20 Times Superhero Movies Got Very Dark Very Fast

    These moments won't just be from Zack Snyder films, promise.

    Though superheroes are typically presented in hopeful and enjoyable movies, there are still many times when these heroes can have some grim and gritty moments.

    These moments have shown audiences that, despite the many fantastical and lighthearted elements of comic book movies, superheroes and their stories can be taken seriously. Thus, brace yourselves, because I'm about to dive into the list for the 20 Times Superhero Movies Got Pretty Dark.


    20. Shaw Dies, Magneto Is Born — X-Men: First Class

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    At the end of this X-Men prequel, Erik confronts the mutant Sebastian Shaw, the man who killed his mother. With Professor X freezing the villain's body with his telepathy, Erik decides to exact his revenge by driving a Nazi coin through Shaw's skull. The Professor begs Erik to spare his life, but his pleas fail to get through to him. With the Professor screaming as the coin goes through Shaw's skull, it appears as though Erik is killing his friend along with his enemy, thus giving birth to the mutant villain Magneto.

    19. Tentacle Attack — Spider-Man 2

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    After an experiment-gone-wrong grafts his robot tentacles to his body, Otto Octavius is rushed to the hospital so the doctors can try to remove them from his body. The scene starts innocently enough, but once the A.I. inside the tentacles takes over, they start to murder all the doctors in Otto's operating room. It's a particularly horrifying scene in a relatively lighthearted film, but it effectively displays how far the good doctor has fallen as he transforms into the evil Doctor Octopus.

    18. Rachel's Death — The Dark Knight

    Batman standing atop the rubble of a burning and ruined warehouse in "The Dark Knight"

    17. Reunion with Peggy — Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    An elderly Peggy Carter lying in her bed in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

    16. The Capitol Bombing — Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Superman standing in the flames of the burning Capitol Building in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"

    15. Sivana Murders the Board — Shazam!

    Doctor Sivana standing in his father's office with two of the Seven Deadly Sins next to him in "Shazam!"

    14. Ratcatcher's Past — The Suicide Squad

    An image of a young Ratcatcher II standing over her dead father with her present-day silhouette next to it in "The Suicide Squad"

    13. Iron Man Gets Murderous — Captain America: Civil War

    Iron Man blasting Captain America's shield in "Captain America: Civil War"

    12. Silas's Sacrifice — Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Silas Stone staring at Victor as a Mother Box deflects a blue laser behind him in "Zack Snyder's Justice League"

    11. The Night Gwen Stacy Died — The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    Peter crying as he holds Gwen's dead body in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

    10. The Death of Killmonger — Black Panther

    Kilmonger on his knees as he stares at the sunset in Wakanda in "Black Panther"

    9. The Opening Scene — Avengers: Infinity War

    Thor lying over Loki's dead body in the ruined "Statesman" in "Avengers: Infinity War"

    8. Aunt May Is Murdered — Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Peter, without his mask, standing in the rain in "Spider-Man: No Way Home"

    7. Superman Kills Zod — Man of Steel

    Superman on his knees after just killing Zod in "Man of Steel"

    6. Cyborg's Knightmare — Zack Snyder's Justice League

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    As the Justice League tries to resurrect Superman with the Mother Box, Cyborg suddenly has a vision of a future in which Darkseid succeeds in obtaining the Anti-Life Equation. We catch glimpses of Wonder Woman's funeral pyre, her fellow Amazons enslaved by Darkseid, and the evil god murdering multiple Atlanteans, including Aquaman. We also see Superman holding Lois Lane's charred corpse, allowing Darkseid to take control of the Man of Steel and rule over a post-apocalyptic Earth. And to think, Cyborg tried to warn Flash against it, and that the latter mishearing him is what sealed this fate for the entire multiverse.

    5. Thanos Kills Gamora — Avengers: Infinity War

    Thanos with his eyes closed after killing Gamora on Vormir in "Avengers: Infinity War"

    4. Wanda Kills Vision — Avengers: Infinity War

    A close-up Vision as his forehead is hit with Wanda's magic in "Avengers: Infinity War"

    3. The Death of Rorschach — Watchmen

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    After Ozymandias succeeds in staving off nuclear war with his own global attack, Rorschach decides he must expose his plan to the world. The other Watchmen refuse to reveal the truth out of fear that it will only resume humanity's war with itself, driving Dr. Manhattan to stop Rorschach by any means necessary. Unwilling to compromise, Rorschach tearfully goads Manhattan into killing him, and Nite Owl's screams over his friend's death will no doubt linger in your mind long after the credits roll.

    2. Uncle Ben Dies — Spider-Man

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    We've all seen Uncle Ben die more times than we'd prefer. However, none of his deaths are quite like the one he experiences in Sam Raimi's iconic Spider-Man film. You all know the story: After letting an armed robber go free, Peter Parker is shocked to learn that this same man ends up killing his Uncle Ben, driving him to fight crime as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Tobey Maguire and Cliff Robertson's performances as Peter and Ben really tug at the heartstrings, and the tragedy behind the latter's death is successfully captured in Spidey's first big blockbuster.

    1. The Snap — Avengers: Infinity War

    Thanos smiling as he stares at the sun in "Avengers: Infinity War"

    Do you agree with this list? Were there any other dark superhero movie moments that I missed? Please let me know in the comments section below.