While Godzilla fans still have to wait until next March for Godzilla: King of Monsters, a follow-up to Warner Bros. and Legendary's 2014 hit Godzilla, the company that created the iconic creature is starting their own shared universe. Keiji Ota, who is the "Chief Godzilla Officer" for the iconic Japanese company Toho, revealed that they plan on releasing a new Godzilla movie at least every two years, after the year 2021. Here's what he had to say, comparing this initiative to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Toho created and released the original Godzilla movie in 1954, which spawned 29 more Godzilla movies from the company, plus countless others from different studios. Toho licensed Godzilla to Warner Bros. for their Godzilla movies, but in 2016, the studio released Shin Godzilla, their first Godzilla movie since 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars. While the movie was quite a big hit in Japan, it seems that Toho won't be making a Shin Godzilla sequel as part of this shared universe. Here's … [Read more...] about Toho Plans Godzilla Cinematic Universe, Ditches Shin Godzilla 2
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Marvel Studios has lined up screenwriters for a big screen version of The Eternals, Jack Kirby’s cosmic origin of the species comic book series from the 1970s, to the big screen. But will they find it any easier to fold the story of giant aliens manipulating humanity and checking up on their work into the Marvel Cinematic Universe than their comic book predecessors? Whether or not the original 19-issue series — created, written and drawn by Kirby in 1976 — took place in the same fictional universe as Spider-Man, the Avengers et al has been a bone of contention amongst fans for decades; despite the proud tradition for Marvel comics of the period, The Eternals shared almost no interaction with the Marvel Universe that fans were familiar with. This was intentional on Kirby’s part; the creator apparently wanted the series to stand alone, an idea that Marvel’s editorial division wasn’t fond of. At the behest of editors, Kirby eventually worked in … [Read more...] about Can ‘Eternals’ Fit Inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Though the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the first film franchise to take multiple film series and bridge them together on such a large scale, it’s not the first time movies have shared the same universe on the big screen outside of traditional sequels. Universal’s classic monster movies all existed in the same world, Kevin Smith built his View Askewniverse that was connected by shared characters such as Jay & Silent Bob, Quentin Taranito’s movies all have little connections to each other, and they even shared some connections with the interconnected films of Grindhouse co-director Robert Rodriguez. Now one of them will be creating a new project set in their cinematic universe. For those who don’t know, most of the films of Robert Rodriguez all take place in the same world. El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Machete, Machete Kills, From Dusk Til Dawn, Planet Terror, and the Spy Kids all exist in the same universe. And it sounds like Rodriguez … [Read more...] about Some Kind of Robert Rodriguez Cinematic Universe Project is in the Works
With last week's Pacific Rim Uprising aiming to keep the robots-fighting-monsters franchise alive, the question of what studios have to do to launch a successful cinematic universe is once again raising conversation. Few studios can boast the overall pop culture influence and box office clout of Marvel Studios, but what Kevin Feige and team have done over the past decade has rightfully piqued Hollywood's interest in universe building. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe (currently with 18 films released, with two more set to hit theaters later this year) has grossed more than $14 billion worldwide, it is far from the first franchise of films to hit it big at the box office — though it is the standard bearer on crafting a shared cinematic universe. DC, Marvel's chief competitor in the superhero arena, tried to follow in Feige and co.'s footsteps with their recent DCEU, which kicked off in 2013 with Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. The film received middling reviews (55 … [Read more...] about Can Anyone Besides Marvel Make a Cinematic Universe Work?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been dominating pop culture for the past decade – building a sprawling superhero universe that spans movies and TV shows. With eighteen MCU movies released so far, and plenty more already planned, it can be difficult to keep track of all the different superheroes and their respective franchises and team-ups. To help you out, here’s our breakdown of every Marvel movie released so far (in chronological order).This Page: MCU Phase One Page 2: MCU Phase Two Page 3: MCU Phase Three Iron Man Director: Jon Favreau Release Date: May 2, 2008 Box Office: $585.2 million In many ways, Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark is the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He made his debut in the first ever MCU movie, and Tony’s journey from selfish billionaire to flawed superhero has in many ways become the blueprint for MCU origin stories. Jon Favreau’s Iron Man received rave reviews and delighted comic book … [Read more...] about Every Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Released So Far