All in the Same Universe
When tweeting about this news, Entwistle once again gave the name of “Power Rangers universe” to describe what he’s working on. The Deadline article also refers to it as a “universe of multiple series.” You could read the use of “universe” as a simple way to refer to everything in development but the fact that Lombardo says that their plan is a “whole-world approach” makes it seem like everything will be connected. The non-kid shows, the films, and the kids shows could all be connected in one universe.
That is a massive undertaking and something not even the MCU has done. While the MCU has included films and TV shows aimed at an older audience, the kids’ shows Marvel has produced have very clearly been in their own universes and only draw inspiration from the MCU (though this looks to change soon if the new Spider-Man: Freshman Year animated series is aimed at kids). Balancing all of the tones that would be needed to make this work could be a challenge but if the non-kid shows and films don’t go harder than a PG-13 then it’s more than possible.
The only question this leaves is if the show will continue to utilize the Japanese Super Sentai footage or not. It would be extremely difficult to plan a universe of shows if Hasbro and eOne don’t have full control over what footage they’d be getting from Japan.
All on Netflix
Last month we learned that the second season of Power Rangers Dino Fury would be a U.S. Netflix exclusive, though it’s unlikely this is meant as part of the new Power Rangers universe. Production began on it long before plans for this new universe were announced and executive producer Simon Bennett had previously told us he’s had no contact with Entwistle.
Still, Dino Fury season 2 coming exclusively to U.S. Netflix was a sign of things to come since all of these new shows and films have been, as Deadline puts it, “set up at Netflix.” This means that all of the new shows in the Power Rangers universe will be on the same platform, which makes perfect sense if you wanted to have that big of an interconnected universe.
This news makes it clear that Netflix is all in on Power Rangers and will be the home of the new Power Rangers universe going forward. This is a time of tremendous change for the franchise and if Hasbro, eOne, and Netflix can pull it off they’ll have one of the most unique interconnected universes yet. However, these are all just plans. We’ll have to wait and see how they pan out as they’re released. Multiple franchises have failed to make an interconnected universe work and Power Rangers has the uphill battle of shedding its “cheesy” kid-show reputation. We can’t wait to see how they tackle it.
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