I've always had a thing for superheroes. When I first started writing back in 2nd grade, I wrote superhero stories. But if you were to ask me what really sparked my interest in superheroes, without a doubt I'll say: superhero movies.
Over the past couple of years I've seen quite a few superhero movies, most of them in theatres (or on airplanes, don't ask me why). So with a pretty great year in superhero movies not too far behind us and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 coming up I thought I'd talk about my five favorite superhero movies!
Note: I'm not saying these are the very best superhero movies ever made, these are just the ones I enjoyed most. Feel free to disagree with me. The movies are listed in no particular order.
Iron ManThis is the movie that started the obsession. This is the movie that threw me into the Marvel fandom. This is where it all started, both for me and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it now.
I've got to tell you that when my friend lent me her copy of the DVD I wasn't sure about this one at all. I'd always had a slight aversion to Iron Man because I thought he was a messed-up Transformer (I was young and ignorant, okay?). But then I watched it and my whole world changed. Robert Downey Junior simply is Iron Man, I think everyone will agree with me on that one. The way the movie subtly sets up the MCU, the way it made this (in the Netherlands) quite obscure superhero huge... I can only have respect for that. Iron Man, I bow down to your greatness!
Captain America: The Winter SoldierThis was the first Marvel movie I saw in theatres. I still have the ticket stub - yes, I'm that kind of person. It's been three years, but I still remember my excitement as I entered the theatre and how I left it twice as excited as before. It was the first time I saw my love Steve Rogers on the big screen. For the first time I saw how the pieces of the MCU were all connected.
I was completely in love with the story. The Winter Soldier intrigued me. There just wasn't a single thing I didn't like, except maybe Cap's neighbor/love interest, because I was a weird seventeen-year-old and felt cheated on.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was also the movie that taught me the one fundamental truth about Marvel movies: Anything that can go BOOM, will go BOOM.
DeadpoolThe movie I saw in theatres all by myself, because my friends were being lame about it. There was a man in the seat next to me who was a little too keen on talking to me. Anyway, that's not important.
Deadpool, where do I start? I'd bought a Deadpool comic book before I went to see the movie, so I kind of knew what was coming. The movie though... it exceeded all my expectations! I like how dirty it was. The jokes were exactly my kind of humour. Also bonus points for the Indian cab driver even though I've forgotten his name. He was awesome.
The thing I liked best though was how self-aware this movie was. No one came away unscathed. I can't wait for the next Deadpool movie. Hopefully I won't have to go see that one by myself though.
Guardians of the GalaxyA movie that features a talking raccoon and a plant that can only say 'I am Groot'. From the moment I saw the trailer I knew I was going to like it. The contrast between the Avengers and the Guardians was huge. I've heard people say that if the Avengers are like the Beatles, the Guardians of the Galaxy are The Rolling Stones: more raw, a bit less serious and completely awesome in their own way.
And that soundtrack, oh my god, that's just great.
The Dark Knight RisesI only added this one to my top 5 back in December, because that was actually the first time I saw it. Yes, I know. I'm a worthless Batman fan. To be honest, I didn't expect to like it, since I managed to fall asleep during The Dark Knight. I watched this one with my ex-boyfriend though, so falling asleep wasn't exactly an option. We took like a thousand breaks and didn't have time to finish it, but I saw enough to decide I liked it more than most other superhero movies.
Bane's voice made me laugh. That doesn't sound positive, but to me it is, because I don't laugh out loud often during movies unless I really enjoy them. The difficult thing about this movie though is that I can't quite put my finger on what I liked so much about it. All I know is that I forgot all about the world around me, to the point where I was physically reacting to things happening on the screen. Reflexes, knee-jerk reactions and gasps, that kind of stuff. It's been ages since a movies captured my attention that well for such a long time and I loved every second of it.
Picking just five wasn't easy. Honorable mentions include Doctor Strange (which I haven't seen yet so I couldn't properly list it, but everyone keeps telling me how amazing it is), The Avengers: Age of Ultron (still not over the character development and general awesomeness), Hellboy (not entirely sure if it counts, but it's based on a comic and I liked it too much not to mention it) and Ant-Man (Luis still makes me laugh and any movie set in San Francisco is automatically awesome to me).
So at this moment, these are my five favorite superhero movies. Things can change quickly though. I mean, I haven't even seen the last 15 minutes of The Dark Knight Rises yet. Those 15 minutes can change everything. 2017 also has a lot in store. Twelve months from now this list may be completely different. Which superhero movies are in your top 5?