With the new Avengers movie, there are now six movies that comprise this Marvel universe (Avengers, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Iron Man 2). Kevin Smith has used the same characters in six of his movies as well (Clerks, Clerks II, Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back). Pixar has at least eight movies that reference each other, but their characters do not, for the most part, interact across the movies (with the exception of Andy having a postcard from Carl and Ellie, and Buzz hacking at the branch that Heimlich is on). Tarantino is famous for having characters that exist in other Tarantino movies.
My question is this: What fictional universe has the most movies? Here are the criteria:
- Must be fictional.
- Must be at least one tie-in character that interacts with other characters. For example, Boo having a Jesse doll in Monsters, Inc. does not count, as the characters don't interact, but Carl and Ellie writing a postcard to Andy in Toy Story 3 does. Also, "interact" can include generational, even if they never meet (e.g. Frederick and Victor Frankenstein)
- No made for television movies. Theatrical releases only.
- No sequels. Unfair, I know, but otherwise Star Trek would be an easy guess at 11 and counting.
Fire up those geeky brain cells, give IMDB's servers a workout, and let's see what we can come up with. I'm setting the target at five (Avengers minus the Iron Man sequel and Kevin Smith minus the Clerks sequel). Who can top it?