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Buckle up.

Superhero movies are now a seasonal occurrence at the box office, and it can be overwhelming to keep all the storylines and timelines and heroes and villains straight. Thankfully, you can watch most them at your leisure on Netflix. There’s a decent selection of superhero movies on Netflix: Some are sourced from comics, some are less traditional stories (and some we’re stretching the definition of a superhero for). They’ll all give you roughly two hours of entertainment and (probably) fight scenes. Here are the best superhero movies on Netflix right now.

The best superhero movies on Netflix

1) Thor: Ragnarok 

Taika Waititi’s sense of humor was a perfect match for the absurdity of the Thor franchise, rescuing it from the overly serious tone of Thor: The Dark World. The supporting cast members were brilliant (Jeff Goldblum! Tessa Thompson! Cate Blanchett! Mark Ruffalo!), and the production designers reveled in a rainbow-hued, Jack Kirby-inspired vision of the Marvel universe. It’s arguably one of the best comedies of 2017, and on top of that, it features some deceptively thoughtful political subtext. —Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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2) Hellboy II: The Golden Army

This 2008 Guillermo del Toro movie might feel like a throwback now, but it’s way more entertaining than a lot of Marvel movies from the last 10 years. As del Toro’s second Hellboy, it marked a shift in how superhero movies intersected with urban fantasy and surrealism (perhaps influenced by Pan’s Labyrinth), anchored by Ron Perlman’s wisecracking portrayal of the titular character. It also gives us a glimpse of The Shape of Water’s amphibian lead in comics staple Abe Sapien. It’s what Bright tried, and failed, to be. Audra Schroeder

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3) Black Panther

Instead of following a tired old structure for superhero origin stories, Black Panther dives into an expansive fantasy setting with an ensemble cast of shifting alliances. In that sense, it may be the best adaptation we’ve seen from Marvel Comics. Director Ryan Coogler and his co-writer Joe Robert Cole take some pretty complex political themes from the comics and articulate them in ways that even younger kids can understand. Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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4) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was a breath of fresh air for the Marvel franchise, even if we weren’t especially impressed. The sequel, however, was disappointingly formulaic. It closely followed the original in a way that felt more cynical the second time around. We love a catchy soundtrack as much as the next person, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was a bland story with a toxic and sexist sense of humor, disguised by pretty special effects and some nostalgic music choices. (Although we do admit that Baby Groot is extremely cute.) —Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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5) Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

The Last Jedi is a refreshing and intelligent continuation after The Force Awakens, with powerful emotional arcs for each of the main characters. Controversial due to its unexpected creative choices and quirky sense of humor, it’s one of the strongest films in the franchise. You won’t look at Luke Skywalker the same way again. Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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6) Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2

Quentin Tarantino’s sprawling martial arts revenge epic offers up over four hours of everything audience’s love about Tarantino films. Calling a QT film “sprawling” may be redundant, but he knows how to deliver the goods each time out. Uma Thurman is The Bride, and she’s out to find Bill and kill him. It’s a simple enough pitch, but there is so much more to the story than just revenge. While the mythical “Whole Bloody Affair” version isn’t readily available, streaming the two films back-to-back is a reasonable approximation. —Eddie Strait

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7) Rogue One

As with the rest of the franchise, Rogue One’s production design is stunning. The tropical base on Scarif is like nothing we’ve seen before, and its sprawling battle scene feels tense and immediate. David Crossman’s costume design fits into the Star Wars universe while distinguishing Rogue One’s place in the beaten-down Dark Ages of the war, with the lead characters dressed in the tough, unwashed garb of guerrilla fighters. Jyn and Cassian look effortlessly badass in their scrubby jackets and layers of grimy shirts, while Baze Malbus and the aging extremist Saw Gerrera contribute sci-fi style with their dented body armor and bulky weapons. As ever, the franchise’s visual worldbuilding is second to none. —Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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8) Doctor Strange

After years of CGI-dominated sci-fi/fantasy blockbusters, Doctor Strange is the first to really push the boundaries of magic beyond “big blast of light” or “turning things into other things.” Those reality-warping effects offer a tantalizing glimpse at how superhero movies could embrace the visual wealth of comics. If only its story, a retread of Iron Man, was as creative as the action scenes. Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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9) Krrish

This 2006 Bollywood film spawned a few sequels. Krishna (Hrithik Roshan) has been gifted with the same superhero abilities as his father, and when he follows Priya (Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra) to Singapore in the name of love, he discovers he must use those powers to defend himself and save his father. There are some big dance numbers, too. Audra Schroeder

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10) Psychokinesis

Psychokinesis, Yeon Sang-ho’s Netflix original movie about a guy who drinks magic spring water and becomes a telekinetic superhero, is silly in ways that will charm you. But for every laugh, you’ll find a moment that makes you roll your eyes. The hero is Seok-heon, a bank security guard who uses his newfound powers to help his estranged daughter Roo-mi, whose hot dog stand becomes the target of a generically villainous construction company. The movie moves quickly and Seok-heon and Roo-mi are a likable father-daughter duo, but the story lacks tension and the tone skews frustratingly toward silliness. —Eddie Strait

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Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.