The best superhero movies and TV shows of 2022, ranked

2022 was a big year for superhero movies and TV shows. Many of these releases were highly anticipated, especially considering that some faced multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As expected, the list of the best superhero projects of the year has been dominated by Marvel and DC. Marvel continued to delve into the small screen by producing TV series for Disney+ and hitting the nail in the head with nearly all of their offerings this year. Meanwhile, DC has branched out to HBO Max and Netflix to produce two of their best TV series of the year, while the DCEU’s 2022 solo movie release also narrowly earned a spot on this list as well.

The best superhero projects are ultimately the ones that find a balance between taking creative liberties and staying true to the source material. They also tend to boast stunning visuals, compelling acting performances, character development, and a solid plot filled with intriguing themes. Here are 10 of the best superhero TV shows and movies of the year.

10. Black Adam

Black Adam is a rock show
(Warner Bros.)

Black Adam Premiering on October 21, 2022, it marked Dwayne Johnson’s long-awaited live-action debut as the anti-hero. The film follows the origin story of Teth-Adam, who rose from his slumber after 5,000 years of imprisonment and instantly attracted attention with his unparalleled strength and refusal to bow to anyone. However, when confronted by the Justice Society of America (JSA), he will need to truly decide if he wants to be the destroyer or the savior of the world. Black Adam It was somewhat action packed with little plot and character development. It also fails to create an accurate and compelling villain. Johnson and Pierce Brosnan saved the show, with their stellar performances, and the movie delivers on the excitement factor.

9. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

She-Hulk from Disney+: Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters / She-Hulk smiling.
(Disney)

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Premiering on August 18, 2022, it featured fourth-wall-breaking Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) onscreen. The series follows Walters’ struggles as she balances being a hulk with a high-powered attorney, while also facing a torrent of misogyny and sexism from the insel community. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Witty in her commentary on sexism and her bold decision to confront Marvel’s flaws. However, in terms of plot, tone, and pacing, the show is all over the place. Many subplots and characters are forgotten and not developed, leaving the audience still feeling dissatisfied in the end.

8. Thor: Love and Thunder

Jin and Valkyrie in Thor: Love and Thunder
(Disney)

Thor: Love and Thunder It premiered on July 8, 2022, and marked the highly anticipated fourth installment in the ox Movie series. The film sees Thor summoned from retirement to confront the threat of the butcher of Jor the God (Christian Bale). Thor rallies his allies to confront the threat, including Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who is now Mighty Thor but harbors a painful secret. Thor: Love and Thunder Entertaining, but sometimes too straightforward in its attempts at repetition Motorcycle rental With her flavors, her flair, and her work. Although it lacks sustenance through the majority of the film, it ends with an emotional punch and a poignant look at grief and loss. Portman and Bell also gave witty performances, but the film ultimately lacked balance, restraint, and tonal consistency.

7. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Stephen Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
(Disney)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness It premiered on May 6, 2022, and follows the events of Fallout WandaVision. In the film, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) sets out on a journey across the multiverse to protect America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a mysterious girl with coveted powers. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness It was a very unique movie that offered a poignant exploration of melancholy and plunged boldly into the horror genre. Plus, Elizabeth Olson delivers one of her most compelling and emotional performances to date as the Scarlet Witch. At the same time, the horror elements served little purpose in the plot, and many felt the Illuminati spectacle was hurried, unnecessary, and unsatisfying.

6. Moon Knight

Moon Knight Oscar Isaac holding a scarab
(Disney)

Moon Knight It premiered on March 30, 2022, and was a one-of-a-kind addition to the MCU. The series follows Stephen Grant/Marc Specter (Oscar Isaac), the avatar of Moon God Khonshu (Murray Abrahams) who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID). His fractured personalities must learn to work together as Concho warns him off Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke), who wishes to unleash the goddess of judgment upon humanity. Moon Knight It was a delightfully silly tale that combined dissociative identity disorder and Egyptian mythology into an interesting story. The story was also full of great performances, unexpected twists and turns, and surprisingly poignant depictions of child abuse and trauma. At the same time, the ending felt rushed and incomplete, given how deep the story was.

5. hypnotist

The hypnotist dreamed of the helmet
(Netflix)

hypnotist It premiered on Netflix on August 5, 2022, finally giving Neil Gaiman’s comic book series a live-action adaptation after the project had been bogged down in development hell for decades. The series follows Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), who escapes captivity after a century of imprisonment and embarks on a journey to reclaim his dream world. For fans of the source material, hypnotist It was a very faithful adaptation. Plus, the series was enjoyable as a magical fantasy adventure with strong performances and an engaging dark and dreamy tone. The only drawback is that he spent a long time building the world and eventually ran out of momentum.

4. Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel in Ms. Marvel on Disney+.
(Disney)

Ms. Marvel It premiered on June 8, 2022, and introduced Marvel’s first Muslim superhero. The series follows Kamala Khan (Iman Vilani), a high school student who is obsessed with the Avengers and disaffected by her overbearing parents. However, when her powers are awakened by an inherited bracelet, she becomes a hero in her own right and delves into her family’s history to understand the motives for the robbery. Ms. Marvel is a refreshing, diverse, and representative part of the MCU. It is a tale for generations that immerses itself in the history of India and Pakistan and features for the first time a delightful, fascinating and charismatic new hero. The only times it gets stuck is when you try to tie a lot of loose ends at once and they end up falling off on their ends.

3. peace maker

The Peacemaker's opening dance
(HBO Max)

peace maker It premiered on January 13, 2022, and marked James Gunn’s second DCEU project. Where the series begins Suicide Squad (2021), after Peacemaker (John Cena) is revealed to be still alive and back in the custody of Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). Despite being a ruthless killer, he follows Waller’s orders well and is assigned to a new black ops squad investigating parasitic species. peace maker Good for the same reasons Suicide Squad He was, with his over-the-top antics, vulgarity, tough sense of humor, and odd cheerfulness. It’s also bolstered by heartfelt performances and over-the-top direction that make even DC’s most unlikeable character, oddly likable. While it’s fun, interesting, and well-made, it’s not a particularly deep or groundbreaking premise.

2. Werewolf by night

Laura Donnelly as Elsa Bloodstone in Werewolf by Night
(Disney)

Werewolf by night Premiering October 7, 2022, it marked Marvel’s reinvention of classic holiday TV specials from the mid-to-late 1990s. The film follows a group of monster hunters who gather at the Bloodstone mansion to vie for a powerful trail left by the late Ulysses Bloodstone. However, they are unaware that one of the monster hunters is a monster himself, the werewolf Jack Russell (Gael García Bernal). Werewolf by night is a nostalgic vintage thriller with a delightfully scary premise, actionable visuals, and strong performances from its drive. A blast from the past, this black-and-white version is a refreshing installment in the MCU, full of magic and Halloween spirit. However, it’s understandably a rather weak entry in the superhero genre given its status as a one-off special.

1. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever poster
(Disney)

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever It premiered on November 11, 2022, and marked the long-awaited sequel to the critically acclaimed 2018 film, Black Panther. The story takes place after the death of King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), when a weakened Wakanda must fight to save itself amidst rising alien tensions and the threat from the underwater civilization, the Talokans, and their rogue leader, Namor (Tenoch Huerta). Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is a deeply emotional project that honored Boseman while continuing the story of the people of Wakanda. The film featured intriguing social and political commentary, brilliant performances, and poignant discussion of grief, loss, and generational trauma. While it may not be the most exciting or flawless superhero movie, it was by far the most important superhero movie of 2022.

(Featured image: Disney)

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