Die-hard fans of Quentin Tarantino’s films have speculated for years that all of his characters seem to exist in the same universe. Today their speculation is confirmed as Tarantino has announced that the films are in fact connected. Tarantino explains that there is the “realer than real” universe where all the characters live and a separate “movie universe” that all the characters talk about.
Similar to DC and Marvel, the connected universe is an ever-popular Hollywood convention. Here’s an essential breakdown of the connected universe of Tarantino’s films:
Pulp Fiction & Kill Bill
Remember that iconic diner scene in Pulp Fiction? Well, remember how Mia Wallace mentions over dinner to Vincent Vega that she had a short lived acting career? She filmed a pilot for a show called Fox Force Five. She plays: “the deadliest woman in the world with a knife.” Sound familiar?
Mind = Blown.
Reservoir Dogs / Pulp Fiction / Natural Born Killers
Reservoir Dogs, a film about a jewelry heist gone terribly wrong, features a cast of characters that all go by code names, with the exception of Mr. Blonde aka Vic Vega, a crazed, milkshake-sipping psychopath. Do we know another Vega in the Tarantino universe? WHY YES. The Jack Rabbit Slim dancing Vincent Vega. Vic Vega is fresh out of jail, his parole officer Seymour Scagnetti. Scagnetti has a crazy brother too. Det. Jack Scagnetti who tracks down serial killing lovers Micky and Mallory Knox in Natural Born Killers.
The resemblance is uncanny.
True Romance and Inglorious Bastards
Here’s another one. In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. White mentors a call girl named Alabama, who gets with an Elvis super fan named Clarence in True Romance. But before these star-crossed lovers can ride off into the sunset, they have to kill Alabama’s violent pimp leading them to run into Lee Donowitz -big shot producer- who they sell cocaine to. Flashback to World War II where Donowitz’s father is “The Bear Jew” in Inglorious Basterds.
Big Kahuna Burger
“That is a tasty burger!” Remember in that scene in Pulp Fiction where Jules helps himself to a tasty burger for breakfast? Well not only is this fictional food chain mentioned in Pulp Fiction, it’s mentioned in Death Proof, From Dusk Til Dawn, Reservoir Dogs and Four Rooms. WHAT. I could really go for a tasty burger right about now.
The Hateful 8
The only question Tarantino fans have on their minds is how The Hateful Eight is connected to all of the other films. We will see how this post-civil war film ties into the the next and final two Quentin Tarantino films. Will we see an appearance from Channing Tatum in Kill Bill: Vol. 3? Not confirmed but one can only hope.