Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson
Marvel and DC may own the superhero movie landscape, but in 2004, Pixar proved that you don't need household names and company mascots to tell a compelling story about characters in tights. The Incredibles focuses on a family of superheroes, not unlike the Fantastic Four, that has to juggle their bizarre super powers while trying to live a normal life. The good folks at Pixar weren't just satisfied with regurgitating the same superhero stories we'vd seen over and over again, though; instead, they gave us a complex tale featuring superheroes facing domestication and worldwide threats.
Mixing similar story beats from Alan Moore's Watchmen, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's classic Fantastic Four run, and a bit of unique Pixar magic, director Brad Bird gave the world its first true super powered comic book movie. It's sharp, funny, and, most importantly, it isn't embarrassed of the genre it lovingly paid homage to. It's more fun than The Dark Knight, smarter than The Avengers, and, overall, it's one of the best superhero flicks to ever hit the screen. —JS