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Katherine is the Managing Editor at The Hudsucker. She has been working in libraries for the past 10 years and holds a B.A. in American Studies & Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. In her free time, the Seattleite enjoys writing fiction, going to brunch, taking long walks with her roommate, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with her friends. Katherine is a huge fan of the Seattle Mariners and has probably seen every Marvel movie at least five times. She loves classic rock and can quote even the most obscure lines from The Simpsons. Follow Katherine on Twitter: @thethingiskat.

Top 5 for 5: Katherine Ranks Her Favorite Superhero Movies

Senior Managing Editor, Katherine Hernandez, has been part of The Hudsucker since the very beginning, and her love of superhero movies has been apparent since day one. It’s only natural that for her Top 5 for 5 she’d choose to rank her all-time favorite movies in the genre.

I wasn’t raised on comic books, but cartoons. The X-Men: The Animated Series was my first introduction to superheroes, and ever since then, I was hooked. But it wasn’t until X-Men came out in 2000 that I became hooked on superhero movies. Though I had been exposed to Batman and Superman movies as a child, the X-Men movies ushered in a new era of superhero films when I was a teenager, and I watched them all, from Blade to Fantastic Four to Watchmen to The Dark Knight Trilogy.

My interest in the genre increased when Marvel started building their cinematic universe. I still remember seeing the first Iron Man and being so excited at the prospect of an extended, shared universe of multiple characters and ensemble films. I’ve only missed one midnight (or 7 p.m. as I’ve gotten older) showing of an MCU film since the first Thor movie came out (I’m looking at you, Doctor Strange) and I plan on continuing to see them on opening night as long as they put out movies.

My favorite superhero movies are always changing, and there are some great ones that I still have yet to see (sorry Wonder Woman, I will rectify this soon). I’ve reviewed many superhero movies during my five years at The Hudsucker, and below are my Top 5, starting with number 5 and ending with my all-time favorite.

5. The Avengers

I don’t want to admit how many times I saw The Avengers in theaters, and honestly I probably couldn’t say for certain anyway. I lost count at 8, but I could have seen it once or twice after that too. The Avengers consumed my entire summer, but it was worth it. One of Marvel’s best, it mixed humor with enough seriousness to make it one of their most well-rounded movies. The team up could have been a complete disaster, but instead set a great foundation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward and is one of the most enjoyable superhero movies to date.

4. Iron Man 3

I once described the first time I saw Iron Man 3 as, “I felt like I was being trolled the entire time, but I loved every minute of it.” While this movie is divisive among Marvel fans, to me it is one of their strongest efforts. Robert Downey Jr. is always at the top of his game as Tony Stark, and this movie is no exception. It continued the story set out in The Avengers, focusing on Tony’s PTSD from the incidents of the film, and set some events into motion that would affect the characters in Age of Ultron and beyond. Pepper’s heroic turn and the Mandarin bait and switch were highlights of the movie. Shane Black’s style and the Christmas setting allowed for some really funny moments, and Bruce Banner’s cameo at the end sealed the deal for me. Iron Man 3 is by far my favorite Iron Man film, and depending on the day is my favorite movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

If you would have told me when I was in the theater watching The Avengers for the 8th time that my favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe movie would end up being one starring a raccoon and a talking tree, I would have thought you were out of your mind. But here we are, and Guardians of the Galaxy has become my favorite MCU film (well, at least on days when it’s not Iron Man 3). I knew almost nothing about the characters going into the movie, but they all shine in their own way and made an arguably more enjoyable ensemble than the Avengers. It’s rare for a superhero movie to make me laugh until I cry and also make me so emotional that I cry, but “We. Are. Groot.” will do that. I was hooked from the moment “Come and Get Your Love” started playing, and from that moment I knew Guardians of the Galaxy would become one of my favorite superhero movies of all-time.

2. X2: X-Men United

X2 has long been the gold standard of superhero movies to me, and is also among my favorite movies of all-time. Until my number 1 choice came out this year, X2 had been my favorite superhero movie since it came out and nothing had been able to top it. I never get sick of watching the scene where the mansion is attacked by Stryker’s forces, and I appreciated that the movie focused on Magneto working with the X-Men towards a common goal instead of focusing on the rivalry between Xavier’s X-Men and the Brotherhood. The Phoenix tease at the end was so exciting when the movie first came out, only to be ruined by The Last Stand. Though parts of it seem a bit dated now, this is still the best X-Men ensemble film ever released and it remains one of the best of the current wave of superhero films.

1. Logan

In my Logan review, I called it, “the superhero movie everyone deserved, not just Wolverine fans,” and I stand by that. Few superhero movies have stayed with me the way Logan did, and none have elicited the same kind of emotional response. For someone who has loved the character of Wolverine since I grew up watching the X-Men: The Animated Series, it was hard to see him die on screen and know that this was most likely the last time Hugh Jackman would portray him. I shed more than a few tears throughout and came close to audibly sobbing at the end of the film. Logan is everything you’d expect a superhero movie to be, and its R rating allowed it to take risks usually not allowed in the comic book genre. Logan transcends the superhero genre and does what most comic book movies strive for but few achieve, and that is to stand on its own as a fantastic movie.

Honorable Mentions: Batman (1989), The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Captain America: The First Avenger

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What’s your favorite superhero movie? Let us know in the comments!

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