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"This next adventure is even more challenging. And remember, the future of Jumanji is in your hands!"
Nigel

Jumanji: The Next Level is an upcoming sequel to the 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, itself a sequel to Jumanji (and its Spiritual Successor Zathura). Directed by Jake Kasdan, it sees the return of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas, who are joined this time by Danny Devito, Danny Glover and Awkwafina.

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Following the events of the previous film, Spencer secretly kept the pieces of the Jumanji video game, and one day worked to repair the system in the basement of his grandfather's house. When Spencer's friends arrive, they find Spencer missing and the game running, and decide to re-enter Jumanji to save him. Spencer's grandfather, Eddie (DeVito), and his friend, Milo Walker (Glover), hear the commotion, and inadvertently get sucked into the game too. The teenaged friends must help Eddie and Milo get used to their in-game avatars and get their help to find Spencer and escape Jumanji again.

The film is scheduled to be released on December 13, 2019.

Previews: Trailer.


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Jumanji: The Next Level contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: As the first trailer shows Martha as Ruby Roundhouse continues to be a veritable One-Woman Army, dispatching multiple mooks.
  • Aesop Amnesia: The first trailer shows that Spencer backpedals on the lesson he learned in the previous film about the importance of the real world and the dangers of the Jumanji video game, as he works to rebuild it.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At one point in the first trailer, Milo encounters a hippo, presumably the same one that killed Bethany the last time. Fridge (who is in Bethany's avatar) tries to warn Milo, but is himself killed, this time by an anaconda.
  • Butt-Monkey: The first trailer shows that once again, the strapping Fridge Johnson is stuck into one of the non-badass avatars, which he considers extremely unfair.
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  • Call-Back: In the trailer, like in Welcome to the Jungle, Shelly Oberon is killed near the same spot, in the same way (getting eaten on the head), though both the animal involved and who's controlling Shelly are different.
  • Distracted by My Own Sexy: In the first trailer Eddie and Milo take a moment to admire their respective avatars' bodies, particularly Bravestone's hips and Finbar's thighs.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The Next Level could mean either escalating stakes or a literal next level in a video game.
  • Expansion Pack World: In Welcome to the Jungle, the whole of the land of Jumanji is seen as been composed of a wide jungle valley. The trailer however, also shows the heroes travelling through scorching deserts and freezing snow-covered mountains.
  • Experienced Protagonist: The trailer shows that Martha and Fridge remember all their experiences from the previous film, and are saddled explaining the situation to Eddie and Milo.
  • Feathered Fiend: The trailer shows a flock of cassowaries chasing a jeep in a desert.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: As seen in the trailer, thanks to the rules of Jumanji, Martha appears as Ruby Roundhouse once more... but Eddie and Milo are transformed into Dr. Smolder Bravestone and Franklin "Mouse" Finbar, respectively; and Fridge is now Bethany's former avatar, Professor Shelly Oberon.
  • Happy Ending Override: Welcome to the Jungle ended with the four friends having undergone some positive Character Development and with the Jumanji video game destroyed. But the trailer shows that Spencer rebuilt the game and inadvertently got all his friends back into it.
  • Large Ham: The trailer shows that Fridge is just as hammy as Bethany in the Shelly Oberon avatar.
    Shelly/Fridge: THIS CAN'T BE HAPPENING!
  • Maniac Monkeys: In the trailer, the heroes fight a horde of monkeys with mandrill-like heads and gelada-like bodies on a Rope Bridge.
  • Mistaken for Afterlife: In the trailer, Eddie and Milo assume that they died and Jumanji is hell.
    Milo: Did I die and turn into some kind of, small, muscular boyscout?
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: The trailer had Martha, Fridge, and Bethany clearly not happy to be back in the world of Jumanji once more. Even worse, they didn't even get a choice in picking their characters this time.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": In the first trailer Fridge gets this reaction upon realizing that he's stuck as Shelly Oberon... and thus, once again a non-badass avatar.
  • Sequel Escalation: Invoked, as Nigel explicitly tells the players in the first trailer that this new adventure will be even more difficult and dangerous.

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