I love cinematic universes. Some people hate them, some people believe they are destroying movies as we know them, and some even go so far as to say they have ruined the film industry altogether. But, personally, I love them, which isn’t a surprise to anyone who knows me. There’s something about how it all connects, dissecting every little piece of dialogue or set piece in the background that just makes it very exciting for me. So in the spirit of loving cinematic universes here’s The 2/5’s top 5.
5.) DC Extended Universe
It probably doesn’t surprise anyone these films made it to the bottom of the list. A lot of people try to tell me I don’t like them because I’m a Marvel guy or Rotten Tomatoes is out to get them, but the truth is…..DC just is making bad films. Personally, I liked Man of Steel, it wasn’t maybe what everyone thought and while it wasn’t as good of a launch for a franchise as say Iron Man was for Marvel, it still was a solid first entry. Unfortunately, the following two films, Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad, were a total bust, and while Wonder Woman was fantastic, dare I say wonderful, with the potential to turn it all around, Justice League did not capitalize on its success. Here at The 2/5 we like to stay positive so I will continue to hope they can turn this franchise around, but if I had to guess, I would say it might be too late to save it.
Oh, the X-Men. If there was ever a franchise I had conflicting feelings about, it would be this one. The X-Men kinda kicked off the whole superhero movie genre and launched it into the mainstream with the first film, X-Men in 2000. Since then it has just been a rollercoaster of a ride. Some films, Such as X-Men 1 and 2, are sooooooo good, while others, like Wolverine Origins and X-Men The Last Stand, are terrible. This all makes me want to thank the X-men movies and not like them at the same time. But no matter how we all feel about these films, at least we have Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in our hearts and minds forever.
3.) Marvel Cinematic Universe
For everyone who knows me this is probably the biggest shocker on the list. Why isn’t this franchise at the top? Well, you’ll find out with the next two. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is what started this whole cinematic universe craze. When they first started developing the concept and producing the films, a lot of people didn’t think it could work at all. Then came The Avengers and everything changed. The only flaw with the MCU is, while they have great tv shows from Agents of Shield, Daredevil, and Runaways, to name a few, the film side of the universe continues to leave the television side unacknowledged, despite “It’s All Connected”. But even with this flaw, the films continue to be the gold standard in cinematic universes today, still not having one film to strike out completely with critics or fans and it’s a money making machine to boot.
2.) Star Wars
The godfather of them all. Star Wars is kinda an interesting choice for the catagory of cinematic universe. It didn’t start out with the intention of being anything more than a sci-fi film. But as we all know now, it has grown into a multi-media powerhouse, not only in film, but tv, books, comics and more. Star Wars is, to me at least, one of the greatest stories ever told, and it’s only getting better.
1.) The Arrowverse
The Arrowverse consists of tv shows, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Why did this franchise, beat out the likes of the MCU and Star Wars? Because they are committed to the model and work hard to include every character and storyline into each show and cross over. The writing is done so well it allows characters in Arrow to talk about events in The Flash and characters can just pop up at any moment from one show to the next. Not to mention the annual crossover events where they bring all four shows together to tell one seamless story, allowing any character from any show to have a moment or storyline with any other.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed our top 5!