7 Bizarre Cinematic Universes That Are Actually Happening

It's not just Marvel who love cinematic universes, you know.

Marvel might have been the first major studio to tap into the idea of a "cinematic universe," but they certainly won't be the last - not when there are such huge sums of money to be made. After the success of their huge motion picture franchise over the course of the past few years (which started with Iron Man in 2008), it seems like everyone is keen to get their own shared universe on track. That's what audiences want in the 21st century, their movies as huge, interconnected, sprawling worlds with multiple plot arcs and... well, you know how it works. But to quote Jurassic Park's chaos theory-obsessed Ian Malcolm, rival studios have been "so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should." Which is to say, there are a large number of cinematic universes on the way - some necessary, some unnecessary, most of them bewildering in their conceit or construct. Certainly there are some franchises which will benefit from following in Marvel's shadow, but there are a few proposed cinematic universes that don't make a whole lot of sense or are inherently questionable in nature. Here are seven of such description...


Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.