Welcome back to the second part of our list in which we rank the best superhero movies of the past decade. The full list includes a total of 30 great movies that came out between 2005 and 2015 so go back and check out the first part if you haven’t already as today we will be jumping straight to number 20 and working our way back from there. Without further ado, let’s just get down to business.
19. Thor (2011)
Personally, I was never one for taking Norse gods and transforming them into modern superheroes, however, one can’t really argue with the end result here. Thor is a classic coming of age story as the now powerless god of thunder finds himself cast down to Earth and must prove himself worthy of his divine gifts. Not exactly an original premise, but it definitely makes for a great movie when you add gods and aliens to the mix.
17. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Say what you want about Captain America but the WWII setting often makes for a great superhero movie and this is no exception. Add to that big name actors like Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving and more, and you’ve got yourself a pretty decent origin story in the form of Captain America: The First Avenger.
15. Ant-Man (2015)
Ant-Man is a founding member of the Avengers in the comic books so this movie was long overdue, needless to say. It’s a bit unfortunate that the miniature hero wasn’t in the first two parts of the Avengers (or was he?), but at least they didn’t mess up his solo movie. In fact, Ant-Man was better than expected all things considered.
13. Man of Steel (2013)
Those of us who grew up with Christopher Reeve’s boy scout-ish take on the iconic superhero were a bit shocked when Zack Snyder showed us a version of Superman that’s better at destroying rather than protecting as he learns to control his powers. That said, many of us have come to embrace this change since then and are now eagerly waiting to see more of this new Superman.
11. Batman Begins (2005)
While the dark vibe of the new Superman was a bit surprising, the same cannot be said about the new Batman, which is supposed to be just as dark as Christopher Nolan made him. Forget the cheesy one-liners and ridiculous villains we had in the 90’s and embrace a truly badass version of Batman that doesn’t mess around when it comes to fighting bad guys. He’s definitelly the hero we deserved and we’re all very glad we finally got him.
20. Kick-Ass (2010)
Watching a movie about superheroes with over-the-top costumes and no powers may not sound all that interesting, does it? Heck, it doesn’t even sound like a superhero movie when we put it like that. However, Kick-Ass proves that you can indeed have a very interesting and fun superhero movie even without all the stuff we tend to associate with the genre.
18. Constantine (2005)
I know some people have enjoyed the NBC show bearing the same name, but I feel like 2005’s Constantine starring Keanu Reeves was a much better representation of the character. Don’t dismiss it just because the special effects are a bit dated by now and be sure to give it a try. I can guarantee that you won’t disappointed, especially if you’re familiar with the comics.
16. Chronicle (2012)
While most superheroes have taken upon themselves to helping those who can’t help themselves, the main characters of Chronicle are happy with just using their newly acquired powers for their own amusement. Not everybody can handle this kind of power, though.
14. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)
There aren’t enough words to describe how fun Hellboy 2 is, which makes that much sadder the fact that the sequel is still in limbo to this day. The Golden Army may not offer the most original story or the best CGI, but the diverse cast of interesting characters and Ron Pearlman, in particular, as the titular antihero more than make up for that.
12. Iron Man (2008)
A decade ago I think few could have anticipated the huge success of Iron Man, and yet here we are. Tony Stark and his vast array of high-tech suits managed to become one of the most popular comic book characters of all time in recent years and this is where it all began. There are instances when the sequels surpass the original, but that’s not the case here and you don’t need to be an electrical engineer to figure out why.