March Madness 2022: Top movie franchise edition

Out of these 32 movie franchises, only one can reign supreme


Jennah Booth

The State Hornet’s 2022 March Madness picks for best movie franchises. Graphic made in Canva.

Kris Hall and Jennah Booth

Every good movie needs a sequel. 

Last year’s lineup of bingeable TV shows was so successful that we’re back again this year with the top movie franchises of all time. The State Hornet has chosen 32 of the best movie franchises and they’ll go head-to-head this month in a classic bracket style competition led by your vote. 

It’s time for The State Hornet’s March Madness finals! The pioneer blockbuster franchise that is the MCU faces Scooby-Doo, the franchise that transcends time in the last matchup of the season.

If Scooby wins, the Avengers can always pull an “Avengers: Endgame” and go back in time, grab all the infinity stones and change the fate of the vote at Sac State. The MCU accumulated 725 votes over all platforms throughout the duration of March Madness and with all the blockbuster success from their movies, they could easily come out on top on their own.

That being said, Scooby-Doo has always been and will always be the go-to band of mystery busting buddies. Scooby-Doo was there for us when we were young and for our parents when they were young. 

If Shaggy loses the vote it’s only because he let the MCU win. Scooby-Doo has earned a staggering grand total of 2,204 votes since the start of the competition. 

It’s also important to think of those we lost along the way.

In the first round we lost the DCEU, Star Wars, and Madea. In round two we lost the Fast and Furious franchise. Family just couldn’t save them. 

In round three we lost the fan-favorite franchise, Shrek. Apparently nobody loves a big, stupid ogre. In the fourth round we lost Ghostbusters and films directed by Jordan Peele. 

Just because we voted out Jordan Peele doesn’t mean we have to “Get Out” of voting for the best franchise. We still know that his movies are great for “Us” to enjoy.

So as we wrap up the March Madness season, remember that every vote counts! With Scoob earning more than double the votes, the MCU doesn’t stand a chance unless you have anything to say about it.

Now, the fate of March Madness rests in your hands. Vote for the best and prove to the world that you know what the superior movie franchise is.


The Bracket


How to vote

Voting will be available one day for each matchup on our Instagram (@statehornet) and two days on our Twitter page (@TheStateHornet) starting Wednesday, March 9. You can vote for all the matchups in the Google form at this link or below.


Finals Lineup:

Thursday April 7:

Marvel Cinematic Universe v. Scooby-Doo


Semifinals Lineup:

Thursday March 31:

Marvel Cinematic Universe v. Ghostbusters

Scooby-Doo v. Jordan Peele Films


Week 3 Lineup:

Thursday March 24:

Marvel Cinematic Universe v. Shrek

Ghostbusters v. Jackass

Scooby-Doo v. Old MonsterVerse Movies

Jordan Peele Films v. Indiana Jones


Week 2 Lineup:

Wednesday March 16:

MCU v. Men in Black

Shrek v. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man

Saw v. Ghostbusters

Bad Boys v. Jackass


Thursday March 17:

Pirates of the Caribbean v. Scooby-Doo

Harry Potter v. Old MonsterVerse Movies

Quentin Tarantino Films v. Jordan Peele Films

Indiana Jones v. Jurassic Park


Week 1 Lineup:

Wednesday March 9:

Star Wars v. MCU

DCEU v. Men in Black

Blade v. Shrek

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man v. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

The Purge v. Saw

Paranormal Activity v. Ghostbusters


Thursday March 10:

Pirates of the Caribbean v. Fast & Furious

Toy Story v. Scooby-Doo

Harry Potter v. Twilight

New MonsterVerse Movies v. Old MonsterVerse Movies

Quentin Tarantino Films v. Wes Anderson Films

Jordan Peele Films v. Happy Madison Films


Friday March 11:

Rise of the Planet of the Apes v. Bad Boys

Madea v. Jackass

Shaft v. Indiana Jones

Back to the Future v. Jurassic Park


Online voting

On mobile or being asked to sign in? You can also vote at this link.