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4th Dec '16 1:09:00 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Beginning with ''Film/FrankensteinMeetsTheWolfMan'', [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Pictures]] started pitting many of [[Franchise/UniversalHorror their monsters]] against each other, to the point that they formed, for the most part, one cohesive universe with most of the action taking place in an Eastern German-ish {{Uberwald}} setting. For years after, things like video collections, cartoons, and even postage stamps would sport a ''Universal Monsters'' logo featuring Film/{{Dracula|1931}}, [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstein's Monster]], the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein, Film/{{the Mummy|1932}}, Film/{{the Wolf Man|1941}}, and the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon. In 1999, Creator/StephenSommers remade ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', and upon its success combined most of the gothic monsters for 2004's ''Film/VanHelsing'', in the hopes of going through Universal's entire stable of beasties. It didn't work out, and neither did Universal's attempt to give another shot to ''Film/{{The Wolf Man|2010}}''.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}.'' Obviously, the Big G is the star of the line, but Mothra is important enough for her own subseries, and pretty much anything by Toho can be worked into a ''Godzilla'' film. And, of course, the big lizard himself can be crossed over with just about anything.
* One of the more interesting examples at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks is the imagination-based pavilion at Epcot (Florida). After the 3-D movie ''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience'', a follow-up to ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', proved a hit there in 1994, the pavilion was completely rethemed to its "Imagination Institute" setting at decade's end. In the process, it became a hub for live-action Disney science-related characters via [[EasterEgg Easter eggs]] or more obvious references. The works thus welded are the ''Honey'' films, ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', the Merlin Jones films from TheSixties, and the Dexter Riley films from TheSeventies...plus the ''original'' incarnation of the pavilion via the animated/Audio-Animatronic dragon Figment (a friendly {{Trickster}} figure in this incarnation, rather than a {{Sidekick}}). The pavilion is set for a complete overhaul in 2014; if anything remains, it will most likely be Figment.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse brings the ''Avengers'' corner of the Marvel U to movies; having sub-franchises for Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, and (so far) one-off films for other heroes.

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* Beginning with ''Film/FrankensteinMeetsTheWolfMan'', [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Pictures]] started pitting many of [[Franchise/UniversalHorror their monsters]] against each other, to the point that they formed, for the most part, one cohesive universe with most of the action taking place in an Eastern German-ish {{Uberwald}} setting. For years after, things like video collections, cartoons, and even postage stamps would sport a ''Universal Monsters'' logo featuring Film/{{Dracula|1931}}, [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstein's Monster]], the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein, Film/{{the Mummy|1932}}, Film/{{the Wolf Man|1941}}, and the Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon. In 1999, Creator/StephenSommers remade ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', and upon its success combined most of the gothic monsters for 2004's ''Film/VanHelsing'', in the hopes of going through Universal's entire stable of beasties. It didn't work out, and neither did Universal's attempt to give another shot to ''Film/{{The Wolf Man|2010}}''.
Man|2010}}''. They seem to be trying at another relaunch, however, with ''Film/DraculaUntold'' and a new adaptation of ''The Mummy''.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}.'' Obviously, the Big G is the star of the line, but Mothra is important enough for her own subseries, and pretty much anything by Toho Creator/{{Toho}} can be worked into a ''Godzilla'' film. And, of course, the big lizard himself can be crossed over with just about anything.
* One of the more interesting examples at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks is the imagination-based pavilion at Epcot (Florida). After the 3-D movie ''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience'', a follow-up to ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', proved a hit there in 1994, the pavilion was completely rethemed to its "Imagination Institute" setting at decade's end. In the process, it became a hub for live-action Disney science-related characters via [[EasterEgg Easter eggs]] or more obvious references. The works thus welded are the ''Honey'' films, ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', the Merlin Jones films from TheSixties, and the Dexter Riley films from TheSeventies... plus the ''original'' incarnation of the pavilion via the animated/Audio-Animatronic dragon Figment (a friendly {{Trickster}} figure in this incarnation, rather than a {{Sidekick}}). The pavilion is set for a complete overhaul in 2014; if anything remains, it will most likely be Figment.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse brings Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse is Creator/DCComics and Creator/WarnerBros' response to Marvel and Creator/{{Disney}}'s success with their film universe (see "Multimedia" below). While their TV shows (unlike Marvel's) remain separate from it, so far it has grown to encompass ComicBook/{{Superman}}, ComicBook/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/WonderWoman, and the ''Avengers'' corner ComicBook/SuicideSquad, with films in the works for ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, ComicBook/TheFlash, and ComicBook/{{Cyborg}}, as well as a film adaptation of the Marvel U to movies; having sub-franchises for Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, and (so far) one-off films for other heroes.
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* Creator/{{Disney}}'s works as a whole can kind of be considered one giant uber franchise, with sizable subfranchises for the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon and Creator/{{Pixar}}'s films, plus whatever else they own (like [[Creator/WaltDisneyPictures live-action films]] or the Ride/DisneyThemeParks) that they feel like throwing in. Disney now also owns ''Franchise/TheMuppets'', ''Creator/MarvelComics'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', and ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', making them sub-franchises to the Disney brand.

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* Creator/{{Disney}}'s works as a whole can kind of be considered one giant uber franchise, with sizable subfranchises for the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon and Creator/{{Pixar}}'s films, plus whatever else they own (like [[Creator/WaltDisneyPictures live-action films]] or the Ride/DisneyThemeParks) that they feel like throwing in. Disney now also owns ''Franchise/TheMuppets'', ''Creator/MarvelComics'', Creator/MarvelComics, ''Franchise/StarWars'', and ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', making them sub-franchises to the Disney brand.
* And speaking of Marvel, the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse brings the ''Avengers'' corner of the Marvel U to movies, having sub-franchises for ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/TheMightyThor, and ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, and (so far) one-off films for other heroes. And as they branch out into television, it's not even restricted to film, either.
4th Dec '16 12:59:11 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* Beginning with ''Film/FrankensteinMeetsTheWolfMan'', Universal Pictures started pitting many of their monsters against each other, to the point they formed, for the most part, one cohesive universe with most of the action taking place in Eastern Germany. For years after, on things like video collections, cartoons and even postage stamps would sport a ''Universal Monsters'' logo featuring Dracula, Frankstein's Monster and its bride, the Mummy, the Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. In 1999, Creator/StephenSommers remade ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', and upon its success combined most of the gothic monsters for 2004's ''Film/VanHelsing'', in the hopes of going through Universal's entire stable of beasties. It didn't work out, and neither did Universal's attempt to give another shot to ''Film/{{The Wolf Man|2010}}''.

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* Beginning with ''Film/FrankensteinMeetsTheWolfMan'', [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Pictures Pictures]] started pitting many of [[Franchise/UniversalHorror their monsters monsters]] against each other, to the point that they formed, for the most part, one cohesive universe with most of the action taking place in an Eastern Germany. German-ish {{Uberwald}} setting. For years after, on things like video collections, cartoons cartoons, and even postage stamps would sport a ''Universal Monsters'' logo featuring Dracula, Frankstein's Monster and its bride, Film/{{Dracula|1931}}, [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstein's Monster]], the Mummy, the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein, Film/{{the Mummy|1932}}, Film/{{the Wolf Man, Man|1941}}, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon. In 1999, Creator/StephenSommers remade ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', and upon its success combined most of the gothic monsters for 2004's ''Film/VanHelsing'', in the hopes of going through Universal's entire stable of beasties. It didn't work out, and neither did Universal's attempt to give another shot to ''Film/{{The Wolf Man|2010}}''.
24th Nov '16 5:55:59 AM Tron80
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* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} are individually massive cultural icons. They're also members of the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}, which consists of all of DC Comic's other major superheroes--including ones like Franchise/WonderWoman who are popular in their own right. So you may see these characters playing out individually, or as a combo of [[Franchise/TheDCU the company's superhero line.]]

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} are individually massive cultural icons. They're also members of the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}, which consists of all of DC Comic's other major superheroes--including ones like Franchise/WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman, Franchise/GreenLantern, Franchise/TheFlash or Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} who are popular in their own right. So you may see these characters playing out individually, or as a combo of [[Franchise/TheDCU the company's superhero line.]]
4th Oct '16 10:09:56 PM Pinokio
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* Creator/BrianMichaelBendis' ''Jinx'' and ''Goldfish'' don't appear to be part of a superhero universe, but since the stories were published by Creator/ImageComics, and Jinx crosses over with the ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' spin-off ''Sam and Twitch'', the stories could take place in the Image universe.
7th Aug '16 12:43:30 PM nombretomado
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* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} are individually massive cultural icons. They're also members of the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}, which consists of all of DC Comic's other major superheroes--including ones like Franchise/WonderWoman who are popular in their own right. So you may see these characters playing out individually, or as a combo of [[TheDCU the company's superhero line.]]

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} are individually massive cultural icons. They're also members of the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}, which consists of all of DC Comic's other major superheroes--including ones like Franchise/WonderWoman who are popular in their own right. So you may see these characters playing out individually, or as a combo of [[TheDCU [[Franchise/TheDCU the company's superhero line.]]
22nd Jun '16 3:25:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* Professional teams are considered franchises in their own right, but the entire league its a brand name it will try to exploit--using the imagery of its various teams.

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14th Jun '16 4:43:39 AM Morgenthaler
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Sometimes a creator or company will strike gold. A work (film, novel, etc) may spawn sequels, adaptations to other media, and a bonanza of merchandise. Usually, it'll take place in its own distinct universe, the author having significant autonomy, or the time and place keeping it off limit for crossovers, like ''Franchise/StarWars,'' ''TheLordOfTheRings'' or ''Franchise/HarryPotter.''

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Sometimes a creator or company will strike gold. A work (film, novel, etc) may spawn sequels, adaptations to other media, and a bonanza of merchandise. Usually, it'll take place in its own distinct universe, the author having significant autonomy, or the time and place keeping it off limit for crossovers, like ''Franchise/StarWars,'' ''TheLordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' or ''Franchise/HarryPotter.''
14th Jun '16 4:43:14 AM Morgenthaler
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** WarnerBros places the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes characters in the same universe along with the characters from WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures, [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Animaniacs]], [[{{Freakazoid}} Freakazoid!]] and [[{{Histeria}} Histeria!]].

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** WarnerBros Creator/WarnerBros places the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes characters in the same universe along with the characters from WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures, [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Animaniacs]], [[{{Freakazoid}} Freakazoid!]] ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' and [[{{Histeria}} Histeria!]].''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}''.
30th Apr '16 5:36:41 AM MacronNotes
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* One of the more interesting examples at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks is the imagination-based pavilion at Epcot (Florida). After the ThreeDMovie ''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience'', a follow-up to ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', proved a hit there in 1994, the pavilion was completely rethemed to its "Imagination Institute" setting at decade's end. In the process, it became a hub for live-action Disney science-related characters via [[EasterEgg Easter eggs]] or more obvious references. The works thus welded are the ''Honey'' films, ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', the Merlin Jones films from TheSixties, and the Dexter Riley films from TheSeventies...plus the ''original'' incarnation of the pavilion via the animated/Audio-Animatronic dragon Figment (a friendly {{Trickster}} figure in this incarnation, rather than a {{Sidekick}}). The pavilion is set for a complete overhaul in 2014; if anything remains, it will most likely be Figment.

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* One of the more interesting examples at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks is the imagination-based pavilion at Epcot (Florida). After the ThreeDMovie 3-D movie ''Honey, I Shrunk the Audience'', a follow-up to ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', proved a hit there in 1994, the pavilion was completely rethemed to its "Imagination Institute" setting at decade's end. In the process, it became a hub for live-action Disney science-related characters via [[EasterEgg Easter eggs]] or more obvious references. The works thus welded are the ''Honey'' films, ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', the Merlin Jones films from TheSixties, and the Dexter Riley films from TheSeventies...plus the ''original'' incarnation of the pavilion via the animated/Audio-Animatronic dragon Figment (a friendly {{Trickster}} figure in this incarnation, rather than a {{Sidekick}}). The pavilion is set for a complete overhaul in 2014; if anything remains, it will most likely be Figment.
10th Jan '16 10:00:52 PM phoenix
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** [[TheBeautifulGame Football]] goes one step further, since there's both a national league ''and'' continental confederation for any given team. So, for example, Real Madrid is part of the branding of both Spain's La Liga and UEFA's Champions League.

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** [[TheBeautifulGame [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Football]] goes one step further, since there's both a national league ''and'' continental confederation for any given team. So, for example, Real Madrid is part of the branding of both Spain's La Liga and UEFA's Champions League.
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