There has never been a year with more superheroes than this year. The latest ‘Avengers’ movie alone was more superheroes than were in all the movies combined for most every other year I could find. Yet, they were not the best of the heroes that were given to us this year. In fact, some might argue that Mr. Rogers was one of the best heroes of the year (he was very close to making my list). Here is a list of the best heroes to grace the silver screen in 2018!
- Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns
Emily Blunt brought this iconic character to life for the first time in over 50 years and it was absolutely to die for. Cynics may dismiss it, but Mary Poppins reminded everyone this year just how important your imagination really is.
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Avengers: Infinity War
We thought Chris Hemsworth was at his best in ‘Ragnarok’ last year, but boy were we wrong. Thor has the biggest heroes journey of anyone in the new ‘Avengers’ movie and he delivers laughs, tears, and the biggest applause scene of the film. Which is why he stole the show.
- Dylan O’Brien as Bumblebee, Bumblebee
Turning this Transformer into an automotive version of E. T. was about the smartest thing anybody in this franchise has done. You add on the fact that he kicks some real Decepticon butt, and you’ve got one of the year’s best heroes.
- Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp, Ant-Man and the Wasp
Being a sexy superhero sidekick has been the sad trope of women for ages. Well, in many ways, this film made Ant-Man the sidekick to a much smarter, stronger, and more capable female superhero. This was a breath of fresh air.
- Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, Mission Impossible: Fallout
The stunts and the stakes truly went through the roof this year for Ethan Hunt and Tom Cruise delivered the goods. It’s astonishing that this characters continuously stays one of the best ongoing heroes and even more amazing that Cruise is delivering this character at this level in his late 50’s.
- Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Aquaman
The worlds cheesiest superhero becomes one of this year’s ultimate badasses! I’m so happy to write that Jason Momoa kills it as Arthur Curry and watching this hero surf a seahorse with a trident in his hands is somehow one of the coolest things I saw all year!
- Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts/Parzival, Ready Player One
The most relatable hero of the year is the little gamer that could. Steven Spielberg helped Tye Sheridan create us a character here that is both the nerd we are and the man we want to be. Add the fact that he drives the DeLorean from ‘Back to the Future’ and you have the ultimate nerdy hero.
- Chadwick Bowman as Black Panther, Black Panther/Avengers: Infinity War
Easily the biggest break out hero of the year, this movie opened a whole new world of potential for black filmmaking. However, T’Challa is also just a bad ass hero and his character doesn’t just have to grip with being heroic, but also balancing that with the needs of a nation. This is heavy stuff, and the Black Panther is up to the challenge.
- Spider-Man (all versions), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
The superhero of the year is easily Spider-Man. He got the most emotional send off in ‘Avengers’ and he got like 6 brilliant versions of himself in the brilliant animated version. Yet, if I had to pick the best of them all, it would be Miles Morales. This kid gets a fantastic origins story and his bromance with alternate dimension Peter Parker is a delight. You won’t forget any of the Spider people after this year.
1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG/On the Basis of Sex
I know that Ginsburg doesn’t have super powers or jump through explosions, but she did fight the entire male establishment to help get rights for women that they had been fighting for since the beginning of time! So, is there really a bigger hero than that? I don’t think so.