The best superhero movies and TV episodes to watch over the holidays

The holidays are a time of joy, love, and sometimes stress, and the perfect time to binge-watch beloved holiday movies and TV specials. There are many options for these, ranging from kid-friendly to more adult-focused. However, if you’re looking for something a little different, there are also some great superhero movies and TV episodes centered around the holidays. If you want to spend a fun and action-packed vacation with your favorite heroes, then try these movies and shows.

Today’s movie

8/8 Arrow – “Three Ghosts” (2013)

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Such as ArrowThe title hero, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), has been through a lot: shipwrecked and presumed dead for years before returning home to fight crime. In this Christmas episode, more of his past is revealed when hallucinations of friends and foes make him confront what happened in the past, how it shapes his present, and what he wants for his future. She takes on a plot Christmas caroland is used effectively to build Oliver’s character and help him feel like a true hero in the end.

7/8 Iron Man 3 (2013)

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Iron Man 3 Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds himself in a difficult place after the events of The AvengersAnd things only get worse when he’s stranded in Tennessee at Christmastime, without a suit. Embracing some holiday sympathy, Tony teams up with a young boy named Harley (Ty Simpkins) to investigate the Mandarin and rebuild his suit. The snowy Christmas setting adds a nice touch, and serves to amplify the loneliness Tony felt. It also makes it even more heart-warming when he succeeds and is able to reunite with Pepper.

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6/8 The Flash – “The Man in the Yellow Suit” (2014) and “The Present” (2016)

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Sparkle, about the title track Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), has had a huge variety of Christmas episodes throughout its run. Two of the best are “The Man in the Yellow Suit” and “The Present”. The Man in the Yellow Suit takes place in season one, and Barry finally faces his nemesis, the Reverse-Flash. Amidst the intrigue and holiday cheer, the Reverse-Flash reveal also brings one of the biggest twists to the show ever, and makes it the best Arrowverse Christmas episode, according to comic book sources.

The “present” in season three, similarly, provides a major revelation. Barry is pushed forward in time by the villain Savitar, and sees that his girlfriend Iris (Candice Patton) is soon to be killed. It sets up the second half of the season by racing against time, but also sees the joy of Barry and Iris agreeing to move in together, and Wally getting his Flash suit. Both are emotional and funny episodes with a lot of action.

5/8 Hook – “So this is Christmas?” (2021)

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in full hook The series revolves around the winter holidays. This episode properly showcases the holiday and its festivities, along with new discoveries for Clint (Jeremy Renner) and Kate (Hailee Steinfeld). It all builds to a big fight at Rockefeller Center, where Jelena (Florence Pugh) arrives to kill Clint for killing her sister, Natasha. In what ScreenRant considers to be one of the show’s most emotional moments, Clint reflects on his tremendous loss on Natasha, which causes Yelena to let him go. It ends with Clint and Kate embracing their partnership, their family, and their love for those they lost.

Related: The Best Disney Plus Superhero TV Shows

4/8 Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)

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The superhero team is back to celebrate Christmas in Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Depressed after losing Gamora, Peter (Chris Pratt) struggles to feel the holiday spirit, which causes Drax (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Boom Klementieff) to look for his idol, Kevin Bacon, as a gift. From the Christmas story Kraglin shares, to Drax and Mantis doing everything they can to give Peter an amazing Christmas, it celebrates the team and perfectly exudes the cheer of the season – with a wonderfully lyrical cameo from Kevin Bacon to boot.

3/8 Batman: The Animated Series – “Christmas with the Joker” (1992)

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Batman: The Animated Series is the likable anti-hero classic, led by Kevin Conroy. In this Christmas episode, Batman’s archenemy, Joker (Mark Hamill), gets things off to a great start by singing “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.” After this jest, he shows his danger by taking hostages, including Commissioner Gordon, and threatening to kill them. Fortunately, Batman and Robin save the day, but not before Joker gives Batman the Christmas present of a pie in his face. It has just enough danger while ultimately being fun and entertaining for the holiday.

2/8 Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

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Spider-Man: There’s no way out of the house It begins with Peter (Tom Holland) facing the aftermath of having his identity exposed. When Doctor Strange is asked to reverse the revelation, the spell goes wrong and causes cracks in the multiverse, bringing in a variety of villains and ex-Spidermen. It’s a poignant and emotional tribute to Spider-Man as a whole, and it captures the Christmas themes of redemption and love perfectly. It even ends with a color shot of Spider-Man swinging around the tree in Rockefeller Center driving home Christmas cheer.

1/8 Batman Returns (1992)

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Batman Returns It’s Michael Keaton’s comeback journey as a hero, as he faces off against the likes of industrialist Max Schreck (Christopher Walken), The Penguin (Danny DeVito), and Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) – all amid the spectacle and tension of the holidays. The villain’s strong performances and action sequences make it a great superhero movie, while the Christmas colors, adorable holiday party scene, and themes like greed and goodness reflect the holiday spirit. It’s a darker take on a typical holiday movie, with plenty of action and solid visuals.

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