Live Poll: Very Confusing Film Franchises

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Some franchises are quite straightforward with a string of direct sequels and sometimes a spin-off or two or a reboot following the original succesful movies. There are cases however, when franchises are quite hard to follow with numerous spin-offs, reboots, sequels being apocryphal or in-name-only follow-ups, original plot continuing after ignored and averted remake continuity or TV spin-offs clashing with original continuity. Of such confusing franchises which one seems the most confusing to you?

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Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/JZpdcwvr8-I/
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I'd say X-Men, mostly because of the Deadpool. Because of him, its hard to tell about X-Men timeline.

How about Predator, the first one is really good, but then it begin weird after crossover with Alien. 
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It has been decided that the two AvP movies (and any subsequent such) are part of a timeline/universe/canon separate from the Alien cinema series and separate from the Predator cinema series. In the AvP universe, the xenomorphs and facehuggers (with the life cycle established in Aliens) existed on earth for millennia, whereas in the Alien universe, they of such a specific kind were genetically engineered by a rogue Weyland-Yutani android in century XXII or so. There is also the matter of the Weyland line. Trying to fit it all together, it would seem that one of Peter Weyland's descendants, Michael Bishop Weyland, looks just like one of Peter Weyland's ancestors, Charles Bishop Weyland, or perhaps Peter Weyland has no biological descendants but instead only androids (one with red oil instead of usual white) made in Charles Bishop Weyland's image. Anyway, AvP did not really contribute to any confusion in the Predator chronology, or I least I do not see how.
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AvP is not the reason predator series is confusing :/
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I've not seen The Predator yet (and I wouldn't be expected to since it has not even been released yet), so I've to wonder if the series of Predator movies are confusing. What exactly is the confusion?
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Silitonga and Jeorj Euler, great thanks for reminding me, I don't know how I forgot about the Alien franchise. Considering that newer Ridley Scott movies are clearly ignoring all of the previous sequels, that is definitely the case, will add. 
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It's peculiar, because the director's cut of the original Alien subtly revealed that a facehugger and the sacks that contains it can be made of the body of a person/animal, transformed, as an alternative to being grown within the womb of a queen xenomorph. We, the audience, can gather that this way was originally intended to be the way of the reproductive life cycle of xenomorphs and facehuggers, before Aliens was made.

Fast-forward to AvP: Requiem where a Yautja-based (predator-species-based) xenomorph is revealed to have the same "impregnating" abilities of a facehugger, which is presumably anomalous for a xenomorph; just one more reason for fans (and storytellers) of the Alien cinema franchise to lean toward shunning the AvP cinema franchise. Ridley Scott probably didn't see this as a problem, though. Prometheus makes it clear that the reproductive life cycles of xenomorphs and facehuggers is potentially arbitrary to a limited degree; more or less limited depending upon from which branch of the family tree from the microbial black liquid that a xenomorph or a facehugger (or any lifeform rather) is descended; yet the traits of these creatures are refined specifically by a very special android who sees fit to explore the meaning of life.

However, at this point, "alien" biology is not what matters. The Alien movies of the 2010s have drifted off into the ideas territory of not only "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" but also "Supertoys Last All Summer Long". It's David's story.
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Corrections:

...a reboot following the original successful movies.
Of such confusing franchises, which one seems the most confusing to you? 

#1: There is also a notorious...
#2:  ...from the TV series as a different character...
#4:  ...after successful...
#5: ...main franchise had a third movie in 2008.
#6: ...in 2008 it did its first spin-off ...  also hinting at sequel of a prequel...
#7: ...there was also a spin-off movie ...  but most puzzling of all is the existence of...
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Great thanks, Jessica. Boy, that's a lot of typing errors, but I'm not surprised so much slipped: writing about things like that easily can get your head a bit heavy. 
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The confusing aspects about Superman are mostly contained in the second part, Superman becoming a man to be in love with Lois is described as an irreversible process but at the end he goes back to his Superman form, there's a change of tone from the first to the second part due to the change of director, a mix of serious drama and slapstick comedy that feels awkward. And at the end, Kent gives Lois that "forget-everything" shot... couldn't have he done it before when she learned he was Superman? Then, there's Part III where Lois has a small cameo and Lana becomes the new love interest... I mean, there was a serious continuity issue all through the series.