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10 ideas that are way better than Universal’s ‘Dark Universe’ franchise

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Sofia Boutella plays the 2017 version of “The Mummy” in the Tom Cruise vehicle that opened in June, which, columnist Jared Whitley says, was intended to serve as the Iron Man of the new Universal series Dark Universe.

If you’re like me, you were caught a bit by surprise by the announcement that Universal Pictures would be launching an expanded universe based on its portfolio of classic monster movies stretching back to the 1920s: the so-called Dark Universe.

However, if you’re like most people on planet Earth, you missed this announcement entirely. The trailer launch for this bold new vision hasn’t even gotten 1 million views on YouTube.

Universal has produced dozens of these films — Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, etc. — but only now are they combining them into a unified, long-form narrative, desperately trying to copy the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, literally the most profitable film franchise of all time.

Recently, Universal released a dark, gritty, politically correct reboot of “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise, intended to serve as the Iron Man of the Dark Universe. While reviews have been predictably awful and the domestic box office has been dour, Universal is committed to making this work. Media reports predict as many as 10 Dark Universe films now in some form of production, including the sure-to-sizzle “Untitled Hunchback of Notre-Dame film.”

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