Super Bowl 51 is tomorrow and, if you’re like us, you’re looking most forward to the commercials. Universal has one slot during the big game and while the spotlight is going towards The Fate of the Furious and not The Mummy, let’s not forget about the love Universal has shown their big screen monsters in the past.
Taking a look through past Super Bowl’s, it was fun to enjoy a nostalgic walk into adventure and the macabre. While it’s disappointing that The Mummy doesn’t appear to have a spot during the Super Bowl this year, let’s take a look through time at some of the Universal Monsters finest moments in years past.
I. The Mummy (1999)
I don’t fully recall The Mummy having a Super Bowl spot. I was ten years old at the time and, admittedly, the Super Bowl did not mean much to me. Monsters did. I was highly aware of The Mummy and I remember seeing the commercials on t.v., but I don’t remember this one. It was only recently brought to my attention through some good friends and followers of UMU. So, I must give them credit for bringing this to my attention in the comments section.
II. The Mummy Returns (2001)
The Mummy Returns was easily one of the most anticipated of sequels during the early 00’s. The Mummy went on to becoming a modern day classic in the tradition of Indiana Jones so a sequel was very exciting. More Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz?! More mummies?! And the film debut of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson?! Could you smell what The Scorpion King is cooking?!
III.Van Helsing (2004)
My memory isn’t as cloudy as Van Helsing’s was in the 2004 Stephen Sommers film; I remember that Universal debuted the first look at May 2004’s Van Helsing during Super Bowl XXXIX. It was exciting to get our first look at Sommers’ film, post Mummy, and starring Hugh Jackman, no less. Bringing to life the rest of the Universal Monsters – Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolf Man, Van Helsing was going to be wonderful. It had to be, right?
IV. The Wolfman (2010)
The Wolfman was a pretty big deal for Universal Monsters fans. He was the only other classic monster, outside of The Mummy, to be given a big screen remake/reboot. The process in bringing together this monster to the theater took a while and, in 2010, the Joe Johnston film opened the immediate Friday after the Super Bowl. We’re all glad this legend came to life.
V. Sofia Boutella Performs with Madonna
Before finding herself in film, Sofia Boutella was a back-up dancer for Madonna. You could read more about our new Mummy, Princess Ahmanet, in “Sofia Boutella: New Kind of Actress and Mummy.” I had the pleasure of seeing Sofia Boutella perform live during Madonna’s 2008 Sticky and Sweet Tour. Madonna was amazing and Sofia Boutella was a particular stand out. It has been exciting to see Boutella transition into film and in a big way following the success of her performances in Kingsman and Star Trek: Beyond! We’re all excited for her continued success and we can’t wait to see her as The Mummy in The Mummy. But before this June, let’s not forget that Universal’s “Princess” danced alongside The Queen!
Mummies, Monsters, and Madonna! That’s definitely our kind of Super Bowl!
Will you be watching the Super Bowl? Are there any commercials you’re looking most forward to seeing? Are your fingers still crossed for “The Mummy” to make an appearance? Let us know in the comments below.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)