Cinemaholics – Last Call: Does Hollywood Have A Cinematic Universe Problem?


From the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DCEU to Universal’s Dark Universe and…Scooby Doo?

This week on Cinemaholics, we’re doing a special Last Call edition where we’re joined by Alisha Grauso (Editor-at-large for Movie Pilot) and Matt Donato (Senior Film Critic for We Got This Covered), who help us unpack the past, present, and future of Hollywood’s cinematic universes.

What’s the difference between a cinematic universe of films and a franchise? How far back does this trend really go? And why are so many of these planned universes crashing and burning? The group takes a close look at all of these questions and many more.

As you no doubt know, Last Call is our occasional bonus episode, where we have a more laid back discussion on just about any topic we want to dig into. If you like what you hear, become a Cinemaholic! Subscribe to the podcast on YouTube via the WGTC channel or download available episodes on iTunes or directly from here. New installments are released every Sunday.

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