ByShadan Syed, writer at
Movie addict and aspiring director.
Shadan Syed

When the genre of superhero movies is discussed, it's fairly common to think that these movies involves one good guy and one bad guy fighting, in which the good guy wins in the end. Well, in the last five years, superhero movies are trying their best to change this perception and by the end of 2020, it looks like they will be quite successful.

The genre rose to fame after the Superman, Spiderman and X Men movies. Whatever these movies did turned into a cliche over time. Although these movies were pretty amazing, the audience didn't want the same thing again. That was the start of the revolution of superhero movies.

Both the big wigs, Marvel and DC, are to be given due credit for their contributions in redefining the genre. Here are the movies that changed the superhero genre for good.

The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012)

So, The Dark Knight Trilogy is one series which I think changed the scenario of superhero movies. It made the whole genre darker, gripping and grounded. With the brilliant direction and star cast, this trilogy changed the superhero scenario by declaring that the genre meant serious business.

Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man officially marked the start of the "most epic franchise ever" a.k.a. the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It didn't have an out of the box story, but the action, the humor and everything was utterly perfect. It had a typical good guy beats bad guy feature to it, but it was one hell of a awesome movie which marked the start of MCU's redefinition of the genre.

Thor (2011)

Marvel Studio's first attempt at making a fantasy movie mixed with the basic superhero elements was Thor. The movie proved that Marvel was headed in the right direction. I mean, who would have thought a movie like this would be a hit in, say, 2005? Marvel did justice to the character's origin and relationships, further cementing its position on the superhero battle ground.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America was basically a war film with a super human soldier kicking some Nazi butts. The film, although not THAT good, was a pretty awesome foundation for what Marvel was planning the whole time. It was a film that got appreciated for its casting and story. The sub division continued and after this movie, The Avengers in 2012 was released.

The Avengers

The Avengers is one of those movies, you can't afford to miss. This movie introduced the idea of bringing multiple protagonists in one single movie for beating the hell out of a villain and his army. The Avengers with its ensemble cast and brilliant direction and writing is one of the best Marvel movies ever made.

Captain America: Winter Soldier

Captain America makes another entry in this article. Being a political thriller, this one movie launched Captain America and its directors to great fame. The movie looked more of a "Mission Impossible" angle than a typical superhero movie. The movie was fresh, exhilarating and a really intriguing joy ride.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Honestly, there would be no difference in this movie, even if the term "superhero" was not associated with it at all. This movie mainly a sci/fi alien adventure, which was pretty badass. It was exciting, fun and gripping all at the same time. It was one of Marvel's biggest risks which paid off pretty well for the studio. This movie again proved that the audience yearned for new narratives and interesting characters and that Marvel was doing that just right.


Ant Man again was a heist movie with a guy who had advanced tech. The movie, although being Marvel's second lowest earning movie, was loved by the critics and fans alike. It was expected to be a "silly" movie, and a probable box office bomb, but it proved itself as quite the opposite. It cemented its position in the hearts of the fans as one of the best Marvel films till date.


These movies are to be released in the future. These movies are expected to be ground breaking in terms of narrative and story, so these make their position in the list.

Captain America: Civil War

Although it's been said that Captain America: Civil War is not a Captain America movie, Cap Am makes an entry the third time. It is expected to change the complete scenario and turn heroes against heroes for one heck of a battle. Directed by the Winter Soldier duo, this film is expected be the biggest Marvel film to date.

Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in this Fantasy/Horror Movie, which is yet another variation from the typical superhero movies. This movie is expected to come out next year, with Tilda Swinton hopefully playing The Ancient One. The casting has already got the fans' approval and support.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The second movie of the DCCU, this movie is one of the most anticipated movies of next year. Although the concept of this movie is largely similar to what Civil War is offering, it is to be noted that it is different from the typical superhero movie. The director, Zack Snyder, who is one of the most creative action directors of Hollywood, has succeeded in making the people pumped and ready for this upcoming action blockbuster. Check out the trailer yourself -

Honorable Mentions


Blade is one superhero movie that introduced the horror/superhero genre. With a super skilled half- vampire superhero, this movie lead to the creation of a trilogy, although the movies released later were not as appreciated as the first and one.


This Matthew Vaughn movie was a superhero comedy movie. This movie had zero amounts of seriousness, but this movie was not a one to be taken lightly. This movie had some bad ass action and some really funny dialogues.

The Conclusion

These were the movies that changed the superhero genre and introduced some interesting new narratives and stories. I hope y'll liked it!


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