The Best Superhero Movies of the 21st Century
The X-Men return with a fury today, promising some great retro mutant action (I love me some retro mutant action). After two bad movies (X-Men 3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine), X-Men: First Class is receiving rave reviews. X-Men: First Class currently has a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s being called “a welcome return to form for the franchise.”
With several more superhero movies being released over the coming months – and countless more beyond that – we felt it was only right to review the best superhero movies of the 21st century. Needless to say, Elektra didn’t make the list.
Our criteria was simple – the movie has to feature a superhero, but doesn’t have to be based on a comic book. Vice versa, movies based on comic books but that don’t feature superheroes (like Ghost Town), don’t qualify. So, what the hell are you waiting for? Read on…
No. 11. Spider-Man (2002)
Following the success of X-Men two years earlier, Sony and Marvel unleashed hell upon the box office with the well-reviewed Sam Raimi movie Spider-Man. The movie is a bit dated – especially the graphics – and it’s a little too cheery for this day and age, but Spider-Man is still one of the best superhero movies of the 21st century.
No. 10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Michael Cera is uberfied in the visual orgasm Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a criminally overlooked action-comedy that is one of the most entertaining movies on this list. Some may argue he’s not a superhero, but he’s got super powers, defeats a super villain and gets a girl way out of his league. What’s not super about that?