Marvel confirms Transformers and MCU Shared Universe | Popgen Tech
In the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Drax and Mantis seem to confirm that there is a race of Transformer-like robot vehicles in the MCU.
In The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday SpecialDrax seems to confirm that Transformers live somewhere in the MCU. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special not only reunites Peter Quill with his idol Kevin Bacon, but also reveals some important details about the MCU. For example, it reveals that Mantis is Star-Lord’s sister, that many real-life actors inhabit the same universe as Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers, and that other non-Marvel pop culture franchises are widely known within of the MCU.
When Drax The Destroyer and Mantis visit Hollywood, they meet cosplayers wearing costumes from pirates of the caribbean, Transformers, and the Avengers themselves. But just as Mantis mistakes a Captain America cosplayer for the real Steve Rogers, Drax thinks a Transformers the cosplayer is the GoBot robot that killed his cousin. What’s even more surprising here is that Mantis is explicitly referring to GoBots, a lesser-known brand of robots than Transformerswhich seems to exist somewhere outside of the MCU.
Why GOTG Proves The MCU And Transformers Are A Shared Universe
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is a very meta MCU chapter with an appearance by Kevin Bacon, cosplayers, and the mention of DC’s Batman. In memory of Kevin Bacon in Footless and friday the 13th, it also reminds audiences of Star-Lord’s Earthly origins and his limited knowledge of Earth pop culture beyond the late 1980s. The fact that Mantis already knows a tragic part of Drax’s backstory suggests that, in fact, a Transformer-like robot did in fact kill Drax’s cousin, but it could also suggest that they started calling Drax. “GoBots“ because Peter Quill linked them Transformers‘ competing line of robot toys from the ’80s.
However, that means that living robots that can transform into vehicles will likely exist in the MCU. This may not come as a surprise after the MCU’s introduction of vampires, werewolves, demons, gods, and wizards, but it could have major implications. A whole race of Transformers-style robots can live their own adventures like the characters from the actual Transformers franchise, possibly with their own extensive knowledge that may or may not be similar to the eternal war between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Because the MCU has explored all kinds of world mythology, horror legends like Universal’s monsters, and even the real-life Marvel Studios itself, incorporating Marvel’s version of GoBots or Transformers into the MCU is not out of left field.
Could the MCU and Transformers Cross-Over?
Surprisingly, the Transformers franchise is closer to Marvel’s MCU and non-MCU characters than expected. While the Transformers were originally owned by Hasbro, they began starring in their own Marvel Comics storylines in 1984. Some legal issues prevented some characters from being considered canon by Hasbro, but those robot has been a success at Marvel for several years. However, Paramount holds the live-action rights Transformers franchise, which it co-produced and distributed with Dreamworks. Since even working together on a solo film for Hulk or Namor is unlikely for Disney and Universal, it’s safe to say that co-producing an MCU-Transformers crossover with Paramount is off the table for Marvel Studios.
However, some form of highly intelligent robotic vehicles may exist in the MCU, albeit uncalled “Transformers” o “GoBots.” As the music-fueled Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special shows, naming the removal of an extraneous character like Batman for a joke doesn’t actually violate any copyright rules. However, if the MCU is going to introduce an eccentric billionaire vigilante dressed in black, a lot of changes will have to be made, starting with the name.
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