The age of the cinematic universe
It’ s not enough to have a franchise. In the current century, studios demand entire universes. The Marvel Cinema tic Universe began with Iron Man in 2008 and has now reached Phase Three of some number of phases (Look it up. I couldn’t be bothered.)
The DC Extended Universe kicked off with Man of Steel, floundered badly with Batman V Superman and then picked up with Wonder Woman. With Fantastic Beast sand Where
to Find Them, Harry Potter swells into( deep breath) J KR owl in g’ s Wizarding World. The studios need no longer limit themselves to one film every two years or so. Loose ly connected movies and TV series can spiral off from the main stem and wrap themselves around any spare lumps of revenue. Did you really think Disney would stick to the main Star Wars films? Rogue One and Untitled Han Solo Film are here to offer clarification.
It is anirony that, of all the big companies, Universal Studios has, to date, been short its own, erm, universe. The Fast and the Furious movies have been doing very nicely indeed and, sure enough, spin offs have been planned. But that’ snot quitea cosmos. Universalis, thus, returning to the great monster movies they pioneered in the 1930s: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mum my and soon. Those beasts will rise again in the so-called Dark Universe film series. Oh yeah, like that disinterment of
The Wolf man with Benic io del Toro and Dracula Untold with Luke Evans? No, those flops were Universal films, but they are not part of the new Dark Universe. The new universe begins again with The
Mummy( above) and – without pa using for Frankenstein–leads straight to Bill Con don’ s Bride of Frankensteinin 2019. Creature from the Black Lagoon follows later the same year.