Franchise Fred is pleased there are enough ongoing franchises these days to narrow it down to the 10 Best Franchise Movies every year. Honorable mention to Ready Player One for turning the fan service book into something fun, The Meg (bring on more Meg!) and Bumblebee.
9. Ocean’s 8 – Every bit the zippy heist caper of the 11-13 trilogy. You can read my full review.
7-8. Infinity War/Black Panther – A tie between Marvel’s two great achievements this year. Black Panther gave the first black comic book superhero a billion dollar success, and Infinity War juggled the characters from 18 films and gave them all something to do.
6. Paddington 2 – A lovely franchise that I hope continues. My full review.
5. Creed II – Furthering my belief that sequels can rectify poor choices earlier in the franchise, they made a Creed style drama starring the Rocky series’ most cartoonish villain. Stallone says it’s his last one. I could see him sitting out Creed III but then a Creed IV where Adonis needs his old trainer back would be cool.
4. Halloween – Halloween H2O is still my favorite, but I love that we got another awesome story of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) growing up to take down Michael Myers once and for all, for the second time.
3. Teen Titans GO! To The Movies – I was not watching the Cartoon Network series but this movie made me set my DVR. A hilarious takedown of superhero movies not limited to the DCverse.
2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – I tied Spider-Verse with Titans and another animated movie on my best of the year list, but as franchises go I think what this does for Spider-Man is profound. Not only can we have parallel movie storylines, like comic books do, but we can have good Spider-Man movies again.
1. Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Few franchises deliver as consistently as Mission: Impossible has since part three. There wasn’t a Fast and the Furious this year, so the new Mission: Impossible easily delivered the most satisfying action blockbusters of the year.