The 20 Greatest Superhero Movie Moments
We’ve all got our favorite superheroes – is yours Batman? Or is it Superman? Statistically, it’s likely to be one of those.
But there are more superheroes out there, and more superhero fans. If you’re a comic book devotee, then you know the list of caped and/or tighted crusaders is almost endless. Only a tiny percentage have made it to the big screen, but when they do, they tend to make a splash.
Of course, we couldn’t list every single standout superhero moment of all time, and we may not have yours, but we’ll have a run at it and see if we can compile a top 20 list that you can begrudgingly accept as moderately valid.
20. Thanks but no thanks
As Seen In: X-Men: First Class (2011)
The Moment: Wolverine sends Xavier and Lensherr packing when they approach him to join the X-Men. “Go fuck yourself,” he says, amicably.
Why It’s Great: If you didn’t know it was coming, it’s the cameo to end all cameos! Brilliant stuff.
19. The vault
As Seen In: Thor (2011)
The Moment: Loki discovers that he is actually Laufey’s son, in this electric scene between Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins. Things will never be the same again…
Why It’s Great: Thor is jam-packed with action, but when the pace is allowed to slow slightly, there are some scenes that pack an emotional punch in there as well. This is one of them.
18. Calling card
As Seen In: Batman Begins (2005)
The Moment: Chris Nolan sets up The Dark Knight by having Lieutenant Gordon present Batman with a murder’s calling card… a joker from a pack of playing cards.
Why It’s Great: If this didn’t get you jumping out of your seat in the cinema, you probably don’t really like Batman!
As Seen In: X2 (2003)
The Moment: X2 opens with a superbly pulse-quickening set-piece that sees Nightcrawler infiltrate the White House to deliver a warning to the President.
Why It’s Great: Nightcrawler’s acrobatics get this superior sequel off to a rollicking start, and are the perfect way to introduce the new mutant to an unfamiliar audience.