It looks like “Pacific Rim 2” may explore the concepts of the Drift (a process pilots undergo before synchronizing with the Jaeger) and the portal more in depth than the first pic.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, director Guillermo del Toro teased that the two films are standalones that are part of one big spectacle.

“It was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book, that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie,” he said. “Namely, for example ‘the Drift,’ which was an interesting concept. [Then there was] this portal that ripped a hole into the fabric of our universe, what were the tools they were using? And we came up with a really, really interesting idea.

I don’t want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. They’re very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different.”

The auteur said he’ll begin designing “Pacific Rim 2” in August. The process will take him about nine months.

“I start with a core team for about six months designing the jaegers and the kaiju, you know, so we know how many kaiju, how many jaegers,” he told WSJ. “We are creating some new jaegers and a lot of new kaiju.”

He’s also busy working on an animated show (“we are talking about all the possibilities in terms of networks”) and continuing the “Pacific Rim: Year Zero” graphic novel series.

The movie hits theaters on April 7, 2017.