Question: What’s your preference – Marvel or DC?
If you don’t have an answer, you might need to go away now because I can’t consider you a true superhero fan. But just in case you do actually love superheroes but need to be educated on the difference, I’ll help you.
Pick a column of superheroes.
|The Flash||Captain America|
If you picked Column A, you’re a fan of all things DC Comics. If you picked Column B, congratulations! You have excellent taste and you picked Marvel Comics! (Can you tell that I’m a Marvel girl?)
Whether you’re DC or Marvel or (gasp) you swing both ways, you’ll find an amazing array of superhero selections on Netflix streaming from movies to TV shows to cartoons for all ages. Let me make it easy for you and list some of the best of the best.
For all you DC Comics fans
For all the Marvel fans
|The Super Hero Squad Show
Want to introduce your little ones to superheroes without frightening them to pieces? This is a great starter show for younger kids. It’s still suggested for kids 7 and up because there’s nothing warm and cuddly about superheroes.
|LEGO Marvel Superheroes: Maximum Overload
This isn’t a series but rather a single episode of LEGO superheroes. It’s a great tie-in to their products and video games but usually the LEGO stories are pretty well done. Also recommended for ages 7 and up.
|The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
If you’re child is dying to know every Marvel superhero or you’re busy wondering how your child knows every backstory, this show will help both of you. This two season series tells the evolution of how the Avengers came to be. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
|Marvel Avengers Assemble
Another animated series about The Avengers but according to one 8 year old in my house, it doesn’t hold the same level of quality as the previous show. Ages 7 and up.
|Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
This PG-13 animated movie is intended for an older crowd and possibly, more specifically, the anime crowd. This movie is considered Japanese animation and may not suit the tastes of those used to the more classic animated series.
|Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
Now in its third season, Hulk teams up with A-Bomb, Scarr, She Hulk and Red Hulk among others to, of course, battle plentiful villains, including Galactus. Suitable for ages 7 and up.
|Marvel’s Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United
This is another animated film that teams the Hulk and Iron Man up against a foe that only they can defeat. Rated PG.
|Marvel’s Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United
Similar to the previous film, this time Iron Man teams up with Captain America to defeat Red Skull. Rated PG.
It doesn’t get much better than Spider-Man and the reviews agree that this is one of the best animated superhero series out there. I’d have to compare it against my all-time favorite, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, before I can sign off on that. Suggested for ages 7 and up.
|Wolverine and the X-Men
While this show got mediocre ratings in this house, the other Netflix ratings give this high marks as staying true to the characters. One season is available and is rated TV-Y7.
|Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers
Just because it’s animated doesn’t mean it’s for kids. In fact, this series is rated TV-MA and intended for viewers over the age of 17. It’s called dark and imaginative with a unique style of animation.
Following in the footsteps of Netflix Original Daredevil, Netflix plans to premiere this show on November 20th. A lesser known superheroine, the show is based on Jessica’s post-superhero life as a private investigator.
All of these Netflix originals are still in the works but if you’re like me and these aren’t household names, here’s a quick overview.
Luke Cage is a street-fighting ex-con battling crime on the streets of New York City.
Iron Fist follows superhero and martial arts master, Danny Rand.
The Defenders is banking on the success of these Netflix originals as it brings together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist fighting together as a team.
As long as we’re talking superheroes, I’d love to see Netflix resurrect my favorite 80s cartoons, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Or let’s see the original Superman movie or even Superman 2 (after that, it just goes downhill). But really, I’d love to see some of the more modern classic movies like Ironman, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, or even Guardians of the Galaxy.
Hey, a superhero fangirl can dream, can’t she?
This post was written as part of my role on the Netflix Stream Team. Topics, selections, and all opinions are my own.