14 Marvel-esque 'cinematic universes' that are currently in the works

  • 14 Marvel-esque movie universes that are currently being developed

Marvel have seen enormous success with their Marvel Cinematic Universe, spawning dozens of lucrative films and a few TV shows that some people watch.

As the Marvel juggernaut shows no signs of slowing, other studios want to have what Marvel have spent the past few years developing, so have identified movies which they can bundle together into their own 'cinemative universe'/

Here are 14 film franchises that will be cultivating movie universes of their own...

1. DC

Despite the success of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, films based on DC's other characters, such as Superman, Green Lantern and Catwoman haven't fared so well in the box office.

That was, until the plan was formulated to have Batman and Superman finally go head-to-head on the big screen, prompting DC to put the comics' extended universe on screen.

So now, as well as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we have films for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and a Justice League movie which will see them all come together.

Most excitingly is the Suicide Squad film, a group of supervillains, including Batman villains The Joker, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc, Flash villain Captain Boomerang and Enchantress and Deadshot as imprisoned supervillains who are sent on suicidal missions in order to gain leniency on their sentences.

Marvel's supervillains rarely excite fans - which is why they have to turn heroes into villains - so DC could establish the Suicide Squad as a team of supervillains popular enough to rival The Justice League or The Avengers.

2. Fast & Furious

Since the Fast & Furious franchise turned from movies about street racing, into movies about some sort of heist... or whatever, the physics-defying Dominic Toretto and his 'family' have skyrocketed in popularity.

So much so, that Universal are keen to spin off the characters into their own stories to create a shared universe.

Vin Diesel explained to Variety: “We’ve written out story lines for various characters,"

"We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class” the actor revealed.

With many memorable character, including Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs, Tyrese Gibson's (large foreheaded) Roman Pearce and the likes of Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Ludacris, there are no shortage of Fast & Furious characters who can get into their own standalone mischief.

3. Spider-Man

The Spider-Man comic books boast one of the richest line-up of villains and after seeing Marvel's success with the MCU, Sony wanted to build their own Spider-Man movie universe.

In the (hugely disappointing) Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a set up for The Sinister Six movie - a sextet of Spidey supervillains including Rhino, Vulture and Doc Ock - and a third Amazing Spider-Man.

As well as that, there were talks of a female-centred spinoff and fan-favourite villain Venom getting his own film, but unfortunately due to Amazing Spider-Man 2's dismal performance the films have either been postponed or cancelled altogether - depending on who you ask.

With Sony and Marvel agreeing a deal for Spidey to feature in future MCU movies, it looks like Sony's hopes of creating a Spider-Man cinematic universe of its own isn't happening any time soon.

4. Star Wars

With Star Wars' rich expanded universe including novels, comic books, animations, games and a wealth of fan fiction, it's surprising that it has taken Disney buying LucasFilm for Star Wars to attempt a cinematic universe of their own.

As well as the new trilogy, kicked off by The Force Awakens, there is the Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One, the first of the Star Wars 'anthology' films, which will focus on the rebel mission to steal the first Death Star plans.

A second Anthology flick will potentially see a Boba Fett-centered tale, as well as an announced Han Solo spinoff, with 2,500 actors reportedly auditioning to play a younger version of the Millennium Falcon pilot.

5. Universal Monsters

The classic horror series made by Universal Studios was incredibly popular in the 1920s through to the '50s, bringing such well-known stories as The Mummy, Dracula and Creature from the Black Lagoon.

In the '30s and '40s, Universal developed the cinematic universe, with the three Frankenstein's Monster appearing in Dracula films, and movies like Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.

To get in on the 'cinematic universe' racket, Universal are keen to resurrect their monster tales in crossover universe of their own, with the Universal chairman stating that the new films would be more action-adventure in a bid to "reimagine and reintroduce them to a contemporary audience."

Using 2014's Dracula Untold as a launching point, Universal are lining up a Mummy reboot as the next film of the series, with Tom Cruise in talks to star, while Scarlett Johansson has been offered the lead in a Creature from the Black Lagoon remake and Angelina Jolie being lined up for The Bride of Frankenstein.

6. Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters fans were divided when it was announced that the long-awaited new Ghostbusters sequel would be a reboot with a female main cast.

As well as that movie, Sony (them again) have formed Ghostcorps, a production company set up with the intention of expanding the franchise, potentially into a cinematic universe.

In a contrast to the Ghostbusters sequel, there is heavy speculation towards a 'guy-centric' film too, starring Channing Tatum.

On top of that, Sony hopes to crossover both of the new Ghostbusters films, in order to kick-start a shared universe, time will tell how well any of this will work out.

7. Godzilla and King Kong

After Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' teamed up for 2014's Godzilla movie, Legendary moved their King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros. to make a King Kong/Godzilla mash-up a possibilty.

Skull Island will make references to the secret government Monarch to tie the King Kong and Godzilla stories into the same universe, before a 2018 Godzilla sequel and then in 2020, the pair will go head-to-head in Godzilla vs. Kong.

Godzilla director Gareth Edwards also confirmed that Legendary have acquired other properties from Toho, creators of Godzilla, including Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, so they will no doubt pop up in the upcoming films with standalone movies potentially on the horizon for those too.

8. Harry Potter

When the Harry Potter films concluded in 2011, Warner Bros. was at a loss with how they could make another the gigantic pile of dollars that each boy wizard film brought in, and fortunately for them, Potter writer J.K. Rowling doesn't have enough gold-plated Rolls Royces and swimming pools filled with champagne.

Rowling set about writing a new book, based on a textbook at Hogwarts written by magizoologist Newt Scamander named Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Warner hurried the works into production, casting Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the first film in "at least" a trilogy, with films two and three coming in 2018 and 2020.

While not a traditional 'cinematic universe' compared to others on this list, as long as J.K. Rowling continues to think ways of tying books to the Harry Potter universe, there will be films that explore various aspects of the wizard world.

9. Hunger Games

Lionsgate suffered a similar financial quandary when The Hunger Games movies finished in 2015, but they had potential areas they can explore, such as the formation of Panem's districts and earlier Hunger Games battles

In December, Lionsgate executive Michael Burns (obviously for money-based reasons) admitted that they are looking into a string of prequels exploring the early years of Katniss Everdeen.

It is unknown whether the books' author Suzanne Collins has any interest in writing more books in the series, but that probably won't stop Lionsgate when churning out prequels, sequels and spin-offs.

10. Jump Street

Who knew that the film remake of an '80s TV show would be such a big hit, spawning a sequel and (potential) unusual crossover?

23 Jump Street has been confirmed as a standalone female-led sequel, while Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will return in the crossover with... Men in Black.

That's right; Schmidt and Jenko will potentially be teaming up with Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith to fight illegal aliens, with Sony (of course) eyeing-up a cinematic universe for the characters to fit into.

11. X-Men

The X-Men movie universe has been trundling away quietly, with the main X-Men movies interspersed with a disappointing Wolverine movie now and then.

There were plans for a series of Origins films, but on the basis of Wolverine's dismal performance, the idea for a Magneto origin was scrapped and ideas recycled into the 'soft reboot' X-Men: First Class.

But now 20th Century Fox have seen how it's done properly with the MCU that they've sorted out their plans, with X-Men: Apocalypse and hotly-anticipated Deadpool movie both set for release in 2016.

Then, the following year, a third (and probably last) Wolverine solo film, plus Channing Tatum will star as everyone's favourite (non-Wolverine) mutant, Gambit.

As well as those from the main canon, X-Men spin-off comics X-Force and The New Mutants are currently in the process of finding themselves on the big screen.

12. LEGO

Following on from the success from of The LEGO Movie in 2014, grossing over $250 million worldwide, Warner Bros. already have the wheels in motion for the Will Arnett-voiced LEGO Batman getting his own solo movie.

LEGO Batman is set for release in February 2017, and later on in the same year will see the release of LEGO's ninja-themed toy line, Ninjago, which will slot into the universe cannon.

Plus The LEGO Movie is set to get a 2018 sequel (creatively titled The LEGO Movie Sequel) and if that's not enough, The Muppets' Jason Segel and Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce are working on Billion Brick Race - a LEGO Movie spin-off set for 2019.

13. Transformers

Despite the world growing weary of Michael Bay and his transforming robots, they continue to rake in the millions at the box office, and Hasbro and Paramount want their prized cash cow to keep on providing them with a steady stream of gold.

Paramount have hired Akiva Goldsman, acclaimed Hollywood writer and producer, to head up an experienced writers room to pore over the Transformers history and produce sequels and spin-offs by the barrel-load.

With Transformers 5 set for release in 2017, Hasbro and Paramount are gunning for as many as 10 more films in the Transformers universe - is the world ready for that?

14. Valiant

"Huh, who are Valiant?" you ask?

Well, few people outside of comic book conventions would be able to name any publisher other than DC and Marvel, but there are a few out there, and Valiant is probably the closest rival to these two comic giants.

Thanks to a deal with Sony, Valiant are set to take their characters to the big screen, with help from the directors of John Wick, who are on board to direct Valiant’s first film, Bloodshot.

Bloodshot is a former soldier whose memory has been wiped and he gets injected with 'nanites' - nanocomputers that give him techno-wizardry, healing ability and shape-shifting powers.

Then, we will get Harbinger, a team of villains (like Suicide Squad), with each member getting their own subsequent sequel, before a big crossover called Harbinger Wars.

So expect plenty of new superheroes and supervillains to learn about, depending on how Valiant's films perform at the box office.

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