The latest franchise to try and copy Marvel and create a cinematic universe appears to be Conan the Barbarian.
Deadline reports that the company producing Arnold’s Conan sequel have acquired the rights to all of Robert E. Howard’s work and they even mention Marvel in what they plan to do:
â€œThese days, it comes down to brands and characters and we are looking at long-term possibilities,â€ he said. â€œWe look at how Marvel played out with its rich based of characters, and this too is a universe that lends itself to exploitation in TV and film. There arenâ€™t many libraries like this.â€
In addition to Conan, Howard created Kull of Atlantis, Solomon Kane, Bran Mak Morn, and countless other stories ranging from Westerns to horror. Really the only ones that would fit in a big cinematic universe would be Conan and Kull, and Bran Mak Morn could be modified to fit as well. But Solomon Kane doesn’t fit in with the Sword and Sorcery stories, and neither does his Western or Detective stuff. So this would probably be a pretty limited universe if they go through with it.
Conan is the latest franchise to be thrust into a cinematic universe following the announcement of one for Transformers as well as the DC and Marvel shared universes. So far Marvel’s the only one to prove they can make it work.