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Top-Grossing Superhero Movies

These are the top-grossing superhero movies of all time. Name as many as you can.
Worldwide gross as of May 8, 2019
DC and Marvel heroes only - so The Incredibles, Hancock, etc... don't count.
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First submittedDecember 22, 2012
Last updatedMay 9, 2019
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Year
Gross
Movie
2019
2.26 bil
Avengers: Endgame
2018
2.05 bil
Avengers: Infinity War
2012
1.52 bil
Marvel's The Avengers
2015
1.41 bil
Avengers: Age of Ultron
2018
1.35 bil
Black Panther
2013
1.22 bil
Iron Man 3
2016
1.15 bil
Captain America: Civil War
2018
1.15 bil
Aquaman
2019
1.12 bil
Captain Marvel
2012
1.08 bil
The Dark Knight Rises
2008
1.00 bil
The Dark Knight
2007
0.890 bil
Spider-Man 3
2017
0.880 bil
Spider Man: Homecoming
2016
0.873 bil
Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice
2017
0.864 bil
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2018
0.855 bil
Venom
2017
0.854 bil
Thor: Ragnarok
2017
0.822 bil
Wonder Woman
2002
0.822 bil
Spider-Man
2018
0.785 bil
Deadpool 2
2004
0.784 bil
Spider-Man 2
Year
Gross
Movie
2016
0.783 bil
Deadpool
2014
0.773 bil
Guardians of the Galaxy
2012
0.758 bil
The Amazing Spider-Man
2014
0.748 bil
X-Men: Days of Future Past
2016
0.747 bil
Suicide Squad
2014
0.714 bil
Captain America: The
Winter Soldier
2014
0.709 bil
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2016
0.678 bil
Doctor Strange
2013
0.668 bil
Man of Steel
2017
0.658 bil
Justice League
2013
0.645 bil
Thor: The Dark World
2010
0.624 bil
Iron Man 2
2018
0.623 bil
Ant-Man and the Wasp
2017
0.619 bil
Logan
2008
0.585 bil
Iron Man
2016
0.544 bil
X-Men: Apocalypse
2015
0.519 bil
Ant-Man
2006
0.459 bil
X-Men: The Last Stand
2011
0.449 bil
Thor
2013
0.413 bil
The Wolverine
1989
0.411 bil
Batman
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level ∞
Dec 22, 2012
Why do we only allow DC and Marvel heroes? Because an earlier version of this quiz didn't have this restriction and there were big debates about the definition of a superhero.
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level 76
Jan 25, 2013
Marvel had a Transformers comic for many years. Also GI Joe.
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level 83
Apr 10, 2013
But neither one qualifies as a superhero by any logical definition of the word. GI Joe, by the way, was my favorite comic book ever - highly underrated.
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level 76
Aug 19, 2013
If Superman can be a superhero why not Optimus Prime? They're both aliens with superhuman abilities that do heroic things. But okay whatever... was an earlier version of this quiz named top-grossing comic book movies? I think it was when I made the above comment but I might be misremembering.
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level 48
Jun 2, 2014
Kalbahamut, Marvel owns neither GI Joe nor the Transformers, making them void for this list.
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level 76
Sep 2, 2014
When I made this comment it was after the Marvel/DC caveat had been added, but I believe before something was changed from "comic book" to "superhero." The Transformers comic actually was produced by Marvel.
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level 76
Sep 2, 2014
they also did the GI Joe comic, and the GI joe/ Transformers crossover one...
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level 46
Apr 2, 2014
Nick Fury (ultimate version)
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level 83
Sep 2, 2014
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.
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level 76
Sep 3, 2014
Yes, Wolvie. Though Fury was the latest addition to that quiz. I suppose he's heroic but not very super.
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level 34
Aug 11, 2016
Nick Fury, as badass as he is, is not a superhero
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level 76
Jun 17, 2017
^ he makes it on to the top superheroes quiz.
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level 51
Jul 5, 2018
Robert Downey Jr. has now played Iron Man in seven different movies (not counting end-credit scenes). :)
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level 76
Jul 11, 2018
That quiz counts end-credit scenes but I haven't updated it in a while
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level 46
Jul 12, 2018
Yeah...Robert Downey, Jr. has actually played Iron Man in 8 different movies now--Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, Avengers:Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infininity War, Captain America:Civil War, and Spiderman: Homecoming--not counting end credit scenes. And if you count Captain America's cameo in the school video Peter and his classmates had to watch in Homecoming, Chris Evans has been Cap in 7 different movies now: Captain America (1st one), Winter Soldier, Civil War, Avengers (1st one), Age of Ultron, Infinity War, and Spiderman: Homecoming. Of course if you don't count the (somewhat overrated) MCU, Wolvie still reigns supreme.
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level 32
Dec 28, 2018
batman
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level 76
May 9, 2019
10 portrayals of Tony Stark now for RDJ including The Incredible Hulk and Endgame. But I still haven't updated that quiz.
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level 52
Oct 5, 2015
If you included non-Marvel and DC, you run into the definition of superhero. Does the Matrix count? Indiana Jones? The Crow? Dick Tracy?
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level 55
Oct 15, 2015
WARREN G. HARDING?
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level 71
Jul 25, 2016
Alfred E Newman?
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level 73
Jul 26, 2017
William F. Buckley?
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level 76
Oct 16, 2017
Filliam H Muffman?
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level 37
Mar 19, 2013
yeah, skipped Ghostrider but included Watchmen?
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level 76
Aug 19, 2013
I love Watchmen. The director's cut is easily among the best superhero movies ever made.
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level 36
Apr 23, 2013
all on first try. EZ.
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level 73
Jul 11, 2013
I have MAYBE watched 5 of these. Clearly, the 2000s have been supersaturated with super heroes. I just haven't been interested.
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level 71
Oct 27, 2015
You're missing out. They're getting better and better; especially the Marvel Cinematic Universe offerings!
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level 73
May 23, 2016
Since this post I saw a few of them. Captain America and then the first Avengers were pretty awesome...and of course the Dark Knight is one of the best movies of all time. But I hated Man of Steel, Thor, and pretty much any of the X-Men movies.
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level 71
Jul 4, 2016
buck1017, based on what you liked/didn't like (as well as subjective & objective critical opinions), I'd recommend you also try the second and third Captain America movies: The Winter Soldier and Civil War; both arguably in the top three of all the MCU movies, inarguably in the top five. Also, the first Iron Man is widely considered to be excellent. To top off my suggested list of must-watches, I'll say that Ant-Man was unexpectedly wonderful, and certainly the funniest of the MCU flicks. And finally: Guardians of the Galaxy! It was bloody brilliant and a DO NOT MISS film!
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level 32
Mar 20, 2017
but deadpool beats them all
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level 68
Aug 2, 2017
As a general rule, Marvel movies have been better than DC since The Dark Knight. Wonder Woman was quite good, but that's the only DC movie of the last eight or nine years that I would say is must-see. Suicide Squad was a confused mess, Man of Steel was terrible, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was mostly a missed opportunity with a few good parts. The two Thor films are among the weakest of the Marvel films (by which I mean films actually made by Marvel, not the X-Men franchise or the godawful Fantastic Four films). Otherwise, most of them are quite good and they all tie in together.
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level 71
Aug 3, 2017
Oh yes, and Deadpool is a don't-miss – I agree wholeheartedly with coolbrain1 :-)
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level 70
May 10, 2019
You're missing out on digital cartoons full of preposterous physics, sub woofer sound to lead the numb, quick shots for people with an attention span of 2 seconds and in the case of Batman, movies of a guy in a black suit running around in near total darkness because they couldn't afford the electricity or something.
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level 70
May 10, 2019
someone2018 - I'm not a fan of the genre and dislike most superhero movies much more than the general consensus but you just lump everything together with some baseless attacks. Preposterous physics is such a nonsensical criticism when it comes to fiction. While most of these movies do not demand full attention (unless you're trying to figure out the plot or find easter eggs), there are notable exceptions - which you would miss out on if you disregard the whole genre. And if we're talking about any Batman movie before the 2016 garbage, they're visible enough because they were made by refined directors with a solid sense for visuals.
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level 43
Jul 21, 2016
I'm actually a little surprised you hated all the X-Men movies. The ones that Bryan Singer directed (X men 1 and 2, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse) and I'm not sure about First Class are decent movies in my opinion. Just curious why did you hate it?
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level 76
Aug 4, 2016
I personally loved the first X-Men, and I think X2, First Class, and Days of Future Past were all among the top 10, possibly top 5 superhero films of all time. However, I think these films are more for comic book geeks than general audiences, perhaps counter-intuitively as the X-Men films stray more from comics lore than the MCU films. I just think as large ensemble films they can be a bit confusing to people not already familiar with the characters. The only X films as accessible to non-fans as, say, Iron Man or Thor are probably The Wolverine and Deadpool.

The Last Stand, Apocalypse, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine were all pretty awful. This inconsistency is another thing dragging the franchise down. But if buck thought Avengers and Captain America were "awesome," then I think he would probably at least enjoy watching First Class + Days of Future Past, and probably Deadpool.
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level 34
Aug 11, 2016
I don't think anyone disagrees than Origins:Wolverine was the worst. Even Jackman and Reynolds hated it afterwards.
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level 76
Jun 17, 2017
I'd add Logan to the list of X-Men films that skeptics should give a shot to. Excellent film. I know people who like superhero films who hate it.... but for people who don't generally like superhero films I think that is to the film's credit.
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level 73
Jul 26, 2017
Recent update on my Superhero movie watching. I DID watch Iron Man and Iron Man II as of my original post. Iron Man was great...2 not so much. I watched Guardians and Guardians 2 with my daughter recently. They were definitely fun. Deadpool is next on my list. I have a feeling I'm going to like it. And to clarify...I liked the first X-Men movie, but they got repetitive. Most of the time, I don't like sequels...especially in ensemble films. Part of the fun is getting the team together. I usually enjoy the first film of a franchise because there's a built-in character arc with the origin story taking up about 30% of the film's run time. I guess I want more out of my moviegoing experience than just gratuitous special effects and fight scenes. That's the biggest reason I hated Man of Steel. That final fight scene vs Zod was so over the top and gratuitously destructive I just lost interest.
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level 76
Aug 2, 2017
did you see First Class and Days of Future Past? First Class was actually the "getting the team together" film... though it was the 5th film in the franchise. The 1st, X-Men, took place when the team had already long since been together. There are some serious character arcs throughout those films.... very little that's completely gratuitous I get bored by that, too... though disappointingly the film they try to tie up the arcs in (Apocalypse) was a huge let-down.
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level 71
Aug 3, 2017
Yeah, Iron Man two was (and is widely considered) to be a hot mess. Have you seen Dr. Strange yet? … And then there is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which feels like the Spider-Man I've waited all my life for!
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level 76
Aug 3, 2017
At least Iron Man 2 was better than Iron Man 3.
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level 76
Aug 3, 2017
I found Homecoming boring. Much preferred the Tobey Maguire movies. Even 3 which I felt was underrated.
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level 58
May 9, 2019
Tom Holland is perfect for the balance between Spiderman and Peter Parker though.
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level 76
May 9, 2019
I know everyone's got their own favorite and most have problems with one or two of the actors but I actually liked all three. I thought Maguire embodied Peter's nerdy side better than anyone, Garfield embodied the wise-cracking smartass side better than anyone, and Holland captured his youth, innocence, and pure nature better than anyone. I just liked the Maguire movies better than Homecoming I wasn't necessarily saying that Maguire was a better Spider-Man. I know it's an unpopular opinion but I think my favorite Spider-Man portrayal might actually be Andrew Garfield's, even though the films he was in were pretty bad.
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level 58
May 10, 2019
oh yeah, I kind of misinterpreted your comment because I was pretty tired when scrolling. they all have their charms but because I'm a wee 15-year old I find Homecoming much more relatable and on my level than Maguire's and Garfield's movies. Also, I think Holland's version of Spiderman is the most faithful personality-wise to the comics when you take both Spiderman and Peter into account. I suppose the fact that he was a teenager when he first played Spiderman helped him out there.
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level 83
Aug 10, 2013
You're going to have to update this one for "The Wolverine" again soon (which will thankfully remove that godawful Daredevil movie from the list). It's pretty much a losing battle updating this before the end of summer "superhero season". Every year, you'll be adding 2 or 3 more to the list by the time fall arrives.
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level 76
Aug 19, 2013
true. It's strange people didn't figure out that superhero movies made big box office long ago and line up to start copying the formula... I mean Superman from 1978 is still on this list even without being adjusted for inflation. It wasn't really until the first X-Men movie that it caught on big time. That snowballed into Spider-man, and then The Dark Knight, and finally Avengers. After last year and the billions that superhero movies made, I have a feeling we might get to a point where there is over-saturation and superhero fatigue, though.
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level 58
Nov 8, 2014
I think until CGI the effects were really lame. It's one thing to have Superman fly around and bend metal and all (and that's all the effect you need for Superman) but there were some made for TV Spiderman and the Flash shows in the 70s and the effects were so bad it was unwatchable. I think once the first Spiderman movie came out then people realized what you could do. Although that hasn't stopped some SGI-filled movies from stinking up the place like Green Lantern.
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level 68
Jul 5, 2018
To be fair, there have been some huge flops in the superhero genre too, which probably account for the relative lack of superhero films until recent years. Superman 4, Batman & Robin, the Hulk, pretty much every attempt at a live-action Marvel superhero before the 21st century (with the exception of Blade I suppose).
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level 76
May 9, 2019
The Reeve Superman and Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney Batman films followed the familiar 70s/80s/90s pattern of franchise films back in the day: the first couple were huge successes well received and then both quality of the films and ticket sales rapidly fell off with every successive sequel. Every other non-Superman non-Batman superhero film was either a flop or a niche film. Conventional wisdom was that if you weren't dealing with Superman or Batman nobody really cared, though the Incredible Hulk and Wonder Woman both had very successful TV shows. and then we had Blade, which became a big mainstream success with a relatively obscure character and a small budget. The success of Blade probably led to Fox's X-Men and Sony's Spider-Man projects finally getting out of production limbo a few years later, and when both of them were also hugely successful the floodgates opened. Hollywood doesn't like to take risks they keep doing whatever made money last time. But Yamato has a point, too.
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level 76
May 9, 2019
... even though IMO some of the FX in the first Spider-Man movie were also pretty lame, even for the period. But they've come a long way and had to start somewhere. Blade's CGI and the X-Men wire-fu are also painfully dated-looking today but I remember watching them for the first time in the 90s and thinking they looked bad even then.
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level 70
May 10, 2019
Those CGI effects aren't in any way realistic nor even remotely believable nor watchable. They're like the Roadrunner and Coyote.
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level 76
May 10, 2019
They're a lot better than they used to be, and not the same in every movie. Sometimes they're well done, sometimes they're poorly done. Sometimes they're overused and sometimes they're completely seamless and you don't even notice them. Same as practical effects.
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level 76
Sep 11, 2013
got 'em all again though took me a few minutes to recall The Amazing Spider-man. I often forget that one.

According to boxofficemojo The Wolverine has grossed $129,000,000 so far ($362 million worldwide) so can we finally kick DareDevil ($102M domestic/$179M global) off this list?
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level 83
Sep 11, 2013
I was very hopeful when I saw it on the front page today, but alas no. Quizmaster updates these things quite awhile before posting them to the front page. I think it was updated in early August, before The Wolverine had crossed the Daredevil threshhold. BTW, I just rewatched Daredevil a week ago (yes, I bought the blu-ray for $4 at one point), and it just gets worse with repeat viewing.
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level 76
Sep 12, 2013
haha.. I haven't seen that movie in many years but, I think it at least had its moments? Maybe it just seemed better at the time since there weren't many good superhero movies back then. Before the huge glut of them that we have now. At least it was better than the spinoff Elektra.
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level 32
Sep 11, 2013
Oh Hollywood how creative you can be.
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level 21
Sep 11, 2013
Surely The Incredibles should be on there
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level 83
Sep 11, 2013
Read the note - it's only for Marvel and DC superheroes.
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level 42
Dec 18, 2013
Could you accept superman man of steel?
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level 20
Jan 5, 2014
hancock is a superhero? the incredibles is a film about superheroes? the green hornet? all 3 of them would of made top 50 for highest grossing superhero films, needs to be more defined for what's classified a superhero film...
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level 60
Jan 24, 2014
Or youcould just read this quiz information where it says: "DC and Marvel heroes only - so The Incredibles, Hancock, etc... don't count"
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level 83
Oct 16, 2015
You could also count to come up with 33 instead of 50.
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level 17
Mar 6, 2014
This was a great quiz but you have watchmen and not batman begins
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level 17
Mar 6, 2014
Sorry you do have batman begins but watchmen is not DC or Marvel so you could put in tons of other superhero movies
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level 20
Apr 17, 2014
Actually Watchmen is owned by DC comics.
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level 34
May 2, 2014
Heyhey!! you forgot league of extraordinary gentlemen... it grossed more than daredevil... and is from DC
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level 40
May 17, 2014
Got them all on 1st go, last one I remembered was Ghost Rider.
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level 35
May 25, 2014
You need to add Thor the Dark World, Captain America the Winter Soldier, X-men Days of Future Past, Amazing Spiderman 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
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level ∞
Aug 31, 2014
The quiz has been updated for 2014!
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level 14
May 26, 2014
how do you post a picure to your quiz
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level 76
Sep 2, 2014
click your heels together three times and say "wonder twin powers activate!"
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level 41
Jun 1, 2014
can you accept x3 for x-men last stand?
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level 69
Jun 8, 2014
You forgot Elektra and Catwoman !!!
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level 76
Sep 2, 2014
We're all trying to.
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level 21
Sep 28, 2014
Those were awful movies that didn't gross very much. But the DAREDEVIL movie was highly underrated, i really like it!
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level 83
Oct 16, 2015
Oh, YOU'RE the one that liked it!
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level 71
Aug 3, 2017
Thank god the Netflix Daredevil series came along and bleached our brains of the Affleck/Garner characters…
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level 66
Sep 2, 2014
Missed a couple because "Captain America 2" and "Thor 2" weren't accepted. Not saying they should be, as the "2" wasn't in either movie title. But I couldn't remember the "post-colon" words so I tried. :D I also knew I was missing an X-Men and a Batman movie but couldn't think of them either. Missed 5 in total (the other being a Superman movie I didn't even think about). Great quiz, QM! Love the variety on this site!!! :D
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level 24
Sep 2, 2014
Newest version (September 2, 2014) is great, but I somehow forgot that Superman existed and missed three answers because of it. Great quiz, thank you!
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level 14
Sep 2, 2014
Wow. I knew every one of these besides "Batman" and "Superman", but I only got like, 3/8. I am now trying to kick myself in the butt, and failing badly... Now I'm trying to kick myself in the butt for failing to kick myself in the butt... Man, my butt and my heel are going to have horrible bruises tomorrow.
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level 24
Sep 3, 2014
Not if you keep missing, there won't be.
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level 83
Sep 2, 2014
Gah! I typed Thor 2 the Dark World. Didn't think to delete the 2, and it ended up being the only one I missed.
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level 68
Oct 23, 2014
I know they aren't the exact title, but could you accept answers like "xmen 3" or "thor 2" please? They're often colloquially referred to by those names so I think it's fair.
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level 13
Apr 19, 2015
xmen isnt a superhero movie
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level 83
Oct 16, 2015
LOL
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level 30
Sep 20, 2015
you should accept "Xmen 3" for the "Xmen last stand"
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level 45
Oct 14, 2015
For everyone complaining about what constitutes a superhero, I believe Marvel and DC hold a trademark for that title. GI Joe and Transformers FILMS are not products of Marvel or DC
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level 76
Oct 14, 2015
The X-Men films are products of Fox. The Batman films are products of Warner Brothers. The Spider-man films are products of Sony.
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level 69
Oct 15, 2015
I think the quizmaster should reword the instructions to "based on Marvel/DC comics" to cut down on the controversy.
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level 76
Feb 23, 2016
that wouldn't help because, as I pointed out above, Marvel did in fact produce the GI Joe and Transformers comic books.

Marvel, however, does not produce all of the films made about their comic books.
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level 62
Jun 14, 2016
Marvel Studios doesn't produce them, but they're official Marvel films, signified by the Marvel logo at the start of all of them. Transformers etc. don't have that.
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level 76
Jan 5, 2017
Not sure how a logo makes a difference. The reason it's not before the Transformers movies is because Transformers are a property of Hasbro. A property licensed by Marvel to produce Marvel comic books. My argument stands.
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level 70
Oct 15, 2015
Would you accept answers like Captain America 2 instead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, or Avengers 2 rather than just Avengers Age of Ultron?
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level 31
Mar 23, 2016
Am I the only one who thinks that they should have accepted Avengers 2 or Captain America 2? They did it for X-Men
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level 60
May 30, 2016
X-Men 2 is just called X2, sometimes promoted as X2: X-Men United (or internationally X-Men 2 (that's how I know it)) while movies like The Avengers 2 have their own name without the number. I'm surprised X-Men: First Class is not on the list. It seems to have a higher box office outcome than Fantastic Four.
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level 76
Jun 20, 2016
First Class used to be on here. But in spite of being one of the best-reviewed X-Men movies it also happened to be the lowest-grossing of the entire series (domestically); though, unless Apocalypse gets a second wind, it could beat First Class's underperformance record (and have reviews nowhere near as positive).
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level 71
May 22, 2016
This quiz is in desperate need of an update! Several new movies are sure to make the list: definitely Captain America: Civil War, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Deadpool; possibly the latest Fantastic Four?
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level ∞
May 22, 2016
Updated
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level 71
Jun 5, 2016
Woot! Thanks!
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level 76
Jun 20, 2016
The new Fantastic Four movie was a giant failure. It grossed only $56 million in domestic box office. For the sake of comparison, the 2005 Fantastic Four movie, also considered a failure, made 3x that much money.
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level 71
Jul 4, 2016
Good heavens. I knew it was bad, but I had no idea it was THAT bad financially too.
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level 39
Jun 21, 2016
I can't believe I was doing so well, and I completely forgot Spiderman!!! (my 2nd favourite superhero). If I'd've thought of him id've got 5 more points! Grrrr
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level 20
Jul 10, 2016
This quiz is great and all but once I got to the "X-Men", "Captain America", and some of the "Avengers" movies, is it really necessary to know the exact subtitle for every sequel? Just throwin' that out there.
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level 34
Aug 11, 2016
Yes, otherwise it is way too easy. Otherwise you could get away with Batman 1, batman 2, batman 3... etc when the movies are definitely never referred to as that.
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level 32
Sep 21, 2016
YOU SHOULD REALLY CONSIDER PUTTING SUICIDE SQUAD IN THERE!!!
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level 20
Oct 15, 2016
That's the other thing I noticed about this quiz, too. There seems to be a lot more Marvel movies on the docket than DC. Oughta say something about which studio has been playing it safe.
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level 76
Jan 5, 2017
or which studio makes more movies? Or which studio consistently produces films that are watchable?
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level 76
Jan 5, 2017
though I actually agree with you. MCU movies are a bit boring and cookie-cutter. but... that's not why more Marvel movies show up on the list above.

Also, Suicide Squad suuuuucked
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level 83
Mar 20, 2017
I guess it depends on your definition of cookie cutter. MCU's version of the superhero formula is actually pretty divergent from the ordinary. Films like Capt. America-First Avenger, Winter Soldier, and Ant Man are not really superhero movies so much as genre films (war, spy, and heist movies, respectively). The Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and X-Men flicks (with a few notable exceptions like Deadpool and Logan) are the ones that "play it safe" by sticking to the formula.
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level 76
Jun 17, 2017
I disagree. Slightly changing up the "genre filter" they place over the bones of the film doesn't disguise the cookie-cutter shape to me. They're all very obviously the sorts of films that are made to appeal to mass audiences. They've got the same kinds of jokes. The same laugh-to-action ratio. The same basic plot structure. The same mix of characters archetypes. Predictable stories with predictable outcomes always leading to the set-up for the next film in the credits, too busy constantly world-building to tell a truly interesting or compelling story on their own. But... it still can be fun to watch them build, even if you know exactly what's going to happen and where they're going to take the story every time.
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level 76
Jun 17, 2017
Days of Future Past, Superman Returns, Superman 2, The Dark Knight, Batman vs. Superman, Logan, The Wolverine, Deadpool, Watchmen, Sin City, X2, even Rattner's The Last Stand were all waaaaaay more risk-taking in terms of what they did with the characters, the story, and the tone/art of the films than anything in the MCU. The riskiest MCU films to date were... what? Winter Soldier? For taking a *very slightly* more serious tone? Ant-Man? For embracing it's somewhat silly character and taking a *slightly* goofier tone? But does anyone really believe those films were risks? With the MCU universe-comes-before-individual-film and every-film-appeals-to-everybody strategy, where they control everything from top-down and make sure it's all basically the same so that it "fits" in the universe... none of these films are truly risky. We know they're all going to make loads of money. Even Guardians, based on relatively unknown characters, because the MCU is the brand now not the characters.
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level 68
Aug 2, 2017
I'd say that Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange were risky in that none of them were hugely popular characters. You can argue that the films themselves stuck to a proven successful formula, and I wouldn't argue the point, but a huge part of the appeal of comic book films is the characters themselves. That's why none of the X-Men films have been as successful, because they don't capture the characters nearly as well (and in fact, some of them were just blatantly poor adaptations of characters).
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level 76
Aug 2, 2017
^ totally disagree. A movie doesn't make a billion dollars worldwide because it passes a certain geek filter. The star of the MCU films is the Marvel logo. People know what they are going to get when they walk in to the movie. Doesn't matter if they are familiar with the character or not. Very few people who were not comic book geeks knew or cared who Iron Man or Thor (the Marvel character) were before they showed up in the MCU. The average non-geek knows Superman, Batman, *maybe* Spider-Man and Wolverine... and that's about it. Dr. Strange was no more risky than Iron Man. Hell it was almost the same movie.
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level 71
Jun 18, 2018
I hope you've changed your mind about this since "Black Panther", Kal! Quite possibly the *riskiest* movie ever made, and is still out there busily making more money than God.
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level 76
Jul 3, 2018
uh.... actually .... exact opposite. :D I have NO idea what people are talking about when they say Black Panther was different or risk taking. It was the most boring predictable samey samey MCU movie ever made. I thought only people who never went to see comic book movies and were confused in to thinking that BP was the first "black" comic book movie (which is very far from being true) were calling it original. But... I know you like comic book movies. So.. ::shrug:: BP is in my bottom 3 MCU all-time. Would be happy not to see it again. and mostly because it was dull.
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level 70
Jul 11, 2018
Black Panther risky? Riskier than the movies by Spike Lee, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Stanley Kubrick, Gaspar Noe, Lars von Trier, Sion Sono, Nicolas Winding Refn, Luis Bunuel, Takashi Miike, Alejandro Jodorowsky? Riskier than Kids, A Clockwork Orange, Natural Born Killers, Caligula, Salo, The Last Temptation of Christ, and, well, Borat? Or are only blockbuster movies real movies? Even then, Mad Max: Fury Road is far riskier than anything by Marvel. Or Titanic, Matrix, and Inception, because they couldn't rely on a franchise with its fanbase, and the last two had potentially confusing concepts. Or the original Lord of the Rings trilogy, because the books were said to be unfilmable before. Or even 300, Watchmen (unusually long as well) and Deadpool, because they were R-rated. Sorry for the rant, but there are more and more people talking about Marvel in superlatives when it comes to anything, and I wanted to give some perspective. There are other kinds of movies out there.
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level 76
May 9, 2019
I love Marvel movies and still agree with everything camus said.
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level 70
May 9, 2019
Yep, and movies don't need to be risky to be good anyway.
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level 76
May 10, 2019
Definitely. Sometimes it can even make a movie better to just give people what they want, rather than trying to subvert expectations. The Last Jedi is a cautionary tale in bad film making by a director who wanted to take risks (if you're going to go risky it also helps to have a director who's not a moron). Endgame on the other hand is basically 3 hours of fan service, but also perhaps the most satisfying film going experience of all time.

Personal favorite risky movies of mine include Memento, Watchmen, South Park, Requiem for a Dream, Fight Club, Logan, and Borat which was brilliant. I wouldn't describe anything in the MCU as risky.

One of my personal favorite scenes in all of cinema is from a Japanese animated film called End of Evangelion. A scene of a young boy in a hospital room with a young girl I can't even describe here without my post being censored. It was beautiful in its honesty. Nothing like that scene would ever be in an MCU movie.
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level 75
Apr 29, 2017
Needs to be updated for Logan, even accounting for inflation it has a higher domestic gross than Fantastic four. Source: http://www.the-numbers.com
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level 35
Apr 30, 2017
Nice to see all three of the Nolan Batman movies on here, especially with The Dark Knight in second place.
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level 69
May 16, 2017
Needs to be updated for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Logan ...this must be one of the most frequently updated quizzes on the site. I wouldn't mind seeing the number of answers expanded a bit though.
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level 14
Jul 26, 2017
It's nice to see my fave characters's movie at the top of the list. #LokiAndHawkeyeFangirlForLife
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level 14
Jul 26, 2017
How is Spider-Man 3 so high up? IT SUCKED!
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level 51
Jul 26, 2017
XMen 3 should be accepted for Last Stand. And why 39 movies? Such an odd number. Unless its all the movies grossing over $150 million.
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level 68
Jul 26, 2017
Where is X-Men: First Class? The Incredible Hulk? The Wolverine? All of those made enough money to be included on this quiz.
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level ∞
Jul 26, 2017
Domestic gross
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level 38
Jul 26, 2017
cmon give me thor 2...
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level 58
Aug 2, 2017
6 and that was with cheating. Yawn.
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level 71
Jun 18, 2018
You're missing out.
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level 66
Aug 2, 2017
Some of the type ins are kind of confusing. Why not allow Xmen 3 for instance?
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level 76
Aug 2, 2017
That's not the film's official title, and now that they make so many of these movies and reboot them so often that the numbering systems could get and in some cases have gotten a little confusing, I guess QM wanted to play it safe and just use official titles.
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level 75
Aug 2, 2017
I've watched a few of these with my kids and grandkids, and I was happy to score 17. Sorry, superheroes are just not my cup of tea but more power to those of you who enjoy them. I'll take a nice Jane Austen film any day.
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level 57
Aug 2, 2017
Shrek 1? Shrek 2? Shrek 3?
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level 51
Aug 2, 2017
I hope you're joking. If not then...just wow.
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level 76
Aug 13, 2017
Maybe you're thinking of The Incredible Hulk
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level 68
Jan 4, 2019
But there were only two of those.
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level 79
Aug 2, 2017
You know, with this quiz being at least five years old (with some updates) and over 120 comments, I'm surprised nobody bothered to bring up Big Hero 6.
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level 76
May 2, 2019
that is a little odd. It's even listed at the source. I'm assuming the quiz author either didn't know that BH6 was a Marvel character (though it's been mentioned on other quizzes), or he assumed that too many people would not think of it as a superhero movie which is probably fair.
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level 27
Aug 2, 2017
Only missed 2.
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level 50
Aug 3, 2017
While I understand that this list is DC/Marvel only, could I just say that the Incredibles and Big Hero 6 are two of the best superhero movies that I've watched. Megaman too -personally think that it's very underrated-, if you want to include supervillain movies.
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level 67
Mar 21, 2018
And Big Hero 6 really should be on here, as it made $222.5 million domestically and is based on a Marvel property. It had Stan Lee in it and everything!
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level 36
Aug 3, 2017
Why is Hulk not in it?
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level 83
Aug 6, 2017
Looks like list might cutoff at 150mil domestic gross. Incredible Hulk was 135mil and Hulk was 133mil.
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level 50
Aug 4, 2017
I forgot Suicide Squad existed it was so bad...
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level 33
Aug 9, 2017
All but suicide squad - not a bad thing :D
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level 67
Aug 11, 2017
Lego Batman grossed 175m domestically, should make the cut.
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level 65
Jul 11, 2018
I agree.
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level 51
Sep 5, 2017
I feel like instead of leaving a note under the title stating that it is only DC and Marvel, it should just say in the title itself "Highest Grossing Marvel&DC Superhero Movies." Also, it would be great to see a list of the top 50 superhero movies INCLUDING inflation. Inflation is always interesting and I feel like it is more legitimate when dealing with what a movie actually made for its time. (101 Dalmatians did more at box office than Avatar, for example) That way we don't have to keep on seeing all of these new movies continuously pop up in nearly every quiz.
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level 76
Sep 22, 2017
I doubt it would make that much of a difference as the market for superhero movies keeps growing, and in the past there just weren't that many made. Donner's Superman would certainly make the cut inflation-adjusted, but other than that there would just be some minor shuffling.
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level 8
Jan 27, 2018
why does it not expect just X-Men Origins or X-Men 3 as answers yet it will except just The Winter Soldier and Civil War as answers
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level 69
Feb 26, 2018
i'm not even a fan of the genre but with the exception of 5, i have seen them all
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level 76
Mar 2, 2018
I've seen every movie on this quiz except for the last 10 minutes of Suicide Squad which I walked out of.
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level 79
Feb 21, 2019
I'm surprised you didn't leave earlier.
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level 76
Apr 26, 2019
I really should have! I was trying to stay optimistic.
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level 69
May 1, 2018
Maybe update with Black Panther and the new Avengers movie? - Funfact: Actor Chris Evans appears in this list as Captain America but also as The Human Tourch in Fantastic Four - Funfact 2: While Batman has the most movies (7)in this list. Iron Man/Tony Stark makes the most appearances (also in Avengers, Spiderman Homecomming, Thor, and Captain America)
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level 30
May 1, 2018
You need update the quiz to include avengers infinity war, black panther and thor ragnarok
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level 61
May 4, 2018
JetPunk should hire someone (internship payed for by Stark Foundation?) for daily updates of this quiz!
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level 55
Jun 13, 2018
Hey, nice quiz! Although I suggest updating it!
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level 46
Jun 18, 2018
Suicide Squad tricked me. Probably the ‘hero’ part of the title.
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level 68
Jul 5, 2018
So is Watchmen off the list because it's not Marvel/DC (though it is owned by DC, until recently it hasn't been part of the main continuity), because they aren't considered superheroes for some reason, or because it didn't make enough at the box office?
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level 76
Jul 5, 2018
It only made $107 million domestic.
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level 39
Jul 5, 2018
Please update ! Infinity Wars' collection is more than Black Panther now according to Wikipedia
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level 76
Jul 5, 2018
Box Office Mojo has Infinity War's domestic total at 672 million. Worldwide, it blows Black Panther away. The rest of the world did not go as stupid crazy for BP as Americans did, but domestically it's still #1. Worldwide Infinity War, Avengers, and Age of Ultron are 1-3 and Black Panther ends up in 4th place.
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level 76
Jul 11, 2018
This really should be updated to reflect world wide box office. Using only domestic totals never really made sense but as overseas markets are only growing more important it makes less sense with every passing year.
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level 68
Jul 11, 2018
Great quiz. Was it just me, or did some answers fill in sequels whereas others didn't? Seem to have got most Xmen movies by just typing 'xmen' but somehow missed Spider-man 2 assuming the same would happen.
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level 76
Jul 11, 2018
just you
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level 73
Jul 11, 2018
Movies that seem to be missing from this list: Big Hero 6 (223 millions), Lego Batman (176 millons) and X-Men Apocalypse (155 millions, about 800K more than Fantastic Four). Also, Ant-Man and the Wasp will be getting on this list in a week or two.
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level 35
Jul 11, 2018
I think Spider-Man Homecoming is in the wrong spot. It shows that it made 334 m, behind The Winter Soldier that made 260 m. Unless you're still updating the totals? lol
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level 38
Jul 11, 2018
Black Panther made more than 1B+ dollars...
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level 43
Jul 11, 2018
Should accept Batman v. Superman, Batman vs. Superman, & Batman versus Superman.
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level 76
Jul 13, 2018
It already does
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level 40
Jul 11, 2018
Domestic gross no longer matters. you should change it for international gross.
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level 76
Apr 26, 2019
Agreed. Though, purely for tradition's sake as far as I can tell, many people still only look at domestic box office, this is really outdated thinking. Back in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, sure, the American box office was pretty much all that mattered. But these days most big movies make 60-80% of their money overseas. Big budget American films are produced and marketed with this very much in mind now.
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level 44
Jul 13, 2018
So surprised that X-men: First Class isn't up here. It was such a good movie
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level 28
Dec 31, 2018
where is hancock
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level 40
Mar 13, 2019
Why don't u add Captain Marvel now?
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level 40
Apr 16, 2019
Captain Marvel
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level 53
Apr 8, 2019
You should add Bee Movie. Barry B. Benson is a type of superhero.
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level 40
Apr 16, 2019
It's only Marvel and DC movies.
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level 76
May 2, 2019
Assuming that you are going to update this to include mega success Avengers: Endgame, maybe consider swapping out domestic box office for international finally? Domestic numbers get less and less relevant every year. I know the list on BoxOfficeMojo that includes only superhero films uses domestic totals but I could do the research to make it an international list if you wanted me to.
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level ∞
May 8, 2019
Agreed. Using international numbers now.
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level 76
May 9, 2019
well done!
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level 76
May 9, 2019
though you should still add a caveat about only including live-action films, or add Big Hero 6.
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level 40
May 5, 2019
You have to add Avengers: Endgame, it's already second highest grossing movie of all time.
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level 65
May 8, 2019
Tried to type in "The Avengers" and it wasn't accepted for Number 3, also I feel like X-Men Day's of Future Past and Venom should be here as they are Marvel and DC and are on what I believe you used as the source.
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level ∞
May 8, 2019
Sorry about that. All fixed now.
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level 65
May 11, 2019
cheers!
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level 73
May 8, 2019
Any of these worth watching if I don't have any special interest in superheroes?
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level 60
May 9, 2019
The Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy is the best of the lot, and moreso if you aren't especially partial to superhero movies. The Batman movies are more methodical and darker than the other movies on this list, and have a lot more character study than reliance on superhero cliches.
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level 76
May 9, 2019
I would second the Nolan Bat-trilogy, the last two of which make this list. So that means Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and the Dark Knight Rises. Excellent films, particularly the 2nd one, and while knowing something about the characters going in will enhance your enjoyment of the films it's not really necessary and they are much more grounded than most superhero movies. No superpowers in any of them.

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1 and 2 you might like if you would enjoy a goofy adventure/comedy set in space. Thor: Ragnarok maybe, as well, by the same rationale.

Deadpool 1 and 2 are both hilarious deconstructions of the superhero genre.

Mangold's The Wolverine (2013) and Logan are both really good, too, and like the Nolan Bat-films if you know about the X-Men source material before going in it will enhance your enjoyment of the films but it's not totally necessary. Very much worth checking out, but definitely skip the first one (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
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level 76
May 9, 2019
I would call the Nolan films more an exploration of certain themes than they are character studies. Character, plot, and comics book lore all take a backseat to themes in these movies, especially the last one. A lot of Nolan's films do this actually and they're all great.
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level 76
May 9, 2019
Also maybe the first Iron Man film (2008). I showed that to my dad who hates superhero and fantasy films and he liked it. If you watch Iron Man and like it well enough then maybe you could try watching Captain America: The First Avenger. If you liked that well enough maybe then you could watch Thor. If you still weren't terribly bored then you could try watching the first Avengers film (Marvel's The Avengers). and who knows then maybe you'd be a Marvel convert. The best films in the MCU come in the later phases (The Winter Soldier, Civil War, Ragnarok, Infinity War, Endgame) but without the groundwork laid by the phases that preceded them, you won't get nearly as much out of them. So I'd start with Iron Man, which actually I know many people still regard as the best of all MCU films.

X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past are among my personal favorites but I wouldn't ever recommend them to someone who doesn't like the genre.
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level 83
May 9, 2019
You don't need to have a special interest in superheroes to enjoy superhero movies. But if you outright dislike the concept of super powered individuals (or someone having enough gadgets, armor, and weaponry to be considered one), then you're going to have an issue whenever that deus-ex-superia appears onscreen, no matter how low-key it does so. That said, I think Logan and The Dark Knight are the ones that could very easily swap genres with just a few tweaks. They're basically Shane and Heat... but with comic book characters.
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level 40
May 9, 2019
Yes, the marvel movies (not the x-men) Definitely all four Avengers movies.
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level 79
May 9, 2019
You guys think Endgame has a shot of beating Avatar for the #1 spot?
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level 76
May 9, 2019
It definitely has a shot but the thing that kept Avatar and Titanic at the top for so long is that they both had incredible staying power. Titanic's opening weekend was something like 22 million dollars. But it was in theaters forever. (AMAZING that it took 22 YEARS for a non-Cameron film to sink the boat! even with inflation, 3D, and IMAX)
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level 83
May 9, 2019
I think it will get past Avatar for global box office because international now accounts for a much larger percentage of box office than in 2009. As of today, it needs around $500M more to beat it, and that seems very achievable. What it won't beat, though, is the domestic box office record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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level 76
May 9, 2019
Avatar made 72.7% of its box office overseas. Endgame so far has made 71.6% of its box office overseas. So I don't think that's why it has a shot at beating Avatar, even though Endgame's opening in China was incredible.
I think you're probably right that it won't beat The Force Awaken's domestic total. I doubt that any Star Wars movie will break that record, either, after Disney effectively killed the franchise.
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level 76
Aug 2, 2019
well, it did it.
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level 60
May 9, 2019
Incredible that Endgame is already #1 on this list and has cleared $2 billion. As I write this comment, that movie has only been in theaters for twelve days. That's insane.
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level 69
May 9, 2019
Surprised to see that Captain America The First Avengers and Batman Begins are not in this list!
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level 76
May 9, 2019
they didn't make enough money
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level 47
May 9, 2019
Needs quite a few more type in. If GOTG is accepted, BVS certainly should be.
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level 67
May 9, 2019
I still think that either Big Hero 6 should be added (based on a Marvel comic, albeit loosely, made $657 million internationally), or there should be a note that this is only for live-action films.
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level 70
May 10, 2019
Leave it to nerd movies to have more comments and debate than anything else.
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level 70
May 10, 2019
Imagine a quiz about a religious superhero movie set in Cyprus. Jetpunk would explode with comments.
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level 59
Jun 13, 2019
You forgot the tomato... wether it is fruit or vegatable.. Maybe the superhero is supertomato? Big and red :)
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level 70
May 10, 2019
I'm trying to make sense of what a "nerd movie" is. It could be anything ranging from a Hollywood classic to any non-American movie to low-budget independent dramas to obscure exploitation flicks. In fact these are more "nerdy" than superhero stuff, given that Marvel is the most mass-appealing thing in cinema right now.
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level 59
Jun 13, 2019
Nerd has gotten mainstream
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level 76
May 11, 2019
Nerds are basically people who get really invested in something and so learn a lot about it. There are history nerds, geography nerds, fantasy or sci-fi nerds, comic book nerds, tech nerds, gaming nerds, movie nerds, sports nerds, music nerds, fashion nerds, and people who are deeply religious I would describe as nerds, as well. All the same type of people they just nerd out about different stuff. And, of course, these are the sort of people who come to trivia websites. Not surprising to find any of these types here.
However, this quiz has far fewer comments than many other quizzes, so, was there some special reason you felt the need to be condescending here, even if it meant stating something that's obviously not even true? The Countries of the World quiz has 1003 "recent" comments.
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level 59
Jun 13, 2019
I dont see him being condescending... And there are not that many quizzes that have over 200 comments..
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level 76
Aug 26, 2019
He leaves condescending comments on quizzes about popular movies all the time. He obviously thinks very little of these films or the people who enjoy them. If you haven't seen it you're not paying attention. And "very few" is still more none. This quiz does not have more comments than any other.
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level 67
May 17, 2019
"Winter solider" not acceptable as a type in? There are A LOT of very samey films on that list. The plots are very generic. But, I guess people must like them, if they keep going to see them. Each to their own.
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level 76
May 19, 2019
What's a "solider?"
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level 59
Jun 13, 2019
I couldnt remember any of the xmen titles... looks like I am not the only one though..
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level 67
Sep 7, 2019
Next update will have to include Spider-Man: Far from Home in the top 10, as it's made about $1.13 billion. And I'm still pulling for Big Hero 6 to be included!