More Than Meets the Eye: Hasbro Stocking Up Prime Directors for Cinematic Universe
Written By Mikey Sutton • Editor-in-Chief • Owner
The Hasbro Cinematic Universe is stacking acclaimed filmmakers with the potential of becoming the next Marvel Studios.
Yes, it may seem far-fetched right now, but Hasbro has been quietly powering its arsenal. After having director Travis Knight jettison the Michael Bay explosive madness of the Transformers movie franchise with the critically praised Bumblebee in 2018, Hasbro began to rethink their plans on how to build a larger group of united films. It begins at the top: The directors.
One by one, they're coming. Jonathan Entwistle, creator of the Netflix show It’s the End of the F---ing World, has been hired to oversee and reboot the Power Rangers for both TV and at the movies.
Dean DeBloiso of Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon fame is directing The Micronauts, which is being rescheduled because of the global pandemic.
More recently, Steve Caple Jr. will direct the next Transformers movie, which is set after Bumblebee. Caple was responsible for Creed 2.
None of these are generic picks; rather, they seem to be the product of thinking outside the box, which is how Marvel Studios evolved to where they are.
The goal is to bring them all together. With Power Rangers and Transformers reportedly being set in the '90s, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the map.
This is world building, one that will include G.I. Joe, ROM, Visionaries, and M.A.S.K. I am hearing that the new Transformers will mention or have an appearance by M.A.S.K.; I've been whispered that John Cena's character Jack Burns in Bumblebee could secretly have ties to M.A.S.K. That leaves M.A.S.K. to form the bridge between Transformers and G.I. Joe.
Obviously, the MCU is so successful for such a long time that, realistically speaking, nobody can overtake them anytime soon. But there's more to the Hasbro Cinematic Universe than meets the eye.