14 Fan Theories From 'The Mummy' Franchise That Leave Us Wrapped In Questions

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Vote up the most interesting and thought-inducing theories.

The Mummy franchise left us with some spellbinding moments (as well as some rotten pieces), but woven throughout the series is a sense of magic that leaves much up to the imagination - piquing the audience's curiosity. Left behind are some truly interesting fan theories that may raise more questions than they answer.

Vote up the theories you find most interesting!


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    Anck-Su-Namun NEVER Loved Imhotep, She Was Just Using Him

    Anck-Su-Namun NEVER Loved Imhotep, She Was Just Using Him
    Photo: The Mummy / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/HermesJRowen:

    She didn't kill herself because she loved him. She commited suicide to escape her execution by a more terrible way like the curse casted on Imhotep himself later on.

    Her plan was simple. They plotted to kill the Pharoah, she commited suicide to cover for Imhotep. Imhotep gains political control. He revives her. They win. But, he went with reviving her first, the very next day (or something) and got caught - leading to his, and all his followers, executions for treason.

    She didn't love him at all, she just thought she had a chance at a longer lifespan by his side.

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    Imhotep Easily Accepts His Death Upon Anck-Su-Namun's Betrayal For A Simple Reason (Other Than A Broken Heart)

    Imhotep Easily Accepts His Death Upon Anck-Su-Namun's Betrayal For A Simple Reason (Other Than A Broken Heart)
    Photo: The Mummy Returns / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/MaximusFleximus:

    My theory discusses why Imhotep was so accepting of his defeat at the end of The Mummy Returns. It's not only because his girlfriend betrayed him by not helping him, but also because Imhotep has experienced the underworld before.

    1st time was when he was mummified and eaten by scarabs for killing the king

    2nd time was when Rick stabs and kills him at the end of the first movie

    So this time around, Imhotep has gone to the underworld so many times, he no longer fears going as he has nothing left to do on Earth [and has already experienced it].

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    Bodies Can Reincarnate With Remnants Of The Old Soul, But The Souls Are Never Fully Attached Unless An Outside Force Intervenes

    Bodies Can Reincarnate With Remnants Of The Old Soul, But The Souls Are Never Fully Attached Unless An Outside Force Intervenes
    Photo: The Mummy / Universal Pictures

    From former Redditor u/[deleted]:

    Given that Meela and Evie were having flashbacks about their past lives before Imhotep was awakened again, I think that the souls of Anck-Su-Namun and Nefertiri were connected to them, but needed a spell to allow them to take full control.

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    The Plagues Released By Freeing Imhotep Were Kept To Egypt Because He Wasn't Able To Fully Regenerate And Complete His Task

    The Plagues Released By Freeing Imhotep Were Kept To Egypt Because He Wasn't Able To Fully Regenerate And Complete His Task
    Photo: The Mummy Returns / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/sweetserenade98x:

    The plagues were in Egypt first because Imhotep wasn’t fully regenerated, he needed to find the Americans who took the canopic jars. If Imhotep successfully reincarnated and kept Anck-Su-Namun, then he could have unleashed the same or even worse plagues/disasters everywhere in the world with his bride by his side and the world bowing before him as supreme ruler. His love for her would fuel the Hom-Dai.

     

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    Imhotep Was Cursed To Live Forever Mainly Because He Would Be Removed From The Cycle Of Reincarnation

    Imhotep Was Cursed To Live Forever Mainly Because He Would Be Removed From The Cycle Of Reincarnation
    Photo: The Mummy / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/Folseit:

    To the Egyptians, immortality (or our concept of it, as in living forever in a single body) is the worst punishment one can conceive of, more so if one is a devout priest. It is to be removed from the cycle of reincarnation (what the Egyptians understood as immortality) and ultimately to be denied entrance into Sekhet-Aaru, where one would dine with the gods, reunite with lost loved ones, and meet their ancestors (basically Egyptian heaven).

    That being said, entering the cycle is a community effort, as getting to the starting place requires the living to build the requisite items. Usually, if one wanted to kick a person out of the cycle, you wold just decapitate the head. So in Imhotep's case, they not only denied him immortality and entrance to paradise, they tied him up just outside so they could mock him as they journeyed on.

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    Imhotep Doesn't Attack Evie At First Because He Stole Burns' Eyes And Thus Had His Poor Eyesight

    Imhotep Doesn't Attack Evie At First Because He Stole Burns' Eyes And Thus Had His Poor Eyesight
    Photo: The Mummy / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/Rootheday:

    In the 1999 film we first meet the American Bernard Burns on the boat where he states that, "Without my glasses I can't see the deck to cut it!"

    Later on, Evie reads from the book of the dead and reanimates Imhotep, then the camp is swarmed by locusts and everyone runs into the tombs. Burns looses his glasses which are broken by Beni as he runs past. The camera then shows Burn's POV as distinctly blurry and confused, and then his eyes and tongue are removed by Imhotep.

    When Evie appears Imhotep stares, then calls her 'Anck-su-Namun' and asks her to 'come with him' before she is saved by Rick.

    My theory is that because Imhotep steals Burns' eyes he has blurry vision, and therefore seeing a female figure automatically assumes it is Anck-Su-Namun. Later on he probably decides that as she's the only woman he's seen around, she's the best/only option to sacrifice.