Superhero movies have sure come a long way since the days of yore when the late Christopher Reeve was portraying the most iconic version of Superman to date. Between the late 70’s and the late 90’s a number of other popular characters managed to jump out of comic books and onto the big screen, however, aside from Batman and a couple of other exceptions, most didn’t even come close to the success of Supes. The year 2000 was a turning point for the genre and the beginning of a new wave of titles for a younger generation of fans who demanded better storytelling, special effects, and somewhat more relatable superheroes. The original X-Men was one of the first superhero movies to lose the fancy costumes from the source material, while the very same year Bruce Willis was showing us in Unbreakable that not all superheroes are meant to save the world in action-packed scenes with their flashy powers.
Nowadays, pretty much every superhero movie that comes out is a guaranteed success at the box office and the genre as a whole is gaining more and more popularity with each passing year. As I’m sure you already know, 2016 will be an epic year for fans of superheroes thanks to a total of seven highly-anticipated movies courtesy of Marvel and DC. That said, the year has just begun and we still need to wait a while before we get to see these movies. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of the best superhero movies of the past decade (2005 – 2015) for those of you who are preparing for a big superhero movie marathon before Deadpool, Dawn of Justice, Civil War and all the other new flicks make their way to a theater near you.
30. Jumper (2008)
Jumper is a prime example of how a great idea can result in an average movie when it is not properly executed. Despite all its flaws, though, a good performance by Samuel L. Jackson coupled with the cool teleportation powers of the jumpers make this a pretty enjoyable experience overall.
29. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Ok, so Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot is not exactly what we were hoping for, especially after we saw what Sam Raimi can do with the character. That said, Andrew Garfield’s hyperactive loud mouth portrayal of Spidey is closer to the original comic book version and was a welcome change over Tobey Maguire’s emo Peter Parker from Spiderman 3.
28. Push (2009)
Before he was punching bad guys left and right as Captain America, Chris Evans apparently had telekinetic abilities and was hiding in Hong Kong from a shadowy government agency. Push is a highly underrated superhero movie that’s maybe a bit too complicated for its own good, however, that shouldn’t dissuade you from watching it because it can be quite entertaining at times.
27. Dredd (2012)
Not to be confused with the ridiculous Sylvester Stallone movie from 1995, the latest incarnation of Judge Dredd is a pretty decent one all things considered; as is the movie itself. The fact that this time around Dredd doesn’t talk too much and always hides his face really helps transform Karl Urban into the ultimate embodiment of justice we all wanted to see.
26. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
It’s really a shame that someone thought it was a good idea to put a whole bunch of villains into one movie as that’s rarely a good decision. Still, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not a terrible movie if you’re not that picky about unnecessarily complicated plots and silly villain origin stories.
25. Hancock (2008)
There are superheroes and then there’s Hancock. This movie shows us what real people would be like if they had Superman-like powers and it does it with plenty of humor most of the time. Unfortunately, Will Smith’s Hancock loses most of its humor and charm towards the end, but otherwise this is definitely a fun movie to watch.
24. Iron Man 2 (2010)
Even though it didn’t quite live up to the original, Iron Man 2 offers plenty of action and excitement for fans of superhero flicks. Granted, the movie does try to juggle with too many characters and sub plots at once, however, the end result is not nearly as bad as it could have been.
23. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Nowadays most think of Mark Ruffalo whenever the Hulk is mentioned and with good reason, as the role seems to fit him like a glove. Having said that, some of us are still sad that Edward Norton didn’t get the chance to continue playing the character because he was quite alright in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk if you ask me.
22. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
On one hand, The Dark World is a worthy successor to the original Thor and benefits a great deal from the return of Tom Hiddleston and his iconic Loki. But on the other hand, Marvel’s obsession of adding humorous one-liners at every turn in their movies actually managed to drag down this particular installment. Still a pretty good movie, just not as funny as it tries to be.
21. Iron Man 3 (2013)
Is the suit more important than the man or is it the other way around? This seems to be the most important question in Iron Man 3 and we get the answer when Tony Stark loses everything and is left for dead but still manages to come out on top in the end. The rest of the plot is not particularly interesting, but Tony Stark’s journey in Iron Man 3 is definitely worth watching.
That’s it for today but make sure to stay tuned because part 2 and part 3 of this list are coming out very soon.
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