Well, that’s a bit disappointing really, isn’t it? Surely you would hope that, in trying to build a shared universe around their monster properties (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, the Creature From the Black Lagoon, et al) Universal would, I don’t know, be building some kind of horror franchise?
But no, not judging from this – it’s an action spectacular couched in a tiny smidge of horror set dressing. It is possible, we guess, that the more outre elements are being saved for down the track, and it would be a cool switcheroo to prime an audience for a Tom Cruise actioner and then hit them with flesh-eating scarabs and Ancient Egyptian-style vivisection when they least expect it. That would be a baller move. Is Universal that baller? We find out when The Mummy arrives in cinemas on June 8, 2017.