Superhero Hype’s Top 10 Heroes of 2019
When it came to superheroes, 2019 represented a major turning point for what was possible to see onscreen. The genre has definitely been on the precipice of great change for a while. However, the slew of new films and TV shows that arrived over the last 12 months proved that this revolution is finally upon us.
This was the year that longstanding storylines came to a close and freshman characters got their big break. Take Avengers: Endgame, for example. Marvel Studios’ three-hour epic closed the book on the 22-film Infinity Saga and bid farewell to some of the MCU’s biggest names. But don’t worry, because there’s a whole new class of heroes ready for their time in the spotlight, and we can’t wait to see what Kevin Feige and company have in store for us fans.
Endgame is now the biggest movie of all time, but Marvel didn’t have all the fun this year. DC also introduced a brand new headliner to filmgoing audiences with Shazam! back in April. Billy Batson’s live-action film debut didn’t quite reach of the box office heights of other, more well-known heroes. Regardless, it followed Aquaman’s path in bringing much-needed lightheartedness to the DC Universe.
Additionally, DC is still thriving on the small screen, both on network TV and in the streaming realm. The CW gave us Batwoman and is currently three episodes into its Crisis on Infinite Earths adaptation, which is bursting at the seams with fan-favorite actors and characters. Plus, DC Universe fleshed out its catalogue with Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing (RIP), two shows that prided themselves on redefining what it means to be a superhero.
One could easily argue that experimentation was the genre’s theme for 2019. Marvel and DC may have the market cornered, but others are beginning to approach the concept of vigilantism from a different perspective. The Boys satirizes the modern comic book landscape with equal parts humor and thought-provoking commentary. Meanwhile, Watchmen became a hit with critics by viewing real-life social ills through a superheroic lens.
Here are our picks for the top 10 heroes of 2019. You can share your thoughts on our choices in the comment section below!
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