The Breach wasn't created unstableThe Breach wasn't always unstable, but this was the one that opened in the cretaceous and has slowly degraded over time. Allows for them to bring in double or triple events as well as Cat 4's and 5's
Rebuilt/Repaired Jaegers for SequelOkay, so we know there will be a sequel (or possibly prequel). Perhaps the PPDC could salvage the older Jaegers that were destroyed. This could lead to some of the fan-favorites/Ensemble Dark Horse Jaegers to return. Examples:
Mark VI speculations and Gipsy Danger IIOkay, so, it's been confirmed they're planning a sequel and that we'll see a new Gipsy Danger. Assuming they will restart the Jaeger project (and they should, otherwise there wouldn't be much of a movie), this mean all further Jaeger, barring possibly rebuilding more of them from Oblivion Bay, will be Mark VI. The Mark of a Jaeger both indicate the wave/year it was made but also, to an extent, advances in technology. The movie clearly showed that even the state-of-the-art Mark V Striker Eureka couldn't handle all those Category 4 and that Category 5 Kaiju all by itself, proving that Jaegers of previous marks will soon become obsolete should the Kaijus come back. If the PPDC get it's funding back, then that mean we'll see a new generation of Jaegers and we can speculate about the leaps and bounds of improvement we could see...
Stacker will come back in the sequel. Sort of.At least via Flashbacks when inside the Drift. It was hinted at in the movie. Possibly as some sort of crude Drift-created Spirit Advisor.
Newt's mind was permanently altered by drifting twice with Kaiju
Raleigh is this universe's version of Phillip J.FryHas a brother named Yancy, was fascinated by outer space and alien life as a child.
"Gipsy" is not an insult in the Pacific Rim-verseIn real life, 'Gypsy' is an ethnic slur regarding the Roma people. But in the Pacific Rim world, it's not. This is because of Gipsy Danger. The Jaeger-Gipsy was so famous that if anyone called anyone else a 'Gipsy', they were very probably referring to the mecha, and so "Gipsy" eventually became a way of saying that someone was a hero.
The sequel will feature Kaiju again.It will still be called Pacific Rim (II); but this time they'll come from the Atlantic ocean.
The Kaiju are not conventionally organic.The Kaiju, made entirely of organic matter, ought to collapse under their own weight thanks to the square-cube law, but regardless can even fly on occasion. This is because they are partially composed of some extra dimensional substance that is light enough and strong enough to allow something that massive to move easily and be actually durable. When humanity slew the first Kaiju using conventional weaponry, they used or reproduced the material to make their own monsters. That's why we don't already have jaeger-like technology today: what's needed to make them is not from this universe.
Gipsy Danger will either...
At one point, one or more Jaeger pilots will go nutsBonus points if they are controlling a Jaeger when it happens and we get a Mech vs. Mech fight.
The climactic battle was meant to be a suicide mission.No helicopters were sent until Mako resurfaced, because every character was expected to die.
The movie is a sequel to Real Steel
There's more to the Kaiju than there seems to be...They're more than just monsters sent to wipe out humanity. Either its a group of humans who are controlling them and/or working with whoever's controlling them, or this is even bigger than the fate of humanity.
Kaiju can see on a microscopic level.Anyone notice how the Crab monster and Otachi went after one person each? There is no way any one of its eyes would be able to detect a human as small as an ant unless their eyes have special properties, allowing them to recognize facial features and dressings. This may only apply to Otachi.
The one Japanese pilot will be a Large Ham even by this movie's standards.That's his secret; none of the others grew up watching mecha anime.
General Pentecost will join the fight in the climax.And he will be piloting Coyote Tango when he does it.
The Kaiju are made by humans.Some Jaegers will be sent through the portal to attack the Kaijus at their source, and discover their source is a hidden lab on the scale of a Jaeger base run by a group of humans with the goal of taking over the planet.
Coyote Tango's low kill countCoyote Tango's official card shows that it has only killed two kaiju, despite being an older model with a consequently longer activity period. The explanation is one or more of:
Kaiju are piloted.One of the trailers has a scene where the pilots seem to be exploring the innards of a Kaiju. Imagine how they'll react to discovering that, like the Jaegers, the Kaiju are essentially piloted machines. Who and what the pilots are is best left up to the imagination.
Horizon Blue will be piloted by at least two of the Wei Tang TripletsIt's hinted that the Chinese-made Horizon Blue may play a role in the film and in a movie still, there are two models being assembled. We don't hear a lot about Crimson Typhoon or its pilots, though it's predicted that Crimson Typhoon will be destroyed in the battle of Hong Kong. So it's not unreasonable to think that maybe two of the Wei Tang Triplets will get a chance to pilot one.
The film actually did cancel the Apocalypse.The only reason the world is still standing after December 21, 2012, is because the Powers That Be heard that this film wasn't going to be released until after that date, and even they want to see it.
This is a prequel to Legendary Pictures' Godzilla remakeGodzilla is the King of the Kaiju that are coming through the portal. The Jaegers will seemingly defeat all the Kaiju, and find out that there's one last monster that's on its way.
The kaiju didn't kill the dinosaurs, they WERE the dinosaursIt was a possible interpretation of Newt's words in the movie, but I'm mentioning it because most of the reactions I've seen have been "kaiju killed the dinosaurs", so I'm submitting it here.
The film is actually set in an alternate universe version of Half-LifeThe film is about monsters invading Earth from another dimension, only this time humanity has giant mechs instead of a mute theoretical physicist with a crowbar. Also GLaDOS didn't go rogue and is helping the humans fight of the monsters.
Gipsy Danger was designed and produced by Stark Industries.
An older Hogarth Hughes was a consultant on Jaeger design and construction.
After what happened to him with SAMCRO, Clay Morrow went off to Hong Kong and recreated himself just in time for the Kaiju War.
The Jaegers will not be completely mechanical.In keeping with the spirit of Mecha anime, and its seeming ties to Neon Genesis Evangelion, the Jaegers will be partially alien/use alien tech/something of the aliens'.
Pacific Rim takes place 2000 years after the Titan invasion.
Gipsy Danger will actually perform a full on Rocket PunchNot just using the rockets in the elbow to punch harder. Rather Gipsy Danger will end up trapped, and about the be destroyed, when it actually detaches, and launches it's fist at a Kaiju, punching it out.
Chuck Hansen's attitude stems from his neural bridge with his fatherHe's just perpetually cranky because being mentally linked with his father caused him to have memories of stuff he really didn't want to have embedded in his head. His dad's perception of him being born? Not so bad. The process that caused him to be born, though?
Striker Eureka was a "clean-up" JaegerIf Jaegers were falling one by one, somebody still had to take care of the Kaiju that destroyed said Jaegers. Striker Eureka's high kill count owes to being the Jaeger that typically went to finish the job once it became clear that the other Jaeger was destroyed.
The Kaiju also wanted the war to endThe kaiju seemed very slow and inefficient at killing the scientist, including the baby who had a perfect opportunity to chomp him but didn't. There seemed to be a distinction between the attacking kaiju and their masters. Maybe the kaiju were sick of their masters tossing them away in a series of unsuccessful attacks and held back to give the humans an opening to close the rift.
Hannibal Chau didn't lose his eye in a public shelter — he lost it trying to interface with a kaiju brain.
Slattern didn't survive the point-blank nukeThe Cat-5 Kaiju that looked like him was an identical or near-identical separate Kaiju that came through the rift afterward. He avoided detection by the ground-bound scientists because their sensors would've been briefly scrambled by the nuke. ...Because c'mon, there's no way that even a Cat-5 Kaiju could not be atomized by a point-blank 1.2-megaton thermonuclear explosion.
Hannibal Chau was not human.Even if a baby Kaiju lacks the toxicity of adult Kaiju Blue or stomach acid; it chewed a few times swallowing him; and shook him back and forth while doing so. (Why do creatures do this? To break the necks/spines of their prey.)
It wasn't "lack of pollution" that repelled the Kaiju from the Dinosaur Age.That was his own feelings mixing in. (It's hard to seperate) It was whatever killed the dinosaurs; be it a meteor dust cloud, an ice age, or Phlebotinum. They could foretell it was coming.
The Cloverfield Monster was an offspring of a Kaiju that was dormant since the dinosaurs.They can have children, after all. And we know the Kaiju visited Earth back then but it was "uninhabitable at the time".
The sequel will feature human villains and/or man-made monsterIn order to keep things fresh and not make the sequel just 'the first movie but bigger'. Beside, it happenned in Godzilla; there have been human-made monsters.
Kaiju pregnancy was the next step in the invasionThe kaijus are likely capable of self-fertilizing. Basically, after destroying Jaegers and going on a rampage they would spawn baby kaijus. No need to send out new ones out of the portal for a while after that. They would spawn troops on the human dimension by themselves.
The Kaiju were an attempt by the Ceph to invade.Making planetfall on Earth during the dinosaur age, using an initial attack wave of Hive Minded organic weapons to destroy human resistance, and then colonizing the planet through the use of a wormhole? The Ceph wrote the book on Alien Invasion using those exact same tactics. The icing on the cake would have been if the film had called the breach an Einstein-Rosen bridge.
The entire story is set in the Warhammer 40K universe.While the references to various mecha-style anime are all well and good, what stuck out the most to this troper was how similar running the Jaegers seems to be how Titans are operated in Dan Abnett's novel Titanicus. But instead of Imperator and Warlord classes, we have basic, essentially prototype Warhounds taking out similarly-sized kaiju. But beyond that, we also have an alternate dimension where physics operate in no way, shape or form the manner in which they do on earth, full of funky colors and a giant sun that looks like an eye that looks awful terrible.
The kaiju's master's didn't know that there was sentient life on the other side of the portal.This is a long-shot. It requires you to accept that the Kaiju don't have the kind of telepathy implied in the film, and coming after the scientist was just coincidence (he happened to be there), or else that the telepathy is limited in what it can send back. The Master's did, evidently, have ways of checking environmental factors for settlement, and the EMP weapon could be a good sign that they were intentionally trying to counter the Jaeger's, but I don't think there's a smoking gun to show that they really intended to kill other sentient beings. Yes, the scientists drifted with the Jaeger's, but so what? How much did the Jaeger's really know about their own purpose? Beyond "the invasion will escalate until all life is exterminated," what they said was probably just speculation.
Hannibal Chau is a former PPDC ScientistHe isn't an underworld figure who became a Kaiju expert, he's a Kaiju expert who became an underworld figure. The powers that be didn't just wake up one day and decide to ashcan the Jaeger program, they've been siphoning away resources to build the Wall of Life for years, and Chau was one of the guys who got handed their walking papers when a lab got shut down. Going underground, and likely taking a healthy chunk of equipment and cashiered personnel with him, he turned his expertise to the task of commercial exploitation of the Kaiju. When the PPDC finally completely pulled Marshal Pentecost's funding, Chau offered him the cash needed to continue the fight half out of self interest (if the government starts nuking Kaiju again, he'll have no product to sell) and half because he knows the Jaegers are Earth's best shot of winning. Pentecost, remembering Chau and knowing him to be a professional, accepts the offer and plays along with the "Hannibal Chau" deception to give himself a bit more plausible deniability.
This is the past of a Mass Effect AU.Quoted from this SpaceBattles post: "[T]he Reaper's idea of turning multiple organisms into a single organism was an evolution of the Neural Bridge concept taken to the extremes. If two can stabilize a giant Jaeger, why not have more to stabilize larger machines? Then things went horribly wrong from there..."
Jaegger's partially run on Magic Powered Pseudo Science.Especially the older ones. "Gipsy Danger isn't digital, it's analogue!" ....analogue....nuclear. With electronic displays and Gla DOS. Ha Ha Ha No. By his own admission, Raleigh wasn't an expert on electronics. But when you're hooked into the mental link; it doesn't matter; especially if one is driven by sheer will. Hercules unfortunately knew enough about modern electronics that the EMP wave could effect Striker Eureka; his broken arm was painful enough to interfere with his will. (Chuck didn't know enough about electronics, and Pentecost and Mako were driven enough that it didn't matter.)
The Aliens sent Leatherback and Otachi to retrieve Dr. Geizler...Because he was the first being on our side of the rift that ever contacted them. It was the first sign of sapience we'd shown that they're capable of acknowledging or understanding. Those two Kaiju were sent to see if it was a fluke or not.
Identical twins and triplets will become a lot more common in this Verse.Drifting technology offers so much promise for other future technology — brain-controlled vehicles, machinery, computer networks, etc — that couples undergoing IVF will start seeking monozygotic multiple births rather than singletons, in hope that their children will get high-paying jobs as drift-pilots. At least, once the Kaiju War's end is confirmed and they aren't afraid of them being drafted and slaughtered by monsters, that is.
This movie will be included in future Super Robot Wars games.Heroes from multiple Alternate Universe with there many Humongous Mechas soon realize that this world is in great danger and so they cross far and wide just to save it.
Possible future technologies/plot lines for any sequels:In addition to the Drills, Laser Blades and Combining Mecha mentioned in a previous WMG, I can think of some new features that can come into play in the Pacific Rim Universe after the events of this film (may or may not include a tag-team by the return of the Kaiju from another portal in the ocean):
Birds, reptiles, and at least some fish are descended from ancient kaijuKaiju controllers send "dinosaurs" as scouts to earth; dinos report that the atmosphere's no good so the controllers leave them here; dinos evolve over millions of hears into modern animals — Knifehead etc. doesn't just "look like a shark", it is a shark — and eventually lose their connection to the kaiju hive mind. OR DID THEY!?
Pentecost raised Mako to be more Japanese than the Japanese as a form of honoring the dead.She was 10 when she left Japan. Usually children who leave their culture at that point naturalize elsewhere quickly. Granted, the trauma may have solidified things. She and Pentecost must have ritualized it. He spoke Japanese, yeah, but when he adopted her, he also did his best to raise her Japanese fashion. His dialogue does indicate he knew Japanese philosophy. This combined with her being a loner and living a military life crystalized her personality.
Mako's "Chasing the RABIT" sceneI wondered why Mako falls into this, seeing as she's 1. The adopted daughter of an ex-Ranger, who would have no doubt told her about this when she expressed her desire to become a Jaeger pilot, 2. Having a really high score in the simulation, which would probably have a Drifting segment and 3. Having read a lot about the Jaegers and their pilot. Then it hit me: When you're Drifting with someone, you're sharing your memories, instinct and emotions with them. If they're not careful, one of the Jaeger pilot might lost his/her own identity in the process. When Mako was Drifting with Raleigh for the first time, she wasn't just Drifting with him. She was also Drifting with Yancy, or whatever left of him in Raleigh's brain. Raleigh has 5 years to deal with having part of his brother inside of him. Mako didn't. She was almost lost in there, so she latched onto her strongest - and perhaps the one most defining - memory: Pentacost saving her with Coyote Tango.
The PPDC is the equivalent of X-COMThey pulled funding and built the wall, so it's now their equivalent of Cydonia or Bust, T'Leth, Mothership assault, and interdimenso
Pacific Rim is set in the past relative to Big OCome on, I'm not the only one who thought that Jaegars look an awful lot like megadeuses (spl?), am I? The big monsters which occasionally show up in Big O are "wild" Kaiju which have lost purpose since their creators are no longer there to instruct them. At some point in the future following the destruction of the breach, mankind falls back into old habits and, eventually, most of the world is reduced to a wasteland, with Paradigm City being an island of civilization where the remains of several different Jaegars have either been collected or laid to rest.
The sequel will have extraterrestrial Kaiju attacksHow did the Breach get under the Pacific in the first place? Either it was put there by another race before the dinosaurs died out - in which case, the Kaiju creators can probably space travel - or the Kaiju creators can choose where it opens. And since they know humans are too powerful to defeat with just what they can send through like they did, the best option could be to open another breach somewhere humans can't get to. Somewhere that could potentially support life, or be made to support life. Such as another planet. Mars?
The sequel...Will see terrorists stealing and rebuilding the destroyed jaegers and used to plunge the world into chaos. Now the only hope lies with Newt and the young kaiju who has imprinted upon him. But can Tachi Jr. mature fast enough to defeat the rogue jaegers, or will it simply be the latest kaiju to fall at their hands?
In the sequel, the Kaiju will not only reopen the Pacific rift, but will also attack through the Arctic.Because the Atlantic and Indian oceans have too many nations that were untouched. Three of the Arctic nations - America, Russia, and Canada - will already be strained combating the second Pacific incursion. Unfortunately for the Kaiju, that still leaves Norway, Denmark, and Iceland... who will promptly name their mechs Thor, Odin, and Loki.
The sequel will feature a revitalization of the Jaeger program to face the growing Kaiju infestion in the PacificOtachi was the first pregnant Kaiju ever discovered, not because it was the first pregnant Kaiju, but because the others had already given birth before reaching their target cities. Next to a full-sized Kaiju, its easy for a blue whale sized baby to slip away from the PPDC's radar. The portal is destroyed, but the Kaiju have become a full-blown invasive species. This will massively raise the stakes for the sequel, as there's no portal to target to put a stop to it, and there aren't single events anymore, its a constant, exponentially escalating attack. This will lead to the world's governments dumping every resource available into dozens of new Mark 6 Jaegers. And that will lead to battles of a dozen Jaegers versus a dozen Kaijus all at once. It is going to be fucking awesome.
The/a sequel will focus on the AtlanticThe plot will focus on Atlantis re-emerging after eons of dormancy, and feature British and European Jaegers.
Mako subconsciously deactivated the safeties on Gipsy Danger's plasmacaster during her first Drift.They did actually soft-deactivate the plasmacaster before the test. However, since Mako was involved in the reconstruction of Gipsy Danger, she knew the codes to turn them back on, and accidentally used them to un-safe the plasmacaster.
Pacific Rim takes place in the same universe as Team Fortress 2The Jaegers' Super Robot qualities come from being partially made from Australium and built by Mann Co. As for why nobody has a moustache... Erm... Unreliable Time Lord Narrator.
Cloverfield was the result of greedy Kaiju merchants trying to transfer a baby monster of their ownIt was being transferred on that ship in the harbor. They wanted their own parts factory.
The sequel will feature a Jaeger...with lots and lots of Gatling Guns It'll have to face off against a category II or III centipede Kaiju and will simply riddle it with rocket-propelled Neutronium Carbide rounds
Tropers make the best Jeager pilotslet see, used to filtering vast amounts of data, used to being part of a larger collective, have full weaponized knowledge of every super robot and monster trope, and therefore the best ideas and tactics for both super robot VS monster fights all by default with no additional training. Gentlemen: we the evidence is clear. Every Jeager Pilot is one of us.
The sequel will feature Jaegers built with Kaiju body partsKaiju skeletons are some of the most resilient materials around. The PPDC's next wave of Jaegers will feature at least one that's built around a Kaiju skeleton. Also, there will be one that uses a Kaiju's secondary brain to act as a substitute for a co-pilot, eliminating the need for drift-compatible pilots in the selection process. Unfortunately, like Mechagodzilla, the Kaiju brain will cause the Jaeger to go rogue.
The sequel will feature handheld weapons for JaegersObviously, giving weapons that can be dropped to slow, clumsy giant robots isn't a good idea, but how awesome would it be to see a Jaeger pull out a railgun shaped like a flintlock, or the mother of all battleaxes? Or seeing a Jaeger throw a weapon to a teammate to use just in time to avoid destruction?
The Kaiju War was the Biblical Armageddon.One of the Kaiju (maybe Slattern) was the Beast.
Mako and Raleigh bang on the escape podBecause of the implication.
Hermann and Newt will pull a Big Damn Heroes moment in the next movieHermann and Newt are Drift-compatible, so when the shit hits the fan they'll get a neural bridge ready and kick ass... but they'll do so by mindjacking a kaiju through a collected brain and get a kaiju to defect.
The Kaiju would have invaded our world if James Cameron hadn't gone to the Challenger Deep and done something that stopped the rift from opening.XKCD was sort of on to something... he did build his sub in order to reach "a mysterious door", he just wasn't trying to OPEN it...
The sequel will open with Jeager's fighting each other in a sporting eventLet's face it, the World council seem like the sort to just assume the breach is closed forever, and there would be no need to fund new Jeagers. So the surviving members of the PDC will need to find a new source of funding. And Hannibal Chau will have the perfect suggestion.
Hannibal Chauwill be part of the PPDC in the sequel. Being the Obstructive Bureaucrats they are, the UN will refuse to back the reborn PPDC, saying that the Wall will still work! In response, and just to stick it to them, the PPDC will openly ally with Chau. For that matter, he's smart enough that he might end up in a command position. And no one will be stupid enough to try to tax an organization that possesses 250-foot tall robots.
The sequel(s) will show an escalation of threat and awesomeThe facility we see at the end is only the Masters’ equivalent of a single shatterdome and the steady progression of Kaiju incursion is their standard operating procedure; send Kaiju at an increasing rate to destroy local populations and stabilize the rift, then begin colonization/mining resources. Humanity was the first to fight back hard enough and get lucky enough to take out a Kaiju “shatterdome”. The sequel will see the Masters get pissed and focus on our Earth exclusively (even stopping ongoing efforts in other dimensions) and hit us with multiple rift openings connecting to different Kaiju “Shatterdomes” eventually leaving us with a downer ending where extinction seems inevitable. A third film will have the residents of other dimensions, with the pressure off their homeworlds come help us in a Big Damn Heroes moment with their own variations of Jaegers/other Kaiju countermeasures.
Crimson Typhoon and possibly Cherno Alpha will be recoveredSure, CA was badly damaged by the acid, flooded, and rendered inoperative somehow underwater, but Gipsy Danger had an entire arm severed, the cabin ripped open, and major damage to the chest cavity (the point that it also was taken off-scope) and was rebuilt. Crimson Typhoon just needs a new cockpit. And new pilots, but the point stands.
Herc Hansen and Stacker Pentecost Drifted togetherThe two were both Mark 1 Jaeger pilots, it's unclear who Herc Drifted with before his son, and when Stacker suits up to get back into the game, he uses Chuck's compatibility with his father as evidence that he and Stacker will be Drift-compatible.
The Masters will attack Earth in the sequel because Newt drifted with a kaiju...twice.They know humans know how to preserve the brains, and interface with them. They're now afraid that Earth learned how to create a breach from his drift(s), and are going to attack to prevent Earth from attacking their homeworld.
The aliens were this universe's version of the ones from Independence Day
The group shutting down the Jagaer program had dollar signs in their eyesThe companies behind the construction were probably making megabucks.
The Loch Ness Monster was a kaiju, and the alien's way of linking back to EarthThe aliens would need some kind of way to monitor the earth's atmosphere to know when to strike, some kaiju to know when Earth would be worth attacking. Nessie has been around a long time, it could be a kaiju created simply to tell its masters when to strike.
The villains in the sequel will be humans that remotely pilot kaiju.They're going to steal Newton's kaiju drift technology and use it to destroy the Jagaers.
Yancy is still alive.He's however, been captured by the Precursors. The sequel will feature a kaiju-ized, Brainwashed and Crazy Yancy-esque humanoid kaiju.
The PPDC will face the political repercussions of attacking the BreachRelated to the one a few WM Gs up about how the group shutting down the PPDC were doing it to get rich, they'll put pressure on the UN or whatever it's called to make the command and pilots pay for what they did — they closed the Breach, thereby making the walls, which the taxpayers put money into for their safety, completely useless. This will only lead to mass rioting and the PPDC going independent.
The Precursors were stopped the last time, not because of the lack of a pollutive atmosphere but because of the asteroid impactBack during the very late cretaceous there was a civilization of sentient Troodons, that had faced the previous Kaiju invasion. The Troodon's probably made their own Kaiju as their equivalent of humanity's Jaegers. These Dino-kajiu fought the alien Kajiu for a long time but thing grew increasingly desperate overtime and the Trodoons had gotten to the point they were pretty much being over-runned by the Precursors's creation, which would of have been the same fate, humanity would have suffered had PPDC's plan had failed. As a last resort the Troodon had dropped the asteroid onto the Breach that existed back during the Creatcous peroid invasion, which the Precusors most likely never saw it comming.
Stacker Pentecost is Heimdall in disguiseIdris Elba played Heimdall in the Thor film. Heimdall blowing his horn is part of Ragnarok. Perhaps Heimdall decided to "cancel Ragnarok" by changing his identity.