Maisie’s original big twist in Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom is that she is not the granddaughter of Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell) as originally thought. Instead, she is a clone of his dead daughter, Charlotte. Jurassic World Dominion decides to add another loop to their family history.
Sir Benjamin was previously thought to have cloned Maisie, leading to his partnership with Jurassic Park creator Dr. John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), nullified. As Dominion reveals, it was actually Charlotte who created Maisie from her own DNA and gave her some key modifications to give Maisie immunity to the genetic disease that ultimately killed Charlotte. Therefore, her altered DNA is an important part of the fight against the plague of locusts, which is the film’s main threat.
Sure, it’s a bit of a deus ex machina situation, but Maisie’s newfound background also raises some very interesting questions about her true potential. Since their DNA has been engineered towards immunity and can be used to create complex pathogens, could it possibly hold the key to curing a whole range of diseases? Can the process used to create her be replicated, leading to a breakthrough in human cloning technology? Can she somehow avoid spending the rest of her life as a caged test subject when one of the Jurassic universe’s dozens of super-rich scientists with a penchant for cloning inevitably stumbles upon her file and has the same thoughts?
As Jurassic World Dominion dances into the sunset, viewers know nothing of Maisie’s ultimate fate. Perhaps the film is secretly building a third trilogy by not addressing this?