Black Panther (2018, dir. Ryan Coogler)

The new king of a hitherto secret technologically-advanced African nation faces a range of challenges to his accession. Supremely confident addition to the Marvel cinematic canon, which tells its origin story in an Afrofuturist way, ringing many changes on the template.

Wonder Woman (2017, dir. Patty Jenkins)

An Amazon princess journeys to the outside world to defeat the God of War. Superior superhero origin story, benefitting from freshness of its lead character, a generally light touch, and a well-realised World War 1 period setting.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro (2014, dir. Marc Webb)

Spidey comes up against two new foes, and one old one. Stronger in its comedy and in the romantic entanglement stuff than in its superheroics, ASM2 ends up nevertheless both soapy and in a rote city smash-up finale against underwritten opposition.

Blade (1998, dir. Stephen Norrington)

A vampire/human hybrid and his mentor/armourer battle an oncoming vampire apocalypse. Pacy and slick, this is a superior early Marvel adaptation with lots to recommend it, not least committed playing from the principals, and some scenes of genuine imagination.