Due in June
2017, The Mummy is Universal’s latest attempt to reboot one of its classic
monster franchises, but instead of a stand-alone picture it’s the first movie
in a series of interconnected films.
inspiration from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Universal have brought in Chris
Morgan (Furious 7) and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) to reimagine the old films
as action spectacles for the comic book crowd, with Johnny Depp set to play The
Invisible Man and Javier Bardem slated to appear as Frankenstein’s Monster.
Mummy, Russell Crowe plays Dr Henry Jekyll, but this incarnation of the
character is as far removed from the source material as it’s possible to get.
The voice of Prodigium, a SHIELD-like organization, Jekyll seems to be the
shared universe’s Nick Fury, bringing superheroes together to fight evil.
plays Nick Morton, who in the trailer appears to die when his military jet
crashes, but in the next shot he’s shown sitting up on a slab in the morgue,
very much alive. Could the sarcophagus he was transporting have something to do
with that, or is there more to the character than meets the eye?
To say the
movie faces an uphill struggle to win audiences over is putting it mildly: most
monster films from the last twenty years have been critical and/or commercial
disappointments, little more than effects showcases that even though they
promised the world delivered nothing very special.