'Jurassic World: Dominion' will be hitting theaters on June 10 next year, and now that we've seen the five-minute prologue for the movie, it's time to ask the burning question: How will 'Jurassic World: Dominion' end? Did the preview give anything away? Let's see what we can dig up...
Last month, the 'Jurassic World: Dominion' preview officially hit YouTube, and while only five minutes long, gave us a look at what life was like 65 million years ago, showcasing the franchise's first-ever 'natural' dinosaurs in their true habitat - a sun-baked Cretaceous landscape.
There are all sorts of dinosaurs roaming across the land in this footage, including Quetzalcoatlus, Nasutoceratops, Oviraptor, Monos Intrepidus, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Giganotosaurus. But was there a point to any of it, or was it just a five-minute long commercial designed to excite fans?
The answer is both. The preview was actually released in theaters alongside 'Fast & Furious 9' exclusively in IMAX, and while the Cretaceous footage is impressive, the preview doesn't really make its point until a good couple of minutes in, when a giganotosaurus and t-rex battle it out.
This is basically the origin story for 'Rexy' - the original 'Jurassic Park' t-rex that was brought back in 2015's 'Jurassic World' and again in 2018's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'. In the preview, the Cretaceous rex dies and we jump forward to the present day, where Rexy is being chased by a police helicopter.
Having been released into the Sierra Nevada forest at the end of 'Fallen Kingdom', Rexy has been impossible for authorities to capture, director Colin Trevorrow confirmed in an interview with ScreenRant ahead of the release of the preview in theaters in the summer.
He also elaborated on how Rexy's story arc will be complete in 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom', noting that she's been through a lot since the original Jurassic Park came crashing down in 1993. And this preview is merely foreshadowing her 65-million-year-long arc.
But are there any other clues about where 'Jurassic World: Dominion' might be headed? Well, we do get to see a dinosaur out in the open on mainland America, as the result of what happens in 'Fallen Kingdom', which is something 'Jurassic World: Dominion' will of course revolve primarily around.
However, it isn't just America that seems to be roaming with dinosaurs - Colin Trevorrow also previously suggested that the movie will have a "globe-trotting" nature to it, not unlike a "spy thriller". Does this suggest that dinosaurs are suddenly popping up everywhere? And if so, how?
In 'Fallen Kingdom', Dr. Henry Wu (B. D. Wong) points out to Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) that soon, they won't be the only ones who'll be genetically engineering dinosaurs. And as several buyers from around the world did leave the auction with some dinosaurs, perhaps this is where it all starts.
We're even reminded of this in a closing montage, as we see an ankylosaur in the back of a truck, suggesting that the dinosaurs that were released from Lockwood Manor aren't the only problem. It's possible then, that other genetic companies will begin to clone their own dinosaurs everywhere.
In fact, this is something even the original 'Jurassic Park' touches upon, with Lewis Dodgson (Cameron Thor) paying Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) to steal 15 viable embryos for BioSyn, so that they can 'reverse engineer' their own dinosaurs and get ahead of InGen.
And now that Lewis Dodgson is set to make a comeback in 'Jurassic World: Dominion' (this time played by Campbell Scott), it really does suggest that the plot will lean into the idea of 'open source-cloning', something even Colin Trevorrow talked about when discussing his 2015 film.
So what does this mean for the 'Jurassic Park' franchise? Will the entire planet be roaming with dinosaurs? The short answer is no, but that doesn't mean dinosaurs won't prove to be a problem (if they don't, then there's simply no movie).
We already know that they'll be roaming North America - even the brand-new game 'Jurassic World: Evolution 2' is based around this concept. And we've also seen quite a bit of footage around this since 2018's 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'.
Not only did the end of that movie show a mosasaur laying claim to an unsuspecting surfer, pteranodons circling Las Vegas, Blue the raptor happening upon a backwater town, and all the other dinosaurs quite literally heading for the hills, but we also had 'Battle at Big Rock'.
In that short film - also directed by Colin Trevorrow - we were given a glimpse of what life is like for Americans one year after 'Fallen Kingdom', when a family is attacked by an allosaur during a camping trip. A secret ending also depicts many people encountering dinosaurs out in the country.
Needless to say, 'Jurassic World: Dominion', which will be set four years after 'Fallen Kingdom', will show us how America - and perhaps even other countries - is adjusting to living with dinosaurs in their backyard (figuratively speaking, or perhaps quite literally in some cases!).
But how will 'Jurassic World: Dominion' end? Well, first we need to figure out exactly how much of a threat dinosaurs will pose to humans in the movie. But we're not talking about it on a grand scale - rather isolated incidents that are happening all over the country.
There's no doubt that there will have been many deaths between 'Fallen Kingdom' and 'Dominion', and we'll likely see many more during the film, too. In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if there are 'lockdowns' of some kind, as Trevorrow is no stranger to reflecting real-world events in his work.
So it's pretty clear from everything we know so far, that the film will focus on humans trying to co-exist with dinosaurs. It's likely that the Dinosaur Protection Society will also play a key role in the film again, as it's unlikely authorities will be wiping out dinosaurs left, right and center.
But it's possible 'Jurassic World: Dominion' won't be the last film in the franchise. While it is indeed intended to wrap up the 'Jurassic World' trilogy, in 2020, producer Frank Marshall suggested that it might not be the last - but we'll just have to wait and see.
For now, we're focused on 'Dominion', and as Colin Trevorrow has long since stated that it's the 'Jurassic Park' movie he's wanted to make his whole life (and that he knew it would "take two movies to get there"), we're excited to see how things will unfold.
We doubt that all the dinosaurs will be killed off in the movie - especially seeing as they're going to be all over the place. If that's such an easy task to fulfill, then it would have happened in the four years between 'Fallen Kingdom' and 'Dominion'.
Perhaps the film will take a leaf out of the book of 'Planet of the Apes', and see a disease threaten mankind (although, while this is a concept that has been considered by 'Jurassic Park' fans for decades, it would now be insensitive given the COVID-19 pandemic - and pretty plagiaristic).
So, how will 'Jurassic World: Dominion' end? Well, however it ends, we think the dinosaurs are here to stay. Maybe it will serve as the end of one trilogy and the beginning of another. But one thing's for sure - the movie won't end on a definitive note.
'Jurassic World: Dominion' releases in theaters on June 10, 2022. It stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Campbell Scott, Omar Sy, B. D. Wong and Isabella Sermon.