The past decade was marked by the emergence of films based on comics, and especially superhero comics, as Hollywood’s greatest success story. But before “The Avengers” established the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a phenomenon of pop culture in 2012, successful films about costumed heroes were considered to be outliers and not inevitable. And that doesn’t even mean the fact that, at the beginning of the 2010s, the idea that the audience would flock to films that not only shared continuities but also required them to make sense was considered ridiculous ,
Well, no one laughs now (except probably Disney’s accountant). TheWrap takes a look at the 12 best superhero films of the past decade.
12. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”
Fans of the basic comic book series that made its debut in 2004 may not see this as groundbreaking material. Everyone else will. It’s a stupid mashup of images and rules of the universe that is borrowed from video games, TV sitcoms, cartoons on Saturday mornings, rock’n’roll, anime, science fiction / fantasy and yes, comics.
11. “Man of Steel”
Christopher Nolan’s realistic approach to superhero sagas and Zack Snyder’s experience with breathtaking action sequences made Clark Kent’s return to the cinema screen forget Bryan Singer’s 2006 somber “Superman Returns”.
“Deadpool” is one of those films that are all the more successful since it could have gone wrong so easily. It’s full of arched, confident jokes – its title hero hurts the fourth wall more than Groucho Marx, Bugs Bunny and Ambush Bug put together – and yet it just takes its love and revenge story seriously enough to keep us busy.
9. “Thor: Ragnarok”
The New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi gave the “Thor” franchise his personal touch with this film and made it entertaining and entertaining – and the visual effects are never too great. The film was to be praised for its portrayal of women and the main characters Thor and Loki. Even Hulk is amusing in the film, and the character and story arches appear in the third episode of the “Thor” franchise.
8. “Guardians of the Galaxy”
If you take the dirty dozen that pull off the Magnificent Seven, you get roughly membership in “Guardians of the Galaxy”, a surprisingly successful space adventure with a group of Marvel comics characters, led by Chris Pratt, in a breakout action- Lead performance.
7. “Wonder Woman”
It was Gal Gadot’s turn when Princess Diana of Themyscira made a refreshing appearance in the mud of “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”. It is a film that not only removes many of the seemingly built-in shortcomings of superhero films, but also mixes smarts, sentimentality and adrenaline in the best Hollywood style. This is a superior popcorn movie, no matter what genre.
“Joker” is the first film with an R rating of $ 1 billion at the box office. That alone is enough to immortalize it in the comic canon. But compared to some of the big DC and Marvel tentpoles that have shaped the film’s ecosystem in recent years, it’s amazing how Gotham City’s most notorious villain defeated the superheroes in their own game.
5. “The Avengers”
Marvel Studios built its cinematic universe over four years and five films, culminating in the critically acclaimed and publicly pleasing 2012 release of “The Avengers”. A radical idea at the time, Kevin Feige’s masterpiece put all the heroes from the previous Marvel Phase One films together in one big team film that conquered the world at the box office for $ 1.5 billion.
4. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
The Russo brothers, who entered the MCU as the director of “Winter Soldier” before taking over government affairs for “Civil War” and finally for “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018), were really impressed with “Winter Soldier”. It’s a classic spy thriller with a superhero twist. And Robert Redford as a villain is a really nice touch. But what really drives it to size is the way it gets it. It brings people. It gets the world. It drives the idea that you have to do what you have to do, even if you know it won’t work.
3. “Black Panther”
“Black Panther” lives up to our expectations with beautiful camera work and breathtaking costume design. And something else that the film does well: Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger is a mature villain with whom you sometimes have pity.
James Mangold’s small-scale western game changes the entire superhero genre and dares to defy the standards by which these films are supposed to work. It’s just a great movie for every normal standard.
1. “Spider-Man: In the Spider Verses”
The best superhero films and films in general are the most human. And despite animation, despite the crazy cast of spider people, “Spider-Verse” is as real as films despite the bizarre premise.