As if all this wasn’t complicated enough, there are several other films tangentially related to The Mummy franchise. Perhaps most notably, the 2002 film The Scorpion King is a prequel to the 2002 film Return of the Mummy, telling the story of the rise of Mathai of Akkad, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Mathayus, who became the magical warrior known as the Scorpion King, plays a major role in The Mummy Returns, so it makes sense for fans of Sommers’ trilogy to watch this film before or after watching The Mummy. “The Mummy Returns”
This franchise also has a few “you won’t miss anything if you forgot these movies existed” installments, including, somehow, four direct-to-video sequels to The Scorpion King. 2017 also saw a poorly received reboot of The Mummy, which was supposed to kick off Universal’s new Dark Universe but never materialized. Although the film received poor reviews, it has some new appeal as it stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis and Rebel Moon actress Sofia Boutella and is directed by Star Trek writer Alex Kurtzman. The film also features Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe, so there’s something for everyone.
Beyond the bad DTV sequels and failed reboots, The Mummy purists and horror fans will also point to another group of current films worth watching: a quartet of vibrant but uneven reimaginings from British genre producer Hammer Films. This side quest of the saga began in 1959 with The Mummy, which actually used elements of Universal’s sequels to the film of the same name, and continued into the early 70s with The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy. Shroud” and “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb”. These films have virtually no connection to each other and do not need to be watched in any particular order.