STATE OF THE ARTS

What's the best movie franchise of all time?

Amanda Parris and Peter Knegt have a bit of an infinity war about the true answer — and want you to weigh in.

Amanda Parris and Peter Knegt have a bit of an infinity war about the true answer — and want you to weigh in

Avengers: Infinity War is out April 27th. (Disney)

Every Monday, CBC Arts runs down the latest arts and culture news on State of the Arts, a live chat between our very own Amanda Parris and Peter Knegt.

For our latest edition, Amanda and Peter talk about Ai Weiwei's massive new artwork, the release of the LGBTQ teen film Love, Simon, the massive success of Tomi Adeyemi's book Children of Blood and Bone and — as we near the April release of Avengers: Infinity War — the Marvel Cinematic Universe and whether or not it's the best movie franchise of all time.

Watch Amanda and Peter's thoughts in the above video (and feel free to add your picks in the comments), but here's a little context: this spring marks the 10th anniversary of Marvel's Iron Man, which essentially kickstarted what — whether you think it's the best or not — has definitely been the most financially successful movie franchise of all time. The 18 films in the franchise have amassed a stunning $13.6 billion in worldwide grosses, a number currently very much on the rise thanks to the mass success of Black Panther and the impending Infinity War. The Star Wars franchise is a very distant second with nearly $9 billion, followed by Harry Potter ($8.5 billion), James Bond ($7.1 billion) and The Lord of the Rings ($5.9 billion).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (Disney)

But of course, financial success doesn't necessarily mean Marvel is the best of the best, although — spoiler alert — Amanda firmly believes its the only answer to the question in this headline. Peter, on the other hand, admits he hasn't really been especially excited by a lot of the Marvel films and gives a bit of a cop-out answer in the form of one of the most film nerd-oriented answers possible: the Before movie series (Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight) by Richard Linklater.

What's your pick? 

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