You Decide: What is the Best Superhero Movie of All Time? – Round 1

For years, superhero fans have debated what the best superhero film of all time is. Some will say The Dark Knight, others will say Spider-Man 2, and more recently, some will say Captain America: Civil War or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Instead of starting what is called a “fanboy war,” it may be easier for us to just put it to a vote. This is where you and I, the fans and movie-goers, not the critics, get to decide what the best superhero movie of all time actually is. Cast your vote below, and watch out for Round 2 by .

Cast your opinion below, and may the best movie win.

1. ‘Spider-Man’ (2002) or ‘Spider-Man 2’ (2004)

Both of these films are phenomenal. Spider-Man is a fantastic origin story and superhero movie in a time when superheroes are not the most popular. In addition, Willem Dafoe’s portrayal of Norman Osborn / the Green Goblin is simply incredible and made the antagonist appear very threatening. Stan Lee himself has admitted this is his favorite superhero movie.

On the other hand, Spider-Man 2 has been declared by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige that Spider-Man 2 is the best Marvel movie to date. It was one of the first superhero movies to turn the villain into a hero, and the compelling plot of Peter fighting between his normal life and his superhero life is a terrific addition.

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Both Deadpool and Blade are unique as they are of the few R-rated superhero films. Deadpool is most well known for its comedic twist to the superhero sub-genre, which has never been done before – at least not to this extent. Its innovation in comedy and action really panned out for audiences and managed to become the most successful R-rated film in history.

Blade was also rather innovative. As we all know, Blade is not the most well known comic book character, even if he is from Marvel. That being said, the movie rocked. As the world tried to recover from the superhero “disaster” known as Batman & Robin, Blade came into the picture and took the superhero movies into a totally different direction. Though the later installments of the franchise lacked, the original Blade is still considered a masterpiece.

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Let’s look back at the classics. These films are both considered to be the first legitimate versions of our favorite superheroes on screen. Batman, the most recent of the two, was a hit with audiences. Tim Burton managed to perfectly exemplify the comic-book hi-jinks of Batman’s epic fight against Joker, and Michael Keaton is still considered by many to be the best Batman of all time. Even today, when superhero movies are littered with significantly better effects, I will still re-watch this movie as it does seem there is no beating it.

Superman, on the other hand, is also a terrific movie. This film felt like it took Superman right out of the comics to be the bright and powerful hero / public figure we know him to be. Superman became the hero kids loved and sought to be with the help of this movie. Its effects may have lacked compared to today’s, but the pure essence of Superman in this film will make it re-watchable even today. Even though he isn’t real, Superman gave hope to people. Seeing him in this movie somehow managed to make this hope seem even more real, and I think that is beautiful.

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Both of these great films really helped bring Marvel to the big screen, and even saved the comic-book company from bankruptcy. The original X-Men is still a classic. It may not have the most complex plot or the longest run time, but the fact that it managed to bring so many of our favorite heroes to the big screen was really awe-inspiring to comic-book readers. Plus, you’ve gotta love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

X2, however, doesn’t only manage to bring our favorite characters to the big screen, but it also creates a stronger, thicker plot. Instead of focusing on the mutant vs mutant war, it throws humans into the mix, creating a human vs mutant vs mutant concept. This is quite unique and keeps the characters and the audience on their toes as they aren’t sure which side each person is on.

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Who doesn’t love a good ensemble film? The Avengers completely redefined the superhero sub-genre, and arguably redefined the film industry as numerous other franchises are trying to expand their universe in the same way. The Avengers brought together the characters we already knew and loved, like Iron Man and Captain America, and brought them together for the first time ever in one action-packed movie. It was funny, it was thrilling and many will say it is even perfect. It is a terrific movie that I will watch over and over again.

Guardians of the Galaxy managed to do something similar, but in a harder way. Guardians had the same concept of creating a superhero team that goes on a thrilling, comedic adventure. However, this movie didn’t have five previous films to help us learn to love the characters. Instead, Guardians of the Galaxy introduced the five most obscure characters possible and managed to make us love them just as much. I think that is a truly astounding feat.

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Believe it or not, both of these films won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Though they may not be live action, as we are used to, we still took the movies seriously nonetheless. The Incredibles was basically a red version of the Fantastic Four, except it was done right. It told the story of a superhero family stuck in a world where superheroes are outlawed. When evil comes, they must choose to continue hiding their powers to protect themselves or risk everything to save the world. It is a very touching story about family and staying true to each other.

Big Hero 6 is a bit different. Instead of having the theme be about family, it’s about friendship and trust. We get to see this group of young adults (and a giant, robot marshmallow) face a threat they can’t face alone. They learn that in order to truly be heroes, they must work together and trust each other no matter what. It is very compelling and a rather emotional ride. And, to top it off, Baymax is adorable and hilarious throughout, making this arguably one of the best superhero flicks to date.

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Both of these films are very compelling and tell a story deeper than a regular superhero movie. Many consider The Dark Knight to be the best superhero movie to date simply based on the late Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. This Joker is arguably the most interesting movie antagonist in film history, which would explain why Ledger won an Oscar for it (even if he wasn’t there to accept it). But this movie is so much more than just a Joker movie. It is also about Batman’s struggle to keep the peace. He may be Batman, but he is not omnipotent. At the beginning of the movie, Batman is the perfect superhero we know him to be, but by the end of the film, we see him struggle to fight the Joker, fail at keeping the purest man in Gotham sane, and even fall short at protecting the love of his life. This decline makes The Dark Knight a truly spectacular film.

Iron Man may not be talked about as much, but many consider it to be just as good as The Dark Knight. Instead of being the badass, heavy metal superhero flick we expected it to be, Iron Man tells the story of a struggling, alcoholic billionaire who sees the wrongs of his ways and tries to stop them. After being held in an Afghan cave, Tony Stark emerges and changes from a wild party-animal into a horror struck authority figure who does all he can to make sure the weapons he designed are not put into the wrong hands. Like The Dark Knight, Iron Man shows the protagonist’s life drastically go down hill, and by the end he must change everything to fix his own failures.

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And here’s the big one we have been waiting for: which of the “vs” movies proved itself to be better? (On a fun side-note, both of these movies were originally scheduled to be released on the same date, but DC backed out and had their movie release a month earlier.) Batman v Superman gives us the superhero gladiator match we have all been waiting for. Finally, the two most famous superheroes of all time face off in one epic battle. Not only that, but the movie also sets up a bigger universe by introducing the members of the Justice League. Though the critics did not like it, Batman v Superman is still a great film directed towards the fans.

Captain America: Civil War carries a similar concept, but on a much larger scale. Having numerous characters that have already been introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Civil War is able to give us a deeper connection with the twelve heroes who fight. Though it is not always ‘dark and serious’ throughout, like Batman v Superman, Civil War carries a fun attitude, while still managing to be serious. With incredible supporting characters like Black Panther, Spider-Man, Ant-Man and Scarlet Witch, this film really speaks for itself as a true candidate for the best superhero movie of all time.

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And with that, Round 1 is done. Thank you for casting your vote. I can’t wait to see which movie ends up as the best superhero movie of all time as decided by you, the fans.

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