Over the years, the superhero genre has evolved to include all genres within them. In the beginning, superhero movies took themselves very seriously and didn’t feature much humor. Over time, some superhero movies began to inject more and more humor to the point of being comedies themselves.
Some heroes aren’t usually suited for comedy adventures, but in the MCU, DCEU, and X-Men movies, there’s been a place for humor somewhere. Whether it’s characters speaking directly to audiences, parodying darker superhero movies, or seeing characters interact with each other, the superhero genre has come a long way in terms of of comedy.
11 The Suicide Squad is the funniest in the DCEU
The Suicide Squad was directed by James Gunn and was kind of a soft reboot for the DCEU suicide squad released five years ago. Amanda Waller builds Task Force X to undertake a dangerous mission in Corto Maltese. Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney are all returning from suicide squad while there are a ton of new cast members.
The film relied on James Gunn’s signature humor, something he brought to the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, and features several hilarious moments. One of the biggest is the beginning of the mission where most of the team members are brutally and ridiculously killed. The Suicide Squad also introduced John Cena’s Peacemaker, one of the funniest characters in film who eventually got his own HBO Max series.
ten Birds Of Prey Gave Margot Robbie Time To Fully Shine
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn) puts Harley Quinn front and center as she deals with her recent breakup with the Joker. She joins forces with a group of women including: Helena Bertinelli, Dinah Lance, and Renee Montoya to form the Birds of Prey to take on crime lord Roman Sionis in Gotham City.
Much of the humor comes from Margot Robbie’s brilliant performance as Harley Quinn. She is established as a fast-paced, overly excited narrator who takes many tangents. She has great chemistry with the rest of the cast and gets some good zingers against the supposedly intimidating Sionis.
9 Ant-Man had a number of running gags
Ant-Man joined the MCU in 2015 with his own origin movie. Scott Lang is released from prison, he takes up the torch of Ant-Man with the help of scientist Hank Pym. Scott, Hank, and Hope van Dyne battle the villainous Yellowjacket as he tries to replicate Pym’s microscopic suits for nefarious reasons.
The ant Man was one of the lightest MCU entries. Many of the gags involved shrunken or enlarged things/ants, Scott’s difficulty finding a job outside of prison, and the chemistry between Scott and Hope. Paul Rudd was held in high regard for his performance as Scott, and it was a joy to watch him grow within the MCU.
8 Thor: Love And Thunder Leaned Heavily On Jokes
Thor: Love and Thunder was the last MCU movie entry earlier this year. After 1,500 years, Thor embarks on what he calls a “classic Thor adventure” to find himself and his place in the universe. He teams up with King Valkyrie and his ex-demon daughter Jane Foster, now the Mighty Thor, to take on Gorr the Butcher God as he seeks to wipe out all gods.
With director Taika Waititi returning from Thor: Ragnarokthe movie seemed Ragnarok on steroids. There were tons of jokes and bits, including: Stormbreaker’s jealousy of Mjolnir, Thor’s goats, Jane’s inability to get a catchphrase, and more. However, the film was criticized for being too pleasant and for not giving the more serious moments time to breathe.
seven Deadpool 2’s biggest joke was paid for by a marketing ploy
Deadpool 2 finds Wade Wilson coming into conflict with Cable, played by Josh Brolin, as Wade tries to protect a young mutant Russell Collins. In order to protect Russell from Cable, he forms the X-Force; a team of mutants. However, this leads to disastrous results.
Much of the film’s marketing has gone into the X-Force. When they finally appear in the movie and parachute in for the mission, they are all spectacularly comically killed. It also turns out that Vanisher was played by Brad Pitt in a cameo in the blink of an eye or you’ll miss it. It was a stroke of comic genius for the film’s marketing to mislead audiences, and the joke took off well in theaters.
6 Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Had Multiple Spider-Beings Crossing Paths
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse serves as the origin story of Miles Morales, a New York teenager who is bitten by a radioactive spider just like Peter Parker. After Spider-Man’s death, Miles takes up the mantle with the help of several Spider-beings from other universes such as: Peter B. Parker, Spider-Man Noir, and Spider-Woman.
The film received universal acclaim and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Fans loved seeing different versions of the Spider-Man character interact with each other, usually leading to some humorous moments. The film also parodies other Spider-Man films such as the Upside-Down Kiss with MJ as part of this Spider-Man’s origin story.
5 The success of Guardians of the Galaxy lies in the chemistry of the cast
guardians of the galaxy follows a ragtag crew of aliens who form a band to save the galaxy from Ronan the Accuser, who exacts revenge on the Xandardians with the help of an Infinity Stone. Led by Peter Quill, or Star-Lord, the group includes: Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot.
The film was considered a risky move at the time, but the film’s success went far beyond expectations. The cast’s chemistry and James Gunn’s strong direction were the highlights of the film. It spawned a new franchise within the MCU that includes two sequels, a holiday special, and roles in two Avengers films.
4 The Lego Batman Movie is a hilarious parody of Batman and his past movies
The Lego Batman Movie is a spin-off of The Lego Movie where Batman was a popular character. Batman fights crime in Gotham City, inadvertently adopts Dick Grayson to be his ward and trains him to become Robin, all the while seeking to stop Joker from taking over Gotham.
Batman is not meant to be a humorous character. The Lego Batman Movie changed that and upended the Batman status quo. Not only did the movie parody the Batman character, but it also parodied every Batman movie ever made to a hilarious result.
3 Thor: Ragnarok reimagined Thor and stands as the MCU’s funniest movie
Thor: Ragnarok finds the God of Thunder battling his sister Hela after she claims the throne of Asgard and seeks to destroy it. She exiles him to Sakkar, where he is imprisoned and forced to fight as a gladiator. To his surprise, his friend and fellow Avenger Bruce Banner/Hulk is also there.
The film was the first to be directed by Taika Waititi and fundamentally changed the character of Thor in the MCU. Its first two solo outings were considered rather dull and boring, but Waititi’s style and Chris Hemsworth’s comedic chops made the film one of the MCU’s best and definitely the funniest.
2 Deadpool’s signature humor was a breath of fresh air for the genre
dead Pool hit screens in 2016 following the leak of test footage a year prior. Starring Ryan Reynolds, the film follows the origin story of Wade Wilson as he becomes the violent and hilarious anti-hero who exacts revenge on those who created him. Deadpool recruits Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus to take on Ajax or “Francis”.
The film was a smash hit, grossing $782 million at the box office and was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards: Best Musical or Comedy and Best Musical or Comedy Actor for Reynolds. dead Pool was a breath of fresh air in the superhero genre and changed the game for R-rated superhero movies. X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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