– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The release of Tom Cruise’s new monster flick, The Mummy is almost upon us. While a great many of us have been a bit preoccupied with Wonder Woman and the DC Extended Universe, it’s easy to forget that Universal is on the verge of launching their very own shared universe for the Universal Monsters. Eventually, the studio hopes this universe will include the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and The Invisible Man, but for now, they’ve aimed to kick things off with The Mummy.

Indeed, this is an idea that tends to reek of uninspired thinking. Shared Universes are huge, right? So why not capitalize on that? Thankfully, these monsters have always sort of been ripe for a shared universe, so even while the decision may be uninspired, the material is just right. Add into that the talents of Tom Cruise, and his involvement with his films, and you have a recipe that could very well turn out great for all parties.

Thus far, we’ve had two trailers, but today, Universal released a third trailer for the anticipated film. Take a look at it down below:

Overall, like most third trailer, this one had a lot of emphasis on the action, and on that level, I’d say it delivers. Sofia Boutella’s Mummy looks absolutely threatening and terrifying in a way that the character has never been before. We now have an understanding as to why Cruise’s character survived that plane crash, and in how Doctor Jekyll may fit into this whole story. While I had my concerns that they may get carried away with setting up future films. However, so long as Jekyll works only in service of THIS plot, I think we’ll be okay. They are a means to help Cruise in this film, and it just so happens that they could help down the line, if that makes sense.

The official synopsis for The Mummy is below:

“Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy

“Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) 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.”

What did you think of this third trailer? Let us know in the comments down below!

The Mummy hits theaters on June 9, 2017.

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SOURCE: Universal

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.