40+ Best Superhero Movies for Kids of All Ages

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Ask any child who his or her favorite superhero is, and whether s/he’s four or 14, s/he’ll have a ready answer for you. That’s because kids love superhero movies. Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther – these are all common, household names in homes where there’s at least one child present. Sometimes they’re household names even in houses without kids!

Every superhero movie, though, is not created equal. There are some out there that just aren’t suitable for children or for children under a certain age. How do you know which ones are okay for your child? We hope this list of our 40 favorite superhero movies will help you decide.

Best Superhero Movies for Kids in Preschool (Ages 2-4)

It’s hard to find superhero movies suitable for children this young. Although the Marvel and DC movies are all the rage and toys from the movies are being marketed to children of this age range, the movies are much too mature and violent for preschool aged children to watch.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t some great options out there, though. You just have to know where to look, and it’s usually going to be in the animated superhero section as opposed to live action.

Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018)

VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables (2012)

Bratz Super Babyz (2007)

Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups (2019)

Best Superhero Movies for Young Kids (Ages 5-7)

There’s a little more variety for this age range, but even so, the big-name, super popular superhero movies still aren’t exactly suitable for most five- to seven-year-old children either. Most of the age-appropriate superhero movies for kids of this age are still going to be animated, but there are a few live action options available too. At this age, kids can handle a little more smash and bash without getting too violent and rowdy themselves.

Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain (2017)

The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Astro Boy (2009)

Kim Possible (2019)

The Incredibles (2004)

Megamind (2010)

Big Hero 6 (2014)

The Marvel Rising TV Specials (2018-2019)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)

Best Superhero Movies for Bigger Kids (Ages 8-9)

For kids aged eight and nine, you should be able to get a pretty even mixture of appropriate animated and live action superhero movies. There are usually quite a few fight scenes in movies for this age group, but they aren’t too graphic, and they don’t usually show blood.

All of these movies are still pretty clean, but you may see a little more evidence of true good versus evil and some actual, physical fighting between the characters.

We Can Be Heroes (2020)

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Sky High (2005)

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)

Superman I-IV (1978-1987)

Batman (1966)

Batman vs. Two-Face (2017)

Best Superhero Movies for Tweens (Ages 10-12)

Although you may not think so at first, there are actually quite a few “popular” superhero movies suitable for tweens. While there are still some that are a little too dark and violent, the vast majority of the major Hollywood blockbusters should be okay for ten- to 12-year-old children. There will, of course, be even more fighting, and there may be some instances of suggestive flirting and mild language, but it shouldn’t be anything too intense or ugly.

Zoom: Academy for Superheroes (2006)

Doctor Strange (2016)

The Rocketeer (1991)

Black Panther (2018)

Captain Marvel (2019)

The Mask (1994)

Aquaman (2018)

Shazam! (2019)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) & Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

Ant-Man (2015) & Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

The Percy Jackson Movies (2010-2013)

Best Superhero Movies for Teens (Ages 13+)

Once your children hit their teenage years, the superhero movie options really open up for them. You still need to be very careful with some of them though because not all movies in this category are suitable for all teens, especially if you have your own specific restrictions put in place for what you allow your children to watch.

For example, many of the movies in this category are suitable for teens 13 and up, but a few, such as Planet Hulk, are probably more suited to teens of about 15.

The Iron Man Trilogy (2008-2013)

Hellboy (2004) & Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)

Planet Hulk (2010)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) & Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II (2017)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Christopher Nolan’s Three Dark Knight Films (2005-2012)

The Thor Movies (2011-2017)

The Captain America Movies (2011-2016)

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