How long after the events of Jurassic World is Fallen Kingdom set?

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer still via Universal Pictures
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer still via Universal Pictures /

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes place after the events of Jurassic World, but how much time has passed since the last time fans visited the island?

The latest installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, hits theaters on June 22. According the movie’s synopsis, four years have passed between 2015’s Jurassic World and 2018’s Fallen Kingdom, and that’s more than enough time for things to fall apart on Isla Nublar.

No matter what happens on Isla Nublar, it seems like we keep going back for more, and that’s not a bad thing. It has been four years since the Jurassic World theme park was abandoned, and now a natural disaster is threatening life on the island. The prevailing question is whether or not humans are obligated to step in and save the dinosaurs given that they’re not really meant to be there to begin with.

Though it has only been four years since the last time Chris Pratt’s Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire have been on the island, the island has had more than enough time for nature to reclaim order. The theme park has been overrun by dino inhabitants, and the dinosaurs could live out their lives there if not for the impending disaster that will destroy everything.

It wouldn’t be a Jurassic Park movie without the overarching philosophical theme of humans interfering with the natural order of things. In this case, it looks like there are two themes in this vein: Should humans intervene to save the dinosaurs, and what happens when the darker side of human nature contrasts with the “rights” of the animals in their care? When a sanctuary turns out to be more of a nightmare, the ethical dilemma deepens. Needless to say, when it comes to the dinosaurs they know how to make sure they have a voice at the table, and they know how to get their way.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens June 22, 2018.