May 26, 2021
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If you love comics, there’s a very good chance one of the things you love about them is the idea of shared universe storytelling. The superhero narratives primarily associated with the medium in American pop culture are packed with it, and they have been for decades. There’s nothing quite like that childhood thrill of understanding that Spider-Man and Captain America can hang out and do stuff together, or that Batman and Superman are actually friends, and it’s a thrill we’ve now seen translated to everything from ultra-ambitious comics crossovers to video games to billion-dollar movies.
The shared universe model of storytelling is arguably more popular than ever, and not just when it comes to superhero stories. Film and television franchises are picking it up in more and more genres, and though they don’t always succeed, the ambition seems to persist. It persists to such a degree, in fact, that we’re starting to see an exciting and fascinating new boom of shared universe storytelling within comics publishing outside of the traditional Big Two world.