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10 Exact Moments That Made Fans Hate Movie Franchises

Whether it’s a character being changed beyond recognition, an abrupt shift in tone or a singularly ridiculous or stupid moment, your enjoyment and trust of a movie series can all be thrown out in a matter of seconds – and this lot proved it.

10. ALAN! – Jurassic Park III

Universal Pictures

Though not as good as Spielberg’s masterful original, 1997’s The Lost World is by no means a terrible movie. With the delightful Jeff Goldblum leading the charge and some truly brilliant sequences (like the cliff scene), it still left the Jurassic Park series in good shape.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Jurassic Park III. With annoying, stupid characters, a bare-bones plot and a lack of Spielberg magic, even with a brief 92-minute runtime, it was a slog to get through. The entire movie is a textbook forgettable blockbuster, save for one short moment near the beginning that definitely ismemorable – but not for the right reasons.

While flying towards Isla Sorna, Dr. Alan Grant has a nightmare that a velociraptor is sitting across from him on the plane, calling out to him by name. Not only did this turn the franchise’s flagship beast into a joke, but it marked the point where the dinos themselves were no longer scary, a problem that still plagues the series with the recent Jurassic World instalments.

The reaction to Jurassic Park III, as a whole, was decidedly negative, and it buried the franchise under a pile of dino crap for the next 14 years. And to this day, “ALAN!” is still shorthand for its poor quality.

9. Newt & Hicks Are Killed Off – Alien 3

20th Century Fox

One of the reasons James Cameron’s Aliens is so great is that its wide cast of characters don’t all blur together, with the likes of Hicks, Vasquez, Newt, Bishop and Hudson all getting a moment (or two) to shine.

Sadly, out of the human characters, only Newt and Hicks – two massive fan favourites – survived the movie, along with protagonist Ripley. On the plus side, this perfectly set up Alien 3 for a story involving three characters that fans adored a great deal.

Or so you’d think.

Instead, Newt and Hicks were killed off right as Alien 3 started, dying in an escape pod crash. This felt like a massive middle-finger to fans who’d spent years waiting for a sequel to Aliens, a movie that spent over two hours building up the relationships between Ripley, Newt and Hicks, only for Alien 3 to throw all that work away in a matter of seconds.

It’s maddening that two amazing characters were killed off in such a flippant fashion, and the already-mediocre Alien 3 seems even worse as a result. Even actor Michael Biehn (Hicks) made his displeasure known, only agreeing to let the Alien 3 team use his picture if he was paid a lot of money. You can’t blame him, really.

8. Jack Becomes The Lead – Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Walt Disney Studios

Despite being perceived as such, the first three Pirates movies are not the story of Captain Jack Sparrow.

The traditional hero’s journey is reserved for Will, who goes from humble blacksmith to captain of the Flying Dutchman, while Jack doesn’t change one bit; the romantic subplot is occupied by Will and Elizabeth, with Jack not having any meaningful connections to drive him forward. For the most part, he’s an enjoyable, Han Solo-esque side character to Will Turner’s Luke Skywalker-type protagonist.

Heck, just look at the start of each movie. The first one opens with Will and Elizabeth meeting as kids, the second leads with their ruined wedding day, and Jack doesn’t even properly return from the dead until an hour into the third. Jack bumbles his way into and through other characters’ stories with entertaining shenanigans of his own, but shenanigans that are simply fun diversions more than anything.

So after a trilogy of being conditioned to find him doing his crazy shtick while Will and Elizabeth deal with the real core of the story, seeing him thrust into occupying both those roles was an unwelcome change.

After the title card, the first few moments of On Stranger Tides find Jack impersonating a judge, escaping a room full of armed guards, swinging on a chandelier, riding on top of two wagons, and kissing Judi Dench, amongst other things. The movie feels like a parody, and with Jack’s goofy behaviour becoming the series’ answer for a compelling plot, his antics just felt tired, annoying, and boring, right from the opening scenes.

It’s no surprise that the two most recent Pirates movies – in which everything revolves around Jack – are regarded as the worst.

7. The T-800 Is A Joke – Terminator Genisys

Paramount Pictures

The Terminator series peaked with 1991’s Judgement Day, and after that, things took a steep downhill dive. The decent pair of Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines and Terminator Salvation couldn’t hold a candle to the first two movies, but amazingly, the worst was still to come.

2015’s Terminator Genisys was sold as a partial reboot of the series, with the movie focusing on altering the original timeline. Hopes were high, but the whole thing was a piping hot mess: a convoluted script, poor casting choices and weak action terminated the franchise until news of another reboot came along a few years later.

But its treatment of Arnie’s famous T-800 was Genisys’ worst crime. The character who started off as a scary, unstoppable force of nature in 1984’s The Terminator was now a dumb bodyguard used for “comedic relief” by smiling with his teeth bared. Genisys could have been harmless entertainment, but the way it turned this once-badass character into a total laughing stock negatively impacts the great earlier films, and this angered many fans.

Needless to say, nobody liked this change at all. Arnie’s goofy smile was probably director Alan Taylor’s way of paying homage to a similar deleted scene in Judgement Day – but he failed to understand that there was a reason it was deleted.

6. Nuking The Fridge – Indiana Jones 4

Paramount

The first three Indiana Jones movies are a perfect, universally-beloved trilogy. Indy and friends literally ride off into the sunset at the end, making a fourth movie seem highly unnecessary. But we got one anyway! And while Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull’s opening scenes showed promise, it all fell apart with the arrival of a now-infamous moment.

Seconds away from death by nuclear explosion, Indy throws himself into a fridge, shuts the door and is blasted into the air, crashing back down to Earth a fair distance away. He then emerges, miraculously unscathed, and just… walks away.

For obvious reasons, this was dumb. Part of Indy’s charm is that he comes across as a normal everyday guy caught up in crazy situations, not some indestructible superhero who can survive almost anything. The fridge scene turned him into the latter, and it suddenly became a lot harder to view the character as the Indy we knew and loved.

This scene is one that fans mock and meme-ify to this day, and it marks the moment when the franchise pushed its lead character’s plucky determination to unbelievably bizarre levels. It’s no surprise “nuking the fridge” became the new shorthand for movies that include ridiculous leaps in logic.

5. Harry Hart Is A Helpless Wimp – Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Fox

Harry Hart – a slick, experienced field agent and all-round aficionado when it comes to the art of killing – might be the most badass new movie character we’ve seen since the decade began. Or at least, he might have been, right up until Kingsman: The Golden Circle completely and utterly nerfed him beyond all recognition.

Devastatingly, he was killed off near the end of the first movie, a twist that absolutely rattled the audience. But during the development of The Golden Circle, it was revealed he would be returning somehow, and understandably, the excitement at the thought of seeing the character in action again was immense.

But that excitement vanished in a few short seconds when the movie introduced us to a completely different Harry. Suffering from amnesia, he was a nervous, butterfly-loving old man, a shadow of his former self and not exactly the kick-ass spy we all wanted to see him be. It was sad to see such a dangerous character turned into a flat-out liability for Eggsy and Merlin, and Harry was basically useless for most of the film.

The Golden Circle received a much more negative reaction – from fans and critics – than the first, and its treatment of Harry was one of its biggest criticisms. It makes you wonder why they bothered to bring him back in the first place.

4. Emo Peter Parker – Spider-Man 3

Columbia Pictures

The Sam Raimi Spider-Man franchise had enjoyed enormous critical and fan success with the first two movies, but the disjointed Spider-Man 3 soon brought that positive momentum to a standstill.

Overstuffed, tonally jarring and a touch too long, the movie has too many villains and some severe pacing problems, but the exact moment that people bring up when talking about why Spider-Man 3 sucks is the profoundly cringey scene where emo Peter Parker dances down the streets of New York.

An attempt to show how the Venom symbiote was affecting Peter, watching this silly sequence felt like footage from a quirky TV ad had been accidentally spliced in. Spider-Man 3 wasn’t great up to this point, but it was watchable; however, a montage of Peter being an annoying prick and giving various women the sex eyes tossed any drama the movie had built up right out the window, and fan enthusiasm along with it.

This scene is still endlessly mocked 11 years later, and like “ALAN!” it’s become the go-to moment whenever someone wants to take a shot at this movie, Maguire’s portrayal of the character, or the Spider-Man trilogy as a whole.

3. Lex Meets Bruce And Clark – Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Warner Bros.

Yes, this moment was in the film’s second full trailer, and yes, this is precisely the moment when many excited fans started to hate what the filmmakers were doing with Batman V Superman.

Up until that fateful trailer – released in December 2015 – BvS was in pretty great shape. Any doubts about Affleck’s casting as Batman had been largely put to bed by the film’s awesome Comic-Con trailer in summer 2015, and similarly, worries that Jesse Eisenberg was a poor fit for Lex Luthor were lessened when a photo of him looking decidedly Lex-y cropped up online.

With Zack Snyder’s cool visuals and a script from Oscar-winner Chris Terrio, this thing was gonna be AWESOME.

Warner Bros.

But wow, how it all came crashing down.

Eisenberg’s relatively tame showing in that aforementioned Comic-Con trailer was turned up to 11 here, with a laughably over-the-top performance that felt absolutely terrible when everything else around it was so grim and serious.

Luthor felt like he belonged in Batman & Robin, not Batman V Superman, and it’s not even like this was an out-of-context clip; he was just as comical in the final movie. Exactly why the filmmakers chose to portray Lex as a goofy cartoon character isn’t clear, but it was one of the most prominent bad decisions fans point to when arguing why BvS was a huge misfire.

2. Midi-Chlorians – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

20th Century Fox

For Star Wars fans who grew up with the original trilogy, the prequels were the cinematic event of a lifetime. People lined the streets for weeks in order to be among the first to witness The Phantom Menace, but to say it was a disappointment is a gross, gross understatement.

The movie had a myriad of problems – too many boring dialogue sequences, bad acting, Jar-Jar – but perhaps its biggest crime was the addition of midi-chlorians to Star Wars lore, an inclusion that literally affected the entire Star Wars universe and one that fans still cannot get behind to this day.

Midway through the movie there’s a short scene in which Qui-Gon explains midi-chlorians to a young Anakin, informing him that they live within everyone’s cells and that they’re vital to a Jedi’s understanding of the Force. Fans hated how this scientific explanation removed some of the magic and mysticism from the Force, a change that not only impacted present and future Star Wars movies, but the older ones they’d loved for years, too.

Suddenly, the whole idea of Luke being “chosen” by the Force – and it being his destiny to become a Jedi – became “hey, luckily you’ve got a high midi-chlorian count, go get the bad guys!” Suffice to say, many viewers didn’t appreciate such a needless, universe-altering change, and the backlash against midi-chlorians likely contributed to the sequel trilogy’s decision to completely ignore them.

1. The Final Shot – The Cloverfield Paradox

Netflix

2008’s Cloverfield was never meant to become a franchise, but after J.J. Abrams reworked a script called The Cellar and turned it into 10 Cloverfield Lane, it did just that, spawning a dedicated fanbase in the process.

A second sequel – The Cloverfield Paradox – dropped on Netflix earlier this year, bringing an insane amount of hype along with it. The depth of the Cloverfield universe’s lore is truly remarkable for just a few movies, and fans were understandably excited to see how Paradox would mesh with the first two instalments.

Unfortunately, the movie was bad. Even worse, those major, definitive connections to the wider Cloverfield universe never came. All we got were a few cute easter eggs, and a lazy explanation about a multiverse. This was disappointing, but still, the film’s trailer had explicitly promised that fans would get to “find out why” the original film’s monster attacked New York, and so – even as Paradox neared its end – there was still hope that we’d get some rock-solid connective tissue to the first movie.

But… we didn’t. The final shot of The Cloverfield Paradox is of a single, enormous Cloverfield monster poking its head above the clouds before a cut to black. This creature couldn’t possibly be the one from the original film due to its immense size, so essentially, Paradox had baited fans with the promise of answers for 100 minutes straight, only to pull the rug out at the last second and leave us with even more questions than we started with.

Needless to say, people were p****d off. Teasing excited fans and then delivering a tacked-on, ambiguous ending was a sleazy move, and the poor response to Paradox has left the future of the franchise up in the air.

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