Super-Movie Secret Wars Group Stage Round-Up

As the dust settles on the Group Stages, sixty-four movies remain standing as surely as if Thanos had snapped his fingers. Some sailed through to the second round while some made it through by the skin of their teeth. There were tears and tie-breakers as some big hitters fell by the wayside.

A billion dollars at the Box Office didn’t help “Aquaman” make it past the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” and “Deadpool 2” while there was further bad news for the DCEU, and Zack Snyder fans in particular as none of his DCEU entries made it through the group stages, although Watchmen continued on into the second round. “Justice League” going out isn’t perhaps that surprising but bothMan Of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” falling at the first hurdle was unexpected, leaving “Wonder Woman” and “Shazam!” to fly the DCEU flag. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for DC though and while Superman had a mixed set of results, the Dark Knight saw many of his movies make it through, from ’66 through to two of the Nolan movies, although “The Dark Knight Rises” ended up not living up to its name.

It was a better result for the MCU, of course, but that just means they’ll be facing many more civil wars in the second round but perhaps the real twist of the round was that none of M Night Shyamalan’s genre-subverting trilogy made it past the real flights & tights brigade. Other big shock eliminations: “X-Men 2”, “Spider-Man” and “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” while recency bias did nothing to help the newly minted “Hellboy“.

So, with mere hours before the second round knock-out stage begins, doff your cowl, light your bat-signals and pour out a fifth for the fallen heroes:

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D (2005)
Superman Returns (2006)
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
Supergirl (1984)
The Punisher (2004)
The Darkest Minds (2018)
Catwoman (2004)
Zoom (2006)
Orgazmo (1997)
Fantastic Four (2005)
Hellboy (2004)
Super Buddies (2013)
Fantastic Four (2015)
Daredevil (2003)
Blankman (1994)
Spider-Man (2002)
Jumper (2008)
The Crow (1994)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)
Darkman (1990)
Man of Steel (2013)
Push (2009)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Hulk (2003)
The Meteor Man (1993)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Green Lantern (2011)
Mystery Men (1999)
Superman III (1983)
Split (2017)
Justice League (2017)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Condorman (1981)
Howard: A New Breed Of Hero (1986)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Masters Of The Universe (1987)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Ben 10: Race Against Time (2007)
Elektra (2005)
Spawn (1997)
The Shadow (1994)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
The Punisher (1989)
Underdog (2007)
Lazer Team (2015)
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Unbreakable (2000)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)
The Phantom (1996)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Aquaman (2018)
Hancock (2008)
Glass (2019)
The Green Hornet (2011)
X2 (2003)
Superhero Movie (2008)
Hellboy (2019)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)
Batman & Robin (1997)

The battles continue in the Second Round ties. The polls open soon!

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