Forget about the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a second. The most intriguing shared cinematic space out there belongs to Quentin Tarantino.
Yes, the man behind classics like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and many more has crafted clever connections between all his films.
YouTube channel Beyond the Frame have explored this in great detail with a video essay separating out QT’s two different universes – the Realer than Real World Universe and the Movie Universe.
Those are the names the man himself has given them, and you can dive right in by watching the 9-minute video below:
In both these heightened reality and comic-book violent worlds, Tarantino’s characters are often seen munching down on Big Kahuna Burgers or lightning up a Red Apple cigarette.
There’s also Teriyaki Donut, the strange fast food destination that mixes Japanese cuisine and donuts.
Easter eggs are dotted everywhere, such as English Pete Hicox (Tim Roth) from The Hateful Eight being the great-great-great grandfather of Michael Fassbender’s Archie Hicox in Inglourious Basterds.
Plus, there’s the well-known brothers Victor Vega (Michael Madsen) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta).
Tarantino was even planning to make an off-shoot movie with those characters at one point. Now, with the filmmaker set to retire after his next two films, it looks like it’ll end up being one of lost projects.