In case you haven’t noticed, large-scale cinematic universes are the “in” thing in Hollywood. Marvel Studios popularized the franchise model, and now we’re getting expanded universes for everything from DC characters to Universal Pictures’ lineup of classic monsters. Now another fictional world is being built, as it has been revealed that Paramount and Hasbro will unite GI Joe with Micronauts, Visionaries: Knights of Magical Light, MASK and Rom: Space Knight.
News of this development comes from Hollywood journalist, who says the studio and the toy company are figuring out exactly how this will all work. The cinematic universe is being set up under the Allspark Pictures brand (Hasbro’s film label), and there are plans to bring together a room of writers who will work together to create different projects. If this sounds familiar to you, it’s because Paramount and Hasbro made a very similar decision earlier this year as they tried to figure out exactly what should happen with the future of Transformers movies. In the end, their decision was simply to go ahead with Transformers 5 – potentially once again led by Michael Bay – so we probably shouldn’t necessarily expect any major moves to happen.
So what are all these toy brands that are going to come together for this new mega-franchise? Let’s break them down!
Between the toys, the massively popular animated series, or the two films already made, an introduction to GI Joe is probably not necessary. It’s basically the story of an elite task force with ranks filled with code-named heroes who regularly face off against the villains of Cobra Command. It is not clear whether the continuity of the existing films will continue or not, but it is hard to imagine that they will pass up the opportunity to have Dwayne Johnson as the big star at the front of the franchise.
Micronauts, which started as a toy line in 1976 and became a comic book series in 1979, takes place in the microvers and follows a team’s battle against a tyrannical dictator named Baron Karza. Together, Commander Arcturus Rann, his robot co-pilot Biotron, Princess Mari, Prince Argon, the warriors Acroyear and Bug, and the robot guardian of Mari Microtron. It’s pretty basic, but it will be interesting to see how crossovers can occur between the normal world and the microvers.
While not as well known as GI Joe or the Micronauts, Visionaries: Knights of Magical Light everything spanned from action figures and comics to an animated series. The story takes place in a world without electronics called Prysmos, where magic provides power. A wizard named Merklynn invites anyone interested in learning the ways of magic to go through a series of trials, and if they are successful, they end up receiving armor featuring an animal that they are then able to transform into. Some characters have powerful staves, while others are able to enchant vehicles. And at the end of it all, it comes down to two clashing groups: the Spectral Knights and the Darkling Lords.
Like many other titles you will find here, MASK is yet another series that essentially focuses on a group of heroes working in an organization to judge and foil the plans of a group of villains in a rival organization. In this case, it’s the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand (MASK) vs. the Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem (VENOM). It’s worth noting that the toys released later in the series focused more on racing / vehicles instead of stopping terrorism, so maybe that could be how this one differentiates itself.
Last but not least is Rom: Space Knight, which is simple in this group in that Rom is a unique character instead of an organization. The character is a cyborg from a planet called Galador, who manages to fight off an alien race called the Dire Wraiths and follows them to Earth and other planets to continue the battle. Rom’s story begins with him volunteering for a special Spaceknights program that would help him fight the Dire Wraiths, and that’s how he ends up having his body parts replaced with bionic armor. .
Unlike Marvel Comics, there isn’t exactly a ton of crossover story between these brands that can be tapped into endlessly for new stories and arcs, but I hope Hasbro and Paramount put together a talented bunch for everything. understand. Personally, I can’t understand why they wouldn’t want to Transformers to be part of this universe too, but surely there must be a reason.
Stay tuned for more updates on this front and click on the comments below with your thoughts on this development!