We currently live in what could be called the 'Golden Age of Superhero Movies." While some of the best superhero movies, such as Tim Burton's Batman and Christopher Reeves' Superman, released before this era, never before have superhero movies been as popular as they are today.
Beginning in 2002 with Tobey Maguire's debut as Spider-Man in Spider-Man, and continuing with Christian Bale as Batman in Batman Begins, we saw superheroes and "nerd culture" really begin to enter the mainstream. And then once Robert Downey Jr. took on the mantle of Tony Stark in Iron Man, kicking off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, superhero movies truly became one of the must-see releases every year.
All that being said, this begs the question: