Dr. Evil returns in 2002 with a new lair behind the Hollywood sign where he reveals a new plan for world domination: He plans to go back to 1975 and kidnap Johan van der Smut, better known as "Goldmember" who has developed a cold fusion unit for a tractor beam. Dr. Evil plans to use the tractor beam to melt the polar ice caps and flood the world's major cities. Hearing about this, Austin Powers is sent back to 1975 to once again, thwart his plans.