Earlier today Disney released a new trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. The two-minute clip is light on actual game references, which already sets it apart from 2012's feature-length celebration of video games old and new.
This time the owner of the ancient arcade from the first movie connects his iMac G3 to the Internet, which bumps Ralph (John C Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) into cyber-space. The two are immediately set upon by distracting ads, clickbait headlines, and online auctions for velvet paintings of sad-eyed cats.
Outside of a funny (if mildly horrific) sequence where Ralph feeds a bunny pancakes in a toddler's game until it explodes, there aren't any noteworthy references to video games in the new trailer for Wreck-It Ralph 2. That's a little disappointing, as the first trailer for the first movie is stuffed with references to Street Fighter, Sonic, Donkey Kong, and other game franchises. The references are clever, too: The close-out with the Bad-Anon quote is still great.
Granted, Disney's trailers aren't always good at relaying what their movies are about. Critically-acclaimed movies like Coco and Frozen were hyped up with trailers that drew heat for being shallow and failing to convey key plot points. There's a good chance we'll see some familiar pixelated pals in Wreck-It Ralph 2 after all.
In fact, sharp-eyed viewers might catch a possible reference to PUBG during the auction scene mid-way through the trailer. As Ralph and Vanellope's souls are consumed by the picture of the sad cat, we see another auction going on behind them for a "cast iron frying pan," a potential shout-out to one of PUBG's most beloved and versatile weapons. Other nearby auctions include one for a unicorn and one for a genie's lamp, so it stands to reason the frying pan on the block is the kind of pan that doubles as a bludgeon and a bullet-blocker.
We'll learn how games fit into Ralph's brave new world when Wreck-It Ralph 2 premieres this fall. I just hope there's not a subplot where an Internet denizen tells Ralph "Hey, I saw you over at Rule 34!" and he goes on a quest to discover what that means. Actually, wait, that'd be hilarious—and not the least bit appropriate for a Disney film.
Wreck-It Ralph 2 comes to theatres on November 21, 2018. It'll keep us company until the Super Mario movie debuts.