We’re getting on the hype train with more Funko exclusives at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Well, SDCC adjacent, we should say. Following up on the success from last year, Funko will be hosting another Pop-Up Shop at this year’s SDCC. According to Funko, it will be held at 448 West Market Street in the Marina District. Though the shop will be open for all four days of Comic Con, it will only have hours of 10 AM until 3 PM and, knowing Funko, will likely be a madhouse.
So if you’re not able to get into Funko’s booth at SDCC, at least you have the opportunity to purchase something from them.
Second Reveal – June 29
My guess for the second wave of Funko Pop-Up Shop exclusives couldn’t have been more wrong. The entire wave is consists of Hanna-Barbera characters. As I was looking through the list there wasn’t much that caught my attention besides the multi-colored, flocked Scooby Doos.
Then I hit the sodas.
Holy crap, Funko is distributing sodas with little Funko heads as the bottle caps. This is an amazing day.
Right now the sodas are only Marvin the Martian in a Strawberry Kiwi flavor and Huckleberry Hound in Blueberry flavor. The sodas will be sold in packs of 4 and limited to 400 pieces each, so get there early if you want to snag those!
Check out the rest from Funko’s blog:
448 West Market Street in the Marina District
(directly across from the Grand Hyatt Manchester)
Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23, 2017
Here are the rest of our reveals for our Get Animated! Pop!-Up Shop (see part one if you missed it)!
We have new Warner Bros. favorites, including Wacky Races characters, Peter Perfect and Rufus Ruffcut, along with a 6” Big Gruesome Pop! Also check out these colorful versions of Scooby Doo and Rosie the Robot, and a very special Huckleberry Hound Dorbz 8-pack! Our Get Animated selections are rounded out with never-before-seen Pop! Soda and boxed Pop! Tees!
Pop! Animation: The Jetsons – Yellow, Pink & Orange Rosie the Robot 3-pack (2000pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth (750pc LE)
Dorbz Ridez: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Rufus Ruffcut & Sawtooth (1500pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Peter Perfect (750pc LE)
Dorbz Ridez: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – Peter Perfect with Turbo Terrific (1500pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Wacky Races – 6” Big Gruesome (1600pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Flocked Scooby Doo (Lime – 1000pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Flocked Scooby Doo (Magenta – 1000pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Flocked Scooby Doo (Blue – 2500pc LE)
Dorbz: Huckleberry Hound 8-pack (1500pc LE)
Marvin the Martian Pop! Soda 4-pack (400pc LE)
Marvin the Martian Boxed Pop! Tee (500pc LE)
Huckleberry Hound Boxed Pop! Tee (500pc LE)
Scooby Doo Boxed Pop! Tee (500pc LE)
Saturday Morning Cartoons – Revealed June 27
Below, you can see what Funko is offering at the Pop-Up Shop this year. It’s sponsored by Warner Bros and the first wave of exclusive reveals certainly makes that obvious. With a theme of Get Animated, the Pop-Up Shop has a lot of Looney Tunes Pop!s as well as a few Dorbz. There’s nothing here that really catches my attention but that “Mr. Hyde/Bugs Bunny” 2-pack is pretty cool. I also like the Flintstones/Jetsons Rock Candy figures, even though I’m not a fan of those shows.
Funko has promised a second reveal this Thursday. What do you think they’ll offer? Judging by the theme, I’d say some more Batman: The Animated Series stuff. Oh! I just realized how much I’d like to see Superman: The Animated Series Pop!s! I’d kill to get a white t-shirt version of Supergirl. I know I’m not the only one with this desire! Maybe if we tweet @OriginalFunko they’ll make it happen.
Anyway, we’ll keep you posted when the next wave is revealed.
From Funko’s website:
448 West Market Street in the Marina District
(directly across from the Grand Hyatt Manchester)
Thursday-Sunday, July 20-23, 2017
Our Pop!-Up Shop is returning this year with the theme Get Animated!
We are partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to bring you a ton of Warner Bros. classic animated characters across many of our product lines! A few characters are making their Funko debut, while others are as you’ve never seen them before! Check back for the second half of our reveals on Thursday!
Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Pete Puma (1000pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Mr. Hyde & Bugs Bunny 2-pack (850pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Looney Tunes – Super Hero Daffy Duck (2000pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Duck Dodgers – Marvin the Martian (Neon Lime – 1000pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Duck Dodgers – Marvin the Martian (Neon Magenta – 2500pc LE)
Pop! Animation: Duck Dodgers – Marvin the Martian (Neon Orange – 1000pc LE)
Dorbz: Hanna-Barbera Astronauts 4-pack – Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and Mr. Jinx (1000pc LE)
Dorbz: Jester Bugs Bunny & Knight Yosemite Sam 2-pack (2700pc LE)
Rock Candy: The Flintstones – Wilma Flintstone
Rock Candy: The Flintstones – Betty Rubble
Rock Candy: The Jetsons – Judy Jetson (2000pc LE)
Check back Thursday for more!
San Diego Comic Con is just about a month away and there’s a ton of stuff that we’re excited to see come out of the show, like the big announcements from all of the major movie and TV studios and comic book big (and little) shots. However, one of the major draws to the West Coast mecca for geek culture is the exclusive toys that are available at the show.
Over the last couple of weeks, Funko, the purveyor of fine Pop! vinyls, has announced their lineup of SDCC exclusive figures. We have compiled everything right here for you so you can decide before you go which ones you can’t live without (or salivate over the exclusives you’ll need to hunt down on eBay if you can’t make it to San Diego).
Even if you make it to to SDCC, chances are getting your hands on these Pop! figures will still prove difficult. Distribution will be similar to last year, in that access to the Funko booth will be by lottery only. Funko didn’t provide many details on how that’ll work for 2017, and in fact may be trying to work that out with the comic con showrunners, but we will share the info with you once it becomes available.
Fret not! Funko has said that many, if not most, of the SDCC exclusives will be shared, meaning they will be available at Hot Topic, Gamestop, FYE, or any other stores or distributors that have exclusive license with Funko. While there won’t be any details on which will be available where until around the week of SDCC, we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop.
Wave 10: HBO – Game of Thrones & Westworld (Announced June 29)
With the news of the Funko Pop-Up Shop at San Diego Comic Con, I honestly thought we were done with SDCC proper exclusives. However, Funko managed to prove me wrong. Their latest showcase of exclusives focuses on two television power-houses, both from HBO.
First up is Westworld. There’s two exclusives for the show, only one of which I’m familiar with. I like the detail on the Musashi Pop! but the Robotic Dr. Ford Host looks a little flat. Either way, I’m sure fans of the show will enjoy them.
Secondly, we’re getting some new Game of Thrones stuff. The Mountain in gold armor looks pretty neat, though I think it would have been a nicer touch if they made it a 6-inch Pop!. Besides that, there’s a Tormund/Brienne 2-pack of Dorbz, a cute little pack that celebrates their odd relationship on the show.
Also, Funko stated in this update that they will share the procedure to getting into their booth at SDCC sometime next week, so we’ll keep you up to date on that when it’s announced.
Here’s the news straight from Funko:
Our final wave of SDCC reveals comes to us from HBO!
Even more characters from the futuristic park and hit
HBO TV series Westworld come to the world of Pop! vinyl as SDCC exclusives!
Pop! Television: Westworld – Musashi
Pop! Television: Westworld – Robotic Dr. Ford Host
Our HBO line up would not be complete without a few Game of Thrones SDCC exclusives!
Pop! Game of Thrones: The Mountain (Armored)
This exclusive features the fearsome warrior The Mountain with his fists clenched and eyes wide, donning his near impenetrable gold armor.
Dorbz: Game of Thrones – Tormund & Brienne 2-pack (Toy Tokyo)
It seems Tormund and Brienne’s flirtation in Season 6 has brought them closer than ever in the SDCC exclusive Tormund and Brienne 2-pack.
We have one more special reveal on the way – stay tuned!
Wave 9: Miscellaneous (Announced Jun 23)
When I spotted Funko’s exclusive release for today, I started to scroll through them and got bored pretty quickly. Right until I saw the Megazord. That one had me. I’m a huge Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fan and I absolutely love that 6” Megazord.
Then I kept scrolling and spotted the Masters of the Universe stuff. Scareglow? A She-Ra Rock Candy. Yes, please!
I’m really hoping all of those are shared exclusives because I will need to track them down.
Today’s wave is a bunch of items that didn’t really fit in with any other category, but we love them just the same!
Five Nights at Freddy’s
Our Five Nights at Freddy’s San Diego Comic Con 2017 exclusives are from Sister Location, the latest game in the series!
Pop! Games: Sister Location – Jumpscare Funtime Foxy
Pop! Games: Sister Location – Jumpscare Baby
Fus Ro Dah! The mighty Dwarven Colossus joins our Elder Scrolls series as a super-sized 6-inch Pop!
Pop! Games: Elder Scrolls – 6” Dwarven Colossus
Our very first San Diego Comic Con exclusive Dr. Seuss Pop! is the flocked Lorax!
Pop! Books: Dr. Seuss – Lorax (flocked)
Initiate Megazord sequence! The iconic Megazord is a San Diego Comic Con 2017 exclusive super-sized 6-inch Pop! Megazord Battle Mode!
Pop! Power Rangers – 6” Megazord
Masters of the Universe
Our Masters of the Universe series grows with a glow-in-the-dark Scareglow Pop!, flocked Panthor and Battle Armor Skeletor Dorbz Ride, and She-Ra in Rock Candy form!
Pop! TV: MOTU – Scareglow (GITD)
Dorbz Ride: MOTU – Panthor w/ Battle Armor Skeletor
Rock Candy: MOTU – She-Ra
Long-time Funko collectors, rejoice! We’re bringing back Sike-O-Shriner in Pop! form for San Diego Comic Con 2017!
Pop! Funko: Sike-O-Shriner
Wave 8: DISNEY (Announced June 21)
So much good stuff out of this Disney line!
First of all, Chip and Dale are one of my favorite duos. I don’t have these guys in my collection at all so having a flocked version of them would be fantastic.
Secondly, the rooster was one of my favorite parts of Moana. Yes, I’m weird like that, but he was super funny, and this Hei Hei looks great.
Finally, two glow in the dark Pop! toys! Though I’m not crazy about “Pirates of the Caribbean,” that Jolly Roger looks amazing. It’s just a shame he’s limited to 1000 pieces because that means I’ll probably never get my hands on him.
Since I am crazy about Darkwing Duck, a glow in the dark Negatron is so up my alley. I’ll be working hard to try and acquire that guy!
As put in the press release:
Our Disney SDCC exclusives sure cover a lot of ground! We have some new characters from cartoons, movies, and Disney Parks! Plus, check out some fun versions of familiar faces, like flocked or glow-in-the-dark!
Pop! Disney: Chip & Dale 2-pack (Flocked)
Pop! Disney: Winnie the Pooh – Bouncing Tigger (Flocked)
Pop! Disney: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – Mr. Toad (1500 LE)
Pop! Disney: Moana – Hei Hei
Pop! Disney: Disneyland Resort – Jolly Roger (Glow-in-the-Dark 1000 LE)
Pop! Disney: Darkwing Duck – Negatron (Glow-in-the-Dark)
Dorbz Ridez: Aladdin – Aladdin & Abu with Magic Carpet
Wave 7.5: RICK & MORTY – Tinkles and Ghost in a Jar (Announced June 20)
I don’t know why this wasn’t included with the rest of the “Cartoons” wave but Funko dropped the news separately for Rick & Morty fans that they’ll be able to get a Tinkles Pop! I don’t watch the show and have no idea about this character, but it looks pretty cool, and I like that little ghost.
From the press release:
As the Master Toy Licensee Partner for Rick and Morty, Funko has made a concerted effort to showcase the incredible oddities of this uniquely creative show! The San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Tinkles with Ghost in a Jar Pop! is yet another example of why we’re proud to partner with minds capable of producing something adorable, fascinating, and, inevitably, sinister. Keep an eye out for more Rick and Morty products from Funko, such as Pop!s, Action Figures, and even the upcoming Portal Gun!
Wave 7: WARNER BROS – Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings & The 100 (Announced June 19)
This was kind of a mish-mosh of a reveal seeing as how these are all over the place but oh em gee there’s some amazing offerings in this bunch. While I’m not generally a fan of Pop! Rides, I am a fan of Supernatural so to finally have Baby in Pop! form is a god-send.
Also, a fun fact about me: my two favorite characters from Harry Potter are Neville and Luna. While Funko already made both of those, I am super stoked for the Luna in the Spectrespecs, and though I wasn’t too crazy about Fantastic Beasts, the 6” Occamy is beautiful and I love the iridescence on it.
Pop! Television: The 100 – Lincoln as Reaper (750pc LE)
Lincoln from The 100 is featured as a Reaper and is joining the SDCC line up!
Pop! Ride: Supernatural – Baby with Dean
How do you raise a babyshifter? Dean is figuring that out! Dean & Baby are now a SDCC exclusive Pop! Ride!
The magic of Hogwarts continues with some epic SDCC exclusives!
Pop! Harry Potter: Harry on Broom
Pop! Harry Potter: Luna Lovegood with Glasses
Pop! Movies: Fantastic Beasts – 6” Occamy
Now receiving the 6” Pop! vinyl treatment is the Occamy from the hit movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
Wave 6: TV (Announced June 16)
Finally a Clara Pop! There have been so many Doctor Who Pop!s already that it’s almost criminal that Clara is just getting a release, but at least it’s happening.
That Tick looks sweet, too (and it glows in the dark!), and I might even pick up that Stranger Things Steve, just for the detail alone.
Besides those, there’s not much in this wave that grabs me. I never really watched Twin Peaks or Mr. Robot (though from what I understand, I should) and I fell out of favor with The Walking Dead long ago. Fans of those shows might be interested in these Pop!s. For the most part, they look pretty good.
Pop! Television: Mr. Robot – Masked Elliot Alderson
It’s a mask he can’t take off! To hide his true self, it’s Elliot Anderson featured in the fsociety mask!
Pop! Television: The Walking Dead – T-Dog
One of the original characters from the hit AMC series The Walking Dead is now a SDCC exclusive… it’s T-Dog!
Pop! Television: Doctor Who – Clara
Clara, the Impossible Girl, is joining the Pop! vinyl SDCC line up!
Pop! Television: The Tick –The Tick (Glow-in-the-Dark)
Be prepared when The Tick hits Amazon Prime Video on August 25th with this SDCC exclusive glow-in-the-dark Tick Pop! Neat!
We haven’t had enough of Stranger Things on Netflix! Steve and Mr. Clarke are receiving the Pop! vinyl treatment for SDCC!
Pop! Television: Stranger Things – Steve
Pop! Television: Stranger Things – Mr. Clarke
Wave 5: DC! (Announced June 14)
DC seems to have the largest showing at SDCC this year and there’s a lot to be excited for. First of all, Ares from the Wonder Woman film is a must-have for any completists out there (such as myself). Though I’m not really a fan of Dorbz, the Diana/Ares 2-pack looks great.
Funko is also giving us additions from other movie-property Pop!s with a Joker Batman based from the Suicide Squad line as well as two Pop!s from the upcoming Justice League. I’m really digging Bruce Wayne; it would go well next to the Tony Stark SDCC exclusive.
Luckily, the animation gets some love too! Man-Bat from Batman: The Animated Series looks incredible and is enticing me to start collecting that series. We also get a Wonder Twins 3-pack! Who would have ever thought that would be a thing?
Finally, that Red Batmobile. I have no idea what it’s from but it’s a thing of beauty.
As seen from the press release:
From comic books to the big screen and some surprises in between, Funko’s DC exclusives for San Diego Comic Con really runs the spectrum! We have key additions to the Wonder Woman and Justice League movie lines as well as a Suicide Squad The Joker inspired Batman! Speaking of Batman, we also have a stunning blue chrome variant, a special Batmobile action figure colorway, and Interplanetary Batman with a space helmet! We have the Wonder Twins and Man-Bat for fans of DC’s animated shows, while comic buffs will enjoy classic Nightwing and Deathstroke Dorbz!
Pop! Movies: Wonder Woman – Ares
Dorbz: Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman & Ares 2-pack
Pop! Movies: Suicide Squad – Joker Batman
Pop! Movies: Justice League – Bruce Wayne
Pop! Movies: Justice League – Aquaman with Motherbox
Pop! Heroes: Blue Chrome Batman (Toy Tokyo)
Pop! Heroes: Batman The Animated Series – Man Bat
Pop! Heroes: Interplanetary Batman
Pop! Heroes: Wonder Twins 3-pack – Zan, Jayna & Gleek
Dorbz: Classic Nightwing & Deathstroke 2-pack (1500 LE)
Action Figures: Red Batmobile with Green Batman (1500 LE)
Wave 4: CARTOONS (Announced June 12)
Here’s a few that I’m really excited for! As of a fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as I am, shockingly the only Pop! I own from that line is Casey Jones, but that Baxter Stockman Fly Pop! needs to be part of my collection.
An epic amount of your cartoon favorites are now arriving as SDCC exclusives!
Pop! Animation: Ren & Stimpy – Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy 2-pack (2500pc LE)
This 2-pack makes us Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!
Pop! Television: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Baxter Stockman
The mad scientist from TMNT is joining the SDCC lineup!
Pop! Telvision: Catdog – Flocked Catdog
Alone in the world is a little Catdog! This SDCC exclusive is a flocked (fuzzy!) variant!
Pop! Television: South Park – The Coon
The Coon and Mint-Berry Crunch from the animated hit show South Park are also joining Funko’s SDCC exclusives lineup!
Pop! Television: South Park – Mint-Berry Crunch
Wave 3: MARVEL (Announced June 9)
It’s no surprise that Marvel would get a major reveal, but what does surprise me is how few items are included in the exclusive wave, as well as how plain most of these are. I think the Gwenpool with the selfie stick is a pretty clever piece, but I’m not too keen on the Red She-Hulk and Bucky Cap Pop!s (although I do like that Tony Stark from Spider-Man: Homecoming and that may be the plainest from the bunch so judge me as you will).
From the press release:
Our San Diego Comic Con exclusives for Marvel include some of your comic book favorites and one major big screen personality! Gwenpool busts out her selfie stick and also joins the Rock Candy family, while Red She-Hulk & Bucky Cap both make their Funko debut! e also have Tony Stark showing off his snazzy street style while holding a familiar helmet!
Pop! Marvel: Gwenpool with Selfie Stick
Rock Candy: Gwenpool
Pop! Marvel: Red She-Hulk
Pop! Marvel: Captain America (Bucky Cap)
Pop! Marvel: Spider-Man Homecoming – Tony Stark (holding helmet)
Wave 2: SCOTT PILGRIM (Announced June 7)
I won’t lie; I’m a little surprised that Scott Pilgrim vs the World got its own wave of release news, but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited. That Nega Scott Pop! is fantastic but I think the one I’m most excited for is the Ramona Flowers Rock Candy. The roller blades are a nice touch.
From the press release:
Funko earned the Power of new Scott Pilgrim figures! Scott Pilgrim with Sword of Destiny, NegaScott, and Roxy Richter Pop!s are coming for San Diego Comic Con 2017! We’re also offering a Scott Pilgrim Dorbz 3-pack – which includes Scott with Sword of Destiny, NegaScott, and Scott with his bass guitar – as well as Ramona Flowers in Rock Candy form!
Pop! Movies: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Scott with Sword of Destiny (2000pc LE)
Pop! Movies: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Nega Scott
Dorbz: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Scott Pilgrim 3-pack (500pc LE)
Rock Candy: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – Ramona Flowers (1250pc LE)
Wave 1: STAR WARS (Announced June 5)
The first wave of exclusives Funko announced was their Star Wars line. Most of what they showed focused on the recent Rogue One and The Force Awakens movies, as to be expected, but that Leia/R2-D2 2-pack is on point.
Funko’s first round of exclusives for San Diego Comic Con 2017 come from a galaxy far, far away!
From recent fan favorites Bodhi Rook, Combat Assault Tank Trooper, and 6-inch holographic Snoke to the timeless pairing of R2-D2 with holographic Princess Leia, these figures are essential for every Star Wars fan!
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Bodhi Rook
Pop! Star Wars: Rogue One – Combat Assault Tank Trooper
Pop! Star Wars: 6″ Supreme Leader Snoke (Glow-in-the-Dark)
Pop! Star Wars: Holographic Princess Leia & R2-D2
With the head start of the relaunch of The Secret World into the new Free-to-Play Secret World Legends happening on Friday, June 23rd, and the official launch of Secret World Legends happening on the 26th, there isn’t much time left. Anticipation levels are running quite high as Funcom has been relatively tight lipped for the past couple months on complete details on the new game, including keeping beta testers under NDA up until launch and eschewing an open beta entirely. Still, in true Secret World fashion, a new ARG has come into play as a lead into Secret World Legends’ launch entitled “Kiss of the Revenant”.
If you’ve never played The Secret World then let me be the first to tell you about the game’s famed ‘investigation missions’. They are on a complete other level of devious. You think you’ve encountered tricky puzzles in other games, have you? Have those puzzles needed you to translate Morse Code from flashing headlights, research passages in the Vulgate Bible, or brush up on your Romanian? Didn’t think so. Solving these puzzles is a complete head rush, and the sense of accomplishment is like no other. Sure, you could just look up the answers, but you’d be shorting yourself of one of the best experiences in gaming today.
With that sort of history to live up to, this lead up has to be smart. To that effect, Funcom had the makers of one of the game’s previous tie-in ARGs, Alice & Smith of The Black Watchmen fame, set to work creating a new ARG to celebrate the release. According to a June 16th press release from Funcom, Kiss of the Revenant will have participants “Focusing on the solving of intricate puzzles and mysteries” where an “unsettling storyteller invites players to take a second look at a tragic love story on the Savage Coast”, the second zone of the game, which is also the location of The Secret World spin-off The Park. “Players will be challenged to decipher and perform a ritual that crafts an exclusive set of weapons for use in ‘Secret World Legends’.”
The ARG is currently up and running with participants helping to unlock milestones to release further content as the game progresses. It will run up to the launch of Secret World Legends on June 26th, 2017, and is free to participate. Just head to www.KissoftheRevenant.com to join. Also, be sure to check out the relaunch of Secret World Legends, starting Monday, June 26th, 2017. Details can be found at www.SecretWorldLegends.com. I know I’ll be checking it out and streaming it often as it has been hands-down my favorite MMO to date, and I can’t wait to see where the story will finally lead, to Tokyo and beyond.
Sidenote: Come check out the premier Secret World podcast Beyond the Veil’s live broadcast this Thursday, June 22nd, on Twitch. The show’s hosts, including myself, will be interviewing Andrea Doyon from Alice & Smith as well as Romain Amiel, Game Director of The Secret World and Secret World Legends.
When Iron Man debuted in theaters in 2008, audiences had no idea that it would completely change the landscape of film-making forever. It marked the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU became a collection of movies featuring different characters all tied together as a way to multiply audience interest and profits for otherwise uninteresting movies. While Marvel pioneered the scheme, other studios quickly jumped on board, notably Marvel’s main competitor, DC Comics. Universal Pictures recently decided to dust off their “Monsters” properties and build their own Cinematic Universe. The Mummy marks the first film in what they’ve christened “Dark Universe.” But the question remains; is The Mummy worthwhile?
From the very start, Universal wanted to make sure audiences were aware that The Mummy is part of a larger framework. With press releases and announcements of Johnny Depp playing the Invisible Man, this felt unnecessary. The studio has even inserted a logo variation that morphs the famous “Universal Pictures” vanity logo into the words “Dark Universe,” almost like a new entity that produced the movie. It’s an odd addition, one done out of hubris more than anything else, and it’s completely ridiculous. It would be as if Iron Man began with a logo touting it as “A Marvel Cinematic Film.”
The film itself opens in an equally bizarre way: on the burial of a Templar Knight in twelfth century England. It then quickly transitions to modern-day London before flashing back to Egypt and summarizing the history of Ahmanet and her quest for power, all told through a narration by Russell Crowe’s character. Why any of this was necessary I can’t say. The only thing I can think of is that the film’s writers, of which there are six, had no faith that audiences would have been able to understand the hook without having it spelled out. That theory also explains the immense amount of verbal exposition we get along the way. For a film that’s as steeped in lore as The Mummy, I would expect an excess of expository dialogue, but Universal really took advantage of my expectations.
Most of the film gets bogged down from how hard it is to like Tom Cruise’s character. Nick…Something Or Other is an Army Sergeant/thief who has his sights set on “liberating” whatever valuables he happens to find in modern-day Iraq. He makes no excuses for his deception and his main motivation throughout the film is saving himself. There’s a slight glimmer of goodness in his character, which is dashed as quickly as it appears by way of a sad attempt at levity. I doubt the writers even realized that their throw-away joke negated any positive quality in the character, because if they did, they should have worked harder to make him more likeable.
The dislike of Cruise’s character is compounded by how terribly the writers treat his female counterpart. Nick takes advantage of archeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) by lying to her, sleeping with her, and stealing her map to the location of what he believe is “treasure,” but not once does he show remorse for his actions. However, when he later discovers her secret that she’s been working with a covert team of “archeologists,” she’s made to feel terrible for her actions and apologizes profusely. Even watching this through the eyes of a dude, I could see the incongruity plain as day.
As expected, the movie makes a number of humorous attempts through its big, loud action sequence but most of them are so trite and obvious that they fall flat. Not to mention that some of the biggest jokes happen at the most inopportune moment, which made it uncomfortable to even enjoy them.
The humor was another pratfall the movie continued to make. Many of the jokes happen with unfortunate timing, such as when danger was at its highest. This created a strange juxtaposition that felt awkward. Am I supposed to laugh as Tom Cruise is about to get a dagger plunged into his heart? According to the writers, yes, I am.
I can’t say that the film is entirely bad, though. It does a few things right, most notably the casting of Sofia Boutella as the titular Mummy. Boutella has an amazing onscreen presence. The way she plays Ahmanet is threatening, unrelenting, and imposing, but she also manages to ply sympathy when needed. The only downside is how much her talent is wasted on a one-note villain. Granted, Ahmanet has more depth than both Cruise’s and Wallis’s characters, but her antagonism just comes off as boring. She’s the ultimate unstoppable evil that can be easily stopped by a MacGuffin.
Then you have Russell Crowe, whose appearance in this film is solely to expand the Dark Universe. Crowe plays Dr. Henry Jekyll. Yep, that Dr. Jekyll. He was a joy to watch as he seemed to be the only person in the ensemble who bothered getting into character. While I did like the way the film introduced the Jekyll/Hyde connection, I feel like they overdid it. In a case like this, as most of Marvel’s films have shown, a little goes a long way. Universal, on the other hand, didn’t seem to trust their audience would get the allusion and needed to center an entire action scene on just how badass Mr. Hyde could be. While it was a fun scene, it slowed down the pacing of the film and took some of the spotlight away from the Mummy, who should have always been the focus of the film.
For a movie that’s meant to kickstart a cinematic universe full of classic monsters, The Mummy lacks any sort of horror or thrills. It’s overflowing with cheap jump scares and cringe inducing creepiness (like Cruise being covered in rats), and those grow old fast. It also lacks the charm that 1999’s The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser had. At this point, it must be asked: what is this Mummy flick supposed to bring to the table, besides over-the-top action pieces?
Would I say The Mummy was a good movie? Nope. I will say that as the tent pole of the “Dark Universe,” it was fun, and at the very least, it opened the doors for films featuring a more diverse cast of classic monsters. After years of countless Dracula, Frankenstein and Werewolf movies, we finally have the chance to gets movies centered on the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man. In the hands of the right writer and director, these movies have the opportunity to be mind-blowing. While The Mummy is mediocre at best, it deserves some credit.