Director: Ryan Coogler
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira
Worldwide box office: $1,346,464,380

What is there to say about Black Panther that hasn’t already been said? 2018’s first major blockbuster caused a tidal wave in American pop culture, spotlighting black excellence in a way no other superhero movie had done yet, with a stellar mostly black cast and behind the scenes crew. In addition to this important feat, the movie itself  is great, providing a refreshing take on the traditional dichotomy between evil villain and perfect hero. This happens primarily through Killmonger, whose villainy comes across as more of a complex argument rather than some insane need for power; similarly, T’Challa’s heroism shines when he is able to temper Killmonger’s points with his own values. No sequel has been confirmed, but Marvel certainly seems open to it—how could they not be, with a cast of (female!) characters as ripe as Shuri, Nakia, and Okoye? Considering the hype of the first movie, you can expect any sequel to chart pretty high on this list, too.