In A Quiet Place, deadly monsters who hunt by sound ravage the world in a shockingly quick timeline. The first movie in the series establishes that the Abbott family is living a year into the horrific phenomenon. Thanks to the release of A Quiet Place II, the timeline has been further fleshed out, providing audiences with more insight as to what happened.
Thanks to the fact that they already know sign language because of their deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), the Abbott family can live in relative peace for the first year of the invasion. Evelyn (Emily Blunt) homeschools their children Marcus (Noah Jupe) and Regan while preparing for baby number 3 as Lee (John Krasinski) tries to solve the mystery behind the arrival of the monsters that killed his other son Beau. The first movie in the Quiet Place series goes on to chronicle a day in which the Abbotts’ luck runs out and Lee goes on to sacrifice himself so Regan and Marcus can escape with their lives. The movie ends with Evelyn and her children killing a group of the monsters after they finally found their weakness.
A Quiet Place Part II provides a little context to the story that the first movie laid out. But for the most part, its focus is on expanding its universe with brand new characters. But the second movie does make one thing certain outside its monster invasion — this is Regan’s story.
A Quiet Place Part II’s Opening Sequence
A Quiet Place Part II takes viewers back to the moment of the alien invasion, meaning that Krasinski’s Lee temporarily returns in the series. The movie shows that the Abbotts lived in a small, tight-knit community. It was the kind of town that gathered for a little league baseball game, as they did for one of Marcus’ in this opening scene. While Marcus is up to bat, he and the crowd notice a flaming object falling from the sky. As people disperse, the monsters introduced in A Quiet Place descend on the townspeople. As Evelyn and Lee took two separate cars to the game, the family splits up. It’s important to note here that Regan opts to go with her father. The last time audiences saw the father and daughter duo, their relationship was tense. But A Quiet Place Part II‘s opening sequence proves that they were once incredibly close. Seeing the two of them together on good terms just makes Lee’s eventual sacrifice and what that loss means to the rest of the family, especially Regan, all the more devastating.
Beau Abbott’s Death
The death of the Abbotts’ youngest child Beau takes place early in the timeline of the invasion, about a few months before the first movie’s events. Marcus is sick, so the family carefully makes its way into town in hopes to scavenge medicine from the picked-over convenience store. He picks up a toy rocket ship, but Lee immediately reprimands him, as the toy would make too much noise. Regan, trying to be a good big sister, grabs the toy for Beau when Lee isn’t looking. As Beau is too young to understand the ramifications of his actions, he turns on the toy on their walk home. One of the alien monsters grabs and kills Beau before Lee can get to him. The Abbotts make a memorial site for Beau to honor him, marking 2020 as the year of his death. It’s the only indicator of exactly when the movie series takes place. The impact of Beau’s death so early within the Quiet Place timeline is felt throughout the rest of the series, particularly through Regan’s now-strained relationship with her father.
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The rest of the movie jumps forward slightly in time, placing the Abbotts in 2021 and still reeling from Beau’s death. The movie picks up on an average day in the life of the Abbotts in their new normal. Evelyn is heavily pregnant and taking care of their two older children. Lee desperately tries to make contact with any survivors and hopes to make improvements to Regan’s cochlear implant. But despite the work he’s doing for her, Lee and Regan’s relationship is strained. As Regan gave Beau the toy that eventually led to his death, she blames herself for the incident. She feels that Lee also blames her.
When Lee takes Marcus fishing and Regan sneaks off to visit Beau’s memorial, Evelyn goes into labor. She accidentally makes a noise, attracting the monsters to the house when she’s at her most vulnerable. While the Abbott family is in a panic to reunite and save Evelyn, the kids are cornered by monsters. Lee yells out, sacrificing himself so the kids can escape to their mother with their lives. Seconds before his death, Lee makes sure to sign to Regan that he has always loved her. Once the kids find their way back to their mom, they realize that the feedback from Regan’s implants distresses the monsters and weakens them for just enough time for Evelyn to shoot them. A Quiet Place ends with the surviving Abbotts luring the monsters to their basement, knowing there is finally a way to kill them.
This portion of the timeline set the stage for an important chapter in the Abbotts’ lives. For one, they’d have to learn how to get on without their patriarch Lee. Second, the fact that they discovered the monsters’ weakness is an absolute gamechanger. When A Quiet Place was released, it was initially marketed as a standalone feature. The announcement of the sequel only came after the horror movie became a massive success. But with the story officially being expanded, the Abbotts’ discovery could eventually be the key to ending the crisis that the invasion started and eventually getting back to some semblance of a normal life.
A Quiet Place Part II
After its opening sequence, A Quiet Place Part II launches to the current day. It picks up mere seconds after the first movie ends. In A Quiet Place, Lee lit a signal fire every night to survivors in neighboring areas. After losing him, Evelyn, Marcus, and Regan set off to find anyone on the other side of one of those flames. They happen to run into former acquaintance Emmett (Cillian Murphy), who begrudgingly takes the family in temporarily. The rest of the movie’s events take place over a few days at the most. Regan breaks off on her own to find help, and Emmett tracks her down and eventually accompanies her. Evelyn and an injured Marcus stay behind. The movie ends with Regan and Emmett reaching a working radio station, meaning that they can blast the feedback from her implants and weaken the monsters. How many of them the devastating soundtrack will reach remains to be seen, but after years of being nearly defenseless against the aliens, humanity can finally begin to fight back.
Lee’s last words to Regan gave her the courage to risk her life and try to help others. She was sullen in the first movie, due to her anger, guilt, and sadness over the loss of Beau. But after seeing what Lee did for her and Marcus, she knew he’d want her to do the same thing. So once Regan found an opportunity to potentially save other people in A Quiet Place Part II, she knew she had to take it. Exhibiting tremendous character growth, Regan faces a monster head-on to save Emmett’s life in A Quiet Place Part II‘s ending. While a potential third A Quiet Place movie has not yet been announced, the second movie was clearly made with a trilogy in mind. Should that movie come to fruition, one thing is clear — with her father’s inspiration guiding her, Regan will play a key role in ending the invasion once and for all.
The Future Of The A Quiet Place Franchise
After the tremendous critical and commercial success stories of both A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place 2, one thing that’s certain is that more of the franchise is coming. What’s a bit up in the air right now is the form the next movie will take. While writer/director John Krasinski does have an idea for a potential third installment in the Abbott family story, the next A Quiet Place movie will be a spinoff centered on new characters, but existing within the established universe. It would appear that Paramount thinks they might be able to turn the A Quiet Place franchise into their equivalent of Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring.
Mud director Jeff Nichols will take the reigns for this so far untitled A Quiet Place spinoff, as both writer and director. However, his script will be based off a story idea of Krasinski’s, who will remain onboard as a producer. The spinoff has already been set for a theatrical release on March 31, 2023, but it’s unclear at this point who the spinoff will be about, where it will be set, and if it will have any direct narrative ties to A Quiet Place 1 and 2 outside of being in the same world. Considering how little fans have gotten to see of that world though, the creative possibilities for where either the spinoff or a proper A Quiet Place 3 could go are practically endless.
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