When those lazy, long-weekends roll around, one of the best things to do with a group of friends or family is a movie marathon. And with some fantastic movie franchises on offer, it’s clear that film lovers these days are spoilt for choice. So, if you have no plans for an upcoming weekend and you’re stumped as to how to spend your time, check out some of these great movie franchises, perfect for a day or multi-day marathon.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Since the release of the first MCU film, “Iron Man” in 2008, the MCU has grown exponentially. It now includes 23 films, with many more on the way. It’s nearly impossible to get through all the movies over one single weekend; however, a three-day weekend makes it very possible.
Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings
Peter Jackson’s trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”, based on J.R.R Tolkien’s acclaimed novel of the same name, has received rave reviews since its release. Considered a landmark film, the trilogy won 17 Academy Awards from 30 nominations and gross billions at the box office. In terms of watching the three films back-to-back, the theatrical versions can be completed in under 9 hours; however, the extended edition marathon will push it closer to 12 hours (and it’s only three films).
The Rocky/Creed Saga consists of eight films in total, starting with the first film, “Rocky”, which was released in 1976. Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa in all eight films and has written seven of the eight films produced. The series was revamped in 2015 with the release of “Creed”, which focuses on Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis.