Movies have evolved throughout the last decade and many Hollywood studios have taken inspiration from Kevin Feige’s work at the Marvel Studios. The immense success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has proved that any studio can have a franchise that gives high-end returns.

As a result, the franchises, influenced by the MCU, lead to many failed attempts but there were few iconic ones too. They didn’t only manage to get sequels but also inspired prequels and spin-offs. Here are a few of them:

1. John Wick


Keanu Reeves‘ comeback in John Wick went on to become a great blockbuster franchise of the decade and no one expected it to fair that well. The franchise could have been an average revenge thriller but was elevated thanks to Keanu Reeves’ acting and commitment to the role. There are amazing neo-noir visuals and are jam-packed with intense action scenes. And not to forget that unique puppy murder which was the entire reason for the revenge motivation.

Since then, John Wick has been getting sequels (absolutely deserving ones) which have further pushed Reeves to great lengths and also introduced him to a much larger mass of the henchmen world. And there is another spin-off film and even a spin-off TV series that are in development. It could be safe to say that the franchise now has some loyal cult following. Like who doesn’t love Keanu, right?


2.  Kingsman

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The “franchise” started off with a young lad, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin who has to face many challenges and tasks when he is recruited as a secret agent in a secret spy organization in order to look out for Richmond Valentine who is an eco-terrorist.

It is adapted from the Kingsman comics and it has won over fans all over the globe. Till now the first installment is considered to be the best, yet the Kingsman films have given us a great antidote to modern spy thrillers which are taken too seriously with some rough sensibility and don’t have quirky gadgets. Fans love those from the series though.

3. Hotel Transylvania

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Being a daughter of a Dracula can’t be that tough right? But things aren’t that great for Mavis. Her father “Count” Dracula runs a high-end resort for monsters around the world but is extremely overprotective of his daughter. And when a human, Johnny mistakenly enters the hotel for “monsters”, Dracula tries his best to make sure Mavis doesn’t fall for him. The movie went on to have a successful franchise spin-off from the classic Universal Monster films.

Adam Sandler as Dracula, Kevin James as Frankenstein’s monster, David Spade as Invisible Man, and Steve Buscemi as the Wolf Man added the fresh and delightful take on the lore.


4. The DC Extended Universe



Seeing Marvel Studio gain immense success with their superhero cinematic universe, it did not take Warner Bros. much time to create their own with DC Comics properties. Of course, DC Extended Universe has failed to be as consistent as Marvel’s big-screen output, but there are some really great moments as well.

The DCEU was a big letdown especially to their loyal fans when it came to some (expectedly big) films like Batman v Superman and the original Suicide Squad, however, films like Aquaman, Shazam!, Wonder Woman, and The Suicide Squad certainly stand out among memorable films.


5. The Lego Movie

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When they initially announced The Lego Movie, it was dismissed as a feature-length computer-animated “toy commercial”. But thanks to the Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, The Lego Movie, did so much better than anyone expected.

The story and the characters were vibrant. However, not every installment has proved to be an instant classic, but the Lego Batman is regarded as one of the best Batman films, even though it was an animated spoof.

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