First, the world was (and still is) treated to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – giving Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor to star in their own features before teaming up in The Avengers. And we were in awe.
Other studios clamored to capitalize on the success of this ‘shared universe’ concept. More recently, DC Comics created the DCEU, bringing all of their big name heroes together in Batman v Superman and the upcoming Justice League. The Mummy reboot from a earlier this month was meant to kick-start the Dark Universe, reviving the Universal Monsters of the early 20th century (though that concept is in jeopardy after the first film was met with mostly negative reviews). Sony Pictures is working with the MCU to bring the Spider-verse to the big screen.
Now, James Bond could soon become the latest property to put the spotlight on other characters of 007’s world.
Industry insider Jeff Sneider of The Tracking Board claims to have gotten wind from the current franchise producers are talking about a potential James Bond movie universe.
I've heard the Broccolis have caught Universe Fever and would love to explore other corners of the Bond franchise… simultaneously.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) June 23, 2017
These films could feature side characters we have seen in the recent Bond flicks, such as Eve Moneypenny. Previous versions of the character have been a one-note secretary. However, the current version, played by Naomie Harris, is a skilled MI6 agent in her own right.
Other possible solo offerings could show Ralph Fiennes’ M, as a middle-aged government official, who is forced back into the field for some reason (similar to Liam Neeson’s Taken). We can also get a Q flick starring Ben Whishaw as a tech-oriented hacker taking on internet terrorists.
The 25th official James Bond movie is currently in development, with Daniel Craig likely to return for his fifth outing as 007, who was previously seen in last year’s Spectre.