Marvel managed to create a new way of storytelling with movies set in the same universe. Although as of now, major players in the frame are Marvel and Warner Bros. Universal studio is planning on catching up with the trend with their monster movie universe. Recently, Chris Morgan who is a major personnel to lead the shared monster movie universe, recently shed light on several questions fans might have had.
During his interview, he revealed that although all of the movies are going to be standalone movies, they will have similarities that will allow to produce a crossover in the coming years. He said,
“We kind of designed them all to be kind of standalone sorts of franchises that have kind of similar things between them. And as the scripts came in, then we started putting them in a, ‘Well this would be a good order. We reveal this here’ so now it really comes down to, again, it’s a studio decision on which film is coming out next. Just with all the films we’re working on, Bride of Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, Invisible Man, and on and on and on, it’s a real embarrassment of riches in terms of awesome, fun characters. I always say it this way: I’m in my office right now and I’ve got a Werewolf head mounted on the wall. It’s pretty good to come into your office and, that’s what you’re working with, you’re working with monsters that are 80, almost 100 years old. There’s a real legacy, a real respect, the fact that this studio, I don’t think, would have lasted if it wasn’t for the monsters, it really built up.”
Although Kong and Godzilla will collide in future movies, the monster movie universe will start with the upcoming release of The Mummy. During the interview, he revealed that these upcoming movies are going to be different from the traditional superhero movies as he continued, “We live in a world of superhero movies now, and by the way, I love them and I see them all and I have a great time, but I can’t identify with them as closely as I want to because I know I’ll never be perfect like that. Whereas the monster movies are saying that everybody has darkness in them, everyone has secrets and things they are ashamed of and don’t want to say or something that feels monstrous and dangerous about them. We’re just kind of embracing that and saying, ‘That’s ok.'”
While it is pretty good news that we are getting similar movies, a large number of things depends on how The Mummy performs at the global box office given that Tom Cruise’s star power have faded by a significant margin in the recent years. However, if the movie becomes successful, it will surely set the tone for the upcoming releases. The Mummy is set to hit theaters on June 9, 2017
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