How Many Times Has the World Been Saved by Superheroes?

Since no one has ever dared to spend about $700 million to become the real-life Batman nor has a spider bite ever turned a normal man into Spider-man, our world has never been saved by a superhero. On the screen, though, Marvel’s and DC Comics’ heroes and legends have done it several times.

Although saving the universe is one of the most commonly explored plots, the writers and directors of the world’s two biggest comic book creators seem to constantly find a new approach to the same old “good guys save the world from the bad guys in an epic showdown” theme. And the impressive results at the box office surely encourage them to keep up doing more.

After watching the latest addition to DC Comics’ movies collection “Wonder Woman”, the ending got me thinking: how many times has our world been saved from destruction and endless war by superheroes? Eager to find an answer to my question, I hit the search engines and surprise, surprise: I found nothing. So, being an enormous geek and superheroes obsessed enthusiast who haven’t missed a superhero movie since 1993, I decided to be the first to count how many times have we witnessed superheroes saving the world in TV shows and movies.

Sure I could miss one or two heroic marches against villains who wish to rebuild our world or destroy it for the pure joy of it, but that’s where you can step in and enlighten us in the comment section below. Keep in mind that, I am not counting the times our beloved superheroes have done it in the comic books; that would take me forever to complete the list. With no further ado, let’s start the list.

The Avengers vs. Loki and the Chitauri (The Avengers 2012)

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In the undoubtedly one of the best superheroes ever made, failure of the Avengers to defeat Thor’s lunatic brother Loki and his army of Chitauri could easily resulted in world destruction. The motive of Loki to attack Earth was simply to have one of the nine realms to rule and be respected as a king, just like Thor would’ve been once he take the throne of Asgard as rightful heir of Odin. But the team that Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., created features the mightiest heroes on Earth who won’t let the Trickster God or anyone else do as they please. Thanks to the Tesseract that Thanos borrowed him and the army of Chitauri, the Trickster God managed to last surprisingly long against the Avengers. Nevertheless, once the battle ended, Thor returned Loki back to Asgard. And the world prevailed, until a new threat appeared.

Final Score: Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

World Status: Safe

The Avengers vs. Ultron (The Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015)

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After discovering artificial intelligence within Loki’s scepter’s gem, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner were able to complete the global defense program they were working on called “Ultron”. The idea was to build a program that could keep the world safe from various threats, but they failed to forecast that Ultron could be able to think independently, and so it did. Ultron “killed” Tony’s J.A.R.V.I.S. and believed that all humankind must be destroyed in order to save the planet. Then he built himself a robotic body and an army of robot drones to helm him to complete the mission. His plan was to build a machine to lift a large part of Sokovia in the sky and crash it into the ground and cause global extinction. But of course, the Avengers did not let to be defeated by AI, defeating Ultron and stopping his evil plan. Unfortunately, many lives were lost in Sokovia and so they were given a choice between being dismissed or regulated by the US government.

Final Score: Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

World Status: Safe

Captain America vs. Red Skull (Captain America: The First Avenger 2011)

The story about a courageous boy named Steve Rogers whose goal was to be a soldier, but was rejected for WWII military recruitment due to lack of physical abilities, only to become the strongest soldier in the world. He was chosen to be a super soldier experiment after an act of self-sacrificing to save people he didn’t even know. After the successful experiment and his becoming of a tall and strong soldier, an assassin hired by Schmidt (The Red Skull) killed the scientist who conducted the experiment and the formula for the super serum was lost. When Captain America learned that his friend along with fellow soldiers have gone missing in a battle against the Red Skull, he went on a mission to save them. Then he recruited them and went after the scientist Zola, who planned on using the energy from the Tesseract to power his inventions and destroy the world. Rogers stops Schmidt from using the Tesseract in a plane fight, but since he didn’t want to risk landing the plane and detonating the weapons of mass destruction, he crushed the plane into the Arctic and went into coma. Yet the Captain survived, as well as the world.

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Final Score: Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

World Status: Safe

Superman vs. Zod (Man of Steel 2013)

The innocent boy who had a tough childhood discovering his super senses and super powers grew up to be the only defender who can save the Earth from the bad guys from his original planet. Clark Kent is supposedly the last survivor of his extinguished race, until a whole army of Krypton survivors invade his new home and threaten to destroy it. When Clark finally embraced his destiny of protecting the Earth as Superman, he opposed to Zod and interrupted his mission of vengeance and world destruction. In a long fight which sadly involved many buildings to be tear down and took the lives of many innocent people, Superman snaps the neck of Zod and becomes a symbol of hope for all of his kind (excluding Batman).

Final Score: Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

World Status: Safe

The Trinity vs. Doomsday (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016)

Set after the events of “Man of Steel” when Superman, in a battle against General Zod who threatened to destroy the world, caused a lot of casualties in the process. In “Batman v Superman”, we see Batman angrily preparing to face the alien who risked millions of human lives by himself, while all of a sudden new evil appears and the world they share is in need of saving. As a result of Lex Luthor’s evil experimentation with Kryptonite, General Zod mutated into a ferocious beast with bones protruding from his body and started everyone and everything in his path. The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel decided to stop their fight, join forces and stop Doomsday together, with the unexpected help of Wonder Woman. The Trinity played smart, defeated the bad guy and put Luthor in jail, at the cost of losing Superman who sacrificed himself for greater good.

Final Score: Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

World Status: Safe

Wonder Woman vs. Ares – The God of War (Wonder Woman 2017)

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It should go without saying that Wonder Woman saved the world too, as it is the latest superhero movie that has actually inspired me to do this list. Given the fact that it is a new movie, if you haven’t seen the movie, do yourself a favor and skip this paragraph, because spoilers. The Amazonian princess Diana lives a peaceful, yet warrior-like life on a “Paradise” island with female warriors only and she is interested in fighting since her young age. Their peaceful life is soon threatened when a pilot crash-lands on their island and is chased by the Germans. After being interrogated with the help of the Lasso of Truth, the Amazonians realize that the World War I may result in world destruction if it is indeed a consequence of Ares’ vengeance. The God of War who was once heavily wounded has been encouraging mankind to war and innocently assisting them to make it as massive and deadly as possible. But Wonder Woman embraced her destiny to kill Ares and stop the war once and for all, and so she did.

Final Score: Good Gals 1, Bad Guys 0

World Status: Safe

Thor and Loki vs. Malekith (Thor: The Dark World 2013)

Not only did Malekith want to destroy the Earth, but the weapon the Dark Elf wanted to unleash known as the Aether threatened the existence of all nine realms. Thus the Dark Elves would rule the entire universe. To destroy the nine realms, they all had to be in alignment, which happens once every 5,000 years and is called Convergence. Luckily the Asgardians steal the Aether before Malekith could use it. As the next Convergence was nearing, Jane Foster along with her team have discovered that portals between the nine realms open and one portal, the one where Aether was hidden, sucked her and eventually merged with her. But due to its incredible power, Jane was sick and dying, so Thor took her to Asgard and asked for his father’s help to separate her from the Aether. With the help of his brother Loki, Sif, Heimdall and the Warriors Three, Thor left Asgard (although previously forbidden by Odin) and went ahead with his incredibly risky plan of separating his loved one from the Aether and attacking Malekith. After he killed Malekith and saved the universe from darkness, Thor disclaimed his right to rule Asgard so that he may return to Jane on Earth.

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Final Score: Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

World Status: Safe

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow vs. Vandal Savage/Legion of Doom

DC’s popular TV shows begins with the main villain of Season 1, Vandal Savage, destroying the entire planet in 2166. But the show is all about time traveling, so one brave Time Master, Rip Hunter, travels back to 2016 and assembles a group of superheroes and super-villains who do not impact the timeline. In other words, risking their lives is not a threat for the timeline; if they die, the timeline won’t suffer any major alterations. After many road trips back and forward in time, the group of legends came up with a plan to stop Vandal Savage from destroying the Earth with three meteors and defeated him for good. In the second season, the team faces a new threat, the Legion of Doom: Eobard Thawne, Malcolm Merlin and Damien Darkh. Their ultimate goal was to find all the pieces of the Spear of Destiny and rewrite the time itself, but with the help of Nate Haywood (Captain Steel), Vixen and other members of Justice Society of America, the legends once again saved the world from complete domination. In the end of the season 2 finale, the legends visit Los Angeles 2017 and see buildings from different time periods, as well as dinosaurs, which is apparently a consequence of their meddling in time and fixing it is most certainly the next season’s ultimate theme.

Final Score: Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

World Status: Unknown

X-Men vs. En Sabah Nur (X-Men: Apocalypse 2016)

En Sabah Nur is yet another bad guy who wants to rebuild the world, because he believes this one sucks. Believed to be the first mutant, he was the ruler of ancient Egypt until he was betrayed by his worshipers and entombed alive. He recruited Storm to help him in his mission, as well as Angel, Nightcrawler and Psylocke, whose powers he upgraded. The resurrection of En Sabah Nur has caused a worldwide earthquake and the chaos begun. He lured Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) into his team and used his powers to control the Earth’s magnetic poles, which could cause destruction of the entire planet. Professor Xavier has succeeded to send a telepathic signal to Jean Grey who arrived with the rest of the team before En Sabah Nur transferred his consciousness into his body and enslaved every person on Earth. Magneto and Storm were persuaded to turn on En Sabah Nur and helped Scott (Cyclops) and Quicksilver to keep him occupied physically, while Professor X fought him mentally in an astral plane. It was Jean Grey who killed En Sabah Nur by unleashing the full extent of her powers.

Final Score: Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

World Status: Safe

Final count: Superheroes 10, Supervillains 0

World Status: Safe

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