'The Mummy' Featurette: The Monster Has Big Plans For Tom Cruise

We can usually rely on Tom Cruise to save our world in the movies. But in The Mummy, he helps to bring about its destruction by discovering one pissed off mummy, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) to be exact. Once again, the world will call upon Tom Cruise to save us all in Alex Kurtzman's film (even if it's his fault this time), which is the first entry in the potential Universal Monster Universe.

Below, watch The Mummy featurette, which contains a decent amount of new footage from the adventure movie.

From the trailers and featurettes, we haven't learned a whole lot about Cruise's treasure hunter. A few comedic beats imply he's not the mightiest hero in the world. When Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) thanks him for giving him the last parachute on a plane going down, he tells her he thought there was one more.

Princess Ahmanet needs the treasure hunter for something. She'll make Tom Cruise scream and shout in ways we don't expect from a huge action movie with the Mission: Impossible star. The princess was promised to become a Pharoah, but after her father has a son, he takes back his promise, so she calls upon a god for a little assistance. Her plan for world domination gets put on hold for a few hundred centuries.

Understanding the spirit of the Universal classics, Kurtzman believes we'll care for the movie's titular monster (via Bloody-Disgusting):

As big as some of the action in The Mummy looks, it's the faceoff between the Princess and the Treasure Hunter in the foggy woods I'm looking forward to seeing. We haven't seen Cruise face too many frightening threats throughout his filmography. There's just something about the image of Tom Cruise being tossed aside like he's nothing that's enticing – he's not superhuman.

The Mummy is the first entry in the new Universal's Monster Universe, but the fact that it's the next summer movie with Tom Cruise has me more interested. Plus, it's written by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) and a frequent collaborator of the actor's, Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), which raises expectations.

Here's the official synopsis for the film:

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

The Mummy opens in theaters June 9.