We promise it’s not all MCU.
Arguably the greatest decade of superhero films are coming to an end and I hope that you all enjoyed the countless blockbuster films as much as I have.
Ever since I was a little kid, I have been quite fond of superheroes. Not unlike others, I have my favorites, but that hasn’t stopped me from absolutely losing my mind every time a Marvel or DC movie hit the theaters.
This decade, we’ve seen superhero movies not only eclipse their own industry records, but cinema records as a whole. Joker became the first R-rated film to gross $1 billion while Avengers Endgame became the highest grossing movie of all time, surpassing Avatar.
It was damn-near impossible to narrow ten action packed years worth of superhero films down to just ten movies but it had to be done. It was my blessing and my curse.
So, if you are ready, let’s dive right in from the bottom!
1. Doctor Strange (2016)
When Benedict Cumberbatch was first announced as the Doctor Strange, I had some mixed feelings. Not because of his acting; he is a great actor and I love his style. It was mainly because in my mind he would always be Sherlock, I have a habit of identifying actors with their roles. Another epic performance by him would obviously confuse me in the long run.
The movie was a huge success and Doctor Strange was epicly introduced to the MCU. Stephen Vincent Strange, who is a surgeon, gets into a car accident and damages the nerves in his hands. To find a way to heal himself, he goes to Tibet but a magician he meets there changes his life.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Are there any Parks and Recreation fans in the house? When I found out Chris Pratt was going to be starring in it, I had not heard of Guardians of the Galaxy before, but I just knew that it was going to be good.
Accompanied by a raccoon and a tree, Chris Pratt turned millions into Guardians of the Galaxy fans.
Everything starts when an adventurist who calls himself Star-Lord happens to steal a mysterious sphere. A guy named Ronan desperately desires to have it and does not care if he destroys the universe in order to get it. While trying to get Ronan off his back, Star-Lord finds himself stuck with a crew of misfits and the adventure begins.
3. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
When things go south during a mission, the government decides to inspect the Avengers’ actions. After the decision, surprisingly Captain America decides to go rogue and starts operating as a vigilante with the other who think just like him while Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man keeps operating under the law. This disagreement causes what has come to be known as Civil War.
This movie was quite thrilling for me as it was also the MCU debut of the new Tom Holland Spider-Man.
4. Wonder Woman (2017)
I love the DC universe but there is just something about their films that I just do not agree with and I just cannot pinpoint what it is. I feel like they always leave me wanting more but in a bad way.
But I feel like Wonder Woman was just done right. It felt like everything was clicking, from storytelling to acting.
Everything starts off with a pilot crashing to the Amazon island and telling them the conflicts of the outside world. Upon hearing this Diana leaves her home to fight a war.
5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Would everyone be mad at me if I had said, this was possibly the last good Batman movie? I always felt like Christian Bale was what Tobey Maguire was to Spider-Man. The perfect combination.
Tom Hardy was also awesome in the movie. The storytelling of the movie was top-notch, as we have witnessed the rise of Bane until we started having doubts about how Batman would be able to beat him and save Gotham.
6. The Avengers (2012) – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
I wanted to bundle these two together as a certain Avengers movie is just too good to belong to any list while the other one will have to dust on a shelf. You probably know which one is which.
Both of these Avengers movies did an amazing job showcasing all the heroes and just bonding all MCU together. I always consider the Avengers movies as the cherry on top of a cake. With all the movies that prepare us for the Avengers, it is a truly remarkable experience.
7. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
I love Thor but it took Marvel three tries to get it right. Thor: Ragnarok was like a breath of fresh air and was just a standard-setter for the franchise.
The movie starts off with Thor imprisoned in another planet and he needs to get out of there ASAP in order to save Asgard from its doom a.k.a. Ragnarok.
8. Logan (2017)
I am a huge fan of the X-Men animated series but when it came down to X-Men movies, I have always been skeptical. They always lacked that wow factor until Logan came around.
Sadly, it is the last movie of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine but what a performance it was. Bravo! The movie takes place in a future time where mutants are close to extinction and X-Men is almost no more. Wolverine who is middle-aged in the movie tries his best to lead a quiet life, but his quiet life does not last that long when a mutant child who has been getting experimented on comes to him for help.
9. Joker (2019)
I assume that it would be impossible to find a list without this movie. It is no surprise because this movie did everything right. Incredible acting, music, and storytelling.
I could write paragraphs about this movie, but they would all come down the same conclusion and that would be just… just watch it.
10. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Far from Home (2017-2019)
I am talking about the Homecoming of the legend! Honestly, when Spider-Man 4 starring Tobey Maguire was canceled, I was crushed. I remember crying over it. I thought that I would never be able to see Spider-Man in action ever again.
Well, I was sort of right since The Amazing Spider-Man series was a rather soulless attempt. It took this legend until 2017 to come home and oh boy what a homecoming it has been. The energy, the spark, the wittiness, it is all back and I just can not wait to see more of this Spider-Man!