Eliza and her guests, Jemarc Axinto of Gamers Guide and NYC filmmaker Millicent Cho, discuss franchise features like Marvel, Star Wars, and Transformers. Are these movies just indie film destroyers and creative blockers? Are they basically killing the film industry?
Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel Studios has released 20 different superhero movies that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This has contributed to the increase in cinematic soap operas. In other words, there is no such thing as a standalone superhero movie. They are all intricately and haphazardly tied together in increasingly convoluted ways.
These franchises have backed themselves into a corner; they've become overstuffed and chaotic with the constant need to sustain themselves for the sequels to come.
Lastly, one of the main reasons movie studios are pushing so hard for franchises is because we are smack in the middle of the golden era of television, with HBO and Netflix leading the way.
Also included is a discussion about Netflix’s latest original movie, Bandersnatch.