The first trailer for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has recently been dropped, and it opens up a lot of questions on where we are since the last movie. Director Dean DeBlois talks about the film, and explains to us where exactly we are in the timeline and what the time jumps within the movie indicate.
DeBlois tells ScreenRant:
"The main narrative of the film takes place about a year after the events of Dragon 2. So there's a five year jump from 1 to 2, and about a year jump from 2 to 3, because we wanted to focus on Hiccup's rookie run at being Chief of Berk. Bearded Hiccup is indicated in the trailer, which is a little misleading because it doesn't speak to the main narrative of the story. There will be moments in the movie where we play with the timeline a little bit. We go forward, and we also go backward. It's all about wrapping up Hiccup's journey from being one of the ne'er-do-wells of the Viking tribe to being a wise and selfless Viking Chief."
Just based on what we see in the trailer, it looks like the dragons will disappear at some point in the movie, then Hiccup will have to do without them. Then we'll probably see a huge time jump, hence Hiccup with a beard and talking about a time where dragons once co-existed with people.
It looks like the movie will take some pretty emotional turns, counting that the films are all about Hiccup's relationship with Toothless. The Dragon films have really matured ever since the first one, and I would love to see what DeBlois has in store for this end of the trilogy.
Catch How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters March 1, 2019.