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Does This ‘The Mummy’ Trailer Tease Universal’s Monster Universe?

It also has a sense of adventure…

From this new international trailer for The Mummy, I think it’s pretty clear that Tom Cruise was envisioned to be created in the image of Nathan Drake, the central character in the “Uncharted” video games. While there’s definitely an Indiana Jones vibe to the trailers, it really does feel like “Uncharted” is more of the inspiration behind The Mummy‘s set up, which includes the discovery of a long lost tomb. Oh, and they really honed in on his hammy/smarmy personality, which makes The Mummy looks pretty damn fun.

But there’s so much more in this trailer, including an extended look at the Mummy’s (Sofia Boutella) backstory and shots of “zombies” chasing (and swimming!) after Cruise’s character. And then there’s the one shot that’s been consuming me since the first trailer debuted months ago…Cruise waking up in a morgue. Cruise was dead, and it’s weirdly something we aren’t talking about. This trailer carries a voice over that explains his resurrection for some sort of purpose, and allegedly ties it to something the Mummy needs. The person speaking is none other than Russell Crowe, who plays Dr. Henry Jekyll. There are various shots in the trailer that show a laboratory, presumably operated by Jekyll. It’s also oddly reminiscent of Victor Frankenstein’s workshop. Stepping outside of the box and looking into this universe for a second, is it possible that Jekyll/Frankenstein resurrected Cruise’s character in the film, much like they will to the monster and its Bride (the next film in the franchise)? Come on, Cruise has to be Van Helsing, right?!

I am so very intrigued and can’t wait to see what Alex Kurtzman and Universal have up their sleeves when The Mummy is resurrected into theaters on June 9th.

Tom Cruise is joined in the Universal reboot by a cast including Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Trek Beyond), Annabelle Wallis (AnnabelleKing ArthurPeaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Russell Crowe and Courtney B. Vance (TV’s “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson”).

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.


20 Comments
  • It’s sad to see how Universal is f*cking the monsters universe with these action movies full of cliches.

    • Grimphantom

      And they still ask why their movies suck, like they need to know that?

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64db09a56234731e27387505c5862387afdd86ab3d533269542ced5b1217ddd5.gif

      • It’s the same thing that someone remember to produce a reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street but as a action movie, with a huge budget, a famous cast and a lot of cgi sequences. Freddy Krueger would be a sexy actress trying to destroy the whole world.

        • Carlton Fisher

          Hey now! Show some imagination.

          Freddy could be a sexy actor. Cater to the female and gay male audiences that get bored with the gratuitous tit shots.

          • ahahah! Freddy could be a woman in due of feminist reasons, Nancy would be a bisexual guy from US army and he’s stuck inside of a nightmare with his asians, africans and caucasians friends with super powers.

          • Carlton Fisher

            In his nightmare, all his Asian and African friends have been re-cast with white people.

          • Yes, I forgot the white-washing hahaha

      • AdamX

        Upvoted for Star Butterfly, carry on.

    • Master99

      To each their own. I always felt the original mummy movie felt more like a drama adventure than a horror movie. So I am fine with this being and action/adventure movie. In this day and age can anyone make a movie about a mummy, a frankensteins’s monster or even zombies that people will find scary? I think the best chance for horror could come in a creature from the black lagoon or wolfman remake, maybe dracula. They rest will need to be adventure based. It would be very hard to make a successful straight horror cinematic universe.

      • Carlton Fisher

        I think Frankenstein could be done as straight horror if they embraced the sheer body horror of the premise of a person created by sewing together parts of corpses and reanimating it with lightning. Just the visual aspects of that could be pretty disturbing.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Where is the Bride Of Frankenstein tease with the classic girl at college having visions?

    • Creepshow

      It will come eventually. She is still in high school when this film takes place. That’s what Nerdmonger69 said on Twitter today. He’s a pretty solid source on this type of stuff.

  • Colin Christian

    I’m not sold on the Fx at all,those sandstorms look like animation from 15 years ago,and it doesn’t feel very monstery or creepy,is the Bride of Frankenstein going to do Kung fu? Dr Jekyll creates an armored flying suit? This is action not classic horror,updated or not.

    • Saturn

      Do you really believe that Universal are aiming their new Monster Universe at us?
      Don’t make me laugh – they are after the Marvel fanboys.

  • Mike

    I hope Mr. Hyde is just a drunk, angry Russell Crowe. Like in real life.

  • Jada Maes

    It’s Cruise who’s bothering me. It’s like they didn’t trust the Mummy to carry the flick on her own, so they hired the biggest possible distraction.

    If Van Helsing was supposed to be the common denominator, they should’ve cast a more bookish actor who could channel Anthony Hopkins in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. God forbid the Professor be an intellectual hero.

    • Carlton Fisher

      I have trouble believing that Cruise has the intellectual ability to tie his shoes without two assistants and a driver.

      • Jada Maes

        I’m sure the Church of Scientology furnishes him with all the hand workers he needs.

  • Dillon Ryan Tibbitts

    This movie looks absolutely awful. Universal is revamping all of their monster films but this one looks so far from the original and just downright stupid.

  • rocker_15-c

    It can’t be worst than the Brendan Fraiser movies, right?

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