I would posit that franchise reboots/sequels can provide a vehicle for new, exciting, and worthwhile stories that may have not gotten recognition otherwise. Many argue that these films overshadow smaller-scale, more independent films in Hollywood. While this is true in some cases, I think it is also true that with their wide appeal, franchise films can provide an avenue for creative scripts, actors, or directors to shine in a spotlight. There have been instances in Hollywood where untouched ideas have been repurposed to fit into franchise installments . For example, The Cloverfield Paradox (dir. Julius Onah, 2018) was based on a script completely unrelated to the Cloverfield universe until it was purchased by Paramount. An association with a returning series does not detract from the merit of these ideas or from instances of exceptional filmmaking.