Top 50 superhero movies of the last 10 years
Since 2002 there have been arguably 50 movies about superheroes. Arguably, because genre is tricky; it's often variations on a theme, and some variations are less obvious than others. ("Star Wars," for instance, a bit of a space western, is no one's picture of the western genre.) Oh, also: Because 50 is such a nice round number I've ranked every superhero movie of the past decade. Why? It's fun to do, and because a ranking is a convenient vehicle for considering how the genre is doing as a genre. (The most genrely relevant come with commentary.) Caveats: No animation here (otherwise "The Incredibles" would get props). And as in any genre, beyond the best 20 or so examples, the rest is a blur. Carcasses of needlessly skinned cats could choke a landfill. But that's genre. -- Christopher Borrelli
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50. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' (2009)
At some point in the life of a genre, the only people who still want these things around -- musicals, westerns, slasher flicks, superhero movies -- are people who have imprinted the genre's DNA atop their own. At this point, a genre must be destroyed so that the survivors, like a band of post-apocalyptic mutants, can rebuild in the future. How do you make people with superpowers dull? When do you know you're moving toward that point? When you witness a scene in which the hero screams "NOOOO!" over the dead body of his true love as the camera rises into the heavens. Oh, yes.