1) The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
Not to be confused with the Major Crimes Unit of any major metro police force, the MCU has been the inventor and standard-bearer of this whole concept. No one had before attempted a filmic experiment this ballsy, and Marvel had the perfect platform to work from. This is the one that everybody is chasing, and chase they will, while the Kingpin keeps on charging along.
2) The DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU)
This ones initials sound more like a college. With 1 movie under its utility belt and another one coming on full-speed, this is the first entity to race to catch up with Marvel. They have laid out their battle-plan and are sure to stick with it, even if many of the elements are still in the dark to the general public. Like Marvel, we know with certainty whats coming from them in the next few years.
3) The Star Wars Continue-Verse
The 6 existing films are just the beginning with this one. Expect to see at least one film from this franchise every year until a Long, Long Time from now. This will expand into a massive beast that will make everything Lucas had done up to this point look like an indie-cinema Kickstarter drive. And being Disney-owned, it operatively has full reign to cross over with the MCU. That would be quite a mega movie event indeed.
4) The FOX-Marvel Timeline
The second cinematic universe birthed by Marvel properties is under the dominion of Fox Studios, and not likely to revert to the Disney side of Marvel anytime in the immediate future. With franchises like X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the dozens if not hundreds of useable characters associated with these stories, this connected universe could be as big as anything else on the market. The question is: what has Fox learned from DisneyMarvel? I suspect we’ll start to see with the arrival of 2016’s Deadpool.
4) The Hasbro Cinematic Universe (BroVerse?)
Under the guidance of Overlord Mike Bay, this could develop into something…worthy of study?? Fusing all the 80’s childhood favorites into a giant pancake reality could produce fan-gasmic results. But it could also get out of hand. Transformers, Ninja Turtles, and G.I. Joe all sharing the same screen space?! It would definitely be wacky, that’s for sure.
5) The Universal MonsterVerse
There has been rumblings about this project for a little while now. Universal would be pulling their classic film monsters out of the dustbin and uniting them into a terrifying screen force. This concept has been tested before in films like The Monster Squad, but seeing it put into high-gear production could be very entertaining. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, etc. have been with us since the early decades of film itself, and now these brands are going to be put on steroids.