Bloggers across tumblr have been absolutely losing it as of recent, thanks to their discovery (the loudest, not the first) of the Rodriguez-Tarantino film connection via Danny Trejo's character, Machete. Not only is the bloodthirsty Machete the star of his own film franchise and his movie-within-a-movie in Grindhouse - to the child stars of Spy Kids, he's also "Uncle Machete."
But the connections don't stop there: In fact, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have created several films within the same universe, tying them together through various characters and events. Edgar McGraw, grandfather of the Bride from the Kill Bill series, is one of the pinnacle characters that ties everyone together, appearing and being mentioned in several films, including Machete and From Dusk 'Til Dawn 2. Another major kicker? Quentin Tarantino revealed that he believes Django and his lady love, Broomhilda Von Shaft, are the great-great grandparents of Shaft:
Her and Django will eventually have a baby, and then that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby, and that baby will have a baby ... and one of these days, John Shaft will be born.
Always good to know that some of the coolest heroes in Tarantino lore ended up spawning one of the baddest motherf***ers in town.
The Green Hornet was The Lone Ranger's Great-Nephew
While this may not still hold true, as the character rights belong to completely separate studios, the Green Hornet was once connected to the Lone Ranger himself. The two were connected via the lone ranger radio drama through a character named Dan Reid, who was originally the grandfather of Britt Reid - the Green Hornet - and the nephew of the Lone Ranger. Dan appeared in 2013's [The Lone Ranger](movie:24568) and had a son, Dan Reid Jr., who used to be the father of Britt. Unfortunately, Dan Jr. had already been re-characterized as James Reid in 2011's The Green Hornet. Alas, these very similar characters have no relation in cinema.
E.T. & Star Wars
Roll back the clock to the release of E.T. and you'll find a very blatant reference to Star Wars: In a scene that depicts E.T. and his earthling friends on Halloween, the little alien (dressed in a classic sheet ghost costume) spots a child dressed as Yoda from Star Wars, and starts crying out, "Home. Home!"
Originally, this scene was only suspected to be an Easter egg that Steven Spielberg added as a nod to his friend George Lucas' film franchise. But, decades later, the connection proved itself to be something much more substantial during a pivotal scene in The Phantom Menace.
This could easily just be George Lucas' nod back to Spielberg, but it's still really awesome to imagine that E.T. might have come from a galaxy far, far away (as opposed to our own).
Oceanic Airlines Tragedies: from Flipper to Lost
When Lost debuted, a viral marketing campaign launched via a website that posed as Oceanic Airlines, the brand behind the fatal Flight 815, which crash-landed on a deserted island and kicked off one of the most complex and popular shows of our modern times. But Oceanic Airlines and it's follies date back decades, endangering the lives of some truly iconic television characters... including Flipper the dolphin (who, luckily, was on a plane that crashed directly into the ocean and turned out a-ok). The airline has appeared or been mentioned in over 17 television shows, including Flashforward, Crossing Jordan, Pushing Daisies, Once Upon a Time, Chuck (who's title character had exclusive knowledge of Flight 815's crash), Abrams' earlier show Alias, and the '96 blockbuster Executive Decision (where another Oceanic flight is doomed, but this time, by terrorists).
The Pixar Universe Theory by Jon Negroni
Any article with multi-universe theories involved owes a nod to the extensive and incredible Pixar Universe theory, by our very own Jon Negroni. Jon's incredible research follows Pixar movies from the most popular to the most obscure, and connects movies in both surprising and almost painful ways. This theory connects all Pixar movies together in a seamless string of tie-ins, and is definitely worth the read.
Are there any TV or movie crossover universes that you particularly enjoy, or any that you think are related? Let me know in the comments and let's discuss!