14 Plot Holes In 'The Mummy' Franchise That We Want To Bury Deep In The Sand

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Vote up the most irritating plot holes.

While the classic Mummy franchise is held in much higher regard over the recent reboot with Tom Cruise, the three films still have their fair share of issues and plot holes. 

Below fans have pointed out the Mummy franchise plot holes that they find particularly irritating. Vote up the ones you agree with!


  • 1
    95 VOTES

    Why Was The Key To Imhotep's Tomb Buried With A Literal Map That Would Lead You To The Tomb - Don't They NOT Want Him To Be Resurrected?

    Why Was The Key To Imhotep's Tomb Buried With A Literal Map That Would Lead You To The Tomb - Don't They NOT Want Him To Be Resurrected?
    Photo: The Mummy / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/DoctorVanNostrandMD:

    The Medjai expected/hoped that the the black/gold books and Imhotep's sarcophagus (which all needed to be opened using the key) would never leave Hamunaptra. So why would the key have been buried with a map inside that tells the reader how to get to Hamunaptra, as if they expected the person opening the key to not be there already?

    Even if the key were discovered and brought somewhere else, why would anyone have wanted it to be used to lead people back to Hamunaptra, when the Medjai's life mission was to prevent (to the point of killing) people from being there and risk awakening Imhotep?

  • 2
    100 VOTES

    Imhotep's Curse Isn't A Logical Punishment

    Imhotep's Curse Isn't A Logical Punishment
    Photo: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Warrior / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/Reico88:

    The pharaoh’s bodyguards condemn Imhotep to suffer one of the worst curses in his execution, [but it's] one that would make him an all-powerful being if resurrected. Why would they execute him this way?

    I don’t care if the chances of his resurrection were very slim. The fact that it can happen and will cause the apocalypse if it happens should be enough incentive to not go through with it. Evie even states that they feared it so. They didn’t seem that scared of it.

    I’m sure they wanted Imhotep to suffer a painful death, but there are plenty of other ways to do it that don’t involve a god-creating curse.

    From Redditor u/hicsuntdracones:

    If the Magi were trying to punish Imhotep for killing the Pharaoh, why did they put a curse on him that could turn him into a god [and give him crazy powers]?

  • 3
    67 VOTES

    The Dragon Emperor Doesn't Inspire Fear, Or Really Do Anything

    The Dragon Emperor Doesn't Inspire Fear, Or Really Do Anything
    Photo: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Warrior / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/szuran:

    Frankly, the Dragon Emperor doesn't do much. We're told that if his army crosses the wall, they'll be unstoppable... so what? Imhotep didn't hesitate to suck people dry, he sent Egyptian plagues, he blinded a guy in a quite disturbing way and then came back to kill him... I knew he meant business. Emperor doesn't do anything to anyone, actually. The worst thing he does is killing his own general... who disobeyed his order. [There's no real cause for fear like before].

  • 4
    70 VOTES

    Alex's Age Doesn't Match Up With The Plot

    Alex's Age Doesn't Match Up With The Plot
    Photo: The Mummy Returns / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/Iwillrestoreprussia:

    Okay here’s a question, anyone ever notice what’s up with The Mummy timeline?

    So the first film opens in 1923 with the French foreign legion battle, then it cuts to three years later, meaning it’s 1926.

    In the next film Alex is 8 years old and it’s 1933. But that doesn’t make any sense, shouldn’t he be only 7? And Red says “and the yanks that found it 9 years ago all died”

    What?

  • 5
    73 VOTES

    Why Don't They Just Try To Keep Cats Nearby If Imhotep Was Really Afraid Of Them?

    Why Don't They Just Try To Keep Cats Nearby If Imhotep Was Really Afraid Of Them?
    Photo: The Mummy / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/Pudenator:

    Imhotep is afraid of cats and will run away if he see's one. So why didn't the American explorers carry a cat around with them so that he couldn't get near them?

  • 6
    84 VOTES

    The Dragon Emperor Isn't Technically A Mummy

    The Dragon Emperor Isn't Technically A Mummy
    Photo: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor / Universal Pictures

    From Redditor u/Qsc7:

    Clay is not a f**king mummy. They LITERALLY lost the plot. Clay mummies are on par with vegan vampires.