With the announcement that Spiderman films three and four are on the way, we started pondering: is this the decade of the superhero movie? Sure, you’ll say the Batman Dark Knight trilogy launched the genre into new realms, giving it a new sense of respectability, and that was LAST decade, but we’ve got our own ideas.

With the recent releases of Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel – the latest entry to the Superman film franchise – we’ll be seeing many more comic book heroes see their characters realised with unprecedented production values before 2021. The Spiderman films will hit theaters on June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018 respectively, Sony announced. "Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we're thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years," said Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony in a statement. And with The Avengers 2 set for cinemas in 2014, and many other franchises due a reboot, this decade might just see the biggest 10 years for our comic book favourites ever, even if Batman’s moral tribulations set the scene in the naughties.

Man of Steel, the latest superhero film, could jeopardize that theory though; Henry Cavill’s turn as the caped journalist-cum-hero has been received fairly well, but didn’t accumulate the glowing reviews expected from such a big budget affair.

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