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Superhero movie franchises aren’t new to audiences. In fact, sequels play a large part in keeping the superhero genre fresh and exciting. Well, that’s not always the case. But a lot of sequels have done more good than bad to superhero movies. In fact, many sequels are even better than the original.

Here are four superb superhero movie sequels that did and were better than the original films.

Four Superhero Movie Sequels Better Than The Originals

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Captain America: Winter Soldier

Captain America: The First Avenger championed Steve Rogers as the all-American good boy without mocking him. The Avengers did the opposite. But it wasn’t enough to put good ol Mr. Rogers down.

In the sequel, we see Rogers grow into a more nuanced character, without losing his good heart. He gets caught up in a spy-thriller story. He also becomes a little more subversive for the good of S.H.I.E.L.D., and later on Winter Soldier and the world (in Civil War). The film doesn’t end with him becoming a bad-ass like Tony Stark, but as a wholly admirable and human character.

 

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Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best Spider-Man film to date. But prior to that, audiences dubbed the sequel to the original starring Tobey Maguire as the best. This is one of the first films where we see a villain, in the person of Doctor Octavius, possess a moral compass.

The twist towards the end involving Peter and Harry is also one of the greatest scenes we’ve seen in superhero movies.

 

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

The first movie in Guillermo del Toro’s franchise was good. However, it was not as dark and appealing as Mike Mignola’s original artwork. Thankfully, del Toro listened to critics and audiences. The result was Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

The second installment in the Hellboy series was more art than entertainment. Director del Toro used his budget to inject more grit and humor to the graphic novel’s film adaptation. The result was stunning, and frankly, more memorable than the first.

 

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Split

M. Night Shyamalan’s venture into the superhero genre is as unique as his take on conventional horror and fantasy. Split tells the story of Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with a dissociative identity disorder. He possesses 23 personalities, including a killer monster, called “The Beast”. It’s also a sequel to the 2007 film Unbreakable.

If you’ve seen Unbreakable, then you know that it took Shyamalan time to grow into the genre. Unbreakable was too ambitious, dramatic and blah.  It tried too much in the superhero origins story department. Split on the other hand, was ambitious, hauntingly calculated and captivating. Interestingly, the Split franchise became more famous because of its villain’s origins, not the superhero’s. A third installment, entitled Glass, is scheduled for release in 2019.