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What’s Going on with the Modern Movie Franchise?

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“The Marvels” publicity poster.

It’s November 2016, you just got out of school, and the new “Trolls” movie comes out. You just went to the movie theaters to watch it, and you loved it. Now fast forward to this year, when the new “Trolls” movie comes out, and it’s not doing too hot.

We could have all the movies in the world, but if the movie is rushed, its quality may suffer. There isn’t always a need to immediately release a sequel or make other follow-up movies.

For example, since the release of “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel’s newer movies like “Captain Marvel” and “The Marvels” lack the personality of previous installments.

Exceptions like “Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse,” which made hundreds of millions in profit and got great feedback, had both “personality” and a previous fandom making the series popular.

However, in other cases, that doesn’t mean that a series should constantly release new films.

So how was “Spiderman: Across the Spider-Verse” successful where other franchise additions were not? First, they took time to release the movie—three years after the previous film—instead of rushing it. And the story and character backgrounds were solid.

There were also a number of hidden details which could not be easily spotted and made the film intriguing. The same can be said for the recent “Barbie” movie.

Often when a series rushes out additional movies, they become too predictable.

How did movies without a deep moral meaning behind them see the same success? They grew from fandoms that were previously established. Two great examples of this would be the “Five Nights at Freddy’s” movie and the new “Hunger Games” movie. Both have had large followings for many years, with the books coming out years before the movies were made. (And in the case of “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” it had nine video games that came before the movie.)

How can future movies be more watchable and enjoyable? They should slow down their releases rather than following the always-producing Marvel model.

They can make their stories more lively and understandable, and add hidden details that make the movie worth watching.

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  • LoganFeb 5, 2024 at 11:10 PM

    I feel the same way. Recently, Marvel movies have been flat and underwhelming leading me to stop watching them altogether. They should stop trying to make a new generation of characters and instead bring back some classics that we all know and love.

  • Katie GhazanfariFeb 4, 2024 at 3:46 PM

    I highly agree. There are a lot of great marvel movies, but they should spend more time trying to make the movies more enjoyable than just trying to get something out there to the public that might not be as profitable or enjoyable.

  • Isabel AvilaFeb 1, 2024 at 10:09 AM

    I agree, that movie franchises like Marvel have lost what made their movie magical, they need to give the audience someone to love. By quickly creating characters like Ms. Marvel I lack any connection with her character making it hard to want to root for her. But compared to the “Barbie” movie I already had a connection with her from my childhood making it so exciting watching her succeed. I wanted desperately for her to come out of the situation on top but it’s hard to root for someone I don’t know(Ms. Marvel). As you said, “Often when a series rushes out additional movies, they become too predictable.” The old movie formula is getting old and it is about time for a new one.