Over the years, superhero trilogies have become a mainstay of cinema for years to come. It initially started in the late 90s with the Blade trilogy and in the early 2000s with the original revolutionary Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, and now with the Marvel Cinematic Universe booming, it’s fair to say we have plenty of trilogies to dig into.
Arguably the most important installment of a trilogy is the first, it kicks things off and makes audiences eager to see what happens to the characters next. However, many trilogies have fallen into the trap of starting with a bang and then ending on a disappointing note and disappointing climax.
10 RoboCop’s underlying themes of corruption and capitalism were abandoned by Hollywood action and violence
The classic 1987 sci-fi action thriller RoboCop made history with its incredible opening film that mixes sci-fi action with dark humor and graphic violence. The film was directed by Peter Weller as RoboCop, a terminally injured cop turned half cyborg, who spends his time cleaning the streets of the city of Detroit.
Unfortunately, the next films in the trilogy fell short of the first and disappointed most of the fans. The underlying themes of corruption and capitalism were abandoned by Hollywood action and violence, leading to a disappointing ending to the trilogy.
9 Glass did not live up to the previous two films and suffered from too many plot twists and a messy plot
M. Night Shyamalan became one of the best up-and-coming directors in the world in the late 90’s after his incredible movie. The sixth Sense. He then went on to his next superhero movie. Unbreakable, starring Bruce Willis and his signature twisted plot endings. Almost 20 years later, he continued with his film. Pull apart, this time focusing on James McAvoy’s Kevin, who struggles with dissociative identity disorder.
Pull apart It was once again a great superhero movie, but when Shyamalan tried to combine both worlds in 2019 Glass, it fell short of the previous two films and suffered from too many plot twists and a messy plot.
8 the last film in the Blade trilogy is known to be a horrible movie
While it may not be as well known or popular as modern MCU movies, the Blade trilogy helped Marvel lay the foundation for the superhero genre with his human vs. vampire trilogy. Starring Wesley Snipes as the lead, and with a supporting cast that included Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds, the Blade movies were a huge hit with comic book fans, and while they weren’t perfect, they were very enjoyable.
However, the final film in the trilogy is well known for being a horrible movie and gained even more publicity for the wrong reasons, as major disagreements from star Wesley Snipes and director David Goyer led Snipes to refuse to participate in. certain scenes.
7 The latest installment in the original X-Men trilogy was a huge disappointment
2000s X Men kicked off the modern-day superhero genre with his ambitious film featuring a group of outcast mutants taking on their evil cohorts. With actors like Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman leading the line, the first installment in the trilogy had everything any fan could have asked for, from its hilarious lines and superhero action scenes to the dramatic tension between the heroes, they We got off to a great start.
And it kept getting better with an amazing sequel X2: X-Men UnitedWho can forget that iconic love triangle? But, in typical comic book movie style, the latest installment was once again a major disappointment, especially after the Dark Phoenix story was put aside for a bizarre plot about a “cure” for mutants.
6 Superman III didn’t have the same impact as the previous two and some fans thought it was too comical
Before Henry Cavill and DC’s recent adventures in Superman, Christopher Reeve directed the show with his Superman films in the late 1970s and ’80s. The cast, including The GodfatherMarlon Brando and Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, directed by Reeves, created one of the biggest box office hits ever seen in the 1978 classic.
The second film was also a cult classic as Superman returned to face General Zod, but then when the studio tried a blockbuster again, Superman iii It didn’t have the same impact as the previous two and some fans thought it was too comical.
5 The X-Men prequel trilogy left fans with a bitter taste in their mouths
After the classic X-Men trilogy It came to an end, the creators of the mutants decided to travel back in time and see what heroes were like when they were younger. Recasting characters like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen with a younger cast of James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender was a huge risk for the franchise, but it was definitely worth it initially.
X Men First generation helped revitalize the franchise and re-popularize the X-Men. The popularity grew even more with time travel. Days of future past, which many fans saw as one of the best X-Men movies of all time, but unfortunately, a flat third movie with the villain Apocalypse left fans with a bitter taste in their mouths.
4 The creative differences led to a messy ending for Spidey.
Before Tom Holland and Andrew Garfield’s later versions of the Friendly Neighborhood SpidermanTobey Maguire led the Marvel franchise in the iconic Sam Raimi trilogy. While it’s still up for debate today whether Maguire is the best interpretation of the web launcher ever, the movies still gave fans a taste of what superhero movies could be.
Featuring some of the greatest villains ever seen on screen in Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe, and Doc Oc, played by Alfred Molina, the films stand out as great superhero movies even today. However, things got complicated when Raimi and the studio had different ideas about the direction of the final installment, which unfortunately led to a messy ending for Spidey.
3 Sadly, Iron Man 3 did not live up to the first movie.
By starting the MCU emphatically, Robert Downey Jr. and John Favreau have become movie icons ever since. Iron Man hit theaters in 2008. Genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist Tony Stark was the perfect modern hero to lead the line when it came to Marvel movies, and it’s fair to say that he’s become a movie legend over all 23 movies. MCU since.
Following a near-perfect origin story is a tall order and Marvel didn’t do a horrible job, but the later films were far more forgettable than the first. They explored Tony Stark’s state of mind incredibly well, and who can forget that incredible ending to Iron Man 3, but sadly it didn’t live up to the first movie.
two The Matrix Revolutions made the series feel dragged down and lose its edge
Complex sci-fi and jaw-dropping action sequences are always a favorite with movie fans, but no one would have expected Matrix to be as revolutionary a movie as it turned out to be in 1999. After choosing the red pill and finally discovering the truth about his world, the hacker Neo embarks on a mission to lead a revolution against the Machine Army.
The first movie is one of the best movies of all time, let alone one of the best sci-fi classics, and the second installment was extremely enjoyable too, especially with its incredible action scenes, but in the third movie, the series felt drawn. and lost its edge.
1 The Dark Knight Rises felt like a small step backward for Christopher Nolan
Chrsipther Nolan is one of the best directors and writers in modern cinema. Of his space epic Interstellar to his war drama Dunkirk, he has hardly been wrong in his film career so far. Kicking the DC universe with Christian Bale’s Batman on The beginning of batman saw him reinvent the genre with a dark and realistic version of the vigilante.
Following the incredible The dark knightpossibly the greatest superhero movie of all time was always going to be a near impossible task, and in fairness to Nolan, The dark knight rises It was still a great movie, but due to its incredibly high standards and expectations from the previous two films, it felt like a small step back for the director.
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