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G.I. Joe to become film universe that includes Micronauts and ROM

(Jaimie Trueblood)

The Joes are finally joining a cinematic universe with other Hasbro properties, but not the ones that fans were hoping for. 

No, there won’t be a G.I. Joe-Transformers team-up movie, but Paramount and Hasbro have announced that the action series will continue on in a larger cinematic world that will also include Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), and ROM. 

“Paramount and Hasbro have had a longstanding relationship and we’re proud of the success we’ve enjoyed on the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises,” Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey said. “We’re excited to grow our agreement and make even more movies based upon these popular and powerful Hasbro characters and their worlds.”

While it’s not the Transformers crossover people had been hoping for, the news does answer a question about the future of ROM, a character known primarily from Marvel Comics. As the superhero company prepped Guardians of the Galaxy, there had been some question whether the Space Knight could appear, as director James Gunn is a very passionate fan of the character. But as the filmmaker explained, ROM is not owned by Marvel. 

The plan for this expanded universe is to create a writers room, similar to what Paramount has already done with the Transformers sequel, that will include “some of the most notable creative talent in Hollywood.”

Does this mean that we can hope to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s Micronauts by 2020?