– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Hollywood is in a constant search of the next big universe to expand on. Ever since Marvel Studios blew off the doors of Cinematic Universes, everyone else has been looking to replicate it. Whenever there’s the smallest whiff of success, you can bet someone out there is trying to leverage that to create an entire universe.

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Regarding this trend, Stranger Things creators Ross Duffer and Matt Duffer were asked if they could envision their series to expand in a similar way — or if they could foresee the show as more of an anthology.

Ross: It’s not Star Wars. You’re not really creating this giant universe. Right now it’s very specific to this town of Hawkins and these kids.

Matt: The title means it could carry over into other supernatural-style stories that aren’t specifically related to these events, but it’s hard to know. We’ve spent maybe 10 minutes talking about that.

Ross: You see a lot of that in Hollywood. It’s dangerous because everyone is trying to create these universes that span multiple films, but they haven’t even built the foundation. Star Wars had to be built. We’re looking at those mistakes.

Matt: Let’s do one good series. Then, if we don’t manage to mess that up, we can talk beyond that. We don’t have that J.J. Abrams gene — for good or bad.

This is a very refreshing take on the matter. If you look at other filmmakers, they’ve often very excited to take things to another level, but these two seem to have their heads on straight, and are realistic about the amount of effort it would take to do this right.

Would you like to see Stranger Things spin off into something else like an anthology? Let us know down below!

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  • Victor Roa

    it doesn’t have too be too world building, rewatching Pet Cemetary and the Daughter had “the Shinning” powers which connects the King Universe. Stranger Thing kinda collects a lot of 80s pop culture from Lovecraft, King, Cronenberg, Craven, Rami to even Spielberg, it’s own universe would be VHS rental shelf

  • Weresmurf

    Jesus christ I can’t wait for this idea of cinematic universes being an absolute necessity to up and fucking die. It works for SOME properties (comics), but that doesn’t mean it’s going to, or SHOULD work/be applied to all. Just get a good show out there first before one starts thinking of further movies, spinoffs, extensions etc. *gah*

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Where is my Videodrome cinematic universe?

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.