We are never given a year in which this story takes place. We
do know it occurs some time after the events of
The Scorpion King and
before the events of the prologue of
The Mummy Returns,
which specifically states the year 3067 BC. Oddly, in the
director's commentary on the DVD, Roel
Reiné references the movie as taking
place around 4000 BC; this does not correspond with the rise
and fall of the Akkadian Empire as known in the real world.
Mathayus is played by Victor Webster, perhaps best known as
Detective Carlos Fonnegra on Continuum.
The role of King Ramusan is played by Temuera Morrison,
probably best known as Jango Fett in Star Wars: Attack
of the Clones.
Near the beginning of the movie, it is implied that a plague has
struck Mathayus' kingdom, killing many of his subjects and his
queen, the prophetess Cassandra.
At 2:20 on the DVD, Cassandra is dead, wrapped in
linen strips. Some white debris is seen around the body in the
grave. The white debris may be clumps of salt used to dry the body
When Mathayus escapes from his dungeon cell, he cuts the head off
his tormentor. This is the head of Siris, which Mathayus later
presents to King Horus for a bounty.
The introductory narrative featuring a map scrolling by the screen
is similar to the introductory segment of the original
Scorpion King movie.
Additionally, the director's commentary reveals that it is the same
actor performing the narration.
The movie introduces King Horus. To the ancient Egyptians, Horus was
the god of Lower Egypt who conquered Set, the god of Upper Egypt and
united the two Egypts. Whether the King Horus in this movie is
intended to be the same as the Egyptian god is not clear, but it
At 5:28 on the DVD, King Ramusan appears to have writing tattooed on
This movie is the first appearance
chronologically (thus far) of the
Book of the Dead. In the
audio commentary by director Roel
Reiné on the DVD, he points out that
the book does not yet have the lock
on the cover (though the design is
there). The design of the cover is
slightly different than that seen in
its next appearance a couple
thousand years later in
Of course, at this early time of Earth's civilizations, there were
no books per se; documents were preserved in the form of scrolls or
tablets, not books.
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Throughout the film, we see that Mathayus has a scar on his right
shoulder. Presumably this is meant to be where he burned off the
scorpion tattoo near the end of Rise of a Warrior, though
the scar was not present in the chronologically most-recent film
The Scorpion King. The scar
also seems to be too small to really be that of the scorpion tattoo
that was once there. At 42:07 on the DVD, Mathayus receives a cut to
the same shoulder by a Cobra warrior and his previous scar is
King Horus tells Mathayus that Olaf was one of the only survivors of
the great siege of Babylon. Babylon was an Akkadian city-state,
but wasn't founded until 2200 BC or so, well after the presumed time
period of this movie. There were a number of sieges of Babylon over the centuries.
During the soldiers training session, Olaf tells one of the soldiers
that his pointed hat looks stupid. Ironically, he is obligated to
wear one himself as part of a disguise later in the film.
At 9:29 on the DVD, though the background is blurry, there appears
to be a modern tower of some kind and telephone or power lines seen
in the sky.
The song sung by Olaf at 10:00 on the DVD seems to be similar to the
classic Spinal Tap song "Big Bottom".
Notice that Mathayus does not ride a camel here as he does in the
previous two movies, opting for a horse instead.
Olaf tells Mathayus that he is a Teuton from Germania. Teutons were
a tribe of people from the region of Germania, generally considered
to have been during the 1st millennium BC, much later than the
setting of this movie.
At 16:02 on the DVD, there appears to be a cable holding the "wild"
tree in place.
As Olaf sleeps at 16:13 on the DVD, we can see that he has numerous
scars on his arm, presumably from battle.
As they awaken in their camp to face a pride of tigers, notice
that Mathayus tells Olaf, using the Akkadian phrase established in
The Scorpion King,
Upon receiving word that his brother Talus has declared war on King
Ramusan, Horus states, "By the gods, Talus...I will spill your
blood myself for this." But it turns out at the end of the
movie that Talus is killed by Ramusan's men, now led by
As Mathayus' and Olaf's horses trot along the trail at 17:52 on the
DVD, it can be seen that they are wearing horseshoes. But nailed-on
metal horseshoes are not known to have been in use until the 1st
Notice that Talus' war table at 19:34 on the DVD shows a model of
Ramusan's fortress wall, seen seconds later.
Notice that Ramusan's fortress looks oddly similar to King Horus'
earlier in the movie. That's because they were both shot at the same
ruins in Thailand to save money.
Notice that Talus' Eastern army wears attire similar to Horus'. This
makes some sense since Talus is from the same region as his brother
Why is the face in King Ramusan's
painting of his daughter, Princess
Silda, so much more comical than the
comely features of the Princess
Silda we later meet? Wouldn't the
king be offended by any artist who
painted such a portrait?
According to this story, at this time the spells within the Book
of the Dead can only be used if the spell speaker has the
medallion called the Eye of the Gods. The medallion seems to be a
At 33:44 on the DVD, we see Mathayus use the same (or similar)
crystal telescope he used in
The Scorpion King. At
41:24, we see Talus using a ground-glass lens telescope, but this is
much earlier than any known invention of the telescope in the real
world; the first known telescopes made with glass were in the 17th Century Netherlands.
At 33:49 on the DVD, notice that the handle of Olaf's sword has a
skull ornament on the end.
At 35:32 on the DVD, notice that Talus' war table has just the
sand-colored figures and landmarks on it, but at 35:37, there are
suddenly small, colored flags indicating the two battling armies
scattered amongst the figures.
I noticed there is an awful lot of cross imagery in the flags,
banners, and shields of the armies that battle each other in this
movie, as well as Roman-looking armor and helmets worn by Talus' and
Horus' soldiers, seemingly out of place in the 3rd millennium BC.
Most likely the production made use of existing props and costumes
to save money, hence the anachronisms.
Regaining consciousness after his battle with Cobra/Silda, Mathayus
remarks, "What in the name of the demon serpent is going on?"
Possibly "demon serpent" is a reference to the dark serpent god Set
of Stygia, ancestral of Egypt, in Robert E. Howard's Conan stories.
57:59 on the DVD may be the only time in the Mummy universe
that we see the back cover of the
Book of the Dead.
At 59:20 on the DVD, it appears to be raining on Mathayus and
Silda's meeting at the river. But it appears to be dry just seconds
At the Cobra camp, Olaf asks Mathayus, "Where in Odin's codpiece
have you been?" Odin is the ruler of Asgard, the home of the gods in
Norse mythology, though in the time period of this movie, Olaf
should probably more properly refer to him by the Proto-Germanic
Continuing an insect analogy to battle, Silda asks Mathayus, "If you
are an insect, what are you?" and he replies, "Scorpion." Of course,
scorpions are not insects, they are arachnids.
At 1:06:15 on the DVD, the open
Book of the Dead
appears to have metal pages.
When the ghost warrior Zulu Kondo appears to Talus, he says he is a
lion spirit from the land of the burning sky. Given his dark skin
color and declaration of being a lion spirit, he was probably
originally from Africa. The "land of the
burning sky" may be a reference to the heat of Africa. The tattoos
on his chest and arms are the actual ones of actor Kevin Ferguson
(better known as Kimbo Slice in his main career as a mixed martial
When Argomael first appears, notice that the skull helmet he wears
actually moves its brow ridges to change expressions! Notice also that
Argomael's stomach and back appear to be heavily scarred, as if from
burning. Perhaps when he was an Earthly warrior he met his end in
flames? The tattoos on Argomael are the real ones of actor Dave
Bautista, former professional wrestler.
When Tsukai appears, she tells Talus she is an enchanted warrior from
the Land of the Rising Sun. Presumably this is a reference to Japan.
The Japanese refer to their country as Nippon, a word which
can be translated into English as "Land of the
At 1:28:26, Talus is seen attempting to escape in a chariot.
Chariots were not in use in the real world until c. 2000 BC, largely
because light, spoked wheels had not been invented until then.
At the end of the movie, when Mathayus confronts King Horus as the
new ruler of Ramusan's country, notice that he is now wearing the
Eye of the Gods medallion.
The scenes that play as the end credits of the film roll are
from cuts and deleted scenes of the movie. Most of these can be seen
more fully in the Deleted Scenes bonus material on the DVD.
Will Talus rise again after his death due to his association
Book of the Dead
as he claims?
What happened to the spirit warriors Argomael and Tsukai?
Near the end of the movie, Mathayus, now in possession of
Book of the Dead and the Eye of God, appears to be in
command of the two. But they are not present at Mathayus'
meeting with Horus in the final scene. Did he send the two
back into the book (or wherever they came from)? Or did he
keep them around to fight in the battles alluded to in the
The Mummy Returns?
What was King Horus' decision regarding whether to allow
Mathayus to rule Ramusan's country independently? Did he
give his blessing or his blade? In the next film,
Quest for Power,
Mathayus is seen
as a mere mercenary working for King Zakkour in the kingdom
of Al-Moraad, so maybe King Horus had chosen to put him to
the sword and he was forced to flee!
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