Superhero movies are all the rage right now but which ones are worth watching? We've picked our favourites that you can stream right now for as little as £2.49
Superhero movies have been around since the 1930s but right now their popularity is at an all-time high with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also the DC Extended Universe.
Although they are immensely popular, the genre is one that continues to divide. There are many who are beginning to feel fatigued by the sheer number of superhero movie releases every year. Case in point, the Spiderman franchise is undergoing its third reboot in 15 years. There is a risk that we’ll reach saturation point with superhero movies and people will start to turn their backs on them.
However, 2017 is set to be the year of the Superhero movie. We’ve got the upcoming releases of Logan, Spiderman: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Wonder Woman and of course the hugely anticipated Justice League all to look forward to.
Logan will be the first on that list to reach our screens this week and it’s a title we’re hugely looking forward to. Not only is it Hugh Jackman’s swansong as the iconic Wolverine character but it also promises to be one of the best superhero movies ever, with a current score of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
In anticipation of Logan’s release this week, here at Shopomo we’ve come up with a list of our favourite superhero movies ever that you can rent or buy on demand right now for as little as £2.49.
We know there are a gazillion superhero movies out there so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to list what we think are the best examples of the superhero genre so you can avoid dreck like Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman or Ben Affleck’s turn as Daredevil.. Our list comprises of the biggest blockbuster hits as well as a couple of underrated gems we think deserve more recognition.
Bruce Willis stars as David Dunn, a survivor of a devastating train crash that kills 131 people. Somehow, Dunn manages to escape without a single scratch.
Along then comes Elijah Price (Samuel L Jackson), a mysterious stranger who offers a bizarre explanation as to why David escaped without any injuries, an explanation that threatens to change David’s life forever.
Unbreakable is an incredibly underrated film that offers a unique take on the superhero genre with plenty of twists and turns along the way as is typical with M. Night Shayamalan films.
After years of being stuck in development hell, Deadpool finally made his big screen debut last year (let’s forget X-Men Origins: Wolverine ever happened).
Ryan Reynolds excels as the ‘merc with a mouth’. Loud, crass, mentally unstable and prone to bouts of ultra-violence, Deadpool is a welcome change to the typical straight-laced Marvel heroes like Captain America that have appeared on our screens.
Although Hugh Jackman announced that Logan will be his last appearance, we live in hope that he can be tempted into making a Wolverine/Deadpool team up and make the ultimate buddy comic book movie. Our fingers are firmly crossed.
Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire teamed up to give us a take on Marvel’s famous Spiderman comics that’s full of heart.
Although the action is ramped up for this sequel, Spiderman 2 is a darker, funnier and more emotional affair than the first movie.
Props must be given to Tobey Maguire’s performance as Spiderman. Charming, geeky and extremely likeable, Maguire gives the audience a very human take on Marvel’s web-slinging superhero.
Joss Whedon of Firefly and Buffy fame brings his trademark humour and snappy dialogue to The Avengers, resulting in a film that’s joyous, fun and just plain awesome.
Earth’s mightiest heroes join forces to repel an alien attack. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) all make up the avengers.
With its exciting set pieces and fantastic ensemble cast, The Avengers not only won over the fanboys but those uninitiated in the ways of Marvel comics.
Despite coming out in 1978, nobody has quite been able to nail the role of Clark Kent/Superman as perfectly as Christopher Reeve did.
Reeve dons the iconic blue and red costume and makes the role his own. With his chiselled features, kiss curl and steely blue eyes, Reeves IS Superman.
Part superhero movie, part romantic comedy, Superman is pure fun.
Tim Burton’s vision of the Batman was such a success because he returned to the character’s dark origins, portraying him as a creature of the night that stalks criminals. For years audiences were familiar with Adam West’s campy turn as Batman so this was a hugely refreshing shake-up for comic-book fans.
Although Michael Keaton is great as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Jack Nicholson steals the show as the maniacal Joker.
Dark, eerie and haunting, Batman is a visual spectacle that brought the character back to life.
X-Men: First Class
Set in the swinging sixties, X-Men: First Class is an origin story that shows us the beginnings of the mighty mutants as well as how the eternal struggle between the heroes and villains of the X-Men universe began.
Set against the back-drop of the Cold War, the United States government enlists the help of mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a dictator determined to start World War III.
Cool, stylish and exciting, X-Men:First Class manages to stay true to the superhero legend while also creating something fresh and new. Also watch out for Hugh Jackman’s short but sweet Wolverine cameo.
Iron Man is all about Robert Downey Jr’s performance. He brings a swagger and arrogance to the role that is captivating and funny.
After being kidnapped by terrorists and made to build weapons of mass destruction, Tony Stark builds an armored suit and upends his captors. Returning to America, Stark refines the suit and uses it to combat crime and terrorism.
It’s an important film as Iron Man resurrected Downey Jr’s career and also without Iron Man, there’d be no MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Director Jon Favreau had to personally vouch for Downey Jr for the lead role. However, it’s a gamble that paid off for Marvel.
We feel as though Hellboy doesn’t get the recognition it deserves which is a shame as it’s truly a marvellous film.
Adapted from the Dark Horse of the same name, Hellboy is a demon turned superhero who secretly works to keep the world safe from paranormal threats with his team, the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.
Hellboy sets itself apart from other superhero movies with its wit, humour and Guillermo del Toro’s fantastic visuals.
Captain America: Civil War
Out of all the Avengers, Captain America has the most consistently excellent solo films.
While ‘The First Avenger’ was a decent start, ‘The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Civil War’ are two of the best offerings from the MCU.
It was tough to pick out of those films for this list. In the end, we opted for Civil War. Civil War brings a welcome change of tone for Marvel films, with a darker and grittier tone while still remaining an action-packed blockbuster.
Civil War also gave us one of the most memorable fight scenes from superhero movies; the Avengers ‘Battle Royale’ at the airport.
Pixar have delivered a number of top-notch films over the years but The Incredibles is right up there with them.
It’s a sharp, amusing and colourful homage to comic book lore and a great family-friendly action-comedy.
The Dark Knight
After the triumph that was Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan steps back into the director’s chair for this superior sequel that sees Batman face off against his greatest nemesis – the Joker.
The Joker’s arrival in Gotham City creates a new wave of chaos, with Batman’s struggle against the Joker becoming deeply personal. To defeat him, Batman will be forced to confront everything he believes.
Played with much aplomb by a ghoulish looking Heath Ledger, his performance as the Joker is the definitive portrayal of the most infamous comic book villain ever.