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Descendants 2 is the second installment in the Descendants film series and the sequel to the 2015 film Descendants. It premiered as a Disney Channel Original Movie on July 21, 2017, and was simulcast on Disney-owned networks ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime, and Lifetime Movies. It was followed by a third film two years later in 2019, Descendants 3.

Synopsis[]

The story deepens in the music-driven sequel to the global smash hit Descendants, as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most famous villains — Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay (also known as Villain Kids, or VKs) — try to find their place in idyllic Auradon. When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook's son Harry and Gaston's son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all. [1][2]

Plot[]

Mal struggles with her new celebrity life as the girlfriend of King Ben, putting a spell on her hair making it blonde, and uncomfortably maintains a princess-like personality. She confides her issues in her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay, but they are content with their new lives in Auradon and do not wish to return to the Isle of the Lost. Evie scolds Mal for relying on her mother's spell book to solve her issues. Carlos, wishing to ask Jane to the upcoming Cotillion dance, turns to Mal for help with honesty. Mal gives him a sweet that will make him speak the truth, but his dog, Dude, eats it, magically speaking the blunt truth in English.

Ben eventually discovers Mal's reliance on magic during a date, and she comes clean about her insecurities, causing a falling-out. Mal returns to the Isle, now ruled by her former rival Uma, Ursula's daughter, along with Harry and Gil, the sons of Captain Hook and Gaston. Mal visits hairstylist Dizzy Tremaine, Drizella's daughter, who restores her signature purple hair, remarking that she felt that Mal's blonde hair was unnatural. Harry discovers Mal's return and informs Uma.

Ben, Evie, Jay, and Carlos learn of Mal's departure and sneak onto the Isle to find her, but Gil recognizes them. Ben confronts Mal, who rejects his feelings for what she thought was both his sake and Auradon's. Ben leaves dejected, only to be captured by Uma. Mal and Uma arm wrestle for Ben and Fairy Godmother's wand, which Uma wins. Uma then orders Mal and her friends to retrieve the Fairy Godmother's wand or Ben dies. Carlos and Jay return to Auradon Prep, where they create a replica of the wand using a 3D printer. They are caught by Lonnie, Mulan's daughter, who blackmails them into letting her come, having previously been rejected from Jay's sports team based on her gender.

Uma speaks with Ben, bitter that she and the others were not chosen to go to Auradon. Ben takes this into account and invites her to Auradon, but Uma instead plots to make her own way there. Mal's group return, handing over the fake wand in exchange for Ben, but Uma realizes the forgery. The group flee back to Auradon, but Mal and Ben's relationship is still rocky. The villains' children come to terms that they cannot run from their pasts and agree to be honest with themselves and each other. Carlos confesses to Jane but struggles a little bit, while Jay appoints Lonnie as the captain of his team.

Aboard a ship during the Cotillion, Ben stuns everyone by appearing with Uma, who he declares as his true love and announces he will destroy the barrier on the Isle. Jane unveils a stained glass display Ben commissioned to show his affection for Mal, who realizes he loved her for who she was all along. Suspecting Uma has given him a love potion, Mal confesses her love for Ben and kisses him, breaking the spell. Enraged, Uma leaps into the water using Ursula's magic seashell to transform into an octopus, and Mal fights back as a dragon. Ben intervenes, quelling the battle, and Uma returns the ring that Ben had originally given her when he had declared her as his true love. She leaves, despite his offer still standing.

Mal and Ben reunite, with Mal surrendering her spell book to the Fairy Godmother. Evie requests that Dizzy be allowed to attend Auradon Prep, and when Dizzy is offered, she excitedly accepts. In a mid-credits scene, Uma addresses the audience, promising that the story is not over, just like the ending of the first movie.

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Trivia[]

  • While still in production, the movie was under the working title The Lair.
  • Descendants 2 had a simultaneous premiere on Disney Channel, Disney XD, ABC, FreeForm, Lifetime and Lifetime Movies but not in the UK nor Disney Junior.
  • This was the 10th Disney Channel Original Movie to get a sequel after Zenon: The Zequel, Jumping Ship, Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge, The Cheetah Girls 2, Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board, High School Musical 2, Twitches Too, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, and Teen Beach 2.
  • With the exception of Sarah Jeffery who plays Audrey, all the original cast from the first movie reprise their roles.
    • Even though she doesn't appear, Audrey is still mentioned by Chad, Evie, and Jane.
  • The film takes place six months after the events of the first film.
  • The boat that was used for the Cotillion has glass windows that features some of the Disney couples, (Belle and Beast), (Cinderella and King Charming), (Ariel and Eric), (Tiana and Prince Naveen), (Rapunzel and Flynn Rider), (Aladdin and Jasmine), (Snow White and The Prince), (Pocahontas and John Smith).
  • At the end of the credits, Uma came out from the water and turned around to face the camera saying, "You didn't think this was the end of the story, did you?" In a call back to when Mal said at the end of the first movie, and a hint at a potential Descendants 3 threequel.
    • Kenny Ortega tried on different takes on that scene with the first take on Dizzy Tremaine saying the line and the second take on Harry Hook.
  • 21 million total viewers (so far) have watched Descendants 2.
  • Among the deleted scenes, there was a kiss between Harry Hook and Gil. The scene was cut from the final version. Thomas Doherty posted a picture of the scene on his Instagram account, and the scene was also mentioned in the film's novel.
    • This would have been Disney Channel's first LGBT kiss if it wasn't deleted.
  • Interestingly, this was China Anne McClain's and Cameron Boyce's first film together since Grown Ups 2.
  • In the "Rebels Promo", Gil can be seen handling eggs, a clear reference to his father who in his debut film (Beauty and the Beast) during his song "Gaston" sings about how he used to "eat four dozen eggs every morning to help me get large" when he was young and eats "five dozen eggs so I'm roughly the size of a barge" as an adult.
  • Unlike Descendants, Descendants 3, and The Rise of Red, this is the only film in the franchise not to include a narration in the beginning.

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Characters
Descendants: MalJayEvieCarlos De VilBenLonnieJaneChad CharmingDougUmaHarry HookGilDizzy Tremaine
Disney Characters: BelleBeastFairy GodmotherLumiereMaleficentLady TremaineUrsula
Original Characters: Dude the DogLost Revenge's Crew (Gonzo - Jonas - Bonny - Desiree)
Music
Soundtrack
Songs: Ways To Be WickedWhat's My NameChillin' Like a VillainSpace BetweenIt's Goin' DownYou and MeKiss the GirlPoor Unfortunate Souls
Locations
AuradonAuradon PrepIsle of the LostUrsula's Fish and ChipsCurl Up & Dye
Objects
Mal's Spell BookUrsula's NecklaceLost Revenge
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Films
DescendantsDescendants 2Descendants 3The Rise of Red
Television and web series
School of SecretsWicked WorldThe Planning of the Royal WeddingChibi Tiny TalesChibiverse
Video games
Descendants: Isle of the Lost RushDescendants (mobile game)
Soundtracks
DescendantsDescendants 2Descendants 3The Rise of Red
Books
The Isle of the Lost series: The Isle of the LostReturn to the Isle of the LostRise of the Isle of the LostEscape from the Isle of the LostBeyond the Isle of the Lost: Wonderland

Films' novels: Descendants: Junior NovelDescendants 2: Junior NovelDescendants 3: Junior NovelDescendants: The Rise of Red: Junior Novel
Guides and databooks: Disney Descendants YearbookDisney Descendants: Secrets of Auradon Prep: Insider's HandbookDescendants: Mal's Spell BookDescendants: Mal's DiaryDisney Descendants: Up Close!Auradon Prep Spirit Book: Highlights and MemoriesDescendants 2: Evie's Fashion BookMal's Spell Book II: More Wicked MagicA Descendants Scrapbook: The Isle of the Lost EditionDescendants 2: Uma's Wicked Book: For Villain KidsDescendants 3: The Villain Kids' Guide for New VKsDescendants 3: Audrey's DiaryDescendants: The Magic of FriendshipDescendants: The World of Auradon: Royals and Villains
Cinestory comics: Descendants: Wicked World Wish Granted Cinestory Comic Volume 1Descendants: Wicked World Cinestory Comic, Vol. 2Descendants: Wicked World Cinestory Comic Volume 3Descendants: Wicked World Cinestory Comic Vol. 4
School of Secrets series: CJ's Treasure ChaseFreddie's Shadow CardsAlly's Mad MysteryLonnie's Warrior SwordCarlos's Scavenger Hunt
Manga: Rotten to the Core Trilogy (Vol. 1 - Vol. 2 - Vol. 3 - Collector's Edition) • Evie's Wicked Runway (Vol. 1 - Vol. 2) • Dizzy's New FortuneMaking the Manga
Comic books and graphic novels: The Isle of the Lost: The Graphic NovelDescendants: Twisted Field TripReturn to the Isle of the Lost: The Graphic NovelDescendants: Fright at the Museum
Others: Poster-A-Page: This is Our Time

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