16 Best Superhero Movies For Kids That Are A Must Watch

Superhero movies for kids bring thrilling, fun, exciting, and full of suspense. Children love to watch their costume-clad, powerful, and favorite fictional characters as they are fascinated by their extraordinary supernatural powers. These movies take children into a different world and fire their imagination. So, plunge into our post to know about the popular movies and let your children have super fun watching their superheroes fight and save the world.

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16 Kids Superhero Movies

1. The Powerpuff Girls Movie

“The Powerpuff Girls Movie,” a 2002 American superhero film, is based on the Cartoon Network’s animated television series, “The Powerpuff Girls.” The movie describes how the Powerpuff Girls originated, before the cartoon series, by a professor. There will be three girls: Blossom (the leader), Bubbles (the sweet girl) and Buttercup (the kickass hardcore), who are known to be a power-packed combo of sugar, spice, and everything nice. The girls harbor superpowers which cannot be controlled. In the city of Townsville, the girls are hated in response to an accidental game of tag. Watch the movie to find out how they fight an army of primates and face troubles while protecting the city and its honor.

Recommended Age: 6+
Available on: Warner Bros Movies

protip_icon Point to consider
Superhero movies may have intense action sequences. If your child is uncomfortable with them or you do not want to expose them to action, you may make them watch movies with lighter, non-action themes.

2. Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

Spiderman into the Spider-Verse is an animated superhero movie released in 2018. In a turn of events, Miles Morales (a teen from Brooklyn) is bitten by a radioactive spider and acquires powers, similar to the Spiderman. The teen then turns to Spiderman (Peter Parker) for advice to find out the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse (a multiverse). The storyline revolves around how Miles Morales becomes the new Spiderman and joins others from the Spider community who belong to various parallel universes to save New York City from the Kingpin (a fictional supervillain).

Recommended Age: 8+
Available on: Amazon Prime Video

3. The Incredibles

The Incredibles superhero movie for kids

Image: Disney-Pixar

The Incredibles, an animated film, was released in 2004. The film is based on famous crime-fighting superheroes Bob (aka Mr. Incredible) and Helen Parr (aka Elastigirl) and their three kids. Years later, Bob and Helen are forced to hide their powers in accordance with the government. However, in response to a mysterious communication, Mr. Bob returns to action to battle an unruly robot. But only to put his family and self in trouble. Can the family save him and the world from danger? Watch out!

Recommended Age:8+
Available on: Disney+

4. Superman Returns

Superman Returns is an epic action-adventure drama, released in the year 2006. It is the sixth and final installment in the original Superman film series. This film shows return of the Superman to the earth after five years and his fight against the archenemy Lex Luthor to save the human race.

Recommended Age:9+
Available on: Amazon Prime Video

5. Iron Man

Iron man is a 2008 American superhero film series. The movie is based on the Marvel character, Iron Man. After being kidnapped, the story describes how an engineer and industrialist (Tony Stark) builds a hi-tech mechanized suit to escape and become the superhero- Iron Man. He later refines the suit, uses it to fight crime and save the world.

Recommended Age: 10+
Available on: Disney+

6. Ant-man

Ant-man is a 2015 released superhero film. The plot revolves around a con man (Scott Lang) and his mentor (Hank Pym). Lang becomes the Ant-man by donning a superpowered suit designed by Pym with shrinking technology. They face new challenges defending the suit and fighting off villains to save the world from unpredictable events.

Recommended Age: 10+
Available on: Disney+

7. Aquaman

Aquaman is a 2018 superhero flick based on DC comic characters. The film’s main character is Aquaman, Arthur Curry (played by Jason Momoa), the human heir of the Atlantic Kingdom. Witness his spectacular journey to protect the worlds of ocean and land from evil plots of the power-hungry king and his half-brother, Orm.

Recommended Age: 10+
Available on: Amazon Prime Video

8. Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film. The story’s plot is set in 1995, showcasing a battle between the people of earth and Skrulls. Witness this action-packed movie of Captain marvel unraveling her past, discovering her superhuman abilities, and harnessing her superpowers to end the war with Skrulls.

Recommended Age: 10+
Available on: Disney+

protip_icon Quick tip
If your child loves superhero movies, you can allot one day of the week to sit together and watch a superhero movie with your child.

9. Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 is an animated superhero film released in 2014. This movie is about Hiro Hamada, a mechanical (robotic) prodigy, and Baymax, a robot. In a devastating turn of events, they form a group of hi-tech heroes who together fight to combat a masked villain.

Recommended Age: 10+
Available on: Disney+

10. Astroboy

Astroboy is a computer-animated based superhero movie, released in 2009. Astroboy (Freddie Highmore) is a robotic superhero with x-ray vision and has flying ability. Finding his city (metro) in danger, he returns from his search of purpose with the mission to save his friends and family with his incredible powers. Enjoy this visually thrilling and friendly movie with your children and friends.

Recommended Age: 8+
Available on: Netflix

11. MegaMind

Megamind, a 2010 famous superhero comedy movie for kids, tells the story of Megamind, a highly intelligent supervillain. After defeating his opponent, Metro man, gets depressed and creates a new superhero from Metro Man’s DNA. In a turn of events, the Megaman is forced to become a hero as the new superhero turns evil.

Recommended Age: 5+
Available on: Amazon Prime Video

12. The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman is a 2017 animated superhero comedy movie. Witness the team of Batman, his superhero sidekick Robin, loyal butler Alfred, and others as they attempt to save the city of Gotham from the evil plans of the Joker. The action-packed thriller is set to keep you and your child hooked throughout the movie.

Recommended Age: 8+
Available on: Netflix

13. Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok, a sequel to Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013), an American superhero film of 2017, is based on the Marvel Comics character Thor. This tale shows Thor’s escape to return to Asgard and battle against time to stop Ragnarok (destruction of his world) from the ruthless Hela (supervillain).

Recommended Age: 10+
Available on: Disney+

14. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is an American superhero film released in the year 2017. Diana, an Amazonian princess, is a trained warrior sheltered on the Amazon island of Themyscira. Her life turns upside down when a pilot crashes offshore and reveals a terrifying reality of a devastating war. She then sets off to fight a war raging in the world outside, with a hope of putting an end to it. Watch this amazing story of a warrior princess who discovers her superpowers and true destiny on her journey.

Recommended Age: 11+
Available on: Amazon Prime Video

15. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Batman V Superman: Dawn of justice is a 2016 released superhero movie based on two of the most iconic and kid’s favorite superheroes, Batman and Superman. This is the first live-action film to feature Batman and Superman together. It is a sequel of the man of steel (2013). After destroying the metropolis in a colossal battle between Superman and Zod, the people of the city, and Batman find Superman to be a threat. On the other side, Lex Luthor launches his plots to destroy humanity, while Wonder Woman plots her plans. As Batman rages war against Superman, will one triumph over the other, or will the world witness another devastation? Watch the movie to find out!

Recommended Age: 12+
Available on: Amazon Prime Video

16. Shazam


Image: IMDb

Shazam is a DC Comics superhero movie released in 2019. The movie revolves around a quirky teenager, Billy Batson, who discovers a strange ability to transform into an adult superhero with supernatural powers by uttering the word “Shazam.” His foster brother Freddy helps him explore his new-found powers as Billy grapples with his responsibilities. This is when the world is threatened by the cunning Dr.Thaddeus Sivana, who derives power from ancient wizardry and unleashes the formidable Seven Deadly Sins. Can Billy use his powers to stop him? Will an ordinary teenager be able to prove himself a superhero? Watch this fun-filled movie to find out!

Recommended Age: 14+
Available on: Amazon Prime Video

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the most kid-friendly Marvel movies?

Some kid-friendly Marvel movies are Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Hawkeye on Disney+.

2. Is playing superheroes good for children?

Superhero plays allow children to step outside their own or outside constraints and attain a sense of power. They may look at all of their options to find the best solution to a problem, become aware of the needs of others, learn to express themselves better, and hone their communication skills. Superhero plays also help children understand concepts of right and wrong and good and evil.

Cassandra Hathaway, a teacher and blogger shares how superhero play and activities promote better learning in her students. She says, ”During math, we played a lot of different superhero activities!! My kids were playing Bump with multiples of 2, 5, and 10… In another corner of the room, I had students using rulers and unifix cubes to measure superheroes! They loved it, and were engaged! We were graphing superheroes too!! Students used their pencils and a paper clip to spin their spinners. They were each able to spin ten times, and then record their data and analyze it!

“Later in the afternoon, we met up with our first-grade friends and we created our own superhero and wrote about them! We had some very creative superheroes coming to life (i).”

3. How do superheroes inspire kids?

Superheroes serve as role models and foster children’s compassion and confidence. They inspire children to choose the right path and fight evil. They also teach teamwork and impart good values to them.

Superhero movies for kids can be enjoyable, especially if their favorite superheroes star in them. Superheroes can be role models for children, and witnessing them on screen can influence their behaviors. So, it is important to ensure that the superheroes in the movies showcase life attributes such as empathy, humanity, compassion, and self-confidence. You may avoid superhero movies with brutal action and negativity. Further, explain the difference between fiction and reality to children to prevent them from obsessing over superhero stories. Also, let them know that one does not require such superpowers to become a real-life hero.

Infographic: Superhero Movies For Children

Superheroes Assemble! The adrenaline rush and excitement that children get from watching superheroes in movies is worth everything. So, if you have run out of movie suggestions, we have the right list for you in the infographic below. So, do give it a read and save it for the future.

superhero movie for your super hero children (infographic)

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Key Pointers

  • The Powerpuff Girls Movie tells how the Powerpuff girls originated before the cartoon series.
  • Spiderman into the spider-verse is the story of a teen from Brooklyn who achieves powers like spiderman after being bitten by a radioactive spider.
  • Superman Returns is an action drama that shows the return of Superman to earth after a five-year fight to save humans.

Wondering where you can find a list of live-action films? This video features top movies like X-Men, Deadpool, and Ironman. Watch it and pick one.

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