What do Hollywood, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and your friendly neighborhood tin-foil hat wearer have in common? Answer: An obsession with Universes. In the case the Hollywood and Tin-foil hat Dave, we really wish they would let it go.
Back in 2012 Marvel burst open a giant money piñata when they released The Avengers, a movie that brought together a bunch of popular superheroes that existed under one cinematic universe. Since then the Marvel Cinematic Universe has oozed out cash none stop. Hollywood executives saw a chance to pillage the “Cinematic Universe” gold mine and began copying Marvel’s formula…..badly. Very badly.
The DC Extended Universe, The Transformers Universe, The Dark Universe, The X-Men Universe, The Conjuring Universe, The Star Wars Universe. Why? Why, Why, Why? Every franchise in the world does NOT need a universe. Universes are big complicated endeavors that require heavy planning and meticulous attention to detail. You can’t just stick on an end credit scene and shout “Universe!” That’s ridiculous! Movies that spend too much setting up a sequel typically fall prey to sloppy storytelling. As a frequent movie goer, I prefer stories that stand on their own. Not half-baked unfulfilling cinematic appetizers that promise “the next one will be better” (ex. Suicide Squad, X-Men Apocalypse, Justice League).
Alright this isn’t a movie blog, consider this rant is officially over…. Or is it?
Until next time – Barry