IGN's Top 25 Best Superhero Movies

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"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!"

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  1. 1 new

    The Dark Knight

    2008, in 24 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    2018, in 16 top lists Check
  3. 3 new


    2017, in 10 top lists Check
  4. 4 new

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    2014, in 3 top lists Check
  5. 5 new

    Avengers: Endgame

    2019, in 10 top lists Check
  6. 6 new


    1978, in 11 top lists Check
  7. 7 new

    Avengers: Infinity War

    2018, in 9 top lists Check
  8. 8 new

    The Avengers

    2012, in 7 top lists Check
  9. 9 new

    Batman Begins

    2005, in 12 top lists Check
  10. 10 new

    Thor: Ragnarok

    2017, in 4 top lists Check
  11. 11 new

    Spider-Man 2

    2004, in 7 top lists Check
  12. 12 new

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    2014, in 4 top lists Check
  13. 13 new

    Iron Man

    2008, in 8 top lists Check
  14. 14 new

    The Incredibles

    2004, in 12 top lists Check
  15. 15 new

    Black Panther

    2018, in 6 top lists Check
  16. 16 new

    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    1993 — a.k.a. Batman: The Animated Movie, in 1 top list Check
  17. 17 new


    2003 — a.k.a. X2: X-Men United, in 6 top lists Check
  18. 18 new


    1989, in 10 top lists Check
  19. 19 new


    2016, in 3 top lists Check
  20. 20 new


    2000, in 6 top lists Check
  21. 21 new

    X: First Class

    2011 — a.k.a. X-Men: First Class, in 3 top lists Check
  22. 22 new

    Wonder Woman

    2017, in 4 top lists Check
  23. 23 new


    1998, in 2 top lists Check
  24. 24 new

    V for Vendetta

    2005, in 9 top lists Check
  25. 25 new


    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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Last updated on Mar 28, 2020; source