Universal Studio’s 1st Entry into Their Dark Universe is Nearly Here. Can Mr Cruise and Mr Crowe Defeat the Evil Sofia Boutella.

Image copyright Universal Studios 2017

Are you ready for some The Mummy content? Of course you are!

Firstly, we’ll discuss what the first trailer introduced us to, and then we can talk about Russell Crowe’s character because I think both of these points are worthwhile topics of conversation.

In one of the most recent trailers for the film released on the 18th May, we get shown a lot more of the Mummy herself, Princess Ahmanet (played by Sofia Boutella) as well as Tom Cruise’s character Nick Morton.

Ahmanet pops up after being uncovered and brings the usual Hellstorm of dust clouds and all manner of Ancient Egyptian Apocalypse to the fair city of London as she brings terror to everyone.

So, business as usual then.

The trailer promises the beginning of a dark new universe, something we have spoken about before – the new Universal Monster Universe that Universal Studios have been looking to do for around a year now as they want to bring some of their classic monsters from the Wolfman, Frankenstein, Creature From the Black Lagoon, the Invisible Man, and Van Helsing to name a few into the 21st Century.

The best visual bit of the trailer is definitely what goes on with the Mummy’s eyes as the pupil splits to have two side-by-side.

Freaky stuff.

The movie also features Russell Crowe, as I’m sure you noticed at the top of this post, and he plays Dr Henry Jekyll. You know, the same guy who turns into Mr Hyde? Probably something to look out for in the movie.

So, as the trailer shows, Dr Jekyll works for a company called Prodigium that operates out of the Natural History Museum and they examine historical resources in their quest to find monsters.

Princess Ahmanet, whose tomb is unearthed by Nick Morton, is the first of these monsters that Prodigium were looking for, an untold ancient evil the likes of which the world has never seen before.

So, you could surmise that Dr Jekyll plays the role of secondary protagonist to the movie, and is maybe the catalyst for some of the other movie monsters that Universal will bring to the big screen over the next several years – much like Thanos or even Nick Fury in the MCU.

Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy stars Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet aka The Mummy, Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde, and Annabelle Wallis as Jenny Halsey, and hit cinemas on the 9th of June.

Remember, this movie marks the beginning of a proposed shared monster universe, so it’s leading to bigger and better things – maybe that means we can excuse the exclusion of Brendan Frasier then?

-James, 22/06/17

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