Author's Note: This is a bit of a ramble. I apologize for how my brain works.
This weekend Avengers: Infinity War is in full swing. I haven’t seen it yet, but I have been paying attention to the way people are responding to it. I have no doubt I’ll like it if not love it, but I don’t get to the movies as much as I wish I could anymore. And I think I’m passed the days of seeing things on opening weekend.
There are many Marvel characters I like, though I think I tend to be more of a DC guy. Nevertheless, 10 years and 19 films later, you cannot deny the juggernaut (pun totally intended) that is the MCU. They have the shared universe that movie studios desperately want, but at the moment, they are the only ones that have managed to do it successfully.
Just to reflect: Warner Bros is stumbling along with their DC Universe. Paramount is trying to reboot the Transformers with a shared universe that will include a new G.I. Joe and possibly other Hasbro properties such as MASK, Rom: Space Knight, Visionaries, and Micronauts in a string of films. Sony was toying around with combining their 21 Jump Street franchise with a Men In Black crossover/reboot, and Sony recently went into business with Valiant to develop a shared universe for their comic book properties. Universal also attempted and already failed at a shared Monster Movie Universe right out of the starting gate with Tom Cruise's lackluster The Mummy remake. These are just the major attempts at a shared universe and I am sure there are others we don't know about yet. Regardless, none have come close to replicating the formula.