2014 was an interesting year for superhero movies. We had two sequels (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2), an “inbetweenquel” (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and something totally unique (Guardians of the Galaxy) which ended up being the highest grossing release of the four.
Each of these superhero movies had some good and bad points, some more than others. Ultimately though, it was a good year for the genre, even if the future of one of these franchises now appears to be in doubt.
Here, we take you through ten of our favourite moments from 2014’s superhero movies, counting down the scenes, characters, and reveals which have stuck with us and will surely be hard to top in 2015 as Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Fantastic Four, and Ant-Man all make their presence felt before a busy 2016…
10. The Death Of Gwen Stacy
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got a lot wrong, and to some extent even managed to botch the death of Gwen Stacy. After all, the comic book version of her demise is incredibly iconic, and it’s hard to remember the majority of this scene being looked back on with the same degree of fondness (especially as Spidey’s webbing ridiculously took on the shape of a hand at one point as it shot down towards Gwen).
It’s also disappointing that the scene didn’t play with the ambiguity of whether it was the Green Goblin or Spider-Man’s web which killed Gwen. This was a moment which had some redeeming features however, and that is mostly down to Andrew Garfield’s emotional and powerful response to realising that his true love is dead.