For those of you who got round to seeing the new Mummy film over the weekend – you might have noticed there’s a certain scene in the film where we very briefly spot The Book Of Amun-Ra. For long time fans of the older films, this was significant. Firstly because this golden book is one of they key plot elements from the original Mummy back in 1999. Secondly, if it exists in the new Mummy film, it might imply that the events of the original film(s) did, in fact, take place before the new Mummy film and that the new film is not a reboot, a remake or a do-over – it shares the same universe.
For those in need of a refresher – The Book Of Amun-Ra was the golden book that was able to kill The High Priest Imhotep in the original Mummy film. So, did Imhotep’s Mummy precede that of Ahmanet?
Is it possible that this is, in fact, the same universe and that the new film takes place after the original Mummy? The answer is – yes, this is very possible.
Let’s examine some facts…
The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy (2017) are both made by Universal Pictures and they have made no secret of the fact that they are launching a shared movie universe named The Dark Universe. The Dark Universe will contain many legendary monsters such as Dracula and Frankenstein and so on and so forth. The aim is to have them all be able to appear effortlessly in the same Universe in a sort of Marvel Shared Universe type arrangement.
Both Mummy films being made by the same studio means that the original Mummy back in 1999 probably still took place in the Dark Universe and that many of its events led to what we see in the new Mummy film. As we see in the new film, there is an organization named The Prodigium and their business is hunting monsters.
With Dr. Jekyll at the helm – this ‘Prodigium’ seems to have already met and defeated numerous monsters by the time we meet them through Nick Morton in 2017. This implies that they have been around for quite some time and have some experience in dealing with monsters as observed through the great number of artifacts and creature remains they possess.
Also the very name ‘Prodigium’ has deeper meaning – it’s Greek, in fact, we find it’s origins in Ancient Greek Religion. Simply put –
Prodigium – Prodigia (plural) were unnatural deviations from the predictable order of the cosmos. A prodigium signaled divine displeasure at a religious offense and must be expiated to avert more destructive expressions of divine wrath. Compare ostentum and portentum, signs denoting an extraordinary inanimate phenomenon, and monstrum and miraculum, an unnatural feature in humans.
Okay that’s pretty cool but Dr. Jekyll mentions to Nick Morton that Ahmanet is by far the most ancient evil they’ve ever dealt with – they couldn’t have been around since Ancient Greece, otherwise they’d already have encountered much older evils.
This means that while they were around for a time, they do not date as far back as The Medjai who were around since the days of Imhotep’s original Mummification.
The Prodigium might even contain former members of the Medjai from the original Mummy film but I can say with semi-certainty that they were not around in 1926 when Imhotep was first awoken by looters. If they were around then The Prodigium would have already encountered an evil as old as Ahmanet in the form of Imhotep, which in turn means Dr. Jekyll would have pretty much had nothing to say to Nick Morton – it would have just been another day at the office.
If we examine the Dark Universe Timeline – As the earliest Universal monster on record – The Hunchback – He only first appeared in 1923 – a full 3 years before the rise of Imhotep. He ran rampant for years before being taken down. Had the Prodigium existed they would have been involved with hunting The Hunchback and would have assisted in 1926 with Imhotep.
I think it’s safe to say that The Prodigium was founded somewhere during the 1930’s and most likely by former members of The Medjai and people like Rick O’Connell after a rise of monster activity. Hell, Van Helsing, Alan Quartermain, and Captain Nemo might even be part of the organization.
This exact timeline would put them right on track to encounter Dracula and various other monstrosities right through to 2017.
It would have been very hard to ignore the events that took place in plain sight during all 3 Mummy films – it’s very likely that The Prodigium exists, partially as a result of Imhotep’s awakening in 1926 and that further monster events through the later 1900’s justified an organization being created to deal with this sort of thing. This would then be why they possess The Book Of Amun-Ra and numerous other relics. – For safe keeping.
So – that’s my theory! I hope you had fun reading this. What do you think?
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