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Six Superhero Movies to Stream

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Last month, Warner Bros. released the coronavirus-delayed Wonder Woman 1984, a sequel to the 2017 hit Wonder Woman. The action-adventure film did relatively well at the box office (where theaters are open), although it’s also available for a limited time on the HBO Max streaming service. Compared to the enthusiastic response to the first “Wonder Woman” film, however, the sequel has generated mixed reactions. Some critics and comic fans complain about the improbable plot and length of the film.

For those who felt disappointed with Wonder Woman 1984, here are six more superhero options to stream – from the popular and beloved films to films that have never received the huge audiences they deserve.

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Movie audiences developed a taste for superheroes back in 1991 when Walt Disney’s Buena Vista Pictures didn’t attract a crowd for this charmingly old-fashioned pulp exercise. Based on a little-known comic by illustrator Dave Stevens, “The Rocketeer” is a fast-paced potboiler in a 1930s Hollywood full of glamorous swells and optimistic doers – including a bombshell actress Jenny (Jennifer Connelly) and her stunt pilot friend (Billy Campbell). Director Joe Johnston sheds light and zips on the film’s Nazi battle – something he would do again 20 years later with the mighty “Captain America: The First Avenger”.

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A little more than a decade before director Sam Raimi was making his own twisted version of an R-rated Marvel Comics film about a mad scientist driven by tragedy to become a vigilante. clad in an artificial skin that dissolves in the sunlight. Anchored in a piquant Liam Neeson performance (with which he has started the role of the “capable hero who is in search of blood” early in recent years), “Darkman” combines elements of old universal monster films, grainy superhero comics from the 1970s Years and slapstick comedy. Although it is rated R and not suitable for younger viewers, the film is a true original.

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In some of the most haunted superhero stories, the powerful among us live in the ordinary world, devoid of costumes or code names. One of the most famous of these is M. Night Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable”. Film fans who love this film should definitely seek out the similarly reserved “Fast Color” by writer and director Julia Hart about a family of women who are hiding their extraordinary skills from a government agency that wants to exploit them. Hart and her co-writer / producer Jordan Horowitz give this classic genre premise their own twist by focusing on human relationships and small moments of wonder.

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The X-Men film franchise and its Deadpool and Wolverine offshoots were popular but inconsistent. “X-Men: First Class” is the best of the lot because it’s not bogged down by complicated mythology. Instead, the story begins in early 1962, when two young mutant friends with different ideologies work together to recruit more of their own kind. Director Matthew Vaughn gives the picture the glamor of a James Bond film, while James McAvoy (as Professor Charles Xavier) and Michael Fassbender (as Erik “Magneto” Lehnsherr) lead an ace cast in an adventure full of international intrigue.

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Given that the superhero genre has become a phenomenon thanks to the ink-stained medium of comics, it is a shame that there have been no more big budget animated superhero films. Oscar winner “Big Hero 6” is a good example of how the exaggerated cartoony illustrations common in animation lend themselves well to kinetic, fantastic action. The film is kid-friendly too, and tells the story of a moody teenage genius who brings together a group of tech-savvy nerds to team up with his adorable squishy super robot Baymax to help uncover a conspiracy. “Big Hero 6” is cute and visually stunning at the same time, and an old-fashioned superhero story full of positivity.

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Comic book aficionados who were disappointed with Wonder Woman 1984 had an excellent alternative to their DC Comics superhero fix last year. In the Birds of Prey spin-off from Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie repeats her role as the delightfully mischievous Gotham City villain Harley Quinn, who teams up with some more virtuous women in an explosive argument with a local mob boss. Director Cathy Yan and screenwriter Christina Hodson charge their film with foul language, bloody violence, and self-referential humor so that while strong female heroes are great, strong female antiheroes can be more fun.

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