Why Abandoning the Dark Universe was the Best Move for the Universal Monsters

Universal’s Dark Universe is of the most notorious failures of a franchise in the 21st century. The idea was essentially to recreate the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by utilizing the back catalog of monstrous characters that Universal is so well-known for. The franchise was meant to kick off with 2017’s The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, and other films and stars were lined up to join the franchise shortly thereafter. This would’ve included Johnny Depp’s Invisible Man, Javier Bardem’s Frankenstein and Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (who was already introduced in The Mummy). After the colossal underperformance and critical panning of The Mummy, the Dark Universe crumbled.

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