It was a bold move, announcing a full, connected, star-studded franchise before releasing a single movie. But that's what Universal did earlier this winter with the monster-centric Dark Universe. Then The Mummy came out. Now, it seems things may already be coming apart at the seams.
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Tom Cruise's new film, The Mummy, is essentially a monster movie Iron Man; it's first film in Universal's new cinematic universe of monsters, which will include Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, and other horrors from the studio's rich, historic past. Here's the breakdown of everything The Mummy can tell us about the Dark Universe to come.
There are two interesting changes apparent in Alex Kurtzman's version of the classic Universal monster: The Mummy is a woman, and the character has a much darker-looking design than what we're used to. The reason for a lot of that, apparently, is because of what Apocalypse looked like in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
"Welcome to a new world of Gods and Monsters." That's the tagline for The Mummy, the 2017 Tom Cruise movie which just released its first trailer, and the statement is true in more ways than one. If all goes according to plan, The Mummy will be the first film in a new shared cinematic world filled with Universal Monsters.