Not too long ago, superhero movies were still more or less a niche thing, enjoyed by groups of nerds or geeks and largely ignored by everyone else. However, this has completely changed and, at the moment, productions featuring superheroes are among the most loved by the general public. Every single film coming out of a franchise featuring characters with superpowers is likely to become a major blockbuster. Even if critics won’t give the most stellar reviews, fans are bound to be ecstatic by the latest installment and flock to the cinemas to watch it the moment it premieres.
However, if you’re a fan of the genre (or have been seeing the hype around it for a while and have been meaning to start watching some of the movies as well), streaming is also a very convenient option. If you’re planning to get a quiet night in. After all, there’s nothing more relaxing that watching a good movie when you’re trying to unwind after a long and busy week. And since you want a film that’ll keep you engaged and won’t leave you dozing off halfway through, an action-packed superhero should be right up your alley.
If you’re looking for inspiration on what movies to watch on the next weekend you’re spending at home, here are some options you can give a try.
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Released in 2017, this chapter of Peter Parker’s story has been released to favorable reviews from critics and is one of the favorites of fans who have followed the story of Spider-Man over many years and equally as many renditions and sequels. The story begins following the Battle of New York as it is depicted in the 2012 The Avengers movie and follows a 15-year-old Peter Parker as he attempts to make sense of his powers and balance his special abilities with his normal life involving school and mundane teenage experiences.
Fans have expressed the belief that the film carries something of the soul of the original 1960s Stan Lee run, bringing into focus teenage angst and inadequacy and the well-known trope of the great power that carries with it the prerequisite for great responsibility. With the additions of the characters of M.J., Iron Man, and a teched-up supervillain in the person of Vulture, this one is bound to have you coursing through many emotions from start to finish.
Thor: Love and Thunder
The latest installment in the Thor franchise presents the God of Thunder’s ex-girlfriend, Jane struggling with a terminal illness while the world is threatened by the appearance of a powerful being known as Gorr the God Butcher. He has vowed to kill all gods which will naturally make him a serious threat to the much-loved heroes.
If you’re a fan of the Thor movies and have been following them closely over the years, you cannot miss this one. And, if you want to feel like you’re a true part of the fandom, you can take a look at the Funko Marvel collection where you can find vinyl figures of the characters. You can get a Thor figurine depicting him donning an armor with gold and silver detailing and wielding his hammer. Or you can choose Mighty Thor, holding an electrifying hammer and wearing a red cape and one of the coolest helmets ever. Because what’s cooler and cuter than having a miniature version of your favorite character?
Another film featuring Thor as the titular character, this film has received critical acclaim upon its release back in 2017. Since then, it has remained one of the most emblematic films not only of the Marvel Studios but of the superhero genre altogether. The appeal lies in the quirky storytelling, jam-packed with self-deprecating humor and deadpan one-liners. Add to that the situational comedy and you’ve got yourself a film that’s going to have you in stitches from start to finish and lighten even the bleakest mood. While the film keeps in line with the general theme of mythical tales of in-fighting among gods, the plotline seems to satirize and poke fun at the seriousness of superhero motion pictures.
One of the best (and perhaps most unexpected) additions to the film comes in the form of Led Zeppelin’s hard rock 1970 classic “Immigrant song”. The song is so iconic that you don’t even have to be a fan of metal (or Viking metal in this case) to know about it. Fittingly, the lyrics reference Norse warriors setting sail across the seas to discover new lands and conquer them, hoping to either succeed or reach a glorious death and go to Valhalla.
The Dark Knight
In the opinion of many, this is the best Batman movie ever made. If you’ve never seen it, it is a must, as the performances, particularly that of Heath Ledger who delivered one of the most extraordinary performances of the joker, are incredible and a delight to watch. If your partner or the friend you asked over isn’t a fan of superhero films, “The Dark Knight” is the best way to please you both since its brilliance transcends genre and may even convert a sworn naysayer.
While this is a Batman movie, it is unquestionable that the Joker steals the show as he manages to be both terrifying and at times amusing, while his nihilistic, cynical lines and monologues have become cult classics and are still integrated in memes well over a decade since the film’s release.
This gloomy rendition of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine will put you through a rollercoaster of emotions, from apprehension to amusement to sadness and back again. Depicting the titular character during his final days, when his powers are not what they used to be but he still has to face up to huge challenges and protect those around him to the best of his abilities. Apart from the usual superhero fights, the film is also about family, connections, and passing on the torch to the next generation. If you’re a connoisseur of noir films and stories, “Logan” is the perfect choice for you.
When you choose a superhero film for your next movie night, you’re bound to be entertained all the way through.