2018 was a great year for a lot of big blockbuster franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Films like Black Panther, Aquaman, Infinity War, Mission Impossible and countless others dominated cinemas internationally. For some franchises, 2018 even acted as a much needed revival. Now, it’s time for us to take a glance at this year’s top movie franchises!
1. Mission Impossible
Mission Impossible: Fallout was a major break for Tom Cruise and more importantly, the Mission Impossible franchise. Some of Cruise’s biggest fans had slowly been losing support for the big budget actor after The Mummy proved to have diminishing returns and failed critically which caused them to question how this film would turn out. However, Fallout was a masterpiece on nearly every level. It had some of the best action scenes that I’ve ever witnessed in an action film and in the entire franchise. The plot and some of the twists had me at the edge of my seat from the opening credits to the end credits, which should be expected. Ethan Hunt is prepared to eat Agent 007’s lunch!
2. DC Extended Universe
Wonder Woman served as a much-needed revival for the DC Extended Universe, which has been met with endless struggles after Batman v Superman failed to capture the interest of even the most die-hard of DC supporters. However, this year was a big year for the DC brand and its fans who are still reeling from the pain that they felt after Justice League only grossed $600 million at the box office. They all had hoped for Aquaman to regain their goodwill, which it arguably has. The fishy epic starring Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa has managed to please critics who have often been opposed to what WB has offered with the DCEU and audiences who have frequently given a mixed to positive view on the franchise.
I think all of us were expecting a stand-alone movie for Optimus Prime, but Bumblebee will just have to do for now. After The Last Knight barely broke even at the box office and news that the sixth film was pulled from the schedule, fans had begun to wonder if the Transformers franchise had finally collapse. This rumored collapse is not true thanks to Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight. Knight was able to restore the magic of the Transformers and give us a welcome throwback to the old 1980’s cartoon with Bumblebee. If future Transformers outings follow his model, then we can expect to have a good time and be excited to see the Robots in Disguise on the big screen again. A feeling that I don’t think fans have fully felt since the announcement of the first film.
4. Marvel Cinematic Universe
The box office juggernaut franchise was already on its zenith when it entered 2018 after Thor Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 smashed records last year. At this point, the only question that MCU die-hards can ask is if it can get any better? Black Panther became one of the highest grossing MCU ever, served as a cultural phenomenon, and is a Best Picture hopeful. However, it was only an appetizer for the main course that MCU fans have been dying to feast on for ten years. The Avengers: Infinity War was widely well-received by critics and the audience while smashing records at the box office after hitting $2.05 billion, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe outing to do so.
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