THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE Sequel Officially Announced; Will Arrive In Theaters In 2026

THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE Sequel Officially Announced; Will Arrive In Theaters In 2026 THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE Sequel Officially Announced; Will Arrive In Theaters In 2026

Nintendo and Illumination have officially announced we'll be returning to the Mushroom Kingdom in a sequel to The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which will arrive in theaters in April 2026.

By MattIsForReal - Mar 10, 2024 11:03 AM EST
Filed Under: Video Games

Today is Mario Day and in celebration of Nintendo's beloved gaming franchise, legendary game director Shigeru Miyamoto had a very exciting announcement: The Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel will arrive in theaters on April 3, 2026.

A sequel to the animated blockbuster had long been expected, but we hadn't had an official announcement until today.

Directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, who helmed the first film, are returning for the sequel, which is still early in production.

"Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic and the very talented artists from Illumination Studios Paris, who brought the Mushroom Kingdom to life in The Super Mario Bros. Movie have been busy at work storyboarding scenes and developing set designs for new environments," Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri said in a pre-recorded video. "We start animation soon and rest assured we will be obsessing over every detail to get it just right."

Specific plot details weren't revealed, but Miyamoto promised to share more once they are at a proper place to do so. He did hint that "we're thinking about broadening Mario's world further, and it'll have a bright and fun story."

Although The Super Mario Bros. Movie was inspired by the beloved Nintendo video game franchise, it didn't follow the plot of any specific game. Rather, it combined various elements from the video games in an original storyline that saw Mario and Luigi sucked into a warp pipe and taken to a mysterious land. Mario winds up in the Mushroom Kingdom, ruled by Princess Peach, while Luigi lands in the Dark Lands, ruled by the evil King Bowser. With Bowser threatening to destroy the Mushroom Kingdom unless Princess Peach marries him, Mario and others rally together to fend off the evil threat.

While many fan-favorite characters appeared in the first film, quite a few Mario mainstays were absent, including Wario, Waluigi, Daisy and Yoshi. Although the latter was teased in a post-credits scene.

It's hard to predict which direction Illumination and Nintendo will go with the sequel, but I'm sure we all recall the line from Princess Peach teasing "a huge universe out there." Could Mario and his friends be headed to another world in a story inspired by Super Mario Galaxy?

The Super Mario Bros. Movie starred Chris Pratt (Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy) as the voice of Mario. While some die-hard fans were disappointed Charles Martinet, who voiced the character in the video games, wasn't chosen for the movie, Pratt ultimately did the role justice. The cast also included Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Mario's younger brother, Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen's Gambit) as Princess Peach, Jack Black as King Bowser, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike.

Casting details were not announced today, but we can assume most of the original cast will return for the sequel. We could even see a few newcomers join in for the next adventure as well!

Despite lackluster reviews by critics, The Super Mario Bros. Movie was a hit with general audiences and commercial success. The film earned over $1.3 billion at the global box office, breaking records the record for the biggest worldwide opening weekend for an animated film and becoming the first film based on a video game to gross over $1 billion.

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IAmAHoot - 3/10/2024, 11:03 AM
It's no secret what they want.

bobevanz - 3/10/2024, 12:44 PM
In commemoration for Mario Day, I shall be watching the newly released 4k remaster of the 1993 Super Mario Bros movie, it also came with an HD work print! Trust the fungus!
dragon316 - 3/10/2024, 3:19 PM
@bobevanz - that version is in 4k I know for sure it can not be found on streaming anywhere people who like fans of that movie need buy dvd for it
MG0019 - 3/11/2024, 3:37 AM
@bobevanz - Woah woah woah - is this real!? Cuz I’d buy that in a heartbeat.

93 Mario isn’t a “good” movie. But man if I didn’t watch that as a kid. There’s a level of detail and style to the world that’s mesmerizing. It’s earnest, and actually trying. The aesthetic may be completely wrong for Mario, but it”s still engaging. There’s also little hints of the game’s design in some of the sets and costumes (although I don’t think that’s important. Which probably helps my liking the movie).

Also, I legit love the Mario costume. I just wish they’d worn it more.
HulkisHoly - 3/10/2024, 11:17 AM

I want Wario and Waluigi.
BobGarlen - 3/10/2024, 11:18 AM
I'd have been more surprised if we never got a sequel, considering the first grossed a Billion Dollars. I loved it, my eldest loved it, so I'm pretty excited about this announcement.
YonnyLayna - 3/10/2024, 11:21 AM
If they go Galaxy they can stablish stablish the some of other Nintendo games as alternate planets. Dreamland, Star Fox, Hyurle, maybe an only Pokemon World.
kg8817 - 3/10/2024, 11:35 AM
@YonnyLayna - Yeah I don’t think that’s a bad idea, but that makes even more reason I think they should call the next one Super Mario Bros World.

Even my boomer parents know Super Mario World. It was an iconic game.

Use your idea to establish that there are other “worlds” out there with Nintendo characters. Use that to lead into a Smash Bros movie. Third sequel could be Galaxy.
HulkisHoly - 3/10/2024, 12:00 PM
@kg8817 -

I think that makes a lot of sense.
They already teased that Peach is from another world ala related to Rosalina.
So, going the Galaxy route for the sequel plus Wario and Waluigi could be good, as long as they don’t separate Mario and Luigi this time.
regularmovieguy - 3/10/2024, 11:33 AM
I came home drunk and bought the first movie for $25. Hated it, haha.
tmp3 - 3/10/2024, 12:10 PM
@regularmovieguy - fr. Felt like I was baby-sitting some 6 year old, but instead of getting $25 an hour I was losing $25 and an hour of my life. It made me appreciate something like Spider-Verse or Pixar’s stuff way more, in that they could operate on multiple levels and put so much effort into making a universal story. Mario really felt like it was exclusively for the 8-and-under crowd, the kind of thing that makes me apprehensive to even see most kid-friendly animated stuff anymore
AmazingFILMporg - 3/10/2024, 11:37 AM
The first one was ehh so maybe this will be better
Kadara - 3/10/2024, 12:38 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - I really enjoyed it, it was so refreshing after so many other movies bombed. Not sure about sequel tho, if always seems like a money grab but we'll see.
FusionWarrior - 3/10/2024, 11:39 AM
SonOfAGif - 3/10/2024, 11:56 AM
I feel like they put way too much too fast in the first movie. The second film should have been Mario Kart followed by Mario Party and then Super Smash Bros. The Movie.
DianaGohan - 3/10/2024, 12:48 PM
@SonOfAGif - Look in order to do a proper Smash Brothers movie it needs to be under ONE studio with enough flexability to get all the franchises that are a part of it properly, and that is NOT Illumination. Are Illumination a good fit for Mario? Yes. Donkey Kong? Sure. Even others like Kirby or Pikmin I could see them easily working for. Would I ever EVER want to see Illumination tackle Legend of Zelda, Metroid, or even Star Fox? 100% NO! People see the folly in a LoZ live action movie but I feel it makes more sense to do that then to try and put the land of Hyrule anywhere in Illumination's control so yeah let's focus on doing good Mario verse movies and see maybe someday a studio coming around to try and get a Smash Brothers going.
SonOfAGif - 3/10/2024, 1:39 PM
@DianaGohan - Not every fighter needs a solo movie. The beauty of Super Smash Bros is it barely even had a storyline. It was just various heroes plucked out of their worlds to fight.
Razorface1 - 3/11/2024, 1:00 AM
@SonOfAGif - thats the main problem with smash, the stories of the characters don't matter. They are less characters and, as usually interpreted, more toys being banged against each other
THEKENDOMAN - 3/10/2024, 11:57 AM
LETZE GO!! The best news of the day was that the movie was nothing more but great fun to watch. Total hilarious!! I’ve watched it like four times, and I will watch it again today. Great News!!
THEKENDOMAN - 3/10/2024, 12:22 PM
LETZE GO!! The best news of the day. The movie was totally hilarious!! I’ve watched it like four times, and I will watch it again today. Great News!!
BlackStar25 - 3/10/2024, 12:28 PM
WAHOOOOOOO! I liked the first one. Hope the 2nd one is a much better film tho.
MotherGooseUPus - 3/10/2024, 12:36 PM
I liked the first one way more than i ever thought i would.. but maybe cuz i had 0 expectations going into it? hope this is good as well
DrReedRichards - 3/10/2024, 12:41 PM
@MotherGooseUPus -

The music played a big part in my opinion. Lots of great renditions of the classic VGM bits in a single score.
dragon316 - 3/10/2024, 3:19 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - I enjoyed more than turtles mutant mayhem movie
MotherGooseUPus - 3/10/2024, 4:50 PM
@DrReedRichards - the music was spot on and definitely made me happy and reminded me of playing N64 with my boys back in the day
EZBeast - 3/10/2024, 6:04 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - I thought it was okay but the Mario kart part was so damn epic! I absolutely love that part and would pay to see a whole Mario kart movie.
mountainman - 3/10/2024, 6:15 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - Me too. Was one of the more pleasant surprises last year.

Side Note - Dune 2 was amazing! There were some minor complaints, but overall such a great movie, and they did such a good job setting up Messiah for part 3.

Was so impressed by Chalamet, Ferguson and Bardem. It was epic in scope and story. Best time I have had at the movies in a long time!
MotherGooseUPus - 3/11/2024, 8:38 AM
@mountainman - my man. glad you liked it alot, i thought you would. I agree, those 3 stole the show, imo, although Butler was great too. I need to see it again but not sure ill have time
mountainman - 3/11/2024, 10:14 AM
@MotherGooseUPus - Butler was good in the role, but his voice didn’t sound right to me. There were times he sounded like Jared Leto’s Joker.
MotherGooseUPus - 3/11/2024, 11:34 AM
@mountainman - yea i get that he was trying to mimic how stellan sounds as the baron, but, at times he did sound off.. but his performance was great so it wasn't a big deal to me. I loved it and hope to see it again soon. a revisit to arakis is much needed
mountainman - 3/11/2024, 11:43 AM
@MotherGooseUPus - I also got that he was trying to add in the voice rasp that Stella’s uses as the Baron. It just doesn’t work as well with Butlers higher pitched voice.

Either way, it could just be a bit pick. I’ll see if when I watch the movie a second time if it works better for me. Liked the performance overall. Feud Rautha is supposed to be a spoiled privileged young man who is crazy. Butler played that well.
bobevanz - 3/10/2024, 12:37 PM
This first one was fine and safe for a kids movie. I wanted more! Of course it made so much money for the bare minimum lol
DrReedRichards - 3/10/2024, 12:40 PM
Will it adapt the Sonic template, and follow up that Yoshi (Tails) mid-credits tease with Wario (Shadow) for the second one?
ModHaterSLADE - 3/10/2024, 12:57 PM
Glad to hear it, the cast was good, especially Day as Luigi.
DianaGohan - 3/10/2024, 1:00 PM
It's pretty clear they know how popular the Mario IP is and how much they struck gold with the first movie so though it's obvious there would be a second I am glad they aren't going to try super rushing it out and rather go "okay we know this is going to take some time so let's make sure we're all on the same page before getting to the second part."

As for what the second movie should be, maybe this is still trying to put too many eggs into one basket but I would go with a Mario Party team esque set up, except they are playing for a much grander prize but still have it involve a bunch of various different kind of mini games and events so we can include a bunch of different characters.

So you can have one team be Mario, Peach, Luigi, Toad and Yoshi (I mean you hinted at Yoshi being at the end of the last movie so have to pay that off). I would also have this film be more about Luigi then Mario this time around dealing more with his insecurities and wanting to prove himself.

Then you obviously have Bowser's team (and yeah I know Bowser isn't traditionally playable in Mario Party but different rules here). With Bowser, Kamek, Bowser Jr (who was introduced early in the movie who rescued his dad from his poison mushroom prison to establish him) and as Bowser was twhomped hard by Mario and Luigi in the last movie decides to go to the human world to recruit humans there to even the odds. Which results in getting Wario and Waluigi who become the more primary villains at the end due to their own greed.

Then you'd have Donkey Kong's team with DK Diddy, Dixie, Funky and Cranky. I was debating at just using the DK 64 team but eh that feels like something you'd more establish in a DK spinoff not in this movie so why not go with the established DK and Cranky and the most well known of the other Kong family there for someone for Mario to be a rival with.

Then you introduce another sort of rival for Peach with Daisy, and her team of Yoshis as she's princess of the Yoshi Kingdom... yeah yeah I know that is not how the games go AT ALL and that is totally changing the lore but again you adapt aspects of elements from the series to streamline them down. And since we're not going to get Sarasaland at all why not go with something more established to use an established kingdom more? Also since they did change Peach's character a lot (something I'm not the biggest fan of but eh is what it is) they should at least have fun with the idea that Daisy and Peach have like an intense rivalry with one another trying to outdo the other you know have fun with that. But still have Daisy as a fun character to build a relationship with her and Luigi.

And finally have a team with Rosalina and the Lumas. Yeah with Rosa and Daisy (and I guess to a lesser extent the DK team) the other members aren't that important so we aren't introducing like two dozen new characters at once you really have to care about. Just have Rosalina and a variety of Lumas with unique enough personalities especially using Lumalee from the first movie and have her be the more neutral party in all this.

Probably won't got that route but that's my idea so I figured I should let that out in the ether as it were.
Waifuslayer - 3/10/2024, 1:31 PM
Absolutely LOVED the first movie. My family will be there day one.
marvel72 - 3/10/2024, 2:24 PM
The NCU? Nintendo Cinematic Universe.
RedFury - 3/10/2024, 2:28 PM
The look, and feeling of the first film was spot on I'd say. I just hope this time around they inject some more Shrek style humor. Stuff that works for both the parents and for the kids. I feel like that's what the first one was missing. As an adult, it didn't tickle my funny bone as much as I'd hoped it would.

So fingers crossed they 1up the comedy.
ThorArms - 3/10/2024, 2:37 PM
The animation was great. The story was not
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