Hasbro Enlists Several Marvel Veterans For New Cinematic Universe

By April 21, 2016

Wait, did I actually just become excited about this? I guess that’s what happens when you bring in names like these.

Following the announcement of Hasbro’s cinematic universe a few months ago, which will be bringing together the G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K., and ROM: SpaceKnight properties into one cohesive cinematic universe (like the MCU), the official writers room for the universe has been announced, and it’s surprisingly strong throughout. Mostly because they’re a number of the same writers who have worked on the Marvel films up to this point.

Akiva Goldsman, who also oversaw the Transformers writers room, will also be shepherding and overseeing each of these franchises as well. The writers involved include Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Spider-Man 2, John Carter) Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Saga), Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel), Cheo Coker (Marvel’s Luke Cage), John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Joe Robert Cole (Black Panther, American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson), Jeff Pinker (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Dark TowerLindsey Beer (Transformers writing room, Kingkiller Chronicle), Nicole Riegel (Dogfight), and Geneva Robertson (Tomb Raider Reboot).

… Wow. Those are a lot of impressive names, and it seems like Hasbro knows it too.

Hasbro CCO, Stephen Davis, commented on the announcement with the following:

“We first and foremost put together a list of writers who we wanted to be in business with and could be the worldbuilders that we needed. But we want to be sure that in the room we have diverse perspectives, diverse backgrounds, and diverse experiences.”

Starting Monday, all of these talented people will get together to start planning the universe out, and Hasbro’s inclusion of different genders and race here is an exciting change of pace from the rest of Hollywood right now.

We’ve seen other studios try to duplicate what Marvel has done and desperately fail, and if I’m being honest, up until this point I couldn’t have cared less about this cinematic universe. With all of these talented and experienced names crafting the story and continuity for each franchise though, is it possible that Hasbro might be the first company to successfully create a solid cinematic universe after Marvel? With these names, it certainly seems like they’ve got a shot, at least.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable