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Movie Franchises That Should’ve Never Been Franchises

A franchise to a beloved film is always a gamble. Every studio wants the success of MCU or Star Trek, but in their haste to build a franchise, they overlook one detail: ensuring the movie’s plot and continuity function.

Here are several examples of franchising that have ruined an otherwise enjoyable movie experience:

1. Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park franchise
An enraged dinosaur from the Jurassic Park movie.

Okay, before anyone dishes any hate, let it be established that the first movie, Jurassic World, was absolutely enjoyable. The narrative, on the other hand, is definitely a closed circle. There isn’t anything fresh that can be done with the plot. As a result, the only way to make it function is to redo the first one. Despite the fact that the Jurassic Park films were marketed as sequels, they were plainly reboots of the original film.

2. Jaws

The shark from the Jaws franchise
The Shark from Jaws that terrorizes the town.

Jaws (1975) is still regarded as one of the best horror films of all time, decades after its premiere. Four of them, on the other hand, were completely unnecessary. The technological prowess and quality of each subsequent Jaws film deteriorates. The narrative is also not particularly complex; the shark terrorizes the town, and Brody kills it. As a result, despite the success of the first film, it should never have become a franchise.

3. Transformers

A movie from the Transformers franchise
Cover poster of the 2007 Transformers movie.

Many people’s childhood memories include the Transformers series. There’s no arguing that it was just good fun at the beginning. However, the enjoyment has now degraded into a cacophony of explosive, teenage humor-filled noise. Nevertheless, despite much criticism, the franchise is still running strong. There was even talk of developing a Transformers Cinematic Universe at one time. However, we’re not sure if the attempt will be worthwhile.

4. Terminator

Poster of movie from Terminator franchise
Poster of Terminator: Genisys, another addition to the Terminator Franchise.

Although the Terminator franchise features a few decent films, most of them are equally poor. But how many times can the Terminator franchise recycle the same concept before it becomes stale? The plot has always focused on safeguarding the savior of mankind from a robotic invader from the future, with a few small tweaks that have no significant impact on the main premise. It’s safe to say that things are beginning to seem a little stagnant, and it’s time to say goodbye now.

5. X-Men

Characters from the X-Men franchise
Team of Mutants from the X-Men Movies.

Although a squad of mutants with extraordinary skills saving the planet is undeniably amazing, things have stagnated after all this time. Logan is the eighth picture in the X-Men franchise, and Deadpool 2 will be the ninth, with no hint of the series coming to an end. On their own, the first three films were fantastic. However, the designers’ frequent editing and additions give the impression that they are dissatisfied with their work and are always striving to improve it.

Extensive franchises proliferate in today’s cinema, many of which have lasted well beyond their prime. Some of the aforementioned ones may be financially successful and may even survive for a longer period of time. However, this list is about the audience’s waste of time and energy that has to be accounted for in these films.

 

 

Written by Alfeeya Pathan

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