Welcome back to the third and final 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 two parts if you haven’t already because today we will be jumping straight to number 10 and working our way back from there. Without further ado, let’s just get down to business.
09. X-Men: First Class (2011)
First Class plays very much like an origin story that focuses on how the X-Men team as a whole came to be in the first place. The movie is a breath of fresh air for fans who were rightfully disappointed by X-Men 3 and the solo Wolverine movies. On the other hand, if you’re a big fan of Wolverine it may come as a surprise that he only makes a cameo in First Class, but don’t worry because there’s plenty of action here regardless.
07. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Considered by some to be a gamble due to the fact that not many were familiar with its characters, Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the most surprising superhero movies of 2014. It’s safe to say that the gamble paid off big time because superhero fans wholeheartedly embraced the new universe along with its cast of lovable characters.
05. The Avengers (2012)
The build-up for this movie took several years to create but I think the wait was definitely worthwhile because The Avengers turned out to be quite the spectacle. Though the plot is pretty straightforward, the movie has a tendency to never get boring thanks to an exceptional villain, large cast of heroes, and plenty of funny scenes that actually work without feeling too out of place.
03. Watchmen (2009)
Alan Moore’s Watchmen is one of the best comic book series of all time and therefore, it was quite a task to make an adaptation that could do justice to the source material. Fortunately, Zack Snyder didn’t take that challenge lightly and actually managed to pull off a very good movie that that lives up to the comics.
01. The Dark Knight (2008)
Not only is The Dark Knight the best superhero movie out there, but it’s also one of the best movies of all time regardless of genre. This is in no small part thanks to the late Heath Ledger’s incredible performance as the Joker, which people will continue to praise for generations to come. Naturally, the acting was exceptional all around, but Ledger’s performance will always be the first thing that comes to mind whenever we talk about The Dark Knight.
10. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Age of Ultron continues the story established by the first movie, with the Avengers having to assemble once again in order to save the world from devastation. The sequel does a pretty good job at paving the way for the upcoming Civil War storyline, however, that’s also its weakness because it’s a bit underwhelming as a standalone movie. Still a pretty good effort, though.
08. Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)
Some might consider this a bit of an odd choice but make no mistake because Scott Pilgrim vs The World has everything needed to become a cult classic that will keep people quoting it for years to come. The movie is very faithful to the source material and is a prime example of how to make a film adaptation that preserves that unique feeling you get while reading a comic book.
06. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy presents a Batman that’s broken and forced into exile by Gotham’s new supervillain, Bane. As always, the Dark Knight is eventually able to overcome all obstacles, get back into the fight (complete with new gadgets and allies), and proceed to kick some serious ass.
04. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
The sequel to Captain America is almost universally regarded as being better than the original, and with good reason. With the origin story out of the way, The Winter Solider was ready to show us a Captain America that was at the height of his power and was ready to go 1v1 against an opponent that was in many ways just as formidable as him.
02. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
We thought of X-Men: First Class as the start of something beautiful back in 2011, so we were more than happy to see that the sequel continued that train of thought and even managed to surpass all expectations. Almost everybody who played an important role in a previous X-Men movie makes an appearance here so prepare to meet a few old friends if you’re a long-time fan of the franchise.