EDITORIAL: The Most Heroic Moments In CBMs

There have been dozens of Superhero movies which contained some of the world's favorite characters. But to me, only a few have done something truly heroic.

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By highflyer - 8/30/2013

For most of us comic book fans, superheroes have been a big part of our lives. While I'm sure none of us have a shrine with a picture of our favorite superhero and say prayers to that character (at least I hope that's the case), these heroes have made an impact in our lives to a certain degree. Whether they got you through one of life's many challenges or changed the way you viewed life itself, superheroes have always been and always will be relevant in society and our hearts as they are in the comic books. We love these superheroes because they step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. In a sometimes mundane world, these characters dragged us into a world where it's possible to for a man to fly or a scientist can turn into a monster whenever he is angry. This was a world many of us would kill to be a part of.

If you have a good memory, you probably remember the first time you picked up a comic book. It's one of those moments that stay with you forever.
I still remember the day when I first picked up my first comic book. It was the year 2000 and my mother took me along with her to the supermarket and only God knew how much I loathed going to the supermarket. It was my own personal hell! I love my mother but I could never understand how she could look at a piece of clothing for thirty minutes and not buy it in the end. Anyways, as my mother and I strolled through the market, I noticed a little comic book stand next to all the newspapers. Without blinking, I let go of my mother's hand and ran over there despite her pleas for me to come back. While there were many comic books on the stand, there was one comic book that caught my eye. By the time my mother caught up with me, I was eating up the pages of this beautifully crafted comic. This comic book was the very first to introduce me to the superhero who would later go on to be one my favorite superhero characters. It was... The Ultimate Spider-Man #3.





When I was little, I wasn't popular at all. I was weak, withdrawn and I had a huge crush on this girl who was way out of my league. So when I read the story of Peter Parker and saw how much we had in common; I was glued. We all love a hero and spider-man was the first hero I looked up to. The mere thought of someone jumping in to save the day intrigues us and gives us a sense of hope that we all crave. So it seems only right that whenever a superhero is brought to the big screen, the "hero" aspect must be present.

Up to this point in history, many superhero movies have been made. Some more successful than others. And while most of them included the hero or heroine saving the day, not all of them did something that would urge me to stand on my feet and applaud. It's the time when a character takes that extra step in a moment of crises.
I have listed below the moments which in my view, the superhero showed the true ingredients of being an ultimate protector.



(5)SUPERMAN LIFTS UP AN ISLAND (SUPERMAN RETURNS)


I know a lot of of people don't like this movie but I always thought that this movie was a good send off the the Christopher Reeve era. It includes one of the most amazing feats ever in Superman's cinematic history.
When Lex Luthor's island threatens the life of innocent people, a weakened Superman (who had just been stabbed with kryptonite) flies up into the sky, absorbs some energy from the sun and heads back down in order to lift up an entire island and throw it into space. Now, I've heard how some people find this to be completely silly and unbelievable. But we are talking about a movie where an alien can fly and shoot lasers from his eyes. Besides, this movie takes place within the Donner universe and we all remember when Superman flew around the earth until in order to reverse time.
What I loved about this scene is the after effect of his heroics. Instead of heroically flying back to earth to be greeted with cheers, he falls back into earth and hits the ground. To me, this was a truly intense scene and showed how far Superman would go to protect the people of earth.




(4)HAL JORDAN SAYS THE OATH IN FRONT OF PARALLAX (GREEN LANTERN)


Green Lantern wasn't a good film. Sure, it wasn't as bad as movies like Batman and Robin or Catwoman but it was a disappointing film that didn't live up to its full potential. But for all its faults, I believe they got something right... The oath. Now before I begin with this, I want to say something about the film. Just before the final boss fight, I was convinced that Hal Jordan didn't deserve the ring in this movie. But all that changed when he said the oath. I'm a big green lantern fan and judging from the comic books I've read, Green Lanterns usually say the oath to charge their rings. So I was surprised with the way they handled it in the movie. After a few failed attempts to defeat Parallax, Hal finds himself in a difficult situation when he is cornered by the enemy and with only a force field to protect him. Parallax then tries to get into Hal's head by saying, "I can feel your fear growing... you will be dead soon." So when Hal started muttering, "In brightest day, In blackest night", a huge grin appeared on my face. This was a big and heroic moment because Hal was using the oath for what seemed to be inner strength. It kind of reminded me of how some Christians use the 'The Lord's Prayer' for comfort and strength.
Fear is something we all experience in this life. We fear failure, danger and many other things. Hal was just like you and I; he was human. So he earned my approval when he looked into Parallax's face (The personification
of fear) and said with authority, "Beware my power... Green Lantern's light!"




(3)SILVER SURFER DEFIES GALACTUS (FANTASTIC FOUR:RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER)


Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer is considered as an improvement from the first installment mainly due to the Silver Surfer's presence in the film. Say what you want about the movie but you can't deny the fact that the Silver Surfer was awesome in it. He was the most interesting character there; which is weird considering he is a pretty silent alien and all. His heroics were extremely touching; especially when you remember why he was serving Galactus in the first place. He felt as if he had no other choice but to serve Galactus otherwise his world and one he loved would be destroyed. However, he later sees that he does in fact have a choice and flies into space to confront his master. As he stood face to face with the the monster he served all those years, he said "I will no longer serve you. This is the end... for us both." He then self destructs, taking Galactus with him.


(2)STEVE ROGERS BRINGS THE PLANE DOWN TO SAVE THE DAY:CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER



I really enjoyed Steve and Peggy's relationship in this movie. It felt very organic in my opinion. It's amazing how they managed to convince us that Peggy cared for Steve before he became the famous Captain America. So it was rather sad for their time together to be cut so short.
After defeating the Red Skull, Captain America was left with the task of making sure that the plane crashed in a place where nobody could possibly get hurt or killed; the cold Arctic. Just before he crashes, Steve and Peggy have one last conversation which involves them planning a date. Chris Evans rocks the role and Captain America is a real hero in my books.




(1)BRUCE BANNER JUMPS OFF OF A HELICOPTER (THE INCREDIBLE HULK)


The Incredible Hulk is one of my favorite superhero movies ever. In fact, this movie turned me into a full blown Hulk fan.
One of the highlights of the film is Bruce and Betty's relationship. Edward Norton and Liv Tyler pull it off beautifully. Everything just feels so right. From the get go, you know Betty is one of the sole reasons why Bruce is trying to get rid of the Hulk. This is evident in the way Bruce sets up a newspaper with Betty's picture on it whenever he is working on a cure. I I applaud Edward Norton for being able to show Bruce's yearning for Betty without overacting. Like when he sees her for the first time in years and you can almost hear his heart melt.
Bruce Banner's heroics are shown at the end of the film when Emil Blonsky transforms into the hideous 'Abomination' and begins to wreck havoc on Harlem in order to lure out the Hulk. Bruce, who for most of the film was on a mission to get rid of the Hulk, realizes that the beast within him is the only one who can save the day. What makes Bruce Banner's jump so heroic is the uncertainty of his plan. You might wonder why I didn't add Mark Ruffalo's 'I'm always angry' but you have to remember, Bruce had just taken a supposed antidote made by Doctor Sterns. Some say Bruce was stupid to jump but let us put ourselves in Bruce's shoes for a second. Innocent people were being murdered and police officers were getting swatted to death like insects. I vividly remember the quick scene where the Abomination throws a car at distressed woman or the scene where the Abomination smashes a car on a group of soldiers.
Nowadays, civilians are used as mere excuses for action. But we all know how it feels to witness a tragedy. There have been many in history such as 'The columbine massacre' or 'The 9/11'. Those were the moments where we wished Clark Kent was real. So we must understand how a normal guy like Bruce Banner must have felt to see such carnage. He had to do it.
Despite Betty's attempts to discourage him from taking such a risk, Bruce looked into here eyes and said, "Betty, I have to try. I'm sorry." They share a final kiss, he lets go of her hand and jumps off. Thankfully, his plan succeeds and the Hulk saves the day. Now that was truly heroic.
Bruce and Betty's relationship is one the best in the MCU. I found the video below and I think it really captures the beauty of their relationship.



Well there you have it. To set the record I love all superheroes. But these are the heroic moments that really effected me as a fan. Comment below!
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Alphadog - 8/30/2013, 10:48 AM
This weren't the most obious to me but they really do bellong somewhere at the top. Thumbs up.
highflyer - 8/30/2013, 11:15 AM
@Levi, I agree with those, but I wanted to add the top three.
highflyer - 8/30/2013, 11:37 AM
I mean top five.
hench - 8/30/2013, 11:52 AM
...what about when Condorman flew the girl on his back away from the Russian mob?
highflyer - 8/30/2013, 12:10 PM
@Its funny you should mention that as I was about to add that. I was confused as that felt like a courageous mooment. I might add a few.
whoelsebutkevin - 8/30/2013, 12:15 PM
^ ooOOooo ya that one was good too.
Pokeysteve - 8/30/2013, 12:21 PM
2 and 3 are the only ones I agree with.

Superman was helpless 20 minutes before that scene when near a little chunk of it.

Saying words isn't heroic.

Jumping out or a helicopter isn't heroic. Though wanting to use your inner monster for good, is. I loved that movie too. My favorite CBM of that year.

"So not Iron Man with a nuke on his back carrying it through some portal in space?

Not Batman having an Atomic Bomb strapped to the Batwing?

Not Spider-Man standing in front of a train to stop it?

Not Jean Grey risking her life to save the X-Men?"

And also this lol
Rokyn - 8/30/2013, 12:25 PM
@LEVITIKUZ and highflyer I would combine both of your lists. Well done.
highflyer - 8/30/2013, 12:32 PM
Honorable mentions are:
1)Iron Man sending the nuke into space
2)The train save in spider-man 2
3)Jean grey risking her life in x2
4)Superman destroys the world engine in man of steel.

All these and others are heroic to me but the ones listed in the editorial are the ones that stick with me. Superheroes do heroic things everyday. I'm not disregarding the heroics of other heroes in other cbms.

Havenless - 8/30/2013, 12:45 PM
Spider-Man and the train is always number 1 on lists like this. To not even include it in the top 5...?
4thDoctor - 8/30/2013, 12:46 PM
I think my favorite "Hero Moment" of all time is akin to the Hulk moment mentioned here as #1.
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It is in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (which is my favorite of them all and you can go suck it before you say anything negative) when Kirk decideds that he and his crew must sacrifice the Enterprise to survive, and the crew just goes with him without so much as peep because of their faith in him. They already threw away their careers, now they are destroying their ship, and beaming down to a planet that is starting to break up with no certainty of how to get off of it.
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The simple scene that follows while they stand on the cliff is heartbreaking. After the loss of his son and his ship, Kirk's question "what have I done?" lets Bones' tell Kirk that our heroes will sacrifice everything for the chance to save their friend.
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Banner does the same thing in TIHulk. He doesn't know if he'll survive or succeed but he has to try or else he is defeated already.
Nerfherder1 - 8/30/2013, 12:47 PM
Batman saving Gotham from the nuke? Even if he did trick us?
Havenless - 8/30/2013, 12:47 PM
Oh yeah, and don't forget the only hero who actually really did sacrifice himself to save everyone - Thor.

By the very principle, that is more heroic than doing something you know you'll probably survive.
4thDoctor - 8/30/2013, 12:47 PM
It's not EXACTLY a CBM, I know, but I just love that moment.......
Nerfherder1 - 8/30/2013, 12:50 PM
But #1 of all time is daredevil defeating elektra on the teeder todder
highflyer - 8/30/2013, 12:54 PM
@Havenless my list mainly revolved a round hero's who almost died or thought they were going to die.
SauronsBANE1 - 8/30/2013, 12:57 PM
I really got to disagree with Captain America. The way they showed it in the movie, there really was no reason to crash that plane into the Arctic. Yes, the plane was carrying those bombs which were meant to be manually flown into major cities, but it's not like they were on a timer or something. The plane wasn't leaking gas, it wasn't going to randomly blow up and kill a bunch of people. Captain America could've easily just flown it back to the Red Skull's runway, or find literally any other place to safely land it. I get the emotional and narrative need to get Rogers frozen in the ice and stuff, but they gave absolutely no reason for that to be Rogers' only option. It could've been really epic and impactful...but it just felt forced and cheesy.
Havenless - 8/30/2013, 1:17 PM
@highflyer

Banner expected to turn into the Hulk and survive the fall. How did that make number 1 if you based it on supposed sacrifices. He even had an expression of shock when he didn't turn into the Hulk right away.

On the flipside, Thor literally asked Loki to take his life in order to save everyone else. Banner was going to confront some madman who was running around flipping cars. Thor was confronting a machine that was sent to eliminate the human race.

The Hulk thing is number 1, and the Thor thing didn't even garner an honorable mention? I'm not sure you based this list on what you're claiming.
113 - 8/30/2013, 1:31 PM
I agree with all of these. These are the scenes I always fast-forwarded to when renting/buying. Or i'd look up these scenes on Youtube.

I'd add

-Spidey stopping the train in Spiderman 2 (still one of the best comic book scenes ever).

-Spidey saving MJ and the children on the 59th Street bridge in Spiderman 1. The crane scene in TASM (some hated it, I loved it).

-Supes gathering the strength to defeat the World Engine in Man of Steel

-And Batman repeating the line "...it's what I do that defines me" to Rachel, thus revealing his identity
highflyer - 8/30/2013, 1:35 PM
@Havenless, Like I said before, Burce had just taken a supposed antidote. Meaning the only thing he could go on was faith. Betty reminded him that 'You don't even know if you'll change' but he still jumped. Btw didn't you see the civilians the abomination was killing. The list I made was solely based on the heroic acts that effected me as an individual.
Darkhaven - 8/30/2013, 1:37 PM
Man, look up the meaning of 'editorial' guys :D

I found Highflyer's examples quite refreshing, even if I don't share some the sentiments. One of my personal fave heroic segments is from Unbreakable, when Bruce Willis gives over to his fate, takes down the home invader, frees the family and shows his kid what he did the next morning.

The whole thing was tear inducing, especially when Bruce and his kid silently agree to keep it a secret because Bruce's wife doesn't believe any of it. Classic old school hero stuff.
maninfinehat - 8/30/2013, 1:57 PM
Really interesting choices. You didn't have a single thing I expected on there. Kudos for giving Superman Returns a place on your list.
Commentator - 8/30/2013, 2:04 PM
My personal favorite is when Spiderman stopped the train in Spiderman 2
KingEmperor - 8/30/2013, 2:22 PM
What about Hit-Girl saving Kick-Ass in the drug dealer's hideout?
superbatspiderman - 8/30/2013, 2:52 PM
I think a more recent one would be Superman taking down the World Engine in Man of Steel. I loved that scene and really captured the feel of Superman,
EpitomeofAwesome - 8/30/2013, 2:53 PM
LOL the first three are from horrible movies
Brainiac13 - 8/30/2013, 3:04 PM
Nice list!

HOTSHOT - 8/30/2013, 3:10 PM
I made a similar article a while back. Though none of these scenes made my cut, good list anyway. Plus, you and I have the same connection with the ol' webswinger for the same reason :)
SnapperCarr - 8/30/2013, 3:38 PM



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Super12 - 8/30/2013, 3:44 PM
This has to be one of the hardest lists to compile. Top heroic moments in Superhero movies?!??! And this is a GREAT LIST. I would probably make a top ten though an include some of Levi's suggestions like:

TDKR atomic bomb lift
Iron man nuke lift
Watchmen Rorschach death
Jean Grey floodwater sacrifice

Ancar - 8/30/2013, 6:42 PM
Man, you got to see more movies - too much more!
Maestro - 8/30/2013, 7:53 PM
yeah I agree with this.
casanovagunny - 8/30/2013, 9:07 PM
What happened to Wolverine giving his healing factor to Rogue at the end of X-Men? I recall he saved her life after fighting Sabretooth and going up against Magneto. That was a classic heroic moment!
Praetorian - 8/30/2013, 9:36 PM
This editorial should be titled: Most Heroic Moments in the Worst Superhero Movies (except Incredible Hulk)
highflyer - 8/30/2013, 9:36 PM
Guys, if i was to put every heroic act this editorial would too long
Praetorian - 8/30/2013, 9:38 PM
I agree with @Super12's list. But I'd add the end scene of the Dark Knight where he takes the blame for Harvey Dent's murder, also: Thor destroying the Bifrost.
BlindJustice - 8/30/2013, 11:09 PM
Probably not this one...
PeterBenjaminParker - 8/30/2013, 11:13 PM
The Superman Returns scene is unbelievable within the realm of Superman because he is lifting a massive Kryptonite island into space, with a KRYPTONITE SHANK LODGED IN HIS BACK. It's a gaping plot hole.

And simply going, "Superman is an alien who can shoot lasers. Therefore, it's okay", is simply an inadequate excuse for a terrible scene.
mrjones - 8/30/2013, 11:18 PM
Iron Man 3: Iron Man saves people who are falling out of the sky
HulkbusterNYC - 8/30/2013, 11:53 PM
GL saying the oath??? WTF how was that heroic?
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