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10 Poorly Rated Superhero Movies Better Than Madame Web

While Madame Web has found success on Netflix, during its theatrical run, the Sony film was panned by fans and critics alike. Likewise, it did poorly at the box office, making it another disappointing entry in Sony’s amorphous Spider-Man Universe. Of course, it’s not the only superhero film to receive terrible reviews or do poorly at the box office. Many other superhero movies have met the same fate.



Ironically, many poorly-received superhero films aren’t as bad as many make them out to be. More than anything, it can be easily argued that some of these films are merely misunderstood. In fact, they’ve been retroactively looked back upon more favorably in recent years. This still doesn’t make many of them great films that set high bars, but the reality is that they were largely much better than Madame Web. Thus, Madame Web’s current success on Netflix might be its only true claim to fame.

10 Wonder Woman 1984 Was Only a Disappointing Sequel


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The 2017 Wonder Woman movie was the Amazing Amazon’s first live-action film, and it was beloved by many. This quality made it one of the few beloved entries in the now-defunct DC Extended Universe, with some fans seeing it as proof that the heavily criticized shared universe could be redeemed. Sadly, its sequel that was released three years later was anything but a rousing success.

For various reasons, Wonder Woman 1984 was a major letdown, namely because it was mostly campy and haphazardly written. At best, it felt like a rough or second draft of a film that needed to be heavily rewritten. Many fans at least like the flying sequence and the opening scene of WW84, but that’s about as much as the movie had going for it.

9 Spider-Man 3 Is a Much Better Film than Fans Remember

A big issue with Madame Web was that, despite being part of the Sony Spider-Man Universe, Spidey himself wasn’t present at all. That obviously wasn’t the case with Spider-Man 3, which was the disappointing final entry in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie trilogy. Fans disliked how the film handled Venom and generally wasn’t as good as what had come before.

Despite its many flaws, however, Spider-Man 3 still manages to be entertaining. The action scenes are much better and more impressive. Likewise, as cartoonish as Venom, Sandman and the new Goblin were at times, they still had far more depth as characters than Madame Web’s villainous Ezekiel Sims.

8 X-Men: The Last Stand Was Flawed But Not Entirely Terrible

Storm Holds Wolverine in X3: The Last Stand.


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X3: The Last Stand was criticized for merging two storylines into one: “The Cure” and “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” Both storylines needed at least one movie to themselves, and the result was a letdown that wasted two great ideas. Likewise, it made many fans want a fourth X-Men, but only to fix what was wrong with the third.

Despite these issues, the film still had its merits, and the idea of the Phoenix being an allegory for mental illness instead of a ridiculous cosmic bird fit much better with the themes of modern X-Men stories, which had largely evolved past the generic superhero themes of the past. Likewise, while controversial, plot developments for characters such as Rogue and Magneto had a lot of depth to them.

7 Spawn Was a Middling Attempt to Adapt the Dark Vigilante

The 1990s Spawn movie wasn’t great, and a major issue was how it tried to make the many times bleak property into a PG-13 blockbuster for the whole family. In terms of adaptations of the character, it paled in comparison to the HBO Spawn animated series. It wasn’t entirely unenjoyable, however, and the screwball antics of The Clown are particularly entertaining.

By contrast, Madame Web doesn’t succeed at being a dark thriller or a fun, campy movie. It’s a lot less energetic than Spawn, and though the latter has very dated special effects, it still doesn’t feel as cheaply made as the Sony film. Hopefully, the planned Spawn movie reboot will successfully transition Al Simmons to the big screen and be much better than Madame Web.

Spawn movie poster


An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.

Mark A.Z. Dippé

Release Date
August 1, 1997

Michael Jai White , Martin Sheen , John Leguizamo

Mark A.Z. Dippé , Alan B. McElroy

96 minutes

6 The Shadow Is Arguably a Forgotten Gem

Alec Baldwin as The Shadow


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Adapting the pulp classic adventures of The Shadow, the 1990s movie of the same name isn’t well-remembered among superhero films. It has both an old-school noir feel while also being unnecessarily campy at times, feeling like a poor imitation of the Tim Burton Batman movies. In many ways, however, it was ahead of its time, and it’s still one of the best adaptations of the character.

The Shadow is far more evocative than Madame Web, and at the very least, it actually feels like The Shadow, whereas Madame Web’s movie incorporates little from her comics. In many ways, it actually pulled off the old-school aesthetic better than the Tim Burton Batman movies, which definitely counts for something.

5 X-Men: Apocalypse Was Almost a Good Movie

Apocalypse using his powers in the X-Men: Apocalypse Movie

X-Men: Apocalypse continued the story of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it pitted a new generation of mutants against the titular immortal villain. Sadly, the movie went in too many different directions, namely by introducing Apocalypse, Cyclops’ generation of X-Men and tying into the origins of Wolverine. Thus, the big screen debut of an iconic X-Men villain was marred by a middling movie.

Despite its lack of focus, the movie was still engaging, namely due to its cast. Current Marvel actor Oscar Isaac played a deeply disturbing take on Apocalypse, with the scene involving him destroying nuclear warheads being a real treat. Likewise, even the forced Wolverine cameo was entertaining, with Madame Web having the opposite issue of having no ties to Spider-Man.

4 Suicide Squad Had a Reason for Its Quality


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The 2016 Suicide Squad movie from Warner Bros. was the third disappointment from the DC Extended Universe, though it made good money. A major issue was how obviously it was meant to emulate the success of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy. Unfortunately, the result was a movie that squandered its own potential.

Director David Ayer has gone on record to explain how the finished product was not the movie he was going to make, with fans demanding that his cut of the film finally be released. For all of its issues, however, Suicide Squad is still an enjoyable film. This can be attributed to the characters, which are either more likable or more exciting to watch on screen. It also has a unique art style and tone, even if it’s merely Guardians by way of Hot Topic.

3 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Was the F4’s Most Cosmic Movie Disaster

Silver Surfer chokes Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) in FF: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer tried to adapt the iconic “Coming of Galactus” storyline from Marvel Comics, but it didn’t do it nearly enough justice. A big issue was how changed Galactus was from the source material, with the gigantic cosmic god being reduced to a mere cloud.

At the same time, it was at least a semi-entertaining adventure that was fairly appropriate for the whole family. Scenes such as a powerless Ben Grimm hitting Doctor Doom with a wrecking ball made the film actually fun at times, even if these moments were few and far between.

2 Green Lantern Was at Least a Green Lantern Movie in Concept

Ryan Reynolds fronts a group of Green Lanterns from the 2011 film.


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In the late 2000s and early 2010s, DC’s Green Lantern comic books were incredibly popular, with many seeing the ring-wearing hero as the true third part of DC’s Trinity instead of Wonder Woman. Sadly, the 2011 Green Lantern movie was a major disappointment, with most seeing it as a poor adaptation of Green Lantern: Secret Origin with poor special effects. It was also a major financial flop, cementing it as an all-around failure.

At the same time, it was an actual adaptation of the character it was based on. That’s not what Madame Web was, as it barely had any resemblance to the title heroine. However, considering Green Lantern is a more iconic comic book character than Madame Web is, this makes the Emerald Knight’s first movie an even bigger misfire.

1 Batman v Superman Is Zack Snyder’s Most Misunderstood Movie

Batman and Superman face off in the rain in the DCEU

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was lambasted across the board when it came out in 2016, and this caused it to miss what many believed was a certain $1 billion USD box office haul. Some saw it as too dark and gritty, with others noting the plot holes for such a dour and self-serious movie. Still, many fans eventually came around to it, namely after viewing the “Ultimate Edition” that clarified the storyline better.

If nothing else, Dawn of Justice has great cinematography, impressive action and several callbacks to the comics. As serious as it is, several scenes are simply fun, namely when Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman team up against Doomsday. It’s a far more rewarding watch than Madame Web, especially if it’s followed up by watching Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

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