In celebration of National Superhero Day, Gomez, agent of the Void by day, superhero movie aficionado by night, gives us his favorite superhero movies. He knows this debate is dangerous territory, so here are his top picks, in no particular order.
1. Spider-Man (2002) | Trailer
When high school student Peter Parker is bit by a radioactive spider, he finds himself endowed with web slinging, acrobatic super-powers. Inspired by his Uncle Ben's wisdom, Spider-Man vows to use his newfound abilities to fight crime.
2. Iron Man (2008) | Trailer
After troubled billionaire inventor Tony Stark is captured overseas and sustains a life-threatening injury, he creates an armored suit to escape. Tony returns back home with his high tech exoskeleton to combat terrorism.
3. The Dark Knight (2008) | Trailer
After the Joker emerges and wreaks havoc across Gotham, Batman must re-assess the fine line between hero and vigilante.
4. Watchmen (2009) | Trailer
In a parallel 1985, vigilante Rorschach teams up with his former superteam to uncover a plot that threatens their lives and reputations.
5. Chronicle (2012) | Trailer
After three high school boys discover a crystalline object underground, they develop telekinetic abilities. After their darker sides emerge when using their new powers, they must find a way to prevent their lives from spiraling out of control.
6. Superman (1978) | Trailer
With the destruction of Krypton imminent, Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El to Earth. Now known as Clark Kent, Kal-El discovers his origins and moves to Metropolis to fight evil as Superman.
7. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (2018) | Trailer
Teen Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his own alternate universe. Teaming up with other Spideys, Miles fights to save New York City from Kingpin.
8. Wonder Woman (2017) | Trailer
Diana, Princess of the Amazons, learns of an outside threat from an American pilot. With a newfound sense of duty, Diana leaves her home for the first time to resolve the conflict and become Wonder Woman.
9. Batman (1989) | Trailer
Billionaire Bruce Wayne keeps the peace in Gotham City as alter ego Batman. But after the Joker turns the city upside down Batman must square off against his biggest nemesis yet to keep the city and his crush Vicki Vale safe.
10. Deadpool (2016) | Trailer
After mercenary Wade Wilson becomes wise-cracking Deadpool through torturous experimentation, he begins his quest for vengeance.
11. V for Vendetta (2005) | Trailer
Vigilante V fights against fascist forces controlling London with the help of newfound ally Evey.
12. X-Men: First Class (2011) | Trailer
Odd couple Professor X and Magneto meet and team up through the X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants to defeat the threat posed by the Hellfire Club during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
13. Kick-Ass (2010) | Trailer
Comic fan Dave Lizewski doesn’t let lack of superpowers stop him from fighting crime when he dons a costume and calls himself Kick-Ass. After joining up with other burgeoning heroes, Kick-Ass and team have their loyalty tested by a new adversary.
14. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) | Trailer
Peter Quill is forced to forge an alliance with a gang of alien criminals after he unknowingly steals a priceless artifact.
15. Unbreakable (2000) | Trailer
Security Guard David Dunn’s remarkably good luck is brought to the surface after he survives a fatal train crash. Comic book art dealer Elijah Price seeks out this man in an attempt to find answers to his own physical fragility.
16. The Incredibles (2004) | Trailer
A family of superheroes is forced into early retirement after all powers are banned from the government. Itching for adventure, patriarch Mr. Incredible leaves to overpower a robot and it’s up to his family to save him.
17. Captain America: Civil War (2016) | Trailer
The Avengers begin to fracture after damage they cause result in calls for government oversight. With Captain America on one side and Iron Man on the other, the remaining team must pick a side.
18. Hellboy (2004) | Trailer
Interdimensional demon and Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense agent Hellboy. He, along with Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman fight to keep America safe from dark paranormal threats.
19. Dredd (2012) | Trailer
Judge Dredd, a law enforcement officer with broad authority, is tasked to maintain order in post-apocalyptic Mega-City One.
20. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) | Trailer
In a race against time, Thor is forced to square off against old ally Hulk in gladiatorial combat and stop villain Hela from destroying the planet.
21. Batman Begins (2005) | Trailer
After Bruce Wayne completes his training with the League of Shadows in the Far East, he returns to Gotham to stop Ra’s al Ghul and the Scarecrow before they destroy the city.
22. The Avengers (2012) | Trailer
Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, recruits the newly formed Avengers to stop Thor’s brother Loki from ruling the Earth.
23. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) | Trailer
Bruce Wayne seeks to discover the identity of a masked vigilante who is falsely assumed to be Batman himself.
24. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) | Trailer
Set in World War II, Steve Rogers participates in an experimental program that transforms him into a super soldier. Now known as Captain America, he fights back against the Nazi HYDRA organization.
25. Darkman (1990) | Trailer
After scientist Peyton Westlake is left for dead by mobster Robert Durant, he creates synthetic skin and the new persona of Darkman to seek revenge.