10 Superhero Movies That Defined Other Superhero Movies

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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The record-breaking accomplishments of Avengers: Endgame are only the latest examples of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's success. The culmination of a decade's worth of storytelling, the film (and the MCU in general) will undoubtedly influence the genre for years to come, paving the way for the future of superhero movies and inspiring the next generation to follow in its footsteps. That said, it wouldn't be the first time we've seen this happen.

Superhero movies have been part of the very fabric of Hollywood for a very long time now and, during that time, they have evolved and adapted in a bid to please their audiences and, perhaps more importantly, remain relevant. Though these risks don't always pay off, they are one of the many reasons why the genre continues to break new ground.

Like life itself, the film industry is all about learning, so if a new formula turns out to be successful, of course it's going to inspire others to try it out for themselves. Similarly, should something go horribly wrong, it will go down in history as a lesson which others can learn from, ultimately influencing them to steer clear of trying anything remotely similar.

Both of these lessons have played quite the role in the superhero movie genre over the years...


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