, the throne itself, upon returning), his old home, his surrogate mother, and his oldest and only remaining friend, all through his own actions. Even the destruction of his remaining forces in the finale comes from deflected cannon shots he ordered to fire. Finally, in the last battle against Po, he directly contributed to the wreck of his cannon falling on him by accidentally cutting the ropes during the fight. Indeed, it can be argued that Shen defeated and destroyed himself quite thoroughly, and maybe he even realizes the irony, when he calmly allows the cannon to crush him.]]
The next movie will feature the Evil Counterpart to the Furious Five.With the following: A Python => Viper, An Orangutan => Monkey, a Spider => Mantis, an Eagle => Crane and Tai Lung (Stronger than before) => Tiger.
Po will have to make use of the Sword of Heroes in Kung Fu Panda 3Because that thing needs to make a reappearance. While we're at it, throw in the Invisible Trident of Destiny!
Po's biological father will show up in Kung Fu Panda 3, but Po will reject himMr. Panda will show up, overjoyed, pumped up and ready to pick up from where he left off... and Po is awkwardly freaked out by this complete stranger who just showed up on his doorstep, who calls him by the wrong name ("It's the name your mother and I gave you!") and doesn't seem to realize that Po is a nearly thirty-year-old man who only has a few vague memories of him at best. Po's discomfort will gradually grow as Mr. Panda keeps using words like "real father" and "true home". This will ratchet up until Mr. Panda and Mr. Ping come into conflict (voices are raised, punches might be thrown), at which point Po will snap and politely but firmly tell Mr. Panda to leave his home.
Po has a panda fan club.Considering Po's bioDad seems to have mystic powers of some sort that only awakened after Po found Inner Peace that lets him know his son is alive, it seems plausible that he can also sense or see other stuff about him. He could tell all the young panda the story of the Great Panda Warrior, miles away. When and if Po stumbles upon the remains of his kind, he could have a panda fan club waiting for him! It would be so awesome. As for his reaction to said fanclub...I'm 50/50 on him getting a bit too full of himself, or feeling a bit Squick'd out by female fans (I mean, he's never even seen any other pandas since he was a baby, and Interspecies Romance seems the norm for his world so... he just might not find girl pandas attractive), because both are such potential Hilarity Ensues scenarios...
The Big Bad of Kung Fu Panda 3 will be Lord Shen's daughter.
The Big Bad of Kung Fu Panda 3 will be a Self-Made Orphan and confused over the guilt he feels for doing so.There's been an undercurrent of tragedy and family issues with Kung Fu Panda's big bads. It's probably too dark for a children's movie, but the next one might have a self-centered villain who outright murdered his own parents for some selfish reason. The tragedy could be that he feels horribly guilty about it and has caused much suffering on his journey to find out why he feels so disgusted with himself.
The Big Bad of Kung Fu Panda 3 will be a dragon.The official press release states that Po will face a "supernatural threat" this time around, and Guillermo del Toro has stated that the primary antagonist will be "the most formidable villain yet." What better fit for those two descriptors than a dragon, especially since Po is, himself, the Dragon Warrior? There's a lot of poetic symbolism to be pulled from such a conflict, and even more awesome to be had. Heck, Mads Mikkelsen has even been announced as a cast member, and his gravelly baritone would be a perfect fit for a dragon.
At some point Mr. Ping will weaponise his noodles.We saw in the first movie noodles can be used in combat, when Po uses some to snatch the Dragon Scroll, so I predict that at some point Mr. Ping will be drawn into combat and, being one with the noodles, will use them to kick ass. Then he will charge the villain the price of the noodles.