Forget simple sequels, these days the only way for movie studios can make the billions of dollars necessary to break even is to create their own “cinematic universe.” In case you haven’t been paying attention to pop culture this decade, a cinematic universe is made up of films and TV shows and Animatrices and whatever other media you can think of that all exist in the same interconnected universe. Everything theoretically affects everything else, and if you want to keep all the events straight, you better consume every piece of continuity content. Fun!
#Brand holders are coming up cinematic universes faster than ever these days, and while some of them are pretty good others are terrible or just really weird. So Geek.com is here to help you out with our list of the best, worst, and craziest cinematic universes.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Examples: The Avengers, Luke Cage, Thor: The Dark World
Marvel kicked off the cinematic universe boom a decade ago by making too much money from movies featuring Thor. Everyone else has pretty much been playing catch-up. From movies to Netflix shows to the occasional comic book, Kevin Feige/Disney/The Dread Ike Perlmutter have their fingers in all of culture.
Examples: A New Hope, Rogue One, The Clone Wars
Star Wars used to just be a massively successful series of films, but under Disney, it has reached cinematic universe status with its myriad of main films, spin-offs, comics, and cartoons. Convince J.J. Abrams to somehow make Star Trek into Star Wars canon, and we’ll reach the singularity.
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