Rick and Morty season 5 release date speculation, production update, theories, and more
From possible release windows to exclusive quotes, here's everything we know about Rick and Morty's next seasonBut that might not be the case. We’ve combed through pretty much everything said from creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, the cast, and even spoke to some of the major players ourselves to find out what’s really going on with Rick and Morty season 5. It's all here in our complete guide.
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Rick and Morty season 5 trailer: When will we see it? During a recent Adult Swim convention, which ran during Comic-Con@Home, we were treated to an animatic of a scene Rick and Morty narrowly escaped a big alien monster, but their ship was damaged as a result and it looked like the end was nigh.
Season 5 is the upcoming fifth season of Rick and Morty . It is currently unknown when it will premiere and how many episodes it will have. Season 5 will have at least 5 episodes confirmed from Jeff Loveness's Twitter post about leaving the Rick and Morty writing team.
Rick and Morty season 5 is already up and rolling. We weren’t expecting any new news for quite some time given the Adult Swim’s knack for dragging out the gap between seasons, but they dropped the first-ever look at season 5 this weekend – you can watch that below.
Beyond that, there’s plenty more for you to discover when it comes to Rick and Morty season 5. We’ve combed through interviews and even talked to some of the cast ourselves to get you the lowdown on when you can expect new episodes to air, how things are going in lockdown, and even some of our favourite theories.
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Footage from Rick and Morty season 5 has emerged, featuring shots at Marvel, DC, and Rick and Morty season 5 plot: new episode script and the cast reveal what they want to happen next. Earlier this week, Project Veritas released the first of what it promised would be many shocking revelations
Rick and Morty season 5 is en route to a streaming service near you, and work on that and next There's plenty more Rick and Morty to come: there are enough episodes planned out to take us to a In the footage above we can see the pair in a bad way, as they hurtle to what seems like Earth in
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As first looks go, they don't get much better than this. Footage from Rick and Morty season 5 has emerged, featuring shots at Marvel, DC, and even the introduction of Rick's new nemesis.
The Rick and Morty season 5 “First Look” begins with Morty carrying a badly wounded Rick to safety on his ship – but not before the mad scientist catches a glimpse of a parallel universe where he and his grandson are Blade-style vampire hunters. Later, Morty discovers that Jessica does, in fact, like him and invites him round for a date. One small problem: he’s hurtling towards the Earth and is mid-crash landing when Jessica calls.
While the pair survive the crash, it’s simply a case of going out of the frying pan or into the fire – or should that be ocean? That’s because Rick is confronted by his supposed nemesis, the Aquaman rip-off, Mr. Nimbus.
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Rick and Morty season 4 wrapped up with the reveal that Rick had indeed cloned Beth, and sent Each season of Rick and Morty typically saves ongoing storylines for the first and/or last episode, with She has lived and studied in New York and Toronto, but ultimately returned home so that she
Rick and Morty season four isn't even over yet, but season five is pretty much finished already. Co-creator Justin Roiland revealed the news, while also The animated sci-fi sitcom hasn't exactly had the most consistent release schedule since it began in 2013 – there was more than two years between
While it's as-yet-unfinished, it's clear that the trademark pop-culture riffing and irreverent humour still remains for season 5.
Rick and Morty season 5 update: Dan Harmon outlines how they're working in times of lockdown © Provided by Total Film (Image credit: Adult Swim)
Rick and Morty's fifth season is being worked on in circumstances that even the dimension-hopping pair would think is a little too 'out there.'
Dan Harmon told The Wrap of how Rick and Morty is being produced in times of lockdown: "the writers are working on Season 5 in two-hour blocks through Zoom."
Sounds hellish? Maybe, though Harmon admits "there are a lot of things that are better about a Zoom writers’ room, and they are balanced out by things that are worse," including female writers on staff having a greater chance to have their say without fear of interruption, mainly because (as anyone who has done a virtual meeting recently will know), it only really works when one person is speaking at a time.
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Season 5 of Rick and Morty is on its way, and faster than previous seasons. While Comic-Con was much smaller this year, Adult Swim had a series of live streams, including one with Dan Harmon and some of the major cast of Rick and Morty including Chris Parnell, Sarah Chalke, and Spencer
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No Rick and Morty season 5 release date (yet) – but all signs point to a much shorter wait © Provided by Total Film (Image credit: Adult Swim)
No Rick and Morty season 5 release date yet – but expect the series to arrive far, far sooner than the two-year gap between the end of season 3 (October 2017) and the start of season 4 in November 2019.
That’s mostly thanks to Adult Swim ordering 70 episodes of Rick and Morty back in 2018. Season 4 made up 10 of that batch, meaning 60 more episodes (likely six more seasons) are in the pipeline.
Importantly, that means there’s less of a wait in-between new seasons. Where Roiland and Harmon were once twiddling their thumbs waiting for the show to be picked up again, work can start almost immediately on season 5.
And wouldn’t you just know it, that’s exactly the case. Roiland confirmed in an interview with Slash Film that season 5 is “mostly in the can” though “[the animation team] are still gonna be reworking when the animatics come back, so that can extend the process.”
Oddly, Sarah Chalke is at odds with that timeline, telling Digital Spy: "So, season 5, we haven't read yet. They're writing it already. But as it stands, we are going to most likely hold off on recording until things settle down a little bit, in terms of when… you know, maybe if there was an option that we could possibly record back at the studio.
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Still, some news is better than no news, even if it is a little muddled. The half-season break that bisected season 4 was interminable, so the pace should pick up nicely, even with the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic looming large over the creative process.
Spencer Grammer (Summer) even told the Talking Simpsons podcast that working-from-home is always an option for the show.
“We’ll continue to have pickups, we always do that for the show… I have a great closet, fully ready for an impromptu recording,” Grammer said.
Chris Parnell (Jerry) even told us that he thinks there’s “going to be less of a wait” for season 5 and beyond. Parnell added: “One lucky thing is our show is animated in Canada, primarily, so they don’t have some of the same restrictions we might if our show was animated in the Asian countries where things have been a little more locked down.”
The throughline for all of these quotes from the cast and creative team is Rick and Morty season 5 is almost certainly going to coming quicker than anticipated. Whether that’s late 2020 (unlikely, but you never know) or in 2021 remains to be seen, but we’ll update you as soon as we hear more.
Rick and Morty season 5 cast: the same as it ever was © Provided by Total Film (Image credit: Adult Swim)
As far as we know, the Rick and Morty season 5 cast will remain exactly the same as those that have come before it – at least in terms of the main players.
Rick and Morty shares an unusual first look at season 5 at Comic-Con
Prepare to meet Rick's nemesis.In the midst of Comic-Con@Home, Adult Swim decided to host its very own convention via Twitch, with Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon and cast members Sarah Chalke, Spencer Grammer, and Chris Parnell all beaming in via webcam for the show's very own panel.
Justin Roiland is (obviously) back as both Rick and Morty. Sarah Chalke will continue voicing Beth while, similarly, Chris Parnell (Jerry) and Spencer Grammer (Summer) are also back.
Expect to see some famous faces crop up, too. Season 4 saw the likes of Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi and Sam Neill drop on by for bit-part roles. No guest stars have been confirmed for season 5 as of writing though.
Rick and Morty season 5 plot: new episode script and the cast reveal what they want to happen next © Provided by Total Film (Image credit: Adult Swim)
Rick and Morty season 4 ended with the reveal that Beth may not be who she thought she was. We think? It's confusing, but Rick and Morty's clone saga will likely continue on into season 5, as will the commotion surrounding the return of Birdperson, now renamed Phoenixperson and lying dormant in Rick's garage.
The first glimpse of anything to do with upcoming Rick and Morty season 5 episodes arrived in the form of a few obscured pictures on Twitter.
Posted by show writer Jeff Loveness (who’s now working on Ant-Man 3), the series of scripts showed that Loveness will be working on "501," potentially the season 5 premiere. Good luck trying to decipher the redacted portion, though. At least that's something to do in the meantime.
Beyond that, there’s nothing official out there when it comes to the plot of the new season. The show’s meta-commentary on not wanting to return to old favourites, such as "Interdimensional Cable", could hint that we’re in for something entirely new, however.
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Spencer Grammer, who plays Summer on the show, revealed to us in a recent interview she’s been pitching the creative team some ideas for future episodes: “When we had our season premiere party for the first cycle of season 4 I’m like ‘Can we have a Summer episode where she runs a cult? What about a Summer episode where she becomes Rick?’”
On what they want to see from their characters in future, Grammer and Parnell shared their hopes for Summer and Jerry respectively.
Grammer said, “I do always want to see Summer become more evil and sociopathic and more narcissistic for sure. I think that makes her really, really interesting. I also really like for Rick to give her more responsibility in the context of him being able to pull things over in the family.”
Parnell, meanwhile, wants Jerry to be, well, less Jerry: “There’s a lot of room to explore Jerry’s competence, because we haven’t seen a lot of that. So, I think it’d be fun to see Jerry really excelling and succeeding and doing well, even if it’s a particular dimension that’s obviously an abnormality compared to the one we live in. That’d be fun.”
Rick and Morty season 5 theories: will Evil Morty return? © Provided by Total Film (Image credit: Adult Swim)
While Rick and Morty has mostly rejected a serialised format in favour of one-off episodes, one of our favourite Rick and Morty theories could have ramifications for season 5.
One Redditor posits an idea that could certainly rear its ugly, eyepatched head in future. Namely, the "Vat of Acid" episode isn’t our Morty from the C-137 dimension. No – the Morty that Rick taught a valuable lesson (resulting in the deaths of not only thousands of parallel universe Mortys but also his soulmate) might actually become the Evil Morty we love to hate. It’d certainly make for a compelling origin story, if nothing else, and would only add to the high-concept drama and obsession with sci-fi tropes such as the multiverse that the show loves to spoof.
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Gallery: The 25 best superhero movies of all time, ranked! (Total Film)
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.
Over the last few decades, Hollywood has started releasing new superhero movies at an accelerating rate. The number of movies listed in Marvel Phase 4 seemingly grows by the day. And, no longer content on focusing on the good guys, major studios are working on super-villain stories, like the Joker movie.
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.
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.
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.
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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