With the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominating the box office
for the past decade, creating a shared universe has become the number one
priority for many studios. And it’s clear why: a cinematic universe can provide
fans with multi-layered looks at their favorite characters, with arcs spanning
over multiple movies. The possibilities seem endless, with filmmakers given
large scope to explore the universes they’ve been given the reigns to.
Sadly, however, every franchise can’t be the MCU, and often
times these attempts fall flat on their faces. From not understanding the roots
of the franchise, to just straight overconfidence in the IP, there are many
reasons why so many studios can’t seem to get their cinematic universes off the
ground. Often times, a lack of understanding why the MCU works so well in the
first place is the issue, with studios so eager to have their very own
Avengers, they skip over the important stepping stones to get there.
Some of the attempts on this list do have successful and
solid movies in their line-up, but we’re not looking at the quality of specific
movies. Rather, we’re looking at the feeble attempts that these studios took to
establish a cinematic universe without precedent or need.