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10 Superhero Movie Franchises That Won The Genre

We all love a hero and, whether you're a fanboy or fangirl who's read the comics and knows the backstory or you just enjoy a good blockbuster, few of us can resist the draw of a good superhero movie.

We all love a hero and, whether you're a fanboy or fangirl who's read the comics and knows the backstory or you just enjoy a good blockbuster, few of us can resist the draw of a good superhero movie. With the promise of quotable one-liners and incredible fight sequences our expectations are sky-high when it comes to the superhero franchise.

Because we're already invested in the characters of our childhood, a bad movie does not mean the end of a hero. Classic crime fighters such as Batman, Spiderman and Superman have been recast and rebooted countless times both in film and on TV. Because classic heroes have been re-drawn by a number of comic book artists, film makers spearheading a superhero movie can choose among a wide range of source materials depending upon the angle they prefer and the most movie-friendly villains or love interests.

Being a geek these days is no longer something to be ashamed of, so those who may have hidden their in-depth knowledge of wolverine’s back-story can now proudly share their interest with others and obsess over the specific details of each cinematic retelling. Perhaps because of their committed fan-bases, built upon comic books and comic-con conventions, when superhero films get it right they're set to make huge money. The Marvel universe is now one of the most lucrative fictional realms and films written within the Marvel framework have been planned years in advance in order to maintain cohesion. The DC universe, Marvel's comic book sparring partner, has had several successful movie incarnations too, but Marvel has significantly surpassed DC's success on-screen in recent years.

The relative merits of various comic book heroes can cause debate, dispute and serious rivalry, but when it comes to the superhero movies on screen, it's clear which superheroes won the box office battle. The following are the 10 highest grossing superhero movie franchises based upon their global box-office takings. However just as in comic book land, the battle is never really over; with a plethora of new superhero movies set for release in the next few months (a sequel to the Amazing Spider Man is about to be released) there's always the possibility that the winner might be dethroned.

10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, $419 million

9 Hulk, $509 million

8 Fantastic Four, $619 million

7 Thor, $1.06 billion

6 Superman, $1.528 billion

5  5. X-men, $2.31 billion

4 Iron Man, $2.418 billion

3 Spider Man, $3.254 billion

2 Batman, $3.715 billion

 

 

1 The Avengers, $5.626 billion

Taking the number 1 spot, The Avengers combines many of our favourite Marvel superheroes and supporting characters with the addition of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury keeping everyone in check. So far the franchise has combined everything we love about superheroes into one movie: Tony Stark and Bruce Banner make the science cool, Scarlett Johansson is in a tight black cat suit and Captain America’s confused one-liners as he attempts to understand modern technology give the flick a light hearted edge. Sure, the concept and the alien monsters are a rip-off of Transformers, but they use them in a far more entertaining way and the graphics are vastly superior.

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