On paper, the Mummy franchise looks like a really, really D-class set of movies. The first movie only has a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the second one has a 47% rating. (And the third movie, you ask? Well, there was never a third movie, so I can’t answer that.) The dialogue is pretty hokey, the plot is pretty over-the-top, and the CGI effects are… regrettable. However, I’ve always loved the franchise, and when I found out that it was getting a reboot in 2017, I had to rewatch the first two movies. For a movie that was released in 1999, The Mummy (and the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns) did a much better job with its female character than many movies do today. Despite the fact that it’s set in the 1920s, the franchise both allows Evy to be the protagonist and engages with her gender without turning her into a stereotype.