Now, as we know, all good things will eventually come to an end. Third films are usually terrible but studios are inclined to squeeze every drop out of a money gusher. But TF will end one day. The questions is how. There are several scenarios, if TF3 disappoints. 1: Crappy but profitable 3rd film means 4th film is in the works - Spiderman. Despite poor reviews for the third one, SP3 still made a ton of money for Sony. After a 3 year break, SP4 is likely to hit the screens in '10 or '11. - Shrek. Another weak third film. Yet S4 has been greenlit, thanks to the franchise still being profitable. - POTC: Same as above. 2: Reboot I: A Whole New Look - Batman. Disastrous B&R meant an 8 year hiatus before a total reboot. - Hulk. Well-intentioned but wrong-headed Hulk '03 meant a new take in '08. 3: Reboot II: Different Edge - James Bond. Although commercially successful, Die Another Day firmly suggested that a whole new direction has to be taken. - Star Trek. Poor but not disastrous BO for Nemesis meant that the series was dying a slow death. Reboot with new universe and cast. 4: Prequels - Star Wars. A long time has passed but the universe is rich. - X-Men. BO for the last film was great, but reviews were so terrible that its best to have a prequel based on the iconic character. 5:End - TF3 is bigger and louder than ROTF. Non-core audience have had enough of TF, and TF3 fails to reach ROTF's BO heights. Franchise is laid to rest.