Top 10 Favorite Superhero Films

Today is National Superhero Day! I am a massive lover of Superhero films and media, and have been as long as I can remember. If you didn’t know, and anyone who knows me should know, my favorite Superhero of all time is Spider-Man. As long as I can remember I always wanted to be like Spider-Man (this included me wanting glasses at a young age so I could look like Peter Parker). That character alone has helped me through so much of my life, and every iteration of him has done a phenomenal job at being who Spider-Man is supposed to be. To celebrate this year, here are my top 10 Superhero films of all-time!

Honorable Mention:

  1. The Dark Knight – B+
  2. Spider-Man – B+
  3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – B+
  4. Spider-Man: Homecoming – B+
  5. Iron Man – A-

10. Avengers: Infinity War – A-

One could argue that Infinity War is more of a Thanos movie than anything, and since we not only start the film with the mad titans destruction, but end with his satisfaction, I would agree with you. I think the risk the Russo Brothers took with this film is just magnificent, and I know a lot of people who say this is their all-time favorite Superhero film. The battles are large scale, and the journey Thanos takes is terrifying while also being highly emotional. You can really feel how broken the Avengers are as a team, and Thanos takes full advantage of that to ultimately get what he wants.

Where to Watch: Disney+

9. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – A

When you want to talk an emotional MCU film, this should shoot to the top of the list. This is James Gunn and the entire Guardians cast at their very best. From the opening fight to the final funeral, you are taken on one of the wildest, prettiest, and best journeys the MCU has to offer.

Where to Watch: Disney+

8. Big Hero 6 – A

I have always been partial to Big Hero 6, probably more-so than others. I think Baymax is one of the best film characters I have seen in a long time, and the movies emotional and action beats still work for me. The climax of this film is still just as sad now as when I first saw it.

Where to Watch: Disney+

7. Spider-Man 2 – A

This film is Tobey Maguire at his best, mainly because the movie forces him to be Peter for most of it. The constant battle whether to be Peter or Spider-Man coupled in with Alfred Molina’s incredible Doc Ock allow for some of the best Spider-Man

Where to Watch: STARZ

6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – A

This film was honestly a shock to me when I saw it for the first time. I never thought this was going to be as good as it was, but MAN is this a good one. We get Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine teaming up with James McAvoy’s Professor X, which was just cool to see altogether, we get the best Michael Fassbender has ever been playing Magneto, and we are introduced to Evan Peter’s Quicksilver who steals the show the second he is on screen. This film is bursting with excitement and Magneto lifting a F@*KING STADIUM.

Where to Watch: Disney+

5. Spider-Man: Far From Home – A

Everything I said about Spider-Man 2 earlier, amplify that and you have what I think about Far From Home. I can’t stand the way people say the MCU doesn’t understand Peter, when this film is exactly what I grew up loving Peter for. He is constantly grieving the loss of his mentor and father figure, while also struggling with if he even wants to continue being Spider-Man. He feels like he isn’t doing enough and won’t live up to Tony’s standard, and has to come to the realization that that’s okay, and that he needs to be the best hero he can be. In my opinion, this is exactly what Spider-Man is and Tom Holland just portrays that so well.

Where to Watch: STARZ

4. Captain America: Civil War – A

I will never forget when I first saw this film. As a film alone, I think this is one of the best made in all of the MCU. The story is wonderfully told that shows the breakdown of the team we have grown to love, and it also does a wonderful job in setting up the future of the Avengers films. We were introduced to not only Spider-Man but Black Panther as well. Robert Downey Jr. also gives one of my favorite performances in the entire MCU, and his “I don’t care, he killed my mom” delivery is still just as striking. The final fight between Iron Man, Bucky, and Cap is still one of the best in the entire MCU, and Zemo is still my favorite villain in all of the MCU. People forget that without him the Avengers aren’t disbanded for Infinity War.

Where to Watch: Disney+

3. Avengers: Endgame – A+

Endgame was not only a magnificent and epic finale to a 22 film long series, but it was an emotional and powerful conclusion for some of the worlds favorite heroes. This film managed to not only tell a truly wonderful superhero story, with big battles and insane team-ups, but it also told a personal one of loss and regret. It’s a movie about grief and closure as much it is a movie about badass action. It’s not as tightly knit as Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, but it gives me that same kind of large scale feeling that made RotK so incredible. Who would’ve thought that one of the largest scale culmination of films would end with a dance and a kiss.

Where to Watch: Disney+

2. LOGAN – A+

LOGAN is one of my all-time favorite films. It’s a masterpiece in my eyes the way that it subverted the Superhero genre in such a powerful and complex way. Hugh Jackman’s Logan is a broken and beaten man. He doesn’t care to live, but does for the sake of Professor X. Professor X is even more broken than Logan, as he is suffering from severe mental issues causing him to forget past events and giving him seizures that are deadly to himself and everyone around him. These two characters want peace, and they want nothing more than to be at peace. James Mangold’s Oscar Nominated script wonderfully captures this longing for that peace, and the lengths at which they would go to get that. Patrick Stewart gives one of my favorite performances in any Superhero film, and Hugh Jackman received a perfect ending to one of the most iconic characters of the 21st Century.

Where to Watch: VOD

1. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – A+

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, like LOGAN, is one of my all-time favorite films. Bias aside, I think this is one of the best movies ever made, and it actually is my favorite animated film of all-time. Not only is it my favorite… I think it is the best animated film that’s ever been made, that’s how highly I think of this movie. It is groundbreaking in animation, and this film expertly captured everything that Spider-Man is. It was able to expertly create a world of flash and color that brought the perfect amount of emotional resonance and high flying action. The film never felt like it was trying to do too much, and it never felt like it wasn’t doing enough. The animation style was magnificent and brought the comic book to life in a way that we had never seen done before. The story of becoming your own hero and discovering your path was a personable one, and the “Leap of Faith” scene is one of my all-time favorite scenes in any movie. I know nothing is perfect, and you can always find flaws in anything, but this film is perfect dammit and I will love it till the day I die.

Where to Watch: VOD

Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.

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