Picking out the funniest superhero movies is a harder task than one might assume. While a good portion of superhero films of late have been brooding movies that explore what it means to be a god among men, films that understand the inherent comedy of a person fighting crime in colorful spandex have always abounded. From 1966's Batman to Thor: Ragnarok to Lego Batman making fun of 1966's Batman, plenty of superhero films are packed with more laughs than punches.
After a string of self-serious superhero films in the early 2000s, adding some levity back to the world of heroes is what made the MCU such a success. Iron Man fighting crooks with a wink and a nod went a long way toward building one of the most successful franchises ever. And that's before a talking raccoon even showed up.
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The Atlantic put it best in its review of Deadpool, writing that "Deadpool has the shape of a superhero movie but the soul of a Danny McBride flick." Deadpool is only sort of a superhero movie, but it's definitely a comedy. It would be interesting for someone to add up how many lines come out of Deadpool's mouth in the movie that aren't either jokes or setups to jokes because it can't be more than 20.
Deadpool is also one of the few superhero films to get slapped (quite intentionally) with an R rating. Not only that, but it joked and laughed its way into being the second highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.Super comedy?
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Scott Lang is an ex-con turned Baskin-Robbins employee turned superhero. Really, with that in mind, it's no wonder Ant-Man is funnier than the average superhero movie. Throw in some side characters with incredible recurring bits, like Luis and his extended storytelling sequences, and Ant-Man is pound for pound a better comedy film than a lot of comedy films.
The film is, of course, aided in the comedy department by the comedic chops of its star, Paul Rudd. With roles in Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, and I Love You, Man, among many others, Rudd was a seasoned comedy vet before ever so much as hearing the acronym MCU.Super comedy?
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The director of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi, is a comedy genius from New Zealand known for directing What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Waititi is also the voice actor and motion-capture performer behind the hilarious rock creature, Korg. So, it should come as a surprise to no one that Thor: Ragnarok is one of the funniest superhero films ever made.
The Atlantic called Thor: Ragnarok "perfectly acceptable as an action movie but moderately inspired as a comedy," which is basically a rave review from The Atlantic as far as superhero flicks are concerned and serves as a great description of the essence of Thor: Ragnarok. Sure, Thor learns to believe in himself and eventually saves his people, but more importantly, there are hilarious comic performances by Waititi, Jeff Goldblum, and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk. Ragnarok is equally concerned with getting laughs as it is with anything else, and it's quite adept at getting those laughs.Super comedy?
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The Lego Batman MoviePhoto: Warner Bros.
The Lego Batman Movie is one of the only truly hilarious superhero films. Being a film comprising Legos, it's not hard to see how this movie has a bit more room for comedic elements than the traditional Warner Bros. picture. From Batman's self-assuredness and ego to Joker's undying love for Batman, every character in the movie is a parody of their portrayals in other mediums. No one can watch a movie in which Michael Cera lends his voice to the cutest Robin in film history and not come out of the theater admitting it's funny.
The Times said The Lego Batman Movie has a "deliriously giddy rate of gags a minute that hasn't been seen in a big-screen comedy since its 2014 predecessor, The Lego Movie." Whether it's Batman discovering the Justice League has parties without him or the origins of the Robin costume being that Robin took the pants off Batman's Reggae Man outfit, the jokes are relentless and consistently gut-busting.Super comedy?