It’s starting to become the newest cliche idea. DC, whether acknowledging it onscreen or not, is getting a multiverse with the existence of separate, parallel TV universes. Terminator, if it continues as a franchise from the Genisys storyline, incorporates multiple dimensions in a way that is ultimately meant to allow all previous iterations to still exist in continuity. Star Trek now has two timelines plus the Mirror universe.
And now it seems Ghostbusters might, too. Over at Nerd Report, Fred Topel (who writes for us sometimes) got to talk to Drew Pearce, who wrote a draft of the Ghostbusters movie that’s meant to follow Paul Feig’s – the “male” one with Channing Tatum. Fred specifically asked about Venkman, Stantz and Spengler being in or out of continuity, and here’s what he said:
“It’s interesting, my idea may allow them the ability to connect everything,” Pearce said. “It’s kind of a choice above my pay grade but on a level of imagination and creativity, I would love to see a world where all of the things were a shared universe. It’s just more attractive for a massive fan of Ghostbusters like me.”
Since Spengler’s dead and Venkman doesn’t want to be involved, I’m not sure what the point would be – but fans of continuity porn might be happy. And if Marvel plans their own Multiverse, rumored to be a concept in Dr. Strange, they’d maybe better hurry up and introduce it before it’s totally played out.