What Marvel has been doing since 2008 has been one of the coolest and one of the worst things to ever be conjured in Hollywood. Cool, because seeing so many of my favorite superheroes go on single adventures, then team up in other movies blows my mind. Worst, because once Hollywood smells a good idea, they are inclined to copy it. It seems every studio is trying to get their own shared universe going, with varying results. Warner Bros. made a big gamble with "Batman vs. Superman," and it wasn't the money machine they hoped for, despite making a grand amount when its all said and done. It also didn't get audiences buzzing about a DC shared universe, can "Suicide Squad" pick up the traction? Sony's Spider-man universe fell down once "The Amazing Spider-man 2" under-performed, leading the webhead back to Disney and Marvel's hands.
But enough talk of superhero antics, lets talk Universal Studios, who has been knee-deep in getting together their own shared universe. One that has nothing to do with superheroes, but rather their Universal monsters. Oh yes, you read that correctly. Universal is making their own shared universe franchise revolving around their popular monsters. We have heard that Tom Cruise has been cast in their upcoming Mummy movie. We know that Russell Crowe will appear in the Mummy movie as Dr. Jeykll/ Mr. Hyde, and then will appear in his solo movie. Universal is circling around The Rock to play The Wolfman and Johnny Depp to play The Invisible Man. And now, we have learned tonight that Javier Bardem is in "heavy negotiations" to play The Monster Dr. Frankenstein makes.
What the hell is this shared universe going to look like?
I can't tell if this is going to be a superhero team-up movie of sorts, or if it will be something else. I will say that I am a little intrigued by the participation of Cruise, Crowe, and possibly Depp, Rock and Bardem. I am curious to see which filmmakers they nab to make these movies. As my source claims, the filmmakers chosen to bring these visions to life will be key. I couldn't agree more. Marvel has had lots of success so far because they are hiring people overly-passionate about their characters. Universal has to do the same to make their new monster franchise a go.
I have to say that I am sorry that "Victor Frankenstein" from last year or "Dracula: Untold" will have no connection to this shared universe. Luke Gross standing with these other guys would have been something.
What do you think of a Universal Monsters shared universe?