‘The Mummy’: What the Ending Signals For The ‘Dark Universe’


In an age where superhero franchises are at a premium, Universal has zero (although, for all intents and purposes, the Fast & Furious franchise may as well be a superhero series). All the DC superheroes belong to Warner Bros. and the Marvel superheroes are split between Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four), Sony (Spider-Man), and Disney (everything else). Studios need blockbuster franchises for tentpoles, and as The Mummy shows, the upcoming Dark Universe isn’t just an attempt to have crossovers with monsters. It’s probably how Universal plans to do superheroes.

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