It’s hard to believe that when Jurassic World arrived two summers ago, the movie seemed like a Tyrannosaurus-sized risk: The last film in the series, 2001’s Jurassic Park III, was a regrettable, forgettable mishmash of weirdo ideas (like the talking-Raptor dream sequence) and familiar-feeling action scenes, and sent the once-stomping franchise out with a limp. Returning to the Jurassic world after more than a decade, with a largely unknown writer-director (Colin Trevorrow) at the helm, was the kind of big-budget experiment that would have made even John Hammond worriedly hold on to his butt.
Yet World wound up becoming not only one of the biggest movies of the year, but of all time, yielding its own mini-meme, and completing Chris Pratt’s once-unthinkable conversion from likable sitcom schlub to lean-and-mean franchise star. World also engineered countless conversations about its often-ding-a-lingish treatment of female characters, with Bryce Dallas Howard’s ludicrous footwear becoming a particularly ‘saur subject). It was the first billion-dollar blockbuster of the problematic era—a digitally advanced, future-hinting spectacle that also felt weirdly stuck in the past.
Judging by the first trailer for next summer’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the scientists behind the Jurassicseries have decided to address some of the World‘s biggest problems head-on. For one, Howard’s Claire Dearing isn’t wearing high heels. For another, this installment seems more focused on the big questions and ethical implications of what humanity should do after bringing back pre-historic beasts, with Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm reemerging to remind everyone that “these creatures were here before us, and if we’re not careful, they’re going to be here after.” He also, naturally, throws in a good ol’ “life finds a way,” proving that there are some discoveries that not even chaos theory can explain. We’ll see if he’s right when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in June.