Cinematic universes are a real thing thanks to Marvel, and it seems another company may be jumping on board the band wagon with a universe of their own. This time Paramount and Hasbro are teaming up to combine the worlds of G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Visionaries, ROM, and Micronauts into one. If this works out the way they want it to, then get ready for the most insane trip down your childhood memory lane. Does anyone still have their toys? Time to break them out while we treat you to a refresher course on these amazing 80’s franchises.

On thing you have to keep in mind is that this is in early development. This is a phrase many of us are all too familiar with. And, sadly, it doesn’t work out in the end for a lot of these projects. But keep your fingers crossed for this one. According to the report, this news comes after “Paramount set Akiva Goldsman to run a writer’s room for both G.I. Joe and Micronauts.” Goldman will also be in charge of the new shared universe. Additionally, “Allspark Pictures will produce the films while Hasbro president and CEO Brian Goldner, executive vice president and chief content officer Stephen Davis, and head of film development Josh Feldman will work with the studio to shape the new universe.”

There is no word as to how everything will tie into one another. It may be safe to pressume that things will be introduced into the established franchise, G.I. Joe. Now, for those of you who don’t know. Here is a quick rundown as to what these other universes are.


ROM Comic cover
This is the most unfamiliar of the bunch. ROM is actually “based on a comic book, [he’s] more than a simple cyborg, being originally from a Utopian society on a planet called Galador.” This thing looks like a robotic version of the Silver Surfer who lives in a Guardians of the Galaxy-esque universe. Interestingly enough, during his time on Earth battling Wraith’s, he came across many heroes including some of the X-Men, Luke Cage, and more. Could this eventually lead to one huge universe that will contain the Avengers, G.I. Joe, and more?  That would be quite the party.


micronauts comic cover
Another group based off of a comic by Marvel. The Micronauts is a group of heroes who live in something known as the Microverse. As the name would suggest, the Microverse is tiny, and so are the Micronauts.


This was a cartoon during the 80’s. Set in a futuristic future, Visionaries started out in a world where technology was at an all-time high until one day, the world lost electricity for good. Society and it’s people would soon revert to a more medieval age where knights became a thing again. Soon magic popped up and an all out battle for control of magic and the planet ensued. Here’s a clip of the intro. To tell you the truth, I don’t recall watching, but having seen the intro, something tells me that I actually did.


Also known as Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, this is something that many of you should be familiar with. In fact, in case you’re having a bit of trouble remembering, maybe the intro to the cartoon will help you out.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a part of M.A.S.K., and while it never happened, the idea of seeing this come to life on the big screen would be good enough.

Out of all of these groups, I think M.A.S.K. and the Joe’s would make the most sense of coming together. Everyone else would just seem like a stretch to combine. You know, if they were looking for replacements, other groups I would love to see come together would be Bionic Six and C.O.P.S. (Central Organization of Police Specialists). And then maybe you could say they also lived in a world with the Ghostbusters and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (not the Michael Bay version). Alright, maybe I’m reaching at this point, but, man, the kid in me would never stop smiling. This must be what people who saw the original Star Wars in theaters feel like now seeing a new Star Wars (with the original characters) in theaters again.

Source: Slashfilm



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