In 1999, Universal Studios had an unlikely hit in a horror/action movie starring Brendan Fraser called The Mummy. It banked on the sort of formula that has since made box office hits of movies like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, favoring big, loud spectacle over any kind of substantive content. It spawned a couple sequels and a slew of spin-off movies based off of The Rock’s character, the Scorpion King. Now, the time has come to reboot the franchise and, fortunately, Universal is moving away from the Fraser-based franchise and putting a different spin on the Mummy story. The movie, which is to be part of Universal’s fledgling Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe, just started filming and new pictures have emerged from the set featuring starring actors Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis. Check them out below!
Right now every major movie studio is focused on building their huge, sprawling, interconnected superhero universes. Disney/Marvel has the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros./DC has the DC Extended Universe, Sony has Spider-Man, and Fox has the X-Men and, unfortunately for everyone on the planet, the Fantastic Four (just make a deal with Marvel, already). What does that leave for Universal Studios? Not much as far as superheroes go, but you know what’s kinda like a superhero? A monster. They have powers, just like superheroes. In fact, a number of popular superheroes were even based on monsters, just look at Blade. Heck, every other line in Avengers: Age of Ultron had someone calling themselves a monster. It makes a lot of sense for Universal to build an interconnected universe with their already well-known monsters.
What you may not know, though, is that Universal is the OG of popular character driven interconnected universes. In the 30s and 40s, Universal already had a successful crossover franchise with Franksenstein’s Monster, Dracula, and the Wolf Man making appearances in each other’s films. Now, in the modern era of crossover mania, Universal is attempting to replicate their success of decades past. Dracula Untold was the first film in the new franchise, making a decent bit of change while performing less than ideally with critics. This as-yet-untitled Mummy flick will be the second entry in the greater Monster Universe, with movies based on the Wolf Man, Van Helsing, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Invisible Man (reportedly starring Johnny Depp) all under development.
Now, without further ado, the set pics:
What do you think about these pics? Are you excited for the Universal Monsters Extended Universe?