Deadpool. The Avengers. Guardians of the Galaxy. The Dark Knight. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Batman. Big Hero 6. Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man 2. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Blade. Spider-Man. Superman. X-Men United. The Incredibles. Iron Man.
The 16 fantastic superhero movies were handpicked to be in the running for the greatest superhero movie of all time several weeks ago. After three previous rounds and thousands of votes, we have narrowed those 16 movies down to just 2 possible contenders to earn the title of being the best superhero movie of all time.
This is the final round. Here, each person votes which of the two remaining films they think are the best. This is not a contest based on critics: it's a contest based on fans. We, the fans, decide which movie we think is the best. Which ever of the two remaining films gets the most votes will be declared the best superhero movie of all time!
As this is likely a difficult decision for many of us, we must remember to think honestly. Many of us will be tempted to take a bias because one is DC and the other Marvel, but that is not what this is for. We must look at it as an individual film and decide once and for all which one was the best. Here are our contenders.
1. 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' (2014)
First, we have the second Captain America film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With so many superhero films following a common cliche of a hero fighting an obvious villain, The Winter Soldier decided to mix things up. Instead of being a flat action movie, it become a political thriller. There was no obvious villain. The comfortable establishment we had become used to after 8 previous movies set in the MCU crumbled when Captain America learns that S.H.I.E.L.D., the government organization he worked for, was secretly run by Hydra, the Nazi organization he died to destroy.
On top of this, our favorite patriotic hero also discovers that the master assassin responsible for killing his boss is secretly his best friend, who Cap believed to have died back in the 1940s. With all these twists and turns, we as an audience begin to stumble to grasp what is what. Who is a hero? Who is a villain? And are there even heroes and villains at this point? With so many questions in such a well written and produced film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is without a doubt a true contender to be the best superhero movie of all time. It is full of twists, questions and action, and has arguably redefined the superhero sub-genre.
Here is the fantastic elevator scene from The Winter Soldier, where Cap's suspsions of S.H.I.E.L.D. are revealed to be true.
2. 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
The best part of The Dark Knight? The Joker. But the film is also so much more than Heath Ledger's astounding performance. It tells the tragic story of Batman's downhill spiral because of his nonsensical foe. At the beginning of the movie, we see Batman kicking ass and taking names, which is business-as-usual for the caped crusader. By the end of the film, however, we see that Batman's world has fallen apart: his city hates him, the only innocent man in Gotham has been turned evil, and the love of his life is dead.
The entire film is a wildly entertaining, dark tragedy about Batman's brawn and brains failing to defeat pure insanity. Joker's clash with Batman became twice as legendary after this film. The late Heath Ledger's performance and Christopher Nolan's terrific writing and direction made The Dark Knight a truly memorable film.
Here is the lovable "magic trick" scene from The Dark Knight.
Now, you decide!
Both of these films are practically perfect. In one hand, we have Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the political thriller that made us question everything we thought we know about Marvel movies, and superhero movies in general; it was a big risk for Marvel, but man, did it pay off. In the other hand, we have The Dark Knight, the beloved Batman film where his world falls into tragedy at the hands of the Oscar-winning Joker. Which one is better? Cast your votes now, and may the best movie win!
Which one do you think was better?
And, with that major decision out of the way, let's decide one more thing. Of the 14 eliminated films, which one do you think was the best? The winner of this poll will receive the honorable mention (or 3rd place).
Which eliminated film do you think was the best?
And with that, the Final Round is done. Thank you for casting your vote. I can't wait to see which movie ends up as the best superhero movie of all time as decided by you, the fans! Don't forget to subscribe to my page so you'll know which movie wins when I announce the winner next week!