Thor: Love and Thunder release date, cast, Natalie Portman as Thor, the return of Korg, and everything else we know
Everything you could possibly want to know about Thor: Love and Thunder all in one placeA-list villains? Check. The return of Korg and Valkyrie? Check. A new Thor? Che—wait a minute. New Thor? No, Chris Hemsworth hasn’t departed the MCU alongside fellow Chris, Chris Evans. He’s simply going to be joined (and, let’s face it, probably upstaged) by a returning Natalie Portman as Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor.
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Avengers: Endgame included a series of goodbyes, but perhaps none more important to the MCU-at-large than the departure of directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who revealed to GamesRadar+ last year that Endgame would likely be their final Marvel movie for the time being.
The Russos, though, have always been open about a project that could tempt them back; Secret Wars, an adaptation of the seminal heroes vs. villains '80s Marvel crossover, is something that the pair are intriguingly still keen to talk about.
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“I read that when I was 10 or 11, and it was the scale of getting all of the heroes together. It was one of the first major books to do that — that was really event-storytelling to me at its finest,” Joe Russo told BroBible of his love for Secret Wars and maybe some day turning it into a movie, a prospect he teased at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
“I also like the idea of villains having to team up with heroes. Anth and I like complicated relationships between heroes and villains, we like villains who believe they’re heroes in their own stories, so it’s all sort of built into this notion of Secret Wars.”
Secret Wars, essentially a crossover event to put an end once and for all to the playground questions over which comic book character would beat the other, featured the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and several other heroes and villains from the wider Marvel universe doing battle on Battleworld.
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It would be an epic undertaking, no doubt, to try and get that on film – one that Anthony Russo even describes as “the biggest movie you could possibly imagine, so that’s what really excites us about the story – the ambition of it is even bigger than the ambition of the Infinity Saga.”
For now, Marvel Phase 4 (and beyond) is showing no signs of putting the pieces together on a Secret Wars saga, nor are the Russos returning to the MCU director’s chair for the fifth time. But if anyone can put it together, it’s Marvel Studios.
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These best superhero movies will make you a true believer in the power of comic book cinema
The best superhero movies are adrenaline-pumping thrill rides that see good triumph over evil and depict conflicted characters who fight for justice above all else. The are the movies that leave you racing out the cinema, punching the sky, and believing you, too, can make a difference in this cruel world.
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There are just too many superhero movies to choose from, but we're here to help. Below, we've listed the 25 best superhero movies of all time. How did we curate this list? We got the great minds of GamesRadar+, Total Film and SFX to submit their individual top 10 lists, and then totted up and aggregated the scores.
The result is a list that spans over four decades, and took into consideration movies even before then (sorry Adam West, your Batman outing didn't quite cut it). This list does not include purely comic book adaptations, but movies that follow a character, or characters, classed as superheroes. So, without further caveats, here are the results...
25. Chronicle (2012)
It’s not often that a truly original superhero movie swoops in and soars past its more esteemed and well-established peers. Chronicle, though, does exactly that. Putting a spin on the found-footage genre, Josh Trank’s movie instantly sets itself apart from other superhero outings with its harrowing come-of-age story starring a trio of teenagers who gain superpowers and struggle with their newfound abilities.
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While the ending of Avengers : Endgame strongly gives the impression that everything is back to normal now that those dusted by Thanos have returned to life, the reality of their unique situation is quite different. The MCU now exists after that five-year gap in the year 2023
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Tragedy inevitably strikes and Chronicle hurtles forward at breakneck speed, the final eschewing a neat conclusion in favour of a more realistic, grounded ending that deals with how superheroes would survive (or otherwise) in the real world. Bonus points for featuring Michael B. Jordan’s first role in a superhero movie, too.
Best superhero moment: The friends flying together through the clouds is one of the few times we get to see everyone enjoying a happy, carefree moment. It’s all downhill from there.
24. Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)
Director Guillermo Del Toro cut his superhero teeth with Blade II, shimmied successfully into Hellboy, and then brought out the big guns, quite literally, for the sequel, The Golden Army. This isn't merely a carbon copy of the original – a trap many superhero sequels fall into. Instead, Del Toro crams this deliciously bonkers sequel with a complicated plot that nevertheless works thanks to the sheer bombasity of it.
Everything you loved from the first movie – the quippy one-liners, supporting characters, steampunk props – is still here in abundance. Ron Perlman's on top-form as Hellboy, plus the supporting cast, including Selma Blair, Doug Jones and Jeffrey Tambor, are given their fair share of screen time.
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Best superhero moment: Hellboy, champ that he is, takes on the entire golden army – an ancient race of killing machines.
23. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
After Kenneth Brannagh's Shakespearean origin story and Alan Taylor's po-faced sequel, Thor was begging for a fresh start. Thank goodness, then, for Taika Waititi, director of What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, who turned the character around, re-imagining the God of Thunder as an arrogant, comedic mess.
Thor: Ragnarok may not be the most important MCU movie, story-wise, but the movie makes for the funniest Marvel outing to date. Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Jeff Goldblum are all clearly having a blast playing off the fast and loose script. Also featuring dazzlingly outlandish visuals, thanks to some impressive set design and fantastical uses of CGI, Ragnarok makes for a comic book-induced fever dream.
Best superhero moment: Hulk vs Thor... Do we have to say any more?
21. Superman 2 (1980)
The number of superhero movies that have successfully juggled including multiple villains can be counted on one hand (the number of failures, though, requires you to use your fingers and toes). Against the odds, Superman 2 successfully managed exactly that, pitting Christopher Reeve's Son of Krypton against numerous antagonists (Krypton criminals General Zod, Ursa and Non in addition to a returning Lex Luthor), and pulling it off in near flawless style.
This, on top of the much publicised behind-the-scenes woes (original director Richard Donner was fired over halfway through production), makes Superman 2 something of a movie miracle. How did the sequel succeed where others have since failed? By focusing on the endearing romance between Clark and Lois,giving the movie a very human heart. That, plus some of the finest physical action sequences of the 20th century.
Best superhero moment: Superman's god-like battle with General Zod in Metropolis is one for the ages.
20. Black Panther (2018)
The first superhero movie to ever receive an Oscar Best Picture nomination, Black Panther makes for a politically astute blockbuster that marks a significant step forward for diversity in Hollywood. However, even when you isolate the movie from its historical importance, Black Panther's a thrilling ensemble action flick that oozes with director Ryan Coogler's flair.
Featuring an impressive cast roster and an incredibly realised Afro-futurist setting, Black Panther features warmth and humanity. Plus, Marvel finally has a villain worthy of your attention in Michael B Jordan's Killmonger, whose raw energy is never put to waste.
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Best superhero moment: T'Challa heads to South Korea, where a cascading chase sequence snowballs into increasingly levels of mayhem.
19. Batman Begins (2005)
Between Tim Burton's and Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, there were a couple of, shall we say, mixed outings for the Caped Crusader. The thought of another one in the vein of Batman & Robin was hard to stomach, which perhaps made Batman Begins such a dark surprise.
Nolan brought a certain seriousness to the tale of a billionaire with an alter-ego, the director approaching the comics without wanting to create another frivolous spectacle. This was the first time that a superhero movie was quite so downbeat, Bruce Wayne being a troubled, tormented protector, desperate to make a difference.
Best superhero moment: Eager to escape the cops, Batman shoots into his handily-parked Tumbler and makes his getaway.
18. The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
Who is Batman? A tortured vigilante? Courageous hero? Wanted criminal? Or maybe, as The Lego Batman Movie makes clear, he's a privileged idiot who's desperate to be loved? As well as being a slapstick comedy rendered in gorgeous Lego visuals and crammed with Easter eggs, The Lego Batman Movie is one of the best character studies of the Dark Knight out there.
Director Chris McKay, previously best known for episodes of Robot Chicken, wrings Bruce Wayne's isolated soul for brilliantly perceptive comedic effect. The fact that everyone's made out of Danish plastic is just a bonus.
Best superhero moment: Seeing what Bats gets up to when he's not crime-fighting, which mainly involves heating up lobster thermidor in the microwave.
17. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Captain America: Civil War basically amounts to Avengers: 2.5. The groundwork for the rift between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers is established in the lesser Age of Ultron, and finally comes up trumps in Civil War. Who's on the right side of history? The man who wants to ensure freedom and the American way? Or the the philanthropist who desires to have a world where superheroes are held accountable?
There are still wise-cracks and silliness contained within Civil War, yet the movie takes a more serious tone than other MCU outings. The Russo Brothers do a miraculous job, somehow giving everyone their dues and introducing the world to Black Panther and a new-look Spider-Man.
Best superhero moment: That airport fight. Has there been a better Avengers tussle since?
15. Superman (1978)
Richard Donner's Superman may not have been the first feature to bring Krypton's favourite son to the big screen, but it remains, despite Zac Snyder's best effort, the best. While Superman may be an origin story, the movie does not simply explain Kal-El's past. It instead tells a spectacular story about a heroic man who falls in love and saves the day from a terrifying villain (Gene Hackman on wonderfully camp form).
Christopher Reeve brings hope and humanity to Superman, making some of the cheesier elements of Donner's movie slightly easier to stomach. There has not been a better Clark Kent since.
Best superhero moment: As awe-inspiring today as it was in 1978: when Superman first takes flight.
14. Kick-A*s (2010)
Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar's collaboration caused controversy when initially released. Not purely because of the abundance of blood-splattered violence and bad language, but because 12-year old Chloe Moretz was dishing out both. Kick-A*s is subversive to the point of making you wince.
The movie sees Aaron-Taylor Johnson's teenager embrace his love of comics by becoming the real-life superhero Kick-A*s. Going up against a wealthy foe who defeats him time and time again, the vigilante ends up joining forces with Hit-Girl (Moretz) and Nicolas Cage's Big Daddy. And when Cage's quirkiness is the least batshit thing onscreen, you know you're onto a winning movie.
Best superhero moment: Kick-A*s visits Rasul, a low-life drug dealer who's been harassing the girl he likes, and our hero lives up to his name. With a little help from Hit-Girl, of course.
13. Batman Returns (1992)
Arguably one of the best Christmas movies of all time, Batman Returns is a Tim Burton masterpiece. Michael Keaton’s on swaggering form as a returning Batman, Michelle Pfieffer steals every scene as Catwoman, and Danny De Vito’s grotesque Penguin makes for one of the best comic book villains ever put to screen. All three actors are at the peak of their powers, operating in tandem with one of the most unique visionaries of the 20th Century. Pure heroic heaven.
Often overlooked when it comes to ranking Bats’ best on-screen efforts, Batman Returns is dark without being dingy; gritty without being grimy. What’s not to like?
Best superhero moment: When the Bat-Signal lights up Wayne Manor, with Bruce Wayne looking on. He is Batman.
12. Wonder Woman (2017)
We know what you're thinking: another origin story? Really? Yet, despite Wonder Woman being such a well-known character, Patty Jenkins' movie makes for a wonderfully fresh take on the hero's royal beginnings.
Growing up on the Amazonian island of Themyscira, Princess Diana's monotonous life is interrupted by an American pilot, Steve Trevor, who crashes offshore. After learning about the horrors of the First World War, and believing Zeus's son Ares responsible for the conflict, Diana takes it upon herself to resolve the fight. Wonder Woman delivers a hope-charged blast of purely enjoyable entertainment, with delicious chemistry bubbling between Gal Gadot's Diana and Chris Pine’s Steve.
Best superhero moment: Wonder Woman charging across No Man's Land, deflecting bullets with her shield. Few images are quite as powerful.
11. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
If Avengers: Infinity War was Marvel's Empire Strikes Back, then Avengers: Endgame makes for the studio's Return of the Jedi: not quite as serious as the movie that came before, but covers up identifiable faults with jaw-dropping action and a sense of fun.
Endgame's stuffed three-hour runtime somehow feels breezy, with the movie being a mixture of both intimate and epic. The writers are deviously clever, paying homage to the other MCU movies while never losing sight of what's at stake. While some Marvel fans may not be best pleased by how the adventure ends following the almost unconquerable climax of Infinity War, there's one thing that's certain; we'll be talking about Endgame for years to come.
Best superhero moment: Captain America to Falcon: "Try it on."
9. X2 (2003)
With everyone so desperate for the mutants to arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans often forget just how great those early X-Men movies are. X2 easily takes the top spot. Not only are the eponymous heroes going up against Magneto (playing with astonishing villainy by Ian McKellen), but also Brian Cox's Stryker. Mixed with a quasi-origins story for Wolverine (Hugh Jackman at his best) and some very distressing scenes in Stryker's base, you have superhero royalty right here.
Did we also mention the amazing cast? As well as the aforementioned names, there's Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, James Marsden and Famke Janssen appearing as the definite movie versions of Professor X, Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey.
Best superhero moment: Before Quicksilver stole scenes in the X-Men franchise, there was Nightcrawler. And watching the demon making his way through the White House remains a terrifying stand out moment.
8. Batman (1989)
For a minute, just forget about Nolan's Batman trilogy. Sure, we can thank the Inception filmmaker for injecting modern superhero movies with a sense of realism, but Tim Burton's take on the Caped Crusader had an equally huge impact on Hollywood. Following the success of Beetlejuice, Burton and Michael Keaton decided their next joint venture would be a retelling of a campy comic book hero on the big screen. Note: campy – not because of the source material, but because the previous Bats adaptation was Adam West's gadget-loving, spandex-wearing light knight.
When Burton's version arrived, then, everyone was surprised at just how dark (literally and figuratively) a superhero movie could be. Anchored by Keaton's stoic performance and lifted my Jack Nicholson's iconic Joker, Batman holds its own against the CGI-heavy blockbusters of today and remains one of the best superhero movies of all time.
Best superhero moment: "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" One of cinema's greatest quotes.
7. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Infinity War marks the climactic end to 18 movies worth of storytelling. Dozens of Marvel heroes finally unite together for a thrilling finale that miraculously feels like an ending (despite a sequel being a known extension of the story upon release). The Russo Brothers cram the running time with stunning fights, conflicts, and team-ups, all while giving the villain Thanos a thoroughly convincing back story. And the Purple Titan's the real star, bringing all the loose plot strands together. Josh Brolin offers a laudable performance as the CGI being, helping create a character who is truly terrifying.
Elsewhere, both the script and the cast do an admirable job of managing an incredible headcount, as almost the entire MCU tries to stop Thanos. The scale and ambition of Infinity War is a daring achievement, and that ending... oh, that ending haunted Marvel fans for an entire year before Endgame finally landed.
Best superhero moment: "You should have gone for the head" *Snap*
6. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Sam Raimi's second Spider-Man strikes a perfect balance between aerial acrobatics, action set pieces, Spidey's inner struggle to become a hero, and his romance with Mary Jane. There are a lot of pieces to juggle and yet every component works in tandem to create a near-perfect Spider-Man story.
There's a great villain in Doctor Octavius, played by Alfred Molina, whose turn from mentor to antagonist makes for a heartbreaking story. Sure, some of the effects are dated, but Spider-Man 2 remains one of the best superhero movies to date.
Best superhero moment: Peter and Dr. Ock come to blows in the trilogy's best fight sequence: on a speeding train.
5. The Incredibles (2004)
One of Pixar's most beloved films, The Incredibles takes inspiration from the golden era of comic books, imitating recognisable moments and sequencing them for a family adventure that's entertaining for both kids and parents alike.
Beneath the lycra outfits and caricature villains, The Incredibles makes for a heart-warming tale about the importance of family. Director Brad Bird, who also voices the movie's best side-character Edna Mode, proves why Tom Cruise wanted the filmmaker for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol with some stunning action set-pieces.
Best superhero moment: Samuel L. Jackson's Frozone can't lay his hands on his super suit and loses his – ahem – cool.
4. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy rewrote the rules of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Turns out, superhero movies can be silly and irreverent. From the opening scene right up until the final moments, writer-director James Gunn's love for the material is on brazen display, every frame oozing with soul.
And the cast. Chris Pratt's turn as the hilarious Star Lord was a revelation, the actor only really being known for Parcs and Recreation pre-Guardians. Then there's Zoe Saldana as the moody Gamora, Dave Bautista as the excellent Drax, and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket. Every member of the eponymous group of misfits works. Plus, there's the throwback soundtrack and just enough fan service to make this a must-watch instalment in the MCU.
Best superhero moment: "Dance off, bro!"
3. Logan (2017)
Despite Fox marketing Logan as Marvel's answer to Nolan's Batman trilogy, comparing the X-Men spin-off to The Dark Knight does the movie a disservice. Sure, both are superhero stories thoroughly grounded in realism, yet Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold's depiction of a world-weary, ageing Wolverine and his dysfunctional family remains a unique character study.
Logan offers a deeper look at a character who's always suppressed his actual feelings, having always defaulted to pure rage. There are few flashy action set pieces, with Mangold keeping to messy scraps between characters. Logan subsequently delivers an emotional, surprising wallop that will have every X-Men fan in tears.
Best superhero moment: That bittersweet, yet utterly pitch-perfect ending.
2. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse understands Spider-Man than any other Spider-Man movie: that he's a teenager struggling with Uncle Ben's famous adage: "With great power comes great responsibility."
Produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (of 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie fame), Spider-Verse makes for a beautifully animated romp through multiple dimensions that gives dozens of knowing nods to Spider-Man films and TV shows of the past, yet never excludes those viewers who may not have seen every Spidey outing.
While the story centres on Miles Morales, Peter Parker's still here, thanks a split in the multiverse. As a result, we have multiple Spider-Men (including an older, chubbier Parker, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, and even Nicholas Cage's noir Spider-Man) going up against Kingpin. The premise may sounds complicated, but Spider-Verse makes things seem so simple thanks to a hilarious and wip-smart script that has huge amounts of heart, all while toying with superhero convention. Plus, the animation is mesmerising, with every frame having been painstakingly crafted by the astoundingly good animation team. Did we mention this won the Oscar for Best Animation? Deservedly so.
Best superhero moment: Peter Porker (AKA, Spider-Ham, voiced by John Mulaney) asking Miles whether animals can talk in his dimension, "cause I don't want to freak [anybody] out."
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
Forget everything you know about comic book movies: the Dark Knight takes the formula and smashed it to smithereens. The middle instalment in Nolan's trilogy changed everything.
Splitting screen time between day and night, The Dark Knight focuses as much – if not more – on Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne, who must grapple with the decidedly chewy morals of fighting crime and doing what's acceptable when saving the day. Gotham, meanwhile, is presented as a dark nightmare city with a festering underbelly of crime-lords and a general public aching for a hero.
Of course, any good superhero must have a super-villain to match them. Enter Heath Ledger's Joker. A controversial casting at the time, Ledger makes for the perfect manic, unnerving murderer. With garish makeup and enigmatic platitudes, Joker steals the show. When he was awarded a posthumous Oscar for best supporting actor, few were surprised.
There have been several attempts to faithfully recreate Batman's story since Dark Knight, but never has it been achieved with such brazen disregard for the rules. Every superhero movie since 2008 owes a debt to The Dark Knight, and none have surpassed its glory.
Best superhero moment: Batman's decision to save The Joker at the last second with his grappling hook, and then going on to take the blame for Two-Face's crimes. A true hero.
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