Run The Series: Kevin Smith assembled a shared universe way before the Avengers
With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.
Casual movie fans may not be aware that former wise-ass hero Kevin Smith is currently in the middle of a cinematic trilogy. Even if they know his recent work, they might be more familiar with Yoga Hosers as a movie that got bad reviews at Sundance and may or may not have ever been theatrically released (it was!) than as the second installment of Smith’s planned Canadian-themed “True North” trilogy. Smith, undeterred, has claimed his next two films will be Moose Jaws, the conclusion of the True North trilogy, and Clerks III, a second sequel to his 1994 debut as a writer, director, and part-time actor.
This could earn Smith an unexpected but presumably welcome-to-him comparison with George Lucas. For all of his activity as a filmmaker and …