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Seemingly Unrelated Pop Culture Franchises That Exist In The Same Universe

Fans like to imagine what it would be like if two pop culture universes intersected, bringing their favorite franchises together in an awesome movie or TV show that makes their geeky dreams come true.

Licensing restrictions and greed tend to keep these crossovers from actually happening, but there are quite a few geeky franchises out there that already exist in the same universe, even though many are unaware of the connection.

The TMNT and Daredevil seem like they're from totally different worlds, but they share an origin story- because the canister that left Daredevil blind and gave him powers is the same one that transformed four little turtles into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Transformers and G.I. Joe are about to cross over in the movies, but they've existed in the same universe from the very beginning- they're both owned by Hasbro, they had cross over story arcs in the comics, and both animated series' were produced by Toei Animation.

Spielberg and Lucas worked together on the Indiana Jones series so they naturally had a few crossovers, namely a kid in a Yoda costume appearing in E.T. and those E.T.-style aliens seen at the senate meeting in Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace.

Read 17 Seemingly Unrelated Movies You Had No Idea Existed In The Same Universe here


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Firefly/Serenity also exists in the same universe as Alien and Blade Runner, thanks to a Weyland-Yutani Easter egg. Technically, the same could be said of the Firefly and Syfy's Battlestar Galactica, as a firefly-class ship is shown, but that seems pretty tenuous. And, I'm not sure how well-known this is, but Soldier has strong ties to Blade Runner. Screenwriter David Peoples (who also co-wrote Blade Runner) considers it a "spin-off sidequel"-spiritual successor.
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