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How Did Superman Die in the Marvel Movies?

It may come as a surprise to some, but Superman, one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, died in the Marvel movies. The death of Superman was a significant event in the DC Comics universe and was adapted into a live-action movie titled ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, released in 2016. In this article, we will delve into how Superman met his demise in the Marvel movies and what led to his ultimate fate.


Superman has been an integral part of DC Comics since his first appearance in 1938. He is known for his superhuman strength, speed, agility, and ability to fly.

He also possesses X-ray vision, heat vision, and freeze breath. He is considered the epitome of justice and has saved the world from destruction countless times.

The Death of Superman

The Death of Superman storyline was first published in 1992 by DC Comics. It involved a battle between Superman and a monstrous creature named Doomsday.

The fight between the two was brutal and resulted in both being mortally wounded. In the end, both characters died from their injuries.

In ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, Doomsday is once again responsible for Superman’s death. However, this time around, there are some differences in how it plays out.

The Movie’s Plot

In ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, we see Batman and Superman initially at odds with each other due to differences in their ideologies. However, they eventually team up with Wonder Woman to take down Lex Luthor’s creation – Doomsday.

Doomsday is a genetically-engineered monster created by Lex Luthor using Kryptonian technology recovered from General Zod’s ship (who was killed by Superman in ‘Man of Steel’). Doomsday quickly proves to be too powerful for any one of the superheroes to handle alone.

In a desperate move, Superman flies into space with Doomsday, and they both plummet back to Earth, crashing onto an uninhabited island. The impact causes a massive explosion that appears to kill them both.

Superman’s Return

While Superman’s death seems final, comic book fans know that death is not always permanent in the world of superheroes. In the comics, Superman was eventually resurrected using Kryptonian technology and returned to fight another day.

Similarly, in ‘Justice League’ (2017), we see Superman’s return from the dead. His resurrection involves a combination of Kryptonian technology and Mother Box energy (advanced alien technology). This time around, Superman is more powerful than ever before and helps the Justice League defeat Steppenwolf.


The death of Superman was a significant event in the DC Comics universe and was adapted into a live-action movie titled ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. In this movie, we see Superman die at the hands of Doomsday.

However, as is often the case in comics and movies alike, death is not always permanent for superheroes. We saw Superman return from the dead in ‘Justice League’, more powerful than ever before.