With Marvel’s insanely ambitious 23 film arc – starting with Iron Man and culminating with the release of Avengers: Endgame – finally coming to a close, now is the perfect time to offer up what I think is the top 100 moments from superhero movies. Superhero movies have been around for a while, but they weren’t a common thing till around the turn of the century, with even more films being pumped out at the beginning of the MCU in 2008. To honor these movies that have entertained us so much, I have compiled a combination of entries that have a bit of everything. Moments that have thrilled us inspired us, made us laugh, and even some that made us cry.
*Warning! Possible SPOILERS below! Proceed with caution!*
Lastly, I wanted to share a few of the rules of my list to help clear up any questions you may have:
1) For a scene to be included, it had to be one continuous scene. The entire Battle of Wakanda, for example, didn’t make the cut due to it jumping back and forth between the action on Wakanda and the forging of the ax with Thor.
2) The movie must have had a theater release. No direct-to-DVD. Endgame was the cut-off, so no Far From Home.
3) I limited a film to no more than four entries or otherwise, I would have just put the entire Dark Knight movie on here.
4) Most likely I broke these rules and you will just have to get over it.
On to the List!
100. Loki Shapeshifts | Thor: The Dark World (2013)
There isn’t much to love about the second entry into Thor’s trilogy as Dark World is universally hated and considered one of the worst MCU movies. However, this scene is worth the watch simply for Loki’s playful mischievousness and one of the best cameos of the entire MCU. It’s always nice to see Chris Evan’s let loose with his goofy charisma.
99. “I’m Just a Girl” | Captain Marvel (2019)
Okay, so the song is a bit on the nose, but it’s still a good song in a kick-ass scene where Danvers realizes her full power by dispatching Kree after Kree bad guy. Hey, member when that one bad Kree chick shoots Captain Marvel in the face with a Nerf gun? Oh, you nineties nostalgia…
98. Eddie Freaks Out | Venom (2018)
The only way this film somewhat works is because of the commitment Tom Hardy gave by throwing himself into this role. He could have been paid a lot of money and slept walk through the whole thing, but he committed. This is evidence of that as we see henchman arrive the inner struggle start to take place between Eddie and Venom. The effects are solid with some fun action-comedy while Hardy plays freaks out the best way possible.
97. “Say My Name” | Shazam! (2019)
Billy Bastion had been searching his whole life for family and a place for him to belong. Never really trusting or caring for anyone until he met his latest foster family. They were there for him and never gave up on him even in the face of danger. He knew he couldn’t defeat the threat on his own so decided to ask for help. In a dramatic and tense situation, Billy has his brothers and sister grab the staff and say his name! “Billy” they scream. Laughs ensue. Just a fun scene with each kid checking their new bodies and powers out. They would go on to work together and kick some butt.
96. Peter Dancing | Spider-Man 3 (2007)
I don’t care what anyone says, this is an incredibly fun scene and if you don’t agree, you can check your snobby self at the door. Peter Parker is a nerd. He always has been whether he was a goof getting picked on by Flash or taking down some serious bad villains. He was a goofy nerd and we love him for it. It would only make sense that someone like Peter would act this way when his inhibitions are stripped away. He would wouldn’t be James Bond all of a sudden. He is still Urkel underneath, just without the restraints of caring what people think about his actions. You would totally strut and dance down the street the same way and look just as silly. That’s why this scene works and doesn’t deserve the flack it is given.
95. Race Track Attack | Iron Man 2 (2010)
As grand entrances go, this is a pretty good way to make your mark. Attacking the most famous man on the planet on live TV with the world watching. Whiplash looked like a threat walking on to the track as race cars whizzed by him at high speeds with him revealing Iron Man technology in the palm of his hands. Bent on making a statement, he attacked a vulnerable Tony Stark while causing some pretty cool crashes and some exhilarating action as Pepper and Happy race to get Tony his sick Iron Man Suit briefcase.
94. Dash Stretches His Legs | The Incredibles (2004)
This is one of the more subtle moments that made the list, but I simply love it. All movie Dash has been told not to use his special powers. We saw him get almost in trouble at school for using them with momma not being all too happy. He is thrust into a life or death situation and he is finally able to utilize his ability to its full extent. If you are able to put yourself into his shoes, you are able to feel his joy at the freedom and power he feels in that moment just makes the scene.
He goes from panic to sheer joy as he beings to understand what he can really do as henchmen chase him. Dash begins to toy with them once he starts to get a grasp on what he can do. Dodging punches like they are nothing, and then his little giggle when he sees himself running on the water just makes the entire scene.
93. Power Placement | Sky High (2005)
I love this movie about a school where super-powered kids are sent to superhero school to learn everything about being a superhero and how to help the world. However, in the world of superheroes, there are heroes and sidekicks. Have you ever wondered how that is decided? Well, it’s based on Bruce Campbell’s assessment of each kid’s powers while he wears knee-high tube socks and short P.E. coaching shorts. No better man for the job.
92. “You Don’t Look Ready” | Dredd (2012)
2012’s Dredd brought a more realistic and grittier version of the judge to the big screen. Karl Urban personified Dredd and Lena Heady killed it the villainous Ma-Ma. But one of the best aspects of this film was the use of the drug called Slo-Mo. Essentially, when you take the drug everything happens to the user as if it’s in slow motion. That was on full display here when Dredd and a new recruit breach a room full of users. We see the devastation in some awesome slow-motion effects while Dredd moves at his normal pace.
91. Crash Course of Batman Phases | The Lego Batman (2017)
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Listening to Alfred list all the Batman phases while actually seeing them appear is just hilarious. “And that weird one in 1966.” Classic.
What do you think of the selection so far? What was your favorite superhero movie moment?