The 007 series has thrived even as the definition of “What’s a blockbuster franchise?” has so aggressively changed over the last 25 years. It’s why Skyfall topped $1.1 billion a month before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped $1 billion in late 2012. It has succeeded alongside the likes of Ace Ventura, Toy Story, Harry Potter and Star Wars by standing out from the pack as a non-fantastical super-duper action franchise tentpole for grown-ups, and especially moviegoers uninterested in (or wanting more alongside the) big movies about superheroes, wizards, robots and related fantastical heroic journeys. It has not always been the king of the box office mountain, but it has always stood tall alongside an evolving industry. As such, if it delivers the 007 tropes (the glitz, the locales, the gadgets, the action, the PG-13 sex and violence, etc.), No Time to Die should stand tall alongside its tentpole competition.
The Harry Potter franchise lives on even after the main films. The Cursed Child, a J.K. Rowling-endorsed play, is a continuation of the story, showing what Harry Potter’s kids get up to at Hogwarts 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The play also revisits the franchise’s main characters, Harry, Hermione, and Ron, exploring their lives years down the road. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also adds to the Harry Potter universe, giving a prequel to Rowling’s story about The Boy Who Lived, deepening the lore of the franchise, and putting several characters in a new light, including Albus Dumbledore and Nagini.
During an interview with THR, Tye Sheridan reveals that he did read the sequel, Ready Player Two, and shares his reaction to it. He said he is a fan of author Ernest Cline and would be interested in reprising his role in a sequel. However, Sheridan currently knows no plans for a sequel being in development and has not been contacted by Warner Bros. New Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings character posters debut for Wong, Razor Fist and Ying Li. The latest Marvel film is currently in theaters and continues to dominate the domestic box office. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film stars Simu Liu as the legendary Marvel hero Shang-Chi, a boy raised by his warlord father who must return home to confront him years after he escaped that world. The film co-stars Tony Leung, Awkwafina, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Yeoh, Benedict Wong, Florian Munteanu and Meng’er Zhang.