The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a juggernaut since it began back in 2008 with “Iron Man.” It will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary in May 2018 with its most ambitious film — “Avengers: Infinity War.” The films have been a powerhouse at the box office, with “The Avengers” ranking as the fifth-highest earner ever with $1.519 billion.
The MCU also branched into TV shows on ABC (“Agents of Shield”) and Netflix (“Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” and “Defenders”).
Disney purchased the rights to “Star Wars” in its $4 billion Lucasfilm acquisition. That price tag has been paying off as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” raked in $2.066 billion. The Disney/Fox merger happened the same day “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened in theaters.
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Johnny Depp pirate flick based on a Disney ride has remained a solid franchise for the company. The most recent film — “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” — showed signs of fatigue but still earned $794.8 million.
“Toy Story” marked Pixar’s first feature film and earned $373.6 million. Since then, the franchise has spawned two sequels — with a third on the way — and multiple shorts featuring Andy’s toys.
“Tron,” starring Jeff Bridges, arrived in theaters in 1982 and quickly earned cult status. After a 28-year hiatus, the series returned to screens with “Tron: Legacy.” Despite popularity, the third film in the series has hit numerous production roadblocks.
One of Pixar’s most popular and quotable films, “Finding Nemo” hit theaters in 2003 and earned $940.3 million. In 2016, “Finding Dory” was released and put the spotlight on Nemo’s friend Dory. It earned $1.029 billion.
“Cars” remains one of Pixar’s most popular franchise, spawning three films and its own section at Disneyland. “Cars 3” pulled in $383.5 million at the box office.
Disney Animation is responsible for many of the most classic stories of all time. Everything from “The Lion King” and “Aladdin,” to newer hits like “Moana” and “Frozen” has struck a chord with audiences watching them onscreen or seeing them in the parks.
The Muppets are always finding a way onto the screen. They were most recently seen in a 2011 film with a 2014 sequel and a 2015 ABC series that lasted one season.
The world’s most badass history professor, Indiana Jones is a big franchise that has been pretty quiet ever since the critical disappointment of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
“Frozen” took the world by storm when it was released in 2013. The film amassed $1.287 billion at the box office. It spawned a slightly controversial short and is getting a sequel in 2019.
Winnie the Pooh
Disney also owns the rights to the honey-loving Pooh Bear. The last film starring the residents of the Hundred Acre Wood was in 2011. It earned $50.1 million.
The Lion King
One of the most popular films from the Disney vault, “The Lion King” was released in 1994 and earned $968.5 million. The film is being made into a live-action film starring Donald Glover and Beyonce set to release in 2019.
“Aladdin” premiered in 1992 and earned $504.1 million at the box office. Two animated sequels followed with a live-action remake — starring Mena Massoud and Will Smith — to follow.
Fans and critics alike have been clamoring for a sequel to Brad Bird’s 2004 smash hit “The Incredibles.” They’re getting their wish at long last. “The Incredibles 2” releases in 2018.
“Grey’s Anatomy” is one of the longest-running shows on TV, and in Season 14 continues to be one of ABC’s best performers. The series has launched two spinoffs — “Private Practice,” which ran from 2007-2013, and a firefighter series that is set to debut in 2018.
“Black-ish” has been one of ABC’s critical darlings since it debuted in 2014. A spinoff called “Grown-ish” is set to launch in January 2018.
Once Upon a Time
“Once Upon a Time” takes full advantage of the Disney vault, drawing characters from “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Peter Pan,” and many more to tell the story of fairytale characters living in a small Maine town due to a curse.
It launched a spinoff titled “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” in 2013 that lasted one season.