Last December, word came out that Hasbro was going to try their hand a making a cinematic universe based on their various toy properties, namely G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. and ROM. I was a little flip about it.
But now Hasbro, lead by Akiva Goldsman, has assembled its writers room and it’s no laughing matter. The big stars of the list are The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’s Michael Chabon (who also worked on Spider-Man 2), Brian K. Vaughan, who you should know from comics like Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Saga, Runaways and a bunch of other impressive titles, and Nicole Perlman, co-writer of Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel.
These folks alone are huge gets that automatically make this Hasbro cinematic universe something to take seriously. But that’s not all! Joining them will be Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Coker, Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, Black Panther comic writer Joe Robert Cole, Nicole Riegel, Geneva Robertson, Lindsey Beer, and Jeff Pinkner.
All these folks will meet Monday to start planning this whole thing out. Along with all these impressive names, Hasbro executive vice president and CCO claims the project will take extra care to be particularly inclusive in terms of gender and race.
This is all incredible news. Hopefully it lives up to the promise that writer’s room invites. Shared cinematic universes are an incredibly exciting concept when done well, but as we've seen, they aren't easy to just pull off. Maybe this crew can do it.