- The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 could take place in Mario’s dream, introducing unique enemies and locations, and featuring Wart as a villain replacement for Bowser.
- The sequel could lift the narrative from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, turning Princess Peach into a villain and introducing wacky characters in the shady town of Rogueport.
- The movie might lean into the Mario sports spin-offs, featuring elements from games like Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, and Mario Super Sluggers, to differentiate itself from the first film.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 will continue Illumination and Nintendo’s incredibly popular video game movie series, and these 10 storylines from the Mario video games could actually work in the upcoming sequel. The Super Mario Bros. Movie was a huge hit, but one of its main points of criticism was its story. The narrative was a bit generic, with it lifting the most basic arc from the video game series. However, there are plenty of odd yet fantastic stories from the franchise’s decades-long history that could work perfectly in The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2, and these are 10 of the best options.
Very little is known about The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2, but due to the success of the first film, it is almost certainly happening. Much like its predecessor, the sequel will most likely lift all kinds of elements from the source material, with The Super Mario Bros. Movie being full of Easter eggs and references to the beloved Nintendo games. The first film mainly stuck to pulling from the mainline platformers as well as the Mario Kart spin-off series, but the well goes much deeper than that. The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 has the opportunity to go all in on some of the franchise’s weirdest stories, like these.
10 The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 Could Take Place In A Dream
The American version of Super Mario Bros. 2 significantly shook things up, with Mario and the gang adventuring through one of Mario’s dreams. Having The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 take place in a dream would be a great homage to the video game sequel, with it also allowing the film to stand out from its predecessor. Setting the film in a mindscape would allow for all kinds of unique enemies and locations, and Wart would be a great villain replacement for Bowser. While this might be too weird for Illumination, it would be an interesting new direction to take the franchise.
9 Mario & Peach Could Investigate The Thousand-Year Door
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door is often considered to contain the best story in the franchise, so it would make sense for The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 to lift its narrative from this game. The story sees Peach and Mario set off to the shady town of Rogueport where they begin investigating a legendary underground door. Not only does the plot of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door introduce all kinds of wacky characters, but it also turns Princess Peach into a villain, which would be a wild new direction to take the second film in.
8 Mario’s Sports Spin-Offs Could Have A Prominent Role In The Sequel
The Mario series has received a litany of spin-off series, with the Mario gang playing various sports. Mario Kart is arguably the most popular of these spin-offs, with it playing a major role in The Super Mario Bros. Movie. It’s possible that The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 could lean into these sports spin-offs even further, featuring elements from games like Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Mario Super Sluggers, and more. While this would be a departure from the first film, leaning into the spin-offs would be a great way to differentiate the sequel.
7 Wario & Waluigi Could Shake Things Up
It is also possible that The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 could introduce two of the franchise’s most iconic characters that didn’t appear in the first film: Wario and Waluigi. Wario and Waluigi are prominently featured in the various Mario spin-off series, but they tend to play villainous roles. Having Mario and Luigi face off against Wario and Waluigi on the big screen would be a great way to introduce their rivalry to a broader audience. On top of that, the duo can bring elements from the various Wario spin-off games along them, including characters from games like WarioWare and Wario Land.
6 Rosalina Could Reset The Universe In The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2
The story of Super Mario Galaxy is one of the most popular in the Mario franchise, but many fans of the game forget how strange the end of the game is. Super Mario Galaxy concludes with Rosalina actually resetting the universe, birthing a new cosmos. This wild Super Mario Galaxy twist has a chance of appearing in The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2, and with a Luma appearing in the first film, Rosalina’s movie debut in the sequel seems likely.
5 Bowser Could Become Posessed By An Evil Bean Witch
If The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 wants to replace Bowser as a villain, a great choice would be Cackletta. Cackletta is the main antagonist of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, with the powerful resident of the BeanBean Kingdom possessing Bowser at the end of the game. Upon doing this, Bowser transforms into Bowletta, leading to an exciting yet odd confrontation with the Mario brothers.
4 Aliens Could Invade The Mushroom Kingdom
Facing off against aliens is something that Mario and Luigi have had to deal with more than once, and this video game storyline could return in The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2. Tatanga is an alien invader who serves as the main antagonist of Super Mario Land, but a much greater alien invasion occured a few years later. In the game Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, an alien race of Shroobs invade the Mushroom Kingdom, with Mario and Luigi teaming up with past versions of themselves to take them down.
3 Mario Could Explore Landmarks In The Real World
Speaking of Super Mario Land, The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 could lift a storyline from the Gameboy game. In Super Mario Land, Mario explores a variety of real-world locations. This trick is repeated in Super Mario Odyssey, and due to the game’s recency, it could be brought back again for the second movie. Mario and Luigi are from the real world in the Illumination movie series, so it would make sense for the brothers to travel across the globe defeating invaders from the Mushroom Kingdom.
2 Yoshi’s Island’s Strange Mario Prequel Storyline Could Appear
The Super Mario Bros. Movie‘s post-credits scene set up Yoshi, meaning that the dinosaur’s strangest storyline could play a role in the sequel. The Yoshi’s Island series is a prequel to the mainline Mario games, with the lovable dinosaur helping to keep Baby Mario safe. Although Mario and Luigi’s origins differ in the Illumination movie series, Yoshi’s Island has dabbled with time travel and dimension-warping in the past, meaning that anything could happen.
1 Luigi Could Turn Into A Masked Supervillain
One of the weirdest but most beloved storylines in the Mario series occurs in Super Paper Mario. In the game, Luigi turns into a masked supervillain named Mr. L, with him taking on a new, confident appearance. Due to Luigi having a smaller role in the first film, bringing him back as a villain would be a great way to put him in the spotlight. Mr. L has never appeared outside of Super Paper Mario, but the storyline is so strange and unique that it could work in The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2.