There's always a bit more than meets the eye when it comes to a blockbuster franchise. Iron Man culminated with the reveal of a plan for a greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the DCEU has continuously teased the dark and sinister forces of Apokolips showing up during the events of Justice League. Even a movie seemingly as small as Split turned out to be a backdoor sequel for M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. In the sprawling landscape of blockbuster franchises, arguably no other burgeoning property feels more secretive than Universal's Dark Universe -- which will kick off June 9 when The Mummy debuts.

Of all the secrets teased by the upcoming release of Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy, arguably none has us more perplexed than the mystery of Tom Cruise's Nick Morton. He's obviously the star of the show and the hero of the story, but we're starting to think that some serious secrets are lurking beneath his identity. Because you don't cast Tom Cruise in a Monster Universe and ask him to only play "Nick Morton." With that in mind, we have gone through the details and pulled out all of the possible directions that Mr. Morton may go when the film finally debuts. There are many possible secret identities to get to, so let's get started with everyone's favorite monster hunter.

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Van Helsing

With so many monsters set to join the Dark Universe within the next few years, it would make perfect sense for Tom Cruise's Nick Morton to actually be the ultimate monster hunter. There have been rumblings of a Van Helsing reboot for years (to serve as a clean slate after the disappointing Hugh Jackman-fronted film from 2004) and Tom Cruise seems like a reliable choice to step into the role. Morton has generally been described as a soldier of fortune character in early glimpses at The Mummy, and his introduction to Dr. Jekyll and The Prodigium (a S.H.I.E.L.D-esque organization tasked with handling monsters) could allow him to take up the Van Helsing mantle by the end of the film.

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