7. Heimdall- Marvel Cinematic Universe (Idris Elba)

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That’s a pretty big sword there.

Once again I’ve managed to squeeze Idris Elba onto another top ten list, but no one can argue that Heimdall isn’t a total badass. Sure he mostly stood around in the first Thor movie, but in the second and third ones, he showed everyone why he was the one who stood at the gates of Asgard. Needless to say, he’s one of the black superheroes I’d definitely want watching my back (get it, because he’s all-seeing) in battle. Besides considering all the backlash there was over a black man playing an Asgardian (those alt-right fellows sure are sensitive), I think he nailed it and I can’t imagine anyone else in the role these days.

6. Hancock- Hancock (Will Smith)

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What’s a little collateral damage when you’re saving the day?

Before people were pissed at the collateral damage Superman caused in Man of Steel, there was Hancock. A hard-drinking, potentially homeless superhero who begrudgingly “saved the day” by wrecking the city. Of course, Will Smith is no stranger to playing black superheroes (though Deadshot is technically a villain), his performance in this film was a far cry from what we’ve seen from him in the past. Hancock was not a good person at the start of the movie, but his transformation from superpowered drunk to hero of the people is one that we love to see in our heroes. After all, even though they have god-like powers our favorite heroes are just as flawed as we are.

5. Cyborg- Justice League (Ray Fisher)

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Say what you will, the DCU definitely is embarrassing diversity.

Yeah, yeah, I know a lot of people out there aren’t happy with anything the DCU does these days. I enjoyed Justice League though and while Cyborg didn’t quite get the screen time he might have deserved, he proved to be a character with the most to gain from joining forces with the others. I’m especially excited to see what he will do with his own movie (slated to come out in just a few short years). In the comics, Cyborg was one of the most well known black superheroes in DC comics, so it makes sense that he was a cornerstone of the initial Justice League roster. All in all, he’s a welcome addition to the big screen and one I hope to see a lot more of.

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