Table of content    
  1. James Bond
  2. Jurassic Park
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean
  4. Transformers
  5. Avatar
  6. Mission Impossible
  7. Star Wars
  8. The Fast Saga
  9. The DCEU
  10. The MCU

10 Massive Movie Franchises That Can Go On Forever

Have you heard about “Good things come in threes”? It’s an effective and lifelong formula for most Hollywood blockbusters nowadays. By making their films into a series or a trilogy, the studio attracts a lot more fans, since everyone loves movie franchises. Franchises also allow for world expansion and deeper character exploration, which is a satisfying experience for fans, especially if the films are adapted from a big-shot novel. Besides, they often create a sense of anticipation and excitement, as fans will eagerly await the next installment, and so on.

However, no matter how good or well-written a franchise can be, if they are dragged on for too long, the quality will drop and the series itself will get stale eventually in the eyes of the audience. Such cases happened with the more recent movie franchises, such as Fast and Furious Saga or Transformers, but the next entries for these Movies just keep coming one after another, with no sign of stopping any time soon. While we’re here, let’s take a look at these 10 most iconic movie franchise that shows keeps dragging on forever, and somehow the fans are still paying big bucks to see the next part.


#1. James Bond

One of the oldest movie franchises up to date, the James Bond series has a whopping total of 27 entries, with 6 different actors portraying the legendary agent through over 6 decades. Now, with Daniel Craig steps down from the role, Pinewood Studios is trying to find a worthy successor to take the iconic mantle. Despite having released 27 titles so far, the James Bond heat isn’t going to die down any time soon, as almost every movie in the franchise is well-loved by both fans and critics.


#2. Jurassic Park

Everyone loves dinosaurs, and that’s why the Jurassic Park movies keep coming one after another. After the first trilogy’s success, a reboot trilogy was followed in 2015, and proves how the ancient reptile mania still hasn’t died down after all these years. After all, who needs a well-written plot when you can have a T-Rex and a Spinosaurus fighting to their death at the end of every movie?

There hasn’t been any information about the next title yet, but judging from the franchise’s success so far, it’s hard to think Universal Studios won’t release a new dinosaur movie in the near future.


#3. Pirates of the Caribbean

Source: Walt Disney

Following the wobbling footsteps of the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow, fans are in for a treat with the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, which was considered one of the best trilogies in Hollywood’s history. However, things start going downhill in terms of quality since the fourth part. On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales receive negative reviews from the pundits, but hardcore fans still flood the theaters to see Jack Sparrow in action.  A Pirate of the Caribbean 6 is currently under production, however, it is unsure if Depp with make his return as the legendary pirate, especially after his recent incident with the House of Mouse.


#4. Transformers

In terms of plot, Transformer has no plot. Fans don’t need one either, as we just want to see the robot transformation and the epic mechanical battle on the big screen. Including the Bumblebee spin-off and the newest addition Rise of the Beasts, the franchise is now on its 8th title, and the introduction of the Maximals in the latest entry could only mean one thing: more robot fights and Michael Bay’s trademark exploding sequences in the horizon.


#5. Avatar

Unlike the rest of the movies in this list, the franchise only has two movies so far, and both are critically acclaimed by both fans and pundits. Following the first two’s success, director James Cameron plans to release not one, but three sequels about the planet of Pandora in the span of 2025 to 2028. The third part, which is rumored to be called The Seed Bearer, is in its later stages of production and is set to release on December 19, 2025. It seems like the Avatar franchise won’t end anytime soon.


#6. Mission Impossible

The American version of James Bond, the action franchise led by Tom Cruise is also on its seventh movie, with the latest one to be released this July. Moreover, the eighth installment, Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 2, is also set to premiere next year. The upcoming eighth movie is said to be Tom Cruise’s last appearance in the franchise, but knowing Paramount Pictures, they might let someone else takes on the moniker of Ethan Hunt eventually.


#7. Star Wars

Source: Lucasfilm

Amassed over 10.3 million worldwide over its 12 movies, the Star Wars franchise is showing no sign of stopping at all. We all thought Star Wars: Return of the Jedi would be the last of the franchise, however, 20th Century Fox continues to release a sequel trilogy with a brand-new protagonist, and multiple spin-off series such as The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars. The sky, no, the universe is the limit for the epic franchise, and the studio is making sure that they’re milking it to the very last drop.


#8. The Fast Saga

There is no well-written plot in the Fast Saga, only intense car chases, epic explosions, more intense car chases, and the most important aspect of all: Family. It’s a good ol’ repetitive recipe that has made the franchise successful so far, now to their tenth installment, and the eleventh and twelfth are already on the horizon. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel)’s little family keeps expanding with each entry, and each time the battle is brought to a higher level. The show is getting ridiculous at the moment, but as long as the audience still buying tickets, why stop now?


#9. The DCEU

Source: IMDb

Begins in 2013, the DC Extended Universe has released a total of 12 movies so far. While the franchise is quite inconsistent in terms of quality, the big comic names such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash is quite enough to keep fans coming to the box offices. With its vast amounts of superheroes waiting to be brought to the big screen, there is still much room for the DCEU to improve, and if they can do it right, the franchise can go on forever.


#10. The MCU

Source: Marvel

In terms of filmmaking and world-building, Marvel Studios is several steps ahead of its rivals. The studio manages to utilize its strong source material, and successfully brings its superheroes to life with consistent writing and quality. The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps expanding with every new title, and is now heading to explore the concept of the Multiverse, which has so much potential to be exploited. 

While the recent Phase 4 hasn’t quite lived up to the expectation, Marvel’s loyal fanbase and its promising upcoming projects will keep the saga running strong for at least another decade or two.

Can you think of any similar Hollywood series that shows no signs of ending? Let us know in the comment.

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