Promo for The Mummy may reveal the key to the Monsters Universe

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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the heroes that make up THE AVENGERS were brought together by Nick Fury, the head of a counter-terrorism / intelligence agency called S.H.I.E.L.D. In the MonsterVerse that Legendary Entertainment is building around GODZILLA and KONG, there's a scientific organization called Monarch that is seeking out the world's giant monsters.

Universal Pictures is building their own cinematic universe around their classic monsters, planning to have characters like the Mummy, Frankenstein's Monster, the Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Wolf Man, monster slayer Van Helsing, and others cross paths and interact over the course of multiple films. The first entry in this Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe is THE MUMMY, which is scheduled to reach theatres in a couple months, and a new promo for THE MUMMY seems to reveal how producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan plan to bring all of these monsters and madmen together.

THE MUMMY features Russell Crowe in the role of Dr. Henry Jekyll (you may also know his alter ego Mr. Hyde), a character I have seen described as "the Nick Fury of the Universal Monsters universe". That description seems very fitting after watching the promo below, where it's revealed that Jekyll is the head (or seems to be) of an organization called Prodigium, which exists to "recognize, examine, contain, and destroy evil". That sounds to me like a group that is very likely to encounter each of the Universal Monsters in this series, tying all of Universal's upcoming monster reboots together.

Crowe stars in THE MUMMY with Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, and Javier Botet.

Directed by Alex Kurtzman from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, the film has the following synopsis: 

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

THE MUMMY will be released on June 9, 2017.

Extra Tidbit: Are you looking forward to the new Universal Monsters movies?



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