Spider-Man 3, Superman III, Blade: Trinity, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Dark Knight Rises, and for me personally Iron Man 3. These are not very good films, especially when looking at the films they followed (notwithstanding Iron Man 2). It seems studios for the longest time have trouble with their franchises moving forward. What gives?
That could all depend on the circumstances prior to the start of production on that third film. Some directors decided to move on, like Bryan Singer after X2: X-Men United and Richard Donner after Superman II. Other directors stay on board for a bit too long like Sam Raimi with Spider-Man, although its very possible the studio’s influence helped doom that third film. Then of course there’s “cash grab” on the studio’s part, which is what Blade: Trinity felt like.
Let’s take a quick step outside of Marvel and DC Comics and look at other films like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 and Men in Black 3. One film changed the look of the turtles we love, for something that looked more creepy than cool. The other film overstayed its welcome, despite me being a big Will Smith fan. The point I’m getting at is third films based on comic books have not done so well in the past. I’m hoping that’ll change in the next couple years. Marvel, despite my feelings for Iron Man 3, is in a position to do so.
Next year’s Captain America: Civil War is the third Captain America solo film, and it looks very promising. In 2017, we’re getting Thor: Ragnorak which will be the third (and likely last) film for Thor. Let’s not also forget 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which technically serves as a third film in the soft reboot for the franchise, which started with First Class. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
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