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Bam! Splat! Kapow! Strap on your utility belt, starch up your cape, pull your underpants over your trousers and prepare to fly faster than a speeding bullet with Time Out's superheroic countdown of the 50 essential comic book movies.
"It is time once again, in this post-Infinity Saga world, to narrow down the top 25 best superhero films of all time.
With the MCU heading into a new phase, the 20th Century Fox Marvel properties like X-Men and Fantastic Four on the verge of merging with the broader Marvel Studios world, DC's properties hitting new creative heights, and a swath of "indie" comics titles also getting adapted, the superhero movie genre clearly isn't going anywhere any time soon.
A few notes on this update to this list: Whereas in the past we've focused only on films based on actual comics, this time around we've decided that original characters created for the big screen are also eligible (you're welcome, The Incredibles fans!). Also, this list features superhero-based movies only. Sorry, no Road to Perdition or Ghost World or a handful of other excellent movies that happen to have been notable comics first. We love those flicks, but you kind of have to have superpowers (or a pretty dope costume) to hang in this 25.
The IGN Entertainment team voted on this list, resulting in a few changes since our last update to it in 2018. As for the movie that have been added or removed to this list since our last update, Marvel did well with several new titles, including Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, the Sony-Marvel animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the classic Wesley Snipes-starring Blade. The rule change allowing original characters created for a movie brings Unbreakable and The Incredibles into the top 25. And then V himself also sneaks onto the list with V for Vendetta. As for what has been cut from the 2018 list, the original Hellboy, Watchmen, Kick-Ass, The Crow, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, KIngsman: The Secret Service, and Captain America: Civil War are all out. So quite a bit of churn there.
All that said, let's dig into brainwashed super-soldiers, foul-mouthed invulnerable vigilantes, ragtag crews of galactic scavengers, a couple of Spider-Men, several Batmen, and more!"
Bear in mind, what follows are what one dork considers the best superhero movies, not necessarily or exclusively the best comic-book movies. There are some very good superhero movies that aren’t based on comics. As far what makes a “superhero movie” if not a connection to a superhero comic, it’s kind of a you-know-it-when-you-see-it type situation. But if the main character of your movie dresses in a costume (particularly if the costume has a mask and a cape), or gains super powers of some kind as part of a quest to save the world from evildoers, you’re on the right track.
Without further ado, here’s our picks for the 25 best superhero movies
The 30 best superhero movies since Blade kicked off their modern renaissance. Criteria for what constitutes a superhero movie were as follows: It must (a) be about a do-gooder or group of do-gooders who have superhuman abilities or are more skilled at crime-fighting than any human possibly could be (Batman and the Punisher being examples of the latter); (b) be set primarily on Earth, which excludes sci-fi fantasias like Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy, as both are set in galaxies where superhuman abilities are commonplace; and (c) have been released theatrically. There’s also a certain amount of Potter Stewart–esque logic here: You know a superhero when you see one.