With to­mor­row’s re­lease of Thor: Rag­narok prov­ing su­per­heroes and su­per punch­lines don’t have to be mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive, here are five more movies that bring the zing

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It took al­most a decade for Mar­vel to grant Dead­pool his big-screen shot, and the long wait was not in vain. Cour­tesy of one of the best-writ­ten com­edy scripts of the past decade — no small feat for a su­per­hero flick — Ryan Reynolds’ dis­fig­ured dy­namo ripped through a moun­tain of killer ma­te­rial at break­neck speed. Here’s hop­ing the 2018 se­quel keeps that freak flag fly­ing.


A gem from a golden era where an­i­ma­tion per­fec­tion was ex­pected from and de­liv­ered by Pixar on a yearly ba­sis. This tale of a fam­ily of su­per­heroes sneak­ily de­fy­ing a ban on the use of their pow­ers does not just ser­vice what re­mains a gen­uinely ex­cit­ing ac­tion movie. It is also burst­ing with great laughs and sly digs at the self-im­por­tance of the su­per­hero genre.


Ranked as just a mid­dling Mar­vel of­fer­ing upon orig­i­nal re­lease, a sec­ond view­ing un­locks a sub­tle, yet sharp ar­ray of gags and in-jokes that may have es­caped de­tec­tion the first time around. A supremely self­dep­re­cat­ing Paul Rudd nails the mi­nus­cule ti­tle role of an ex-crim who can shrink down to a mil­lime­tre in height when the world needs sav­ing.


The first Kick-Ass sinks a steel-capped slip­per into ev­ery su­per­hero movie ever made. Aaron Tay­lor-John­son is bril­liant as a geeky teen who be­comes a cos­tumed crime­fighter, de­spite hav­ing no pow­ers what­so­ever. Scenes aplenty are stolen by de­ranged fa­ther-daugh­ter duo Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz). Avoid the se­quel at all costs.

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Wri­ter­di­rec­tor James Gunn is a huge name in Hol­ly­wood for Guardians Of the Gal­axy . But Gunn’s prior visit to the su­per­hero realm mines a dark vein of black com­edy sure to ap­peal to Dead­pool trag­ics. Rainn Wil­son (TV’s The Of­fice) plays the Crim­son Bolt, a reck­less am­a­teur crime­fighter with, err, un­con­ven­tio nal pow­ers. Co-stars Ellen Page (Juno).

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