Gone are the days of sequels and prequels. It seems establishing shared universe is the new craze in Hollywood town. Marvel Studios did it perfectly; WB is almost there, and now Universal has decided to develop its own extended universe – with the classic monsters of the past. Yupp, you heard it right. Unofficially dubbed as Universal Monsters, Universal Pictures have finally confirmed that Tom Cruise’s The Mummy is part of the Dark Universe comprising of Frankenstein’s monster, Count Dracula, Wolfman, Invisible Man, Gill-Man and the Bride of Frankenstein.

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Dark Universe cast featuring Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll, Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s monster, Johnny Depp as the Invisible Man, Sofia Boutella as the Mummy, and Tom Cruise as Nick Morton in The Mummy. Photo: Universal Pictures.

The next Dark Universe title following The Mummy, starring Sofia Boutella as the titular character, Russel Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll and Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, will be Bill Condon’s Bride of Frankenstein slated for February 14, 2019 release. In addition, Johny Depp has been roped in for playing the role Dr. Jack Griffin aka the Invisible Man. According to the studio, the films are connected by the “mysterious, multi-national organization” Prodigium, specifically led by Russel Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll, who will also be making his Dark Universe debut in The Mummy.

In a video released on its website and twitter handle, Universal teased “a world of gods and monsters” –

Like Marvel and DC, they have also developed Dark Universe logo to be played in the beginning of each movie. You can check out the logo on the top. In a joint statement released by Kurtzman and Morgan following the announcement, they said –

“The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones”

The Mummy starring Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise and Russel Crowe will open in theaters on June 9.