From Avengers to X-Men: A Brief History of Superhero Movies

When Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out on May 1st, it signals the beginning of a nearly unprecedented era of superhero films: This sequel to 2012 blockbuster is the first of some 29 movies based on either a Marvel or DC property that’s currently scheduled to hit the multiplex between now and 2020. But the superhero movie is nothing new; in fact, men-in-cape flicks have been with us almost since Superman made his debut in the pages of Action Comics way back in in 1938. What started with pulpy serials in the 1940s has evolved over the decades into the current deluge of dark knights, caped crusaders, galactic guardians and all-star team-ups that show’s no sign of slowing down.

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