Popular Superhero Shows for People that Need a Break From the MCU

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe at nearly thirty films and television shows, the superhero genre has gotten more saturated than ever before. But among that saturation, there have been several shows that are worthy of a watch.

This is especially true of people that aren’t quite ready to hang up their capes but need something different than the same old MCU formula film. Here are a few popular superhero shows to shake things up for fans.

TheBoys (Amazon Prime)

The Boys (Amazon Prime)

With season three all wrapped up, fans of The Boys are already clamoring for season four. The show is about as far from Marvel as you can get. It’s gory, full of creative swears, disturbing, and keeps you on the edge of your seat because just about anybody can bite the dust at any moment.

Harley Quinn (HBO Max)

Harley Quinn (HBO Max)

If you’re a fan of animation, superheroes, and crude humor, this Harley Quinn-focused cartoon is a great way to pass the time. The show has more of a sitcom feel to it than most, but that is just one of the ways that set it apart from other shows. It also reinvents many familiar faces in comedic ways that actually please the fans, such as making jokes out of characters like Bane, Commissioner Gorden, and more. If you’ve got access to HBO Max, go check this one out!

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

Based on a set of comics by the same name, The Umbrella Academy is fun, violent, and has a solid soundtrack. The third season recently dropped, once again dropping characters in a situation where they have a short amount of time to prevent the world from coming to an untimely end. Here’s to season four!


Peacemaker (HBO Max)

This spinoff of James Gunn’s 2021 film, The Suicide Squad, makes for a unique watching experience. It delivers the same James Gunn comedy that fans have gotten used to in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, but it does so in a much crasser, more bloody way. If you don’t mind violent deaths and a fair share of foul language, John Cena is here to deliver.


Invincible (Amazon Prime)

From the creator of The Walking Dead, Invincible (cue title card) has everything we’ve come to love about unconventional superhero media. It’s got over-the-top violence, great animation, and a compelling story that makes you think by the end. Combine that with a stellar cast of voice actors, and you’ve got a recipe for success.


Who Said Superheros Were Dead?

Whether you’ve got a free weekend, need to stay off your feet because of a recent surgery like a bunionectomy, or just want to binge some high-quality superhero content, these shows are well worth a watch. It just goes to show that the superhero genre is far from dead, but just needs a little innovation to keep things fresh.

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