WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Warner Bros.' The Nun, directed by Corin Hardy, in theaters now.
For nearly a decade, almost every major movie studio has been looking to kickstart the next big cinematic universe. It all began when Marvel Studios started cross-pollinating its movies in 2008, a practice that would lead to the arrival of a film that would change everything: 2012's The Avengers. Since then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has only gotten bigger, with more movie and more superheroes than you can count. Marvel's success has been unprecedented and unparalleled, and it of course blazed a trail that others would try to emulate.
In 2013, Warner Bros. released Man of Steel, the first film in the DC Extended Universe that would pave the way for Wonder Woman and Justice League. In 2014, Warner Bros. would also release Godzilla, a film that spawned the MonsterVerse, a shared universe that includes 2017's Kong: Skull Island as well as the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Earlier this year, Universal attempted to launch the Dark Universe, which would have mixed classic movie monster characters like the Wolfman and the Bride of Frankenstein... had The Mummy not been so ill-received.
The shared cinematic universe is the new lay of the land, and others are trying to recreate its success, to varying degrees. But there is one universe who has taken its time in settling in, quietly becoming perhaps the most well-executed and thought out shared cinematic universe after the MCU: The Conjuring Universe. And if there was ever any doubt of that fact, the release of the franchise's latest film, The Nun should erase it.
Directed by James Wan, The Conjuring was released in 2013. At the time, the movie was only meant to be a strong entry in the horror genre. However, the film was so well-executed and well-received that it spawned a spinoff movie, Annabelle, which was released a year later in 2014. While the spinoff failed to live up to the standards of the original, it still cemented the potential of the franchise. Next would come The Conjuring 2 in 2016, and a proper origin movie for everyone's favorite haunted doll in Annabelle: Creation. This brings us to September 2018, which sees the release of the franchise's latest spinoff film : The Nun.