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The Best Superhero Movie Sequels

Updated July 29, 2020 21.0k votes 2.2k voters 32.7k views51 items

List RulesOnly sequels in new / standalone superhero movie series or reboots

What happens when a film is just so super that fans are begging for more? A super sequel! This list of the best superhero movie sequels includes trailers and ranks these awesome films, based on the votes of superhero fans and movie buffs like you. These all-time top superhero movie sequels are much loved, some even more than the originals. What are the best superhero movie sequels of all time?

It seems everyone's favorite superhero has a film franchise (or two) these days. From Batman and the X-Men to Ghost Rider and RoboCop, Hollywood couldn't stop at just one movie. These sequels and part two movies continue the stories of these awesome and super (sorry!) characters and worlds.

This list features the greatest superhero movie sequels including The Dark Knight Rises, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman 3, and Batman Returns. Vote up the best of these superhero film sequels below. If you don't see the sequels you think are the greatest be sure to add them for other film nerds and superhero fans to vote on!
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  • The Dark Knight1
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    The Dark Knight

    Batman Begins

    ActorsChristian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Captain America: Civil War2
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    Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ActorsChris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie

    Released2016

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

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    Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man

    ActorsTobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris

    Released2004

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel...  more

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  • X-Men: Days of Future Past4
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    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: The Last Stand

    ActorsJennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Michael Fassbender

    Released2014

    Directed byBryan Singer

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 25
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  • The Dark Knight Rises6
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight

    ActorsChristian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Avengers: Infinity War7
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  • Thor: Ragnarok8
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    Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: The Dark World

    ActorsChris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum

    Released2017

    Directed byTaika Waititi

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  • X-Men: First Class9
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    X-Men: First Class

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    ActorsJennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Rebecca Romijn

    Released2011

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film, based on the X-Men characters appearing...  more

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    X-Men 2

    X-Men

    ActorsHalle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Rebecca Romijn

    Released2003

    Directed byBryan Singer

    X2 is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel...  more

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  • Blade II11
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    ActorsKris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman, Norman Reedus, Leonor Varela

    Released2002

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics...  more

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  • Batman Returns12
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    ActorsMichelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Paul Reubens

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Burton

    Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based...  more

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  • Logan13
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    Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine....  more

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    The Wolverine

    X-Men: First Class, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    ActorsHugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Mangold

    The Wolverine is a 2013 American superhero film directed by James Mangold, based on the Marvel...  more

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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp15
    Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed. As Scott Lang...  more

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  • Avengers: Endgame16
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    Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1

    ActorsRobert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based...  more

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    Iron Man 2

    Iron Man

    ActorsRobert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau

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  • Spider-Man: Far From Home18

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Far From Home is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on...  more

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  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army19

    ActorsJohn Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

    Released2008

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American supernatural superhero film based on the...  more

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  • The Incredible Hulk20

    ActorsRobert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton, Tim Roth, Stan Lee

    Released2008

    Directed byLouis Leterrier

    The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character...  more

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    Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 2

    ActorsGwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce

    Released2013

    Directed byShane Black

    Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced...  more

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    Superman II

    Superman

    ActorsGene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Margot Kidder, Glenn Ford

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lester, Richard Donner

    Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a...  more

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  • Avengers Franchise23
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    Avengers Franchise

    Marvel's The Avengers(classified under the name Marvel Avengers Assemble in the United Kingdom...  more

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  • Thor: The Dark World24

    ActorsChris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård

    Released2013

    Directed byAlan Taylor

    Thor: The Dark World is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Alan Taylor, based on the...  more

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  • Avengers: Age of Ultron25
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    ActorsRobert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

    Released2015

    Directed byJoss Whedon

    Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on...  more

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