The Original Plans for ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ and ‘The Hidden World’ Were Very Different

/Film | 2/22/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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The How to Train Your Dragon series has become one of the most beloved and critically lauded animated franchises today, and its third film, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, is set to bring the fantasy series to an end (and bring us to tears). But in another timeline, the final two films of the series could have looked drastically different.

Director Dean DeBlois revealed in an interview with /Film’s Peter Sciretta that he had a different villain in mind in the How to Train Your Dragon 2 original plans. And that villain would have had repercussions leading into The Hidden World.

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In the 2014 sequel, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) had brought peace between the dragons and humans thanks to his unbreakable friendship with Toothless. That peace was soon shattered by the emergence of Drago Bludvist, a ruthless warrior and dragon hunter who seeks to conquer the world with an army of dragons.

But in the original plans for How to Train Your Dragon, it would have been a different villain testing the careful harmony that Hiccup had created: his mother Valka. “Valka was originally meant to be the sympathetic antagonist of that movie,” DeBlois said. “In other words, Hiccup met her in the same way that he did and was amazed by her to find out there’s another dragon rider who’s even more steeped in the world of dragons. But her fundamental core belief was that humans could not be trusted and that dragons needed to be protected from them.”

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In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Valka (Cate Blanchett) had returned as a dragon rescuer after having been thought long killed by dragons that had raided their village. But while she was unused to human interaction, she and Hiccup mostly got along — and she even amended her relationship with her...
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