10 superhero movies with great endings

Now that Spider-Man: No Way Home has been released and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is nearing the end of Phase 4, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at some of the superhero movies that got their last sequence just right.

Most of these movies have thrilling fight scenes and other action set pieces designed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats, but they often choose to conclude on an emotional high note. This has a far-reaching effect on audiences, making the movies more memorable for better or worse.

10 superhero movies with great endings

The Incredibles (2004)

The Incredibles, one of the most original superhero cartoons, features a “mask up” scene that is sure to become a classic. After showing us a regular day in the Parrs’ lives, we suddenly learn that a new supervillain poses a threat, and we witness each member of the heroic family put on their masks and prepare for combat.

The eagerly anticipated sequel, Incredibles 2 picks up right after the characters spring into action, creating an even more exciting scenario. Even though the first movie ends before the family ever fights, it’s clear from the expressions on their faces that they are confident in their ability to defeat any adversary.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

While The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t the most beloved Spider-Man film, its touching conclusion makes up for its flaws. Expecting the film to conclude on a tragic note after Gwen’s death, the creators surprised everyone by incorporating a “fight must go on” message within the setting of Peter Parker’s sorrow.

Inspiring by Gwen’s speech, Peter dons his Spider-Man costume and fights crime once more, this time saving the day by rescuing a young child dressed as the “Rhino.”What sets Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man apart from Tobey Maguire’s, for example, is his ability to convey tragedy, and this quality is also crucial to the impact of the conclusion of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Blade II (2002)

Blade II’s conclusion is possibly the most 00s thing ever filmed. The last scene, which happens right after Nyssa dies in Blade’s arms and is very sad, is very funny and has a lot of quick cuts.

A clumsy vampire decides to go out for a night of fun in London, only to run across Blade, who famously asks, “You didn’t think I forgot about you, did you?” before crossing his blade over the vampire’s head. It’s hilarious, for one thing, because so many people have forgotten about the escaped vampire from earlier in the film now that Blade has returned to duty in grand fashion.

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

The ending of Spider-Man 3 has aged exceptionally well, proving to be considerably more dramatic now than when the film was initially released and divided viewers so sharply. When you look at it as a dramatic happy ending where one of the most famous couples in pop culture gets back together, the fact that it marks the end of the story arc of Sam Raimi’s Peter Parker and Mary Jane makes you feel sad.

Peter and Mary Jane’s dance together symbolizes a new beginning, and though they don’t speak to one another, their audience and Mary Jane can interpret Peter’s hand gesture as him saying, “I’m here for you now.” The Tobey Maguire drama comes to a satisfying end on a sweet and truthful note.

The Batman (2022)

The Batman, which presents a fresh take on the classic DC hero, has quickly become one of the genre’s most acclaimed films. After thinking about the aftermath of the flood in Gotham and reflecting on the hope that inspires him to continue wearing the mask, Batman says goodbye to Catwoman and the two reluctantly part ways, but Matt Reeves’ risky choice to explore the detective side of Bruce Wayne pays off brilliantly at the end and sets up the exciting possibility of a sequel.

After the bittersweet tragedy that befell Gotham and threatens to return at any moment, the show concludes on a somber and understated note. Although Catwoman brings out the best in Bruce Wayne, he ultimately has to go through life alone, so their separation is bittersweet.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Infinity War may be the most emotionally draining Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date, but the film’s grim conclusion seems ironic in retrospect. Thanos, who killed half of all life in the universe with a snap of his fingers, went to a faraway planet to be alone and think.

After reducing the majority of the Marvel universe to dust, there is a drastic change in tone. In stark contrast to Thanos’s stoic last expression, the expressions on Tony Stark, Captain America, Thor, and the rest of the Avengers convey a painful sense of defeat. There’s a lot of space for interpretation in the last scene, but there’s also a heavy sense of loss following the biggest turn of the third phase of the MCU.

Watchmen (2009)

The irony of the film is only revealed in the sardonic closing scene, but the tense sequences in Antarctica serve as the film’s climax, bringing together all the main characters and forcing them to confront their differences. After Rorschach’s tragic demise, an unsuspecting worker at the New Frontiersman is tasked with selecting an engaging news item from a stack of entries, among which is Rorschach’s journal.

Watchmen’s last scene serves as the ideal coda to The Comedian’s earlier declaration that “it was all a joke” earlier in the film. It’s bleakly funny that in the end, there is no victor and no vanquished; it’s a painful stalemate that might have horrible repercussions for both sides.

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Many fans consider Spider-Man 2 to be the best and most rewatchable film based on the beloved hero, but what they fail to recognise is how effectively the film handles the superhero concept. The second movie in Sam Raimi’s trilogy shows the hero’s journey in a traditional melodrama. This makes it one of the most typical Spider-Man movies.

Peter Parker and Mary Jane embrace at the altar after she has left her fiancé, but their future plans are cut short when police sirens sound. Mary Jane then advises Peter to put on a mask. There’s nothing more Hollywood about it, but the emotional appeal and nod to the hero’s heritage make it so well received.

Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man, the first film in the MCU, was successful at resuming Tony Stark’s entire ego in a single closing sequence. Stark had every motive to keep his true identity under wraps; he was the CEO of a multinational conglomerate and had loved ones whose safety he was responsible for ensuring. Nonetheless, he makes the audacious move of telling the media that he is the real Iron Man.

Stark’s lopsided grin reveals that he is far too proud of himself to keep the news to himself. One of the most common plot devices in superhero fiction—the hidden identity—is also subverted in this scenario. Tony Stark doesn’t spend several comics or movies trying to find a balance between his personal life and his job, like other heroes do.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The ending moment in The Dark Knight Rises is the kind of scene that can put a grin on anyone’s face because of the sense of relief and contentment it conveys. This happy ending for Bruce Wayne, who went through so much in the movies, may not be what the audience expects from an action-packed superhero movie, but it is certainly appreciated.

Alfred and Bruce’s knowing nod to one another is a powerful demonstration of the power of nonverbal communication, and the music leading up to it is just as moving. When Robin finds the Batcave at the end of the movie, it shows that Batman’s legacy is far from over.

By Sagar Shrinath

For years, Sagar Shrinath dreamed of writing Movie Review sector news the way he thought they should be written: complex, multi-genre stories with unique plots that ‘move’. Sagar has a more than 4 years of experience in writing a Latest Movie Review of Bollywood, Hollywood and Regional. Email: [email protected]

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