With five movies in the franchise, a short film, and another upcoming sequel, the Jurassic Saga franchise has had many years under its belt with quite a bit of them happening in between the films, especially in the massive gap between the Jurassic Park movies and the Jurassic World movies.
This has led to some pieces of lore occurring off-screen and only told through canon pieces of material on official Jurassic World websites, books, deleted scenes, and more created by Universal Pictures. Some of these lore pieces actually end up providing surprising revelations about the movie franchise.
Updated on May 24th, 2022 by Melody MacReady: The anticipated release of Jurassic World: Dominion has fans excited and intrigued to see how it ends the long-running series. Not only is it seemingly giving fans the biggest roster of dinosaurs yet but it is also bringing back several legacy characters from across both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies.
It will be interesting to see if Dominion finally ties some of the off-screen histories of the franchise because there is a surprising amount of canon lore told between and before the movies. From vital information about the dinosaurs to even the origins of certain characters that should have been explored in the films.
Legacy Of The Queen Of Jurassic Park
Though it is not audibly stated in the Jurassic World movies, it was confirmed that the Tyrannosaurus Rex that wiped out the velociraptor pack in the very first Jurassic Park movie is, in fact, the same Rex shown in both Jurassic World movies with the biggest hint of this being her series of scars she obtained from her battle with the raptors.
This Rex has become an icon with many famous scenes, acting as a dinosaur anti-hero who has even gotten her own official name, according to ComicBook.com. A name lifted straight out of Michael Crichton’s novel: Rexy. She would remain the queen of Isla Nublar until recaptured to be a part of Jurassic World.
Rexy Had A Sibling
There is a lot to learn about the T-Rexes in the Jurassic Park franchise and one of them is the fact that Rexy was not alone. For years on the official Jurassic World website before it was remodeled, fans were able to view a map of Isla Nublar that confirms that the original Tyrannosaur paddock was meant to house Rexy and a juvenile.
Other than that, there has been no word about what happened to the juvenile. Since dinosaurs were bred on Isla Sorna, there is the chance that one of the Rexes shown in The Lost World: Jurassic Park could have been Rexy’s sibling.
Vic Hoskins’ History With The Park
Vincent D’onofrio’s Vic Hoskins from Jurassic World did not begin his relationship with InGen and the Masrani Corporations in that film. According to the official Jurassic World sites, he was heavily involved in the cleanup of the fallout of the original trilogy. Now he is considered one of the most memorable villains of the series.
Hoskins and his containment team tracked down and removed the escaped pteranodons that escaped Isla Sorna from Jurassic Park III and he was in charge of rounding up all still living dinosaurs from Jurassic Park including the Brachiosaurus and the aforementioned Rexy.
The First Successful Dinosaur Clone
By the time Alan Grant and the other guests arrive on Isla Nublar, Jurassic Park is already near completion and primed to be an amusement park. So fans are never shown which dinosaur was the first that John Hammond and InGen were able to clone.
During the release window of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, there was a canon book titled Jurassic World: Survival Guide. In it, it is stated that the first successful dinosaur they created in 1986 was a Triceratops, which is also the same first dinosaur in the Michael Crichton novel canon.
What Happened To The Dino-Soar Boat?
In Jurassic Park III, the plot begins with a foolish attempt to parasail off the coast of Isla Sorna leading Eric Kirby and his guardian Ben to land on the dinosaur-infested island. The movie only shows the boat vanish into the fogs of the island and then re-emerge with the men on board gone and the boat damaged.
The movie never explains what happened to the crew and some fans even speculate that it was an attack from the Spinosaurus since it was also an aquatic animal. However, the script of the constantly changed Jurassic Park III reveals in an alternate ending that was deleted due to the troubled production that it was a flock of pteranodons that took out the boat.
The Fifth Member Of The Raptor Squad
InGen’s Project I.B.R.I.S. was what brought about Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady and his raptor training program, leading to the Raptor Squad which consisted of Blue, Charlie, Delta, and Echo, four sisters who would become Grady’s surrogate daughters in a way before three of them were killed during the fall of Jurassic World.
However, there was a fifth velociraptor that was not shown on screen: Subject V-2. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to the dull-colored raptors from the original Jurassic Park, V-2 did not share the same level of compliance as her sisters. She was hyper-aggressive and cunning, much like The Big One from the first movie which led to her being euthanized.
The Secret Origins Of The Spinosaurus
Jurassic Park III introduced the dreaded Spinosaurus to the series, a monstrous creature that stalked the main heroes throughout the movie. Many questioned where this genetic clone came from, why wasn’t it on InGen’s official list of assets, etc. Well, there are answers to all those questions.
According to the official Masrani Global website, Dr. Henry Wu was attempting to tamper with the genetic code of the cloning process to feature feathers. This resulted in an “accident” that was abandoned on Isla Sorna years after the San Diego incident, thus explaining why the creature wasn’t in The Lost World. The Spinosaurus could be considered the precursor hybrid to the Indominus Rex.
Claire’s Origin Story
Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing has become one of the franchise’s most iconic and bravest characters due to her still-evolving personality and character arc across the Jurassic World movies. Well, fans of the character can also learn her backstory before the events of Jurassic World in the form of a prequel novel titled The Evolution Of Claire: Jurassic World.
The story shows Claire as a young adult beginning her internship with Simon Masrani, and her close relationship with her family, thus adding even more depth to her character and explaining why she was so closed-minded in her first movie appearance.
The Saddest Death Is Even Sadder
Easily the most shocking scene that fans witnessed in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the death of the Brachiosaurus, which is as tragic as some human deaths when it succumbs to the lava from Isla Sorna’s Mt. Sibo eruption. It was a dark and truly effective scene that made many audience members cry in their seats the first time watching it.
This scene was made even sadder when the filmmakers confirmed that she is the original Brachiosaurus seen by Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler in the original Jurassic Park. This revelation was meant to show that her death signifies the shattering of John Hammond’s original dream of Jurassic Park.
How The Infant’s Leg Was Broken
The Lost World: Jurassic Park has become infamous for its multitude of lost, abandoned, or deleted scenes; one of these scenes actually explained what happened to the infant Rex after it was taken by Roland Tembo. In the final product, it is left to believe that it was Roland who broke the young Rex’s leg to make it cry out for its parents.
This is simply not the case as it is revealed in a deleted scene that a drunken Peter Ludlow clumsily stumbled and fell onto the creature thus breaking its leg which only makes the character even more despicable. His comeuppance in the climax is actually even more satisfying seeing how the Buck Rex breaks Ludlow’s leg allowing the infant to get payback.
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