The hugely successful concept Marvel created has Hollywood scared. Until they realized, they could do the same thing. Now franchises have been rebooted and touched up to try out the connected universe for themselves.
One of the more well-known franchises is the DC superhero movies. As long as there has been a Detective Comics and Marvel Comics there has been a battle between the two. They have fought inch by inch to gain a niche in entertainment. Last year, DC announced its next 10 years in film. Starting with next year’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, more importantly including the first female-led superhero movie with 2017’s Wonder Woman. This announcement followed Marvel’s film slate. It should be noted that while DC had cornered the marked on television, Marvel is breaking apart that sector with so many projects in the near future.
Another franchise coming back to life is the reboot of Ghostbusters. Ever since the sequel of the original film, there have been rumors of a third film in the works. This was confirmed last year when it was announced that an all-female Ghostbusters movie was planned. The film is headlined by Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Of course, there needs to be a male led movie as well, with Channing Tatum leading. These films will likely have connections if they do well. In this way, the shared universe can provide audiences with more diversity.
Sigourney Weaver is coming back to the Alien franchise for a sequel to James’s Cameron’s Aliens, completely ignoring the original sequels. The new Alien film will likely have a connection to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and its upcoming sequel. The shared universe will allow more exploration of the themes discussed in the films.
All in all, the over-arching plots should at least make for great entertainment. At the most, the competition for ratings and ticket sales will drive more innovative entertainment tactics.