Most people compare the Marvel and DC movies, but what about the Universal Monsters?
If you haven’t heard, Universal is starting it’s own connected movie universe, which I guess isn’t new for them, so “rebooting” their connecting universe is probably more accurate.
It seems like Universal has been trying for a bit to get it up and running with movies like Van Helsing, The Wolfman and Dracula Untold (the first two of which I’m a fan), but having no success, so they’re trying again, starting with another The Mummy remake staring Tom Cruise and featuring Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll (I’m not sure how much of a part he’s going to play yet).
That’s right, Dr. Jekyll, as in Jekyll and Hyde, will be in the new The Mummy movie. Universal hasn’t even started their series yet and they’re already establishing a connected universe, which is something that Marvel and DC don’t have the advantage of, established characters, that most people that watch movies and/or TV have at least heard of.
I’m looking forward to Universal’s new movies and I want to see how they introduce the idea of a connected universe similar to Marvel, which you may have noticed by Sony and DC’s efforts, isn’t as easy as it sounds, a lot of things can go wrong, the X-Men movies are good example of that.
Now that I’ve mentioned all of the big shared universes, I want to go into more detail about Marvel’s, because I’m not a big fan of the way that they’ve done it so far. Up to this point, a lot of their references have seemed forced and the exact opposite of subtle, especially when talking about already established characters, while the new (or currently unused) characters are given almost unnoticeable references, unnoticeable to anyone other than die hard fans that is.
Just to be clear, the way that I see it, references don’t have to be as obvious as they are in Marvel and DC’s movies, just to name two current references that bugged me:
The Infinity Stones in Dr. Stange. Not at all necessary, I’m sure that most, if not all of the people watching Marvel movies at this point, figured that the Eye of Agamotto was an Infinity Stone. It could have been left unconfirmed with a strong tie-in in a future movie.
Justice League in Suicide Squad. This reference is the definition of redundant, everything that needed to be shown, was already forced (in the most clumsy of ways) into Batman vs Superman. Not only did it not need to happen, but it actually raises questions as how Batman actually learned about the metas that’ll form the Justice League.
In closing, I just really want Universal to finally perfect the whole “connected universe” thing that everyone seems to want to make for some reason and I feel like if anyone could or should, it would be Universal. Then again, Star Wars has done a pretty good job haven’t they?