ByEugenio Iacono, writer at Creators.co
Eugenio Iacono

This is my list of 50 superheroes movies (in order of time from Superman 1 to Thor: The Dark World) by Marvel, DC and two by Dark Horse Comics (there will not be spin-off movies like Elektra, Catwoman or Supergirl). It will be divided in 5 parts from worst to best. Also if some movies have the same rating, there's a reason for the way in which they have been ordered. As I already stated this is a personal and subjective list, so if you don't agree with my opinion and want to state about it in the comments, just be polite! ;)

And finally here's the last (TOP 10!) part of my list! Here you can find all the previous parts: Part 4, Part 3, Part 2, Part 1.

10. Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World
Thor: The Dark World

Sequel to the 2011 Thor, this movie manages to bring an unique and more realistic view of Asgard and of the Asgardians. With great action scenes, great acting and pretty good storyline, you can easily say this is a "worthy" second act for the god of thunder. Tom Hiddleston gives his best performance as the god of mischief as well as Hemsworth as the tital character; Idris Elba is outstanding and badass as always and Levi as Fandral is a good addiction. What I didn't liked that much was the villain, Malekith: it was pretty generic and a bit too distant from the source. Plus the movie tries to be darker than the previous one, but sometimes falls into cheesiness.

Overall rating: 8/10

9. Batman
Batman
Batman

Tim Burton's first Batman movie is still one of the best not only of the character, but as a comic-book movie in general. With really good storyline and pretty good acting (especially of the two protagonists), the film manages to bring for the first time the dark knight to the big screen. Burton's touch brings some really cool gothic atmosphere without falling too much in the "Burton style" that I disliked in Returns. Keaton as Batman is still the best live action representation of the character and Nicholson as Joker is really outstanding. What I didn't liked about the Joker is that there was too much Nicholson in the interpretation (instead of Hamill's or Ledger's). The supporting cast wasn't that excellent and the nearly missing Gordon lower the rating a bit.

Overall rating: 8/10

8. Thor
Thor
Thor

OK, the first Thor movie was great and it's still one of the best MCU films. It is really hard to bring a character like Thor to life on the big screen and to make him believable. Well this movie not only did it, but did it great! Great storyline, great characters development, pretty good acting and with a touch of Shakespeare, the film by Kenneth Branagh manages to give life to the god of thunder. Hemsworth and Hiddleston did a remarkable job by portraying the two brothers as well as Hopkins as the Allfather.

Overall rating: 8,25/10

7. The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-Man

Reboot by Marc Webb of the Raimi's trilogy, this movie succeeded where the first saga failed: bringing to life the best Spidey representation on the big screen till now. Garfield is perfect not only physically but also in the way he portrays the character, Emma Stone as Gwen was nearly perfect (also if there was a bit of MJ in her character) as well as Field, Sheen and Leary as aunt May, uncle Ben and George Stacy respectively. Ifans as Connor was good, but it could have been humanized a bit more (maybe by adding his family). The storyline was really well done as well as the special effects. It may be because I'm a huge fan of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic-books (on which this film is based), but I really think this is the best live action Spider-Man to date.

Overall rating: 8,5/10

6. The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight

The second Nolan movie in the trilogy is still one of the best about the character. The compelling storyline and the awesome cast make it a really good movie, starting from the Joker on whose shoulders the film is held. Ledger did a really awesome performance as the mad clown as well as Oldman as Gordon, Caine as Alfred and Freeman as Fox; Eckhart as Two-Face did also a good job. Still the film suffers from a not that awesome Batman: don't get me wrong Bale was good, but still misses the core of the character (not to speak about his detective side) and Gyllenhaal as Rachel was awful compared to Holme's performance. The plot still suffers from some plot holes and errors that makes the movie fall a bit down.

Overall rating: 8,5/10

5. Iron Man
Iron Man
Iron Man

The first MCU movie still manages to be the best solo movie of this arc. Really compelling story, really cool acting and awesome action scenes are the bases for this awesome movie. RDJ is just perfect as the armored avenger as well as the Paltrow as Pepper; Howard and Bridges did also a great job as Rhodes and Stane. Darker and with less humor than the sequels, the movie manages to keep the balance between funny moments and serious ones staying well away from cheesiness. The endings (both pre-credits and the post-credits scene) give me goosebumps every time I see them.

Overall rating: 8,5/10

4. Batman Begins
Batman Begins
Batman Begins

First Nolan movie about the dark knight, the one that revived a dead franchise, is still the best about the character. Taking inspiration from a really awesome comic-book that is Year One, it brings to the big screen almost everything perfectly. Bale is a pretty believable Wayne and a good Batman (loved the ninja style; not that much the voice and the missing detective part); Caine is an awesome Alfred as well as Freeman as Fox and Oldman as Gordon; Neeson is a strange but still pretty good Ra's al Ghul and Holmes is pretty good as Rachel Dawes. The story is really awesome with lots of references to the comics.

Overall rating: 9/10

3. X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class

I have to admit I wasn't expecting this film to be this good...but it is. First Class is by far the best X-Men movie and one of the best superheroes movies till now. Awesome story, awesome cast and awesome fight scenes all set in the 60s. McAvoy is really cool as Professor X (also if not as good as Stewart) and Fassbender surprised me with a even better performance than McKellen as Magneto, adding more depth to the character; Lawrence as Mystique did a remarkable job as well as Bacon as the villain Shaw. Also the other characters were really well characterized and pretty much all (a part from Darwin) with enough screen time.

Overall rating: 9/10

2. Watchmen
Watchman
Watchman

Best DC Comics movie? Not Batman Begins, not the Dark Knight Rises, but Watchmen. Yep, you heard it right, this is the best DC movie till now. Not only is probably the best comic-book adaptation (in terms of similarities between the graphic novel and the movie), but also the characters characterizations and the revisited ending make it even more believable to the general public; Rorschach, played by Jackie Earle Haley, is probably the best representation of a comic-book character on screen. The film is probably a bit too violent, even compared to the source, but that doesn't undermine the result of the film.

Overall rating: 9,25/10

1. The Avengers
The Avengers
The Avengers

Joss Wheadon's The Avengers is without a single doubt the best superhero movie ever done till now. It has a really cool (also if a bit simple) story, awesome characters characterizations and development and the best action scenes in a superhero movie. All the characters have enough space and depth and their relationships are remarkably woven. All the previous MCU movies are a really good setup and springboard to this awesome success to bring to the big screen the supergroup. Most of the characters were already introduced in the previous movies and in this one most of them have given their best performance. The new Banner/Hulk introduced in this film is just outstanding: Ruffalo is just perfect as the doctor and the monster is finally believable and really awesome looking. The final battle is the most perfect I've ever seen in a cine-comic: all the characters (even Hawkeye and Black Widow) have enough screen time and no one overshadow the other members, just like a team fight should be. The film is characterized by lots of humor and sharp jokes, but avoids really well the cheesiness.

Overall rating: 9,5/10

Honorable Mention: Dredd
Dredd 3D
Dredd 3D

This movie was actually gonna make my Top 10, but as I've decided to sharp the list to be only 50 long and to not include movies outside Marvel, DC and Dark Horse, this one resulted cut. Still I've decided to put it has an honorable mention. This movie is really good: it doesn't have an overly-complicated plot, but still gets his job done; it's way better than the previous adaptation with Stallone and way nearer to the comic-book source. Urban did a great job as Judge Dredd as well as Lena Headey as the villain MaMa.

Overall rating: 8/10

And this is the end of my "Worst to Best Superheroes movies till 2013" list. Thanks for reading it and hope you enjoyed it.


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