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The Dark Universe is a connected film universe that focuses on the classic Hollywood monsters.  The major monsters that have been shown to exist in the universe are the Mummy, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll / Hyde, Creature of the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man, Phantom of the Opera, The Wolfman, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Dracula.

Results of Mummy the first Dark Universe Film:
The Mummy had dismal critical reviews with a 20% Rotten Tomatoe rating.  It also opened into the wake of the powerful Wonder Woman film.  Wonder Woman easily trounced the Mummy in its first weekend.  The Mummy still managed to earn a solid $32 million domestically.  While this showing would not elicit much fanfare the film managed to do very well overseas.  The film made $18.7 million on its opening day in China alone and had a total international haul of $142 million dollars over its first weekend.  This leads the total haul for the film to be a very strong overall first weekend of $174 million.

Based off of these results I think Universal will continue to pursue the Dark Universe even though the first film has done poorly from a critical perspective.  The next film is slated to be the Bride of Frankenstein  (Feb 2019) and the Invisible Man is thought to follow shortly there after.  Even though I think Universal will go forward with the next film I tend to think that its makes the next film feel critical to universes success.

Alex Kurtzman explain the end of the Mummy.  Spoilers for the end of the Mummy.

Spoilers

The end of the Mummy leaves the main character of the film Nick Morton in an uncertain situation.

Tom Cruise's character Nick Morton was left looking potentially like a monster.  At the very least he was altered at the end of the film.  However, the view of his character was obscured.   It seems the plan was for what happened to his character to be revealed in the next monster film which is currently slated to be Bride of Frankenstein.  Based off the lower than expected domestic showing of the film it is unclear if the plans will go forward as initially laid out.

"We actually used a fair amount of the design from Tom looking like a full monster in the one moment when he screams over Jenny. Because it's so fast, you can't quite process exactly what it is. You can tell something is very wrong, but you can't quite tell what it is. The choice to play their scene with Tom essentially in silhouette was very much designed from the idea that what you don't see is going to be scarier, and there's a subjectivity to the storytelling in that moment, because she's trying to see him as we're trying to see him. I'm kind of tying her experience to the audience's experience and hopefully it makes you lean in a little more to wondering what it looks like. Who knows what hismonsterness will evolve into over the course of the next film? We have a lot of ideas about that. ... They live in a gray area, not just the monsters, but the characters who inhabit their world inhabit a gray area, and I look forward to seeing how Nick's struggle evolves, because he now understands the best version of himself, and yet, he's going to have a literal devil inside of him. How are those two things going to work together?"

What is the Dark Universe:
In the same spirit of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Universal Pictures is creating a unified universe for its Monster properties.  The first film will be The Mummy if it is successful it will launch a series of films that will coexist in what is being called the Dark Universe.



Alex Kurtzman revealed to the site Fandom that he also wants to bring in the characters of Hunchback of NotreDame into the mix.  Kurtzman said:

“We know we’re going to do FrankensteinBride of FrankensteinDraculaCreature from the Black LagoonPhantom of the OperaHunchback of Notre DameInvisible Man,”

 “There are characters within those films that can grow and expand and maybe even spin off. I think that digging into deep mythologies about monsters around the world is fair game for us, as well and connecting the monsters that we know to some surprising monsters could also be really interesting.”

Kurtzman also mentioned more actors he would like to see brought into the universe which included Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Dark Universe Website:
A Dark Universe website has been started with an initial promotion highlighting the history of many of Universal Pictures monsters.Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters!




Films:
Mummy - Release Date Jun 19, 2017


Bride of Frankenstein- Release Date Feb 14, 2019

The Monster Actors:

  • Invisible Man - Johny Depp
  • Frankenstein - Javier Bardem
  • Nick Morton - Tom Cruise
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll - Russell Crowe
  • The Mummy - Sofia Boutella


Trailers:

The Mummy:




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