Jurassic World 3 Theory: How Dominion Ends The Franchise
The upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion could end in a way that would be both a game-changer and which would make a lot of sense for the franchise. Beginning with the release of Jurassic Park in 1993, the eponymous dino series has become the definitive take on dinosaur movies. Though it would experience of period of dormancy in the early 2000s and 2010s, the series returned to theaters with Colin Trevorrow's 2015 franchise revival Jurassic World, later followed in 2018 by J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
The latter would take the series into a completely new direction by concluding with the surviving dinosaurs of the destroyed Jurassic World theme park being freed upon the world. Realistically, when one looks over the entire franchise, that exact ending was bound to happen sooner or later, and in fact, needed to happen in order for the stakes of dinosaurs being brought into the modern world to have the impact that it could. The question on the minds of audiences since the final moments of Fallen Kingdom is where the series goes from there.
That's the issue Jurassic World 3, which Trevorrow is returning to direct, will be tasked with handling, but there's a simple solution that, from a narrative standpoint, makes complete sense for the Jurassic Park franchise to venture into. In essence, Dominion could conclude with humanity finding itself forced to share the planet with the newly freed dinosaurs. There's a lot of logistical and story maneuvering that would need to be implemented in order to pull this off, but it could also be the most hopeful and fulfilling ending for the Jurassic World franchise.
Fallen Kingdom Pays Off The Climax Of The Lost World
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom thematically follows on two of the key plot points of The Lost World: Jurassic World, with dinosaurs being brought to the continental U.S. and subsequently being unleashed into the world. The context is where they differ, with The Lost World showing a T-Rex being brought to San Diego by InGen and accidentally released from the cargo ship after the entire crew aboard has been killed. After rampaging through the city, the T-Rex's young offspring is used to lure it back to the ship, where it is tranquilized and taken back to Isla Sorna.
The ending of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes this same idea a step further, with the main attraction being the Indoraptor being auctioned to wealthy donors, while an entire zoo's worth of other dinosaurs from Jurassic World are also held in captivity. When the dinosaurs face imminent death from a gas leak, Maisie Lockwood frees them, citing the fact that "They're alive, like me", in reference to she herself being a clone of Benjamin Lockwood's daughter. The circumstances between the two may diverge, but Fallen Kingdom has taken the Jurassic Park franchise into the territory that was only touched upon by The Lost World's ending. Meanwhile, the resolution to that problem isn't as clear cut as it may seem.
The Options Of Mankind (And Dominion) Are Limited
With a new population of dinosaurs now beset upon the world, the shock of the new status quo was seen in Trevorrow's short film Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock, with the world's human population becoming aware of dinosaurs now living among them. With there not being so many dinosaurs out in the world as to make capturing them impossible, the natural inclination might be to round them all up and transport them back to their island home, except that Isla Nublar was wiped out by a volcanic eruption. Furthermore, while this would obviously be a humanitarian-driven strategy that Owen Grady and Claire Dearing would hope to follow, the governments of the world would likely be far more inclined to implement a military response to wipe out the dinosaurs.
While the relatively small number of dinosaurs roaming upon the world would make this a fairly easy task to accomplish, this presents a major narrative issue for Jurassic World 3. Since it began, the Jurassic Park series has been predicated on the wonder of the idea dinosaurs being brought out of extinction, along with Ian Malcom's insistence that chaos theory dictates that any attempt to keep them contained is doomed to failure. Eliminating dinosuars from the face of the Earth once and for all would completely undercut the entire thesis of the franchise, while being an overall quite depressing ending. However, there's a way for Dominion to work around this, and it all goes back to everything that Malcom has long asserted.
Man And Dinosaurs May End Up Co-Existing In Jurassic World 3
In his first appearance in Jurassic Park, Ian Malcom makes his aforementioned grim prophecy that attempting to impose control on a complex system like an island full of dinosaurs can only result in disaster, with Malcom being proven right over the course of the movie. Fallen Kingdom sees Malcom return in a Senate hearing to offer the warning that man and dinosaurs must now share the planet, concluding the film with the ominous words "Welcome to Jurassic World." Considering how the franchise has unfolded up to this point, the most hopeful conclusion that Dominion could offer may be to follow these words literally, and have humans finally finding a way to co-exist with dinosaurs.
It'd be a tough act to pull off, as it would require both the military response to the dinosaur outbreak to fail along with the dinosaur population being able to multiply enough for it to no longer be possible to contain (the latter of which could also account for why the dinosaurs weren't simply captured and taken to a different island). However, it would also be both a fitting and poetic note to end on, showing a middle ground between Malcom's pessimism and John Hammond's optimism about dinosaurs being brought into modern times as its ultimate outcome. A possible time jump of a decade or so into the future could be how Dominion brings its story to a close, with humans having fortified cities and structures to survive, the returning Malcom, Alan Grant, and Ellie Sattler perhaps even playing key roles in this, while dinosaurs inhabit formerly populated epicenters of human life, the planet having truly become "Jurassic World".
In the 27 years since the Jurassic Park franchise kicked off, the series has largely centered its action on islands isolated from the world of humans, with a brief glimpse at what it would look like if one dinosaur were let loose in a human city. Fallen Kingdom has set up the franchise to take a full dive into those waters, and with the situation now being what it is for the world, the best narrative choice might be for Jurassic World: Dominion to let this continue to unfold until humanity is forced to adapt to living on a planet full of dinosaurs. There are plenty of chips that would have fall in order for such a strategy to work, but with Malcom having once intoned that "Life finds a way", it may finally be time to let those words ring their truest.