4. Spawn- Spawn (Michael Jai White)
Michael Jai White is an actor who I feel needs to be in a lot more mainstream movies. For those of you who don’t know who he is, let’s just say that he’s the real deal when it comes to martial arts movie badasses. That’s probably why he was cast in the film adaptation of the edgiest superhero the 90’s could muster. Sure, the effects might not stand up and there were some pretty laughable parts in the film, but Spawn was a big deal when it came to black superheroes. He was a comic character that helped to launch Image comics and changed the comic book industry in a big way. Plus, he was one of the first real black superheroes to appear on the big screen.
3. Falcon- Marvel Cinematic Universe (Anthony Mackie)
Captain America’s best bud (at least from this century) is the Falcon. More importantly, though, the Falcon is a big deal when it comes to black superheroes in Marvel comics. After all, he’s one of the few people to have held the title of Captain America, and with Chris Evans slated to exit the role in the near future, you never know if Mackie is going to get a chance to take over as the shield-wielding symbol of justice. The Falcon has served a bit more as comic relief in the movies he’s starred in, but he’s a loyal soldier who stands for what he believes in. Who knows how far Captain America would have made it without Falcon watching his 6.
2. Blade- The Blade Trilogy (Wesley Snipes)
Black Panther is a big deal when it comes to black superheroes. There’s no arguing that. However, the first powerhouse to hit the silver screen was Wesley Snipes as Blade. In fact, showed up a few years before X-Men really got the superhero movie genre rolling. Look, I’m not going to argue that all of his movies were masterpieces, but they were pretty solid movies and gave audience there first real mainstream movie to star a black comic book character (at least when it comes to a decent movie). With talks of the character getting rebooted back into the MCU, it’s going to be tough to fill Wesley Snipes shoes.