Analysis

209 – Shared Universes

The Mythcreant Podcast
Sometimes a protagonist doesn’t get the whole universe all to themself. They have to share, and that’s what we’re talking about today. What exactly is a shared universe? Why would you use one? Are there any we should care about besides Marvel? We answer all these questions and more, plus a few thoughts on what stories we think should be expanded into a shared universe franchise.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Discworld

Narnia

Chronicles of Prydain

Rogue One

Solo

Mandalorian

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Angel

Harry Potter

The Next Generation

Deep Space Nine

Voyager

Infinity War

Winter Soldier

Thor: Ragnarok

Last Airbender

Legend of Korra

Middle-earth

Hilda

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Comments

  1. SunlessNick

    I mostly give Winter Soldier a pass when it comes to crossover. Tony had blown his suits up in the previous Iron Man film, meaning his only use would be technical, and they already had the necessary tech. Meanwhile, I could see it being hard to reach Thor, and the Hulk is the last person you want in a fight where allies and enemies look similar. They ought to have called Hawkeye though.
    On the other hand, the aforementioned Iron Man film has that problem in spades. The Mandarin is a huge threat who ends up kidnapping the US President – which is SHIELD not all over this, even without Tony calling them?

    I’m with you when it comes to Solo. Its biggest lack of a selling point to me was that I wasn’t at all interested Han’s backstory. Not least because *Han* wasn’t interested in Han’s backstory – he always came across as someone who’d abandoned his past – not running from it just indifferent to it. Even his Kessel Run boast was about the Falcon, not him.

  2. Tifa

    Thank you for another great podcast! I liked this one very much.

  3. Evelynn

    Hello Mythcreants! I love your podcasts. However, I wish they were available through Google Play’s Podcast service.
    I enjoyed Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books and many of those are now a shared universe deal and I was wondering what your opinions are on that as a shared universe concept. I feel it is done quite well but takes longer to get into as a print medium vs visual. Also Rachel Haartman’s Seraphina/ Tess of the Road books happen in the same land/realm and are quite well done to make space for each other.
    Keep up the good work and I look forward to many more though provoking podcasts from you.

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