Superhero movies are currently dominating the world of cinema, and have been doing so since far before the current decade. However, with the continued expansion of the MCU and many, many animated classics (mostly thanks to DC), the 2010s have given us some of the genre's greatest entries.
Since we're nearing the start of a new decade (and we've finally got past the giant that was Avengers: Endgame), we feel it's time to take a look at the decade's best (and worst) superhero movies, according to everybody's favorite critical consensus website, Rotten Tomatoes.
Okay, it may not be beloved by everyone, but it's still pretty accurate in determining great (and not-so-great) movies. Just remember: due to the large amount of well-rated animated superhero movies that have been released, you may not see many MCU films on this list.
20 Greatest: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - 97%
Though fans are already juggling two separate Spider-Man cinematic universes, the release of 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse left them begging for more adventures of Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, and the various other Spider-Men from different dimensions.
The good news is that, thanks to the film's box-office success and win for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, this will most definitely happen.
19 Worst: Green Lantern - 26%
After the failure of 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and botched portrayal of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds set his sights on another superhero adaptation, this time being the story of DC's Green Lantern.
However, Reynolds would later come to regret this decision due to the 2011 film's poor choices in effects and villains and its massive under-performance at the box office. Good thing he got a second chance at Wade Wilson.
18 Greatest: Black Panther - 97%
Currently the highest-rated MCU film on Rotten Tomatoes, 2018's Black Panther was praised for its acting and themes, and became the second highest-grossing film of the year behind Avengers: Infinity War.
Besides introducing one of Marvel's most compelling villains (Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger), it also gave fans their first full look at Wakanda. Ryan Coogler is returning to the director's chair for the sequel, and we can't wait to see what's next.
17 Worst: Conan the Barbarian - 25%
Before successfully bringing Aquaman to live-action, actor Jason Momoa tried his hand at adapting another famous literary character: Conan the Barbarian. While some still looked fondly back on the two '80s films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, others felt it was time for a new take on the warrior.
Unfortunately, despite being a more violent entry in the series, the 2011 film bombed at the box office and was harshly criticized for its writing, acting, and 3D effects.
16 Greatest: Justice League vs. the Fatal Five - 100%
While Marvel is currently dominating the live-action film frontier, DC has always been pretty reliable for solid animated adaptations.
First off, we have this year's Justice League vs. the Fatal Five. Yes, the title pretty much sums up the film, but it features the return of veteran DC voice actors Kevin Conroy, Susan Eisenberg, and George Newbern, making it a great follow-up for fans of the animated series.
15 Worst: Dark Phoenix - 23%
This year's Dark Phoenix was not only meant to wrap up the main X-Men film story line, but also give fans the re-telling of "The Dark Phoenix Saga" they had been demanding since 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.
Unfortunately, it failed spectacularly and was slammed by fans for being anticlimactic and containing major plot holes.
14 Greatest: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - 100%
Another of this year's DC animated lineup, this film pits two of our favorite breeds of hero against each other...before having them work together later!
Yes, the film may not be centered around a conflict between the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-Shell, but it still brings the action and humor fans would expect. MovieWeb even dubbed it "a must see for every comic genre and animation fan."
13 Worst: MIB: International - 22%
Just because Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson have great chemistry as Thor and Valkyrie in the MCU doesn't mean this will translate over into other films. Case in point, MIB: International.
Instead of giving fans Men in Black 4 or even the MIB/21 Jump Street crossover we've secretly desired, Sony produced a spin-off nobody asked for. We wish neuralysers were real so we could forget the time we spent watching this cinematic misfire.
12 Greatest: Batman vs. Two-Face - 100%
After the success of 2016's Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (which holds an impressive 94% score), DC brought back '60s Dynamic Duo Adam West and Burt Wart for one more adventure by introducing the campy show's version of Harvey Dent AKA Two-Face (voiced by William Shatner).
While this did turn out to be West's final film role, it proved a great sendoff for both him and his version of Batman.
11 Worst: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - 22%
Director Michael Bay may best be known for his childhood-ruining Transformers films, but he managed to help create another series just as bad with his two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.
While the TMNT films have never been critical favorites, not even fans got behind the 2014 film, with the turtle's unlikable designs and Megan Fox's casting as April O'Neil. Even if the sequel did a bit better, we're just glad the franchise is getting another chance.
10 Greatest: Batman vs. Robin - 100%
Though many Batman fans would argue that the Caped Crusader could easily take down his sidekick Robin, they clearly haven't met Damian Wayne AKA Robin #5.
The son of both Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, Damian is no slouch when it comes to fighting. However, when the mysterious Court of Owls reaches out to him as a potential recruit, it further drives a wedge between him and Bruce in this action-packed 2015 film.
9 Worst: Hellboy - 18%
It's bad enough Guillermo del Toro wasn't involved, but when fans found out the third live-action Hellboy movie would be both a reboot and not star Ron Perlman as the titular demon, they weren't too eager to see it (which easily explains its box-office failure).
Featuring an all-star cast, including Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, and David Harbour as Hellboy, the film may have delivered a dark R-rated adaptation, but it failed on almost every other front.
8 Greatest: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 - 100%
Adapting not only one of Batman's greatest tales, but also one of the greatest comic book stories ever written, is a daunting task. Thankfully, DC outdid itself with the two-part animated masterpiece Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
Part 1 works as a great introduction to a 55-year-old Batman coming out of retirement to fight darker threats. However, despite Part 2 featuring Joker and the iconic fight between Batman and Superman, its RT score sits at 94%. So close.
7 Worst: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - 18%
2007's Ghost Rider may not have been a masterpiece (after all, it miscast Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider), but it was leagues better than what fans got four years later.
When Marvel's version of the Devil seeks his son's body as an earthly vessel, it's up to the Ghost Rider (and a pre-MCU Idris Elba) to protect him. Unfortunately, the poster proved cooler than the film itself, with RT calling it "plain trash."
6 Greatest: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox - 100%
The "Flashpoint" story is one of DC's most-remembered arcs, where Barry Allen's time-travelling reboots the DC Universe. Sadly, DC's "New 52" follow-up collection was seen as a failure and resulted in another reboot a few years later.
Fortunately, the Flashpoint animated adaptation was not only done right (featuring a great cast, including Kevin Conroy as Batman, Michael B. Jordan as Cyborg, and Ron Perlman as Deathstroke), but it also led to a slew of great follow-ups.
5 Worst: Jonah Hex - 12%
Before Josh Brolin became a Marvel icon through his roles as Thanos and Cable, DC shamelessly placed him front and center in one of the worst films they've ever produced.
Even though Brolin seemed like a solid choice to play the scarred bounty hunter, this 2010 western ended up a wild mess (get it?), dragging down talents John Malkovich and Michael Fassbender with it.
4 Greatest: Batman: Under the Red Hood - 100%
What happened to Jason Todd in the comics is still burned in many comic book readers' minds, and now Batman fans can relive it in animated form with 2010's Batman: Under the Red Hood.
Besides the film's faithful take on the iconic story, the adaptation also assembles a great cast, including Bruce Greenwood as Batman, Jensen Ackles as Red Hood, and Neil Patrick Harris as Nightwing.
3 Worst: Fant4stic - 9%
We didn't think it was possible to get much worse than the two 2000s' Fantastic Four films, but director Josh Trank proved us horribly wrong in 2015.
While it's been debated exactly how much blame falls on Trank, there's no denying the film's troubled production. Poor writing, an unnecessarily-dark tone, and noticeable re-shoots are just some of the issues that made Fant4stic unworthy to carry the name of this beloved Marvel team.
2 Greatest: Superman: Unbound - 100%
Braniac is one of Superman's greatest foes, so having a film where Superman is first introduced to the powerful android just has to be good...Don't worry, it is.
Teaming up with his Kryptonian cousin Kara AKA Supergirl, the Man of Steel definitely has his work cut out for him in this 2010 film. After all, he's fighting a villain who shrinks entire cities to put them in bottles!
1 Worst: Max Steel - 0%
Mattel may be behind some of the best-selling toy lines in history, but this doesn't make them qualified to make a superhero movie. Unfortunately, exactly that happened with 2016's Max Steel, which tried and failed miserably to kick-start a franchise about teenager Max becoming a superhero by combining with an alien named Steel.
Honestly, audiences would've had more fun playing with the toys.