Question of the Week: Favorite Superhero Movie

It seems like it took us a long time to get superhero movies right, at least in Hollywood. I contend that China has been nailing the superhero genre for many decades, only we call them Kung Fu movies, bu that’s a topic for another time.

My wife and I loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Afterward, I couldn’t decide whether it was my favorite of the genre, but it’s certainly in the top three with Iron Man and The Avengers. Part of the reason I can’t choose between them is that they are all so good at different things. Winter Soldier is an exhilarating thriller, Iron Man as good a superhero origin as we’ve ever seen, and The Avengers a terrific unification of what could have been wildly different subgenres.

This week’s question comes in two parts: Which is your favorite of the nine Marvel Studios movies (and why), and which lesser-appreciated non-Marvel superhero movie do you think everyone should see?

3 thoughts on “Question of the Week: Favorite Superhero Movie

  1. I haven’t seen Winter Soldier yet — but of the Marvel Studios films, my current favorite is Captain America: The First Avenger (with Thor: The Dark World coming in a close second).

    For lesser-appreciated superhero recommendation, I’d go with The Rocketeer, hands-down. (Hmm. My favorite Marvel film and my lesser-known recommendation are both period pieces directed by Joe Johnston. )

  2. Winter Soldier was fantastic. Went with my wife Thursday night. After the film, I told her THAT was what Captain America comics have been all about for the past decade (well, the Brubaker run, at least). Have to say Winter Soldier is my favorite super hero movie so far.
    Others that I loved include Dark Knight Returns, Iron Man, Avengers, X-Men and X-Men: First Class.

  3. I’d have to say that the new Captain America movie is my favourite of the Marvel movies, as I like the spy genre within the superhero framework. Outside of Marvel I’m quite a fan of the animated DC movies as they’re consistently good for the most part. Justice League: Doom, JL: War, Wonder Woman, and Batman: Year One are all worth watching among others, but my overall pick would be Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

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