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The 25 Best Tom Cruise Movies of All-Time, Ranked

Tom Cruise’s official film debut was in 1981. It is now 2022. Over forty years later, and the man is still on top, likely to close out 2022 with the highest grossing movie of the year. There’s been an on-going debate about the topic of star power when it comes to today’s current movie scene. Sure you have franchises (Marvel for example) that are sure to get people to come out to the theater, but it appears as though the days of movie stars being the sole reason for tickets being sold and butts being put in seats are long gone compared to the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s for example. Only a handful of stars still have that power, and Tom Cruise is one of them. And with one of the best Tom Cruise movies of all time released recently, it’s clear the power he still holds.

You shouldn’t need any proof of what we’re saying, but for extra measure, the box office revenue for Top Gun: Maverick was $1.454 billion (yes billion), making it the highest-grossing film of Cruise’s career on June 17th, 2022 (his previous high was $800 million). This, ladies and gentlemen, is with the movie actually being the follow-up to the original film that came out in 1986. That means Tom Cruise was able to take the sequel to a movie that was made 36 years ago, and not only outperform that film, but every single film he has ever made up to this point… bruh.

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When it comes to the topic of which Tom Cruise movie is the best, well, what do you do? Do you include every single movie he has ever made? What about the Mission Impossible franchise? Should every Mission Impossible be included? That, our friends, has left us with an incredibly tough task, but we’re going to try. Below is a list of the best Tom Cruise movies according to ONE37pm.

Here. We. Go.

The Best Tom Cruise Movies at a Glance

The Outsiders

Risky Business

Top Gun

Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible 2

Jack Reacher

Interview With The Vampire

The Last Samurai

The Firm

Mission Impossible III

A Few Good Men

Tropic Thunder

Magnolia

Jerry Maguire

War of the Worlds

Collateral

Rain Man

Born on the Fourth of July

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Minority Report

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Mission Impossible: Fall Out

The Color of Money

Edge of Tomorrow

Top Gun: Maverick

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25. The Outsiders
Year Released: 1983

It’s always interesting going back in time and seeing an actor’s journey before hitting it big. While not officially a household name yet, Cruise’s role as a nonchalant cool youngster named Steve Randle was the blueprint attitude wise for the types of characters that we would see him portray in the earlier part of his career. Paving the way for Risky Business so to speak.

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24. Risky Business
Year Released: 1983

Speaking of Risky Business, this is the movie that would officially launch Tom Cruise into Hollywood superstardom. The movie centers around high school senior Joel Goodsen (Cruise) who makes the decision to hire the services of a call girl. Upon receiving the bill the next morning, the teenager goes into a state of panic, which only gets worse after he crashes his father’s Porsche. You’ll have to watch the movie to see what happens next.

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23. Top Gun
Year Released: 1986

The movie that got it all started. The original 1986 version featured a young Tom Cruise as a cocky fire pilot named Maverick, who is sent to the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School where he is determined to be the top fighter, all while rubbing everybody the wrong way with his nasty attitude while in the process. Oh, and he’s trying to get a hot girl too. Lots to unpack here.

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22. Mission Impossible
Year Released: 1996

Alright, here we go with the Mission Impossible franchise. First released in 1996, the story is about U.S. government agent Ethan Hunt (Cruise) who along with his mentor Jim Phelps (Jon Voight), embarks on an assignment that in turn results in Jim being killed. Now a murder suspect, Ethan recruits both a hacker (Ving Rhames) and a maverick pilot (Jean Reno) to help him sneak into the CIA to retrieve a file that will prove his innocence.

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21. Mission Impossible 2
Year Released: 2000

Many thought that Mission Impossible was a one-off movie because it ended with him proving his innocence. Many were wrong. Four years later, a sequel was released, this time with Ethan Hunt leading his IMF team on a basically mission to capture a deadly German virus before being released by terrorists. This was also the beginning of the “Tom Cruise haircut” phase that was heavily talked about in the early 2000s.

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20. Jack Reacher
Year Released: 2012

When in doubt, go get Jack Reacher to handle your business for you. Released in 2012, Jack Reacher tells the tale of Jack Reacher having to take on a tough assignment when a town is hit by a vicious shooting attack that leaves five people dead. As Reacher digs deeper into the investigation, he realizes that there is much more to the story then he initially thought.

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19. Interview With The Vampire
Year Released: 1994

Going back to 1994, Interview With The Vampire chronicles an 18th century lord, Louis, who is now a bicentennial vampire with an urge to tell his story to a biographer (hence Interview With The Vampire). Louis’ recent years have been filled with tragedy after the loss of his entire family, and with Louis struggling to find the motivation to go on, he just so happens to meet another Vampire named Lestat who becomes his friend and helps him out.

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18. The Last Samurai
Year Released: 2003

When you have a film catalog as deep as Tom Cruise, it sparks a debate as to which should be included in your “best movies” list. For some, The Last Samurai doesn’t make the cut. For us, it does. The film focuses on the story of an American Military officer (Cruise) who’s caught in the middle of two completely different worlds when he is hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country’s first army in modern warfare.

This is actually one of our favorite Tom Cruise movies of all-time. It’s also very reflective of 2003 movie culture in terms of the films that came out during that era.

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17. The Firm
Year Released: 1993

Going back ten years earlier to 1993, The Firm really highlighted Cruise’s acting chops as he portrayed a young lawyer joining an established law firm, only to discover that there is quite a bit of illegal activity going on behind closed doors. Soon enough the FBI is involved, and with his life threatened, he basically has to make a decision on whether or not he is going to snitch. Does he end up snitching? Watch and find out.

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16. Mission Impossible III
Year Released: 2006

It’s looking like we are indeed going to end up including every single Mission Impossible film on this list. Next up in the series is the third installment, in which Ethan Hunt is now a retiree focusing on training the next Mission Impossible recruits. As you probably guessed, the retirement doesn’t last for long as Hunt has to get back out there ASAP when he and the love of his life become the target of a new villain in the mix.

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15. A Few Good Men
Year Released: 1992

Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore all being together in one movie is the epitome of early 1990s Hollywood, and boy is it good. Really good. You’ll definitely want to check this classic out for sure. That’s all we’re going to say.

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14. Tropic Thunder
Year: 2008

2008 was a pretty good year for movies when you look at everything that came out that year, and Tropic Thunder is one of them. Starring Tom Cruise, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downing Jr. (talk about an A-List cast), Tropic Thunder is about a war movie that is in the process of being filmed. With the actors lacking motivation, the director decides to liven things up a bit by moving them to a real jungle. The situation goes awry when the actors realize after some bad luck that they are actually caught in the middle of a real-time war happening.

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13. Magnolia
Year Released: 1999

Backing it to 1999, Cruise starred in the drama film Magnolia alongside Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour, which was a multiple-plot story about a dying father, young wife, a police officer falling head over heels in love, a genius, an ex-boy genius, a gameshow host, and an estranged daughter who all end up together on a random day in San Fernando Valley. This is definitely a movie where you have to be paying attention at all times because you will be confused if you don’t. Trust us.

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12. Jerry Maguire
Year Released: 1996

When sports agent Jerry Maguire (Cruise) has a bad moment of judgment that leads to him getting fired, he is left with no other option but to start his own management firm. In the process of trying to launch his business, Jerry also ends up falling in love. Sports and love stories are always a good watch.

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11. War of the Worlds
Year Released: 2005

Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise joined forces on 2005’s War of the Worlds which was about a dockworker (Cruise) struggling to maintain a relationship with his two children. When the kids are dropped off by his ex-wife (Miranda Otto), the weekend takes an unexpected turn when an alien invasion happens. Classic Spielberg. War of the Worlds wound up grossing over $600 million at the box office. Not bad for a movie that originally had a $132 million budget.

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10. Collateral
Year Released: 2004

The year prior, Cruise also experienced box office success with the film Collateral, which also starred Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jamie Foxx, Mark Ruffalo, and Javier Bardham. The film is about an LA taxi driver named Max (Foxx) ready to call it a day, when he receives $600 from a sniper in disguise as a businessman (Cruise) to make six extra stops. As it turns out, those six extra stops are actually designated hit checkpoints that Max is now caught in the middle of. It’s not often that we get to see Tom Cruise as the bad guy, so this is a fun one.

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9. Rain Man
Year Released: 1988

Rain Man is another Tom Cruise movie that sparks debates over how high it should be ranked, but you can’t deny its emotional heart-tugging effect. Cruise and Dustin Hoffman also made for a pretty good team if you ask us. Grab your tissues because this is definitely one of those films that make you tear up a bit.

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8. Born on the Fourth of July
Year Released: 1989

Another 1980s Tom Cruise classic, Born on the Fourth of July is about a suburban NY teenager who decides to enlist in the marines to honor his patriotism. In his second year of active duty, the teen encounters some difficult challenges when he accidentally kills a fellow soldier and later ends up paralyzed during a battle. 

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7. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Year Released: 2011

Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt for the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible series, this time around having to deal with the blame for the terrorist attack on Kremlin. This marks the second time in his career where Hunt has received the blame for something completely out of his control, and once again he is forced to clear his name.

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6. Minority Report
Year Released: 2002

A thriller set in the year 2054, Minority Report is based on the story “Minority Report” by science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick, which is about a police station in Washington D.C. that utilizes psychic technology to help arrest and convict murders before they commit their crimes. Looking back, Minority Report was actually ahead of the game as many films since have mirrored its approach. 

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5. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
Year Released: 2015

Rogue Nation is actually considered the most exciting Mission Impossible film to date (although that can be subjective). Now we’re at the point where the IMF is disbanded, and not only is it dead and gone completely with Hunt being kind of assed out, there’s also a new threat called the Syndicate that is now an immediate problem. It never ends for Ethan Hunt. It just never does.

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4. Mission Impossible: Fallout
Year Released: 2018

And since it never ends for Ethan Hunt, the sixth film in the series, Fallout, is about the newly rebranded IMF coming together with a CIA assassin to prevent yet another catastrophic event in the making that involves nuclear attacks on the Vatican, Jerusalem, and Saudi Arabia. How we got here from where we started in 1996, we don’t know. What we do know, however, is that Mission Impossible 7, Dead Reckoning Part One is due out July 14th, 2023.

And apparently it doesn’t end there because Part Two is due out June 2024. Like we said earlier, it never ends for Ethan Hunt. Now would be the time to catch up if you haven’t already.

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3. The Color of Money
Year Released: 1986

We’re going to take one final trip back to the 80s. The same year Top Gun was released, Cruise also starred in the film The Color of Money alongside Paul Newman, which was about a former pool hustler named Fast Eddie (Newman) who decides to make a return to the game with new young protege Vincent Lauria (Cruise). 

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2. Edge of Tomorrow
Year Released: 2014

Whether you have Edge of Tomorrow in your personal Tom Cruise top three or not, we can all agree that it is a heck of a film. Just about any movie that has the word “edge” in it is, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint.

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1. Top Gun: Maverick
Year Released: 2022

We had to save the best for last. The highest grossing movie of Tom Cruise’s career which is sitting pretty at $1.4 billion, Cruise proved that he once again is that dude. Not bad for somebody who just turned 60. 

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The 13 Best Morgan Freeman Movies, Ranked

Morgan Freeman. Initials MF, making him Morgan “MF” Freeman. And rightfully so considering he is one of the most prolific actors in entertainment history. When you’ve had a storied career such as the one Mr. Freeman’s had, it can be hard to narrow it down to what’s considered to be your best. The recently turned eighty-five-year old has a resume that spans over sixty years, beginning his film career in Sidney Lumet’s 1964 drama The Pawnbroker, where he played the small role of a random man on the street. Unpacking the best Morgan Freeman movies can certainly be an arduous task.

The bit parts continued for over twenty years until his breakout role in the 1987 film Street Smart, making him approximately fifty-years-old at the time. That’s part of what makes Morgan Freeman so inspirational—he didn’t achieve mainstream fame until he was considered an “older actor,” proving that things may not always happen when you want it to, but more so when the timing is right. You can do anything at any age, and Freeman is an example of that. 

With that, let’s take a look at a few of his best movies:

Street Smart

March of the Penguins

Bruce Almighty

Olympus Has Fallen

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

The Dark Knight

Amistad

Invictus

Gone Baby Gone 

Million Dollar Baby

Glory

Se7en

The Shawshank Redemption

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13. Street Smart
Year Released: 1987

It’s only right that we start with the film that broke Morgan Freeman into Hollywood’s coveted A-list group. Released in 1987, Street Smart is about a struggling reporter (Christopher Reeve) who decides to make up a story regarding local prostitution when he can’t find any good leads to come up with an authentic article.

One of the characters in the reporter’s story is strangely similar to an old school pimp named Fast Black (Freeman) who is outraged over being “exposed.” An angry pimp is nothing to play with, and the movie earned Freeman an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

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12. March of the Penguins
Year Released: 2005

There’s two people on the face of this planet that have the best narrator voices ever, and that’s Morgan Freeman, and the guy from the All-State commercials. March of the Penguins is a documentary by filmmaker Luc Jacquet about the emperor Penguins annual journey to the South Pole at the end of each Antarctic summer to partake in their traditional breeding grounds. The narrator was of course Morgan Freeman, and the documentary itself earned an Academy Award for Best Documentary (feature).

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11. Bruce Almighty
Year Released: 2003

It’s hard to believe it, but this classic film is turning the big 2-0 next year. Bruce Almighty was one of the most successful movies of 2003, earning close to $500 million at the box office. The cult classic is about a man named Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey), who’s struggling to come to terms with the fact that his once successful television career is now, well, struggling.

Upon being passed over for a highly competitive tv anchorman job, Nolan complains that he is being treated unfairly by God, which spurs a counteroffer from God himself (Freeman) who offers him his powers to see if he can do a better job managing his life. An absolutely hilarious movie.

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10. Olympus Has Fallen
Year Released: 2013

Angela Bassett and Morgan Freeman are a great power duo. Olympus Has Fallen is about everything going to H.E. double hockey sticks when a group of armed and highly dangerous terrorist decided to launch an attack on the White House.

The White House is overrun with President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) and his staff being taken hostage, leaving Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerald Butler) no other choice but to save the day himself. Olympus Has Fallen is a part of the highly successful Fallen series, with Freeman portraying U.S. Speaker of the House Allan Trumbull, who has to help lead Banning under these circumstances. Olympus Has Fallen is one of those kickback weekend afternoon movies that you watch to relax. 

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9. Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Year Released: 1991

Also starring Kevin Costner and Alan Rickman, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves is the tale of Nobleman crusader Robin of Locksley (Costner) who breaks out of a Jerusalem prison with the assistance of Moorish fellow prisoner Azeem (Freeman). Azeem in turn becomes a trusted resources for Locksley, who upon returning to England discovers his father brutally murdered at the hands of the Sheriff of Notthingham (Rickman). Together Locksley and Azeem join forces along with a few others to help save the kingdom from the domination of the sheriff.

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8. The Dark Knight
Year Released: 2008

Before Samuel L. Jackson was in Marvel, we saw Morgan Freeman in DC, albeit in much different ways. The Dark Knight will always hold a special place in many DC/Batman fans’ hearts due to the brilliant performances of everybody involved, and one of those performances was from Morgan Freeman, who portrayed Lucius Fox, Batman’s (Christian Bale) personal tech wizard.

The character was first introduced in the 2005 film Batman Begins, but here we see the role elevated as Batman needs even more gear and vehicles. Freeman would follow up his role as Lucius Fox in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

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7. Amistad
Year Released: 1997

Amistad is undoubtedly one of Morgan Freeman’s best when it comes to his filmography for a few reasons, the first being, it’s a Steven Spielberg directed project. Spielberg is a genius himself, and this film marks the only time the two have worked together. Set in 1839 on a slave ship sailing from Cuba to America, a slave uprising/rebellion is led by Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) in which they are eventually released in a controversial manner.

Freeman portrays freed slave Theodore Joadson who recruits a property manager Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey) to help him secure the release of the other slaves. Yet another one of Freeman’s outstanding performances, adding another entry to his impressive filmography. 

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6. Invictus
Year Released: 2009

Who better to play Nelson Mandela than Morgan Freeman? Chronicling Mandela’s 27-year imprisonment and his tenure as President of South Africa upon his release, Mandela is faced with the difficult challenge uniting a country just month’s removed from Apartheid with tensions still very much high. An international rugby match becomes the center of Mandela’s attention when he realizes that the sport serves as a way to bring the divided communities together, and in turn develops a friendship with the team’s captain (Matt Damon). Invictus was directed by Clint Eastwood, earning over $120 million at the box office.

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5. Gone Baby Gone
Year Released: 2007

Serving as Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (which also starred his brother Casey Affleck), Gone Baby Gone is about a private detective (Casey Affleck) hired to find the missing daughter of Helene McCready (Amy Ryan). The prospects are bleak as the young girl has already been missing for over 72 hours, but takes on the assignment anyways as he recognizes that the danger has been lurking in his neighborhood for a long time.

Freeman portrays Captain Jack Doyle, who works alongside the detective to help figure out the case. It doesn’t take long for the detectives to realize that this case is much deeper than previously expected, and is a brilliant film with loads of twists and turns as the story progresses. Gone Baby Gone is a fine piece of art amongst Freeman’s resume for sure. 

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4. Million Dollar Baby
Year Released: 2004

This, our friends, is the movie that finally got Morgan Freeman his Academy Award after many years of being overlooked. Also starring longtime friend Clint Eastwood and Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby hones in on the character of veteran Los Angeles boxing trainer (Clint Eastwood), who is very much anti-social, only associating with his old pal Eddie “Scrap Iron” Dupris.

When a young woman named Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) unexpectedly arrives at the facility looking for training, a reluctant Frankie hesitantly agrees to offer his services. Freeman also narrates the film, and like we just mentioned, it was his passionate performance as Scrap Iron that finally nabbed him that Oscar.

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3. Glory
Year Released: 1987

Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington have only collaborated once in their film careers, and that was for 1987’s Glory, which centers on a commander (Matthew Broderick) offered the role of leading the United States’ first all-African American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The commander is able to put together a strong unit which consists of an escaped slave named Trip (Denzel Washington), and the wise gravedigger (Morgan Freeman).

There has been some talk over the decades as to whether or not the film is historically accurate, to which all accounts point to the answer as being yes. Glory is in fact the first movie to ever tell the story of the role of Black Soldiers in the Civil War, but it is fact checked as being accurate from a historical perspective.

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2. Se7en
Released: 1995

Honestly, Morgan Freeman could have very well won an Oscar for Se7en as well. Portraying retired police detective William Somerset who decides to take on one final case with the new young guy on the scene (Brad Pitt) where they make a gruesome discovery of elaborate murders. It soon becomes very clear that they are dealing with a dangerous serial killer (Kevin Spacey), who is specifically targeting people who he thinks represent the Seven Deadly Sins. Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Kevin Spacey together in one film is definitely a good two hours spent. 

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1. The Shawshank Redemption
Released: 1994

Most agree that Shawshank is Morgan Freeman’s best when it comes to his movie catalog. While you can make a strong case for the others included on this list, it’s hard to top this heart tugging story which tells the tale of a man (Tim Robbins) sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for two murders that he didn’t commit. While imprisoned, he meets Red (Freeman), a wise older gentleman who helps him understand the ins and outs of prison life.

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These thirteen movies are certainly not a complete roundup of all of Morgan Freeman’s films. Whether you agree with our selections or not, we can all agree that he has had a career for the ages. 

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The 12 Most Underrated Marvel Characters

The Marvel Universe is one of the most robust and expansive comic-book universes to exist. First founded in 1939, Marvel Comics has over 70,000 characters throughout its history and multiverses, with somewhere around 8,000 staple lead characters. With such an overwhelming roster of caped crusaders to keep track of, there’s bound to be a bunch of lesser-known characters that are considered underrated Marvel characters.

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From the MCU all the way to the first live-action Marvel movie with Captain America in 1944, we’ve seen some heroes significantly more than others on the big screen. Even when some of our favorite characters make it to the movies, they don’t always get the character arc they deserve. Here is our list of the most underrated Marvel characters we think deserve their roses.

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1.) She-Hulk

Although She-Hulk may have gotten her own show in the MCU, Jennifer Walters remains one of the most under-appreciated characters. Vastly popular among fans, She-Hulk first appeared in The Savage She-Hulk #1 released in 1980. She-Hulk is known for constantly breaking the fourth wall and poking holes at the many superhero tropes.

Universal Television was banking off the major success of their Incredible Hulk and Bionic Woman T.V. series. Marvel became nervous that Universal Television might introduce a female version of the Hulk to their show, so they created their own version first so they’d own the rights. This explains the signature fourth-wall break that She-Hulk has become well-known for.

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2.) Brother Voodoo

Brother Voodoo is not an unknown marvel character, but most casual fans know nothing about him or his origin. Brother Voodoo first appeared in Strange Tales #169, released in 1973.

After becoming a psychologist in the United States, Jericho Drumm returns to his homeland of Haiti. He finds his brother, a male priest of voodoo, is dying from a spirit he possessed. Before he dies, Jericho vows to his brother that he will visit his mentor Loa Damballa, where he will eventually become Brother Voodoo.

In comics, Brother Voodoo will eventually become the sorcery supreme after Dr.Strange’s death and is renamed Doctor Voodoo. The first rumor of Brother Voodoo joining the MCU came in Dr.Strange when it was revealed one of the people Kaecilius kills was Daniel Drumm. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever also teased some of the heroes claiming Haiti as their temporary home, the same location we know Brother Voodoo is from.

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3.) Silver Surfer

One of the most well-known Marvel characters in my mind remains one of the most underrated, the Silver Surfer. First appearing in Fantastic Four #48, released in 1966, Silver Surfer has remained one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel universe.

Norrin Konn was born on the planet Zenn-la, home to a long-lived technologically advanced humanoid race. When Galactus broke through the planet’s defense systems, he came with the intention to consume the planet. Konn comes to the rescue and offers to be Galactus’s personal herald and seek out planets for him to consume. Galactus agrees and turns him into the Silver Surfer.

Although this may seem like the Silver Surfer is a villain, he is actually one of the noblest characters in the Marvel Universe. He tried to only lead Galactus to planets that are void of sentient life, but after it became increasingly hard to find them, he would plot a way to end Galactus’s reign forever.

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4.) Adam Warlock

Adam Warlock may be underrated now, but with Will Poulter set to play the character in the upcoming third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, that may change soon. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #66-67, released in 1967.

Adam Warlock was created by researchers on earth known as the Enclave, whose goal was to create the perfect human being. He is most known for his role with the Infinity Gauntlet and for stopping Thanos. He was able to yield the Infinity Gauntlet before ultimately splitting up the gems so that no one person had control of all that power. It should be interesting to see what role he will exactly play in the MCU.

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5.) Monica Rambeau’s Captain Marvel

Monica Rambeau may have had her formal introduction into the MCU, but that rendition of the character does do justice to its comic-book counterpart. Monica Rambeau first appeared in The Amazing Spider-man Annual #16, released in 1982, and is introduced as the second Captain Marvel.

While trying to stop an extra-dimensional weapon, Rambeau is exposed to the special energy and thus became capable of turning her body into energy. Although her name was given to her by the media, it turned out that there was a Kree hero named Mar-Vell, who was the first Captain Marvel.

Rambeau then goes to the Avengers for help in mastering her newfound powers. After being taken under the wing of Captain America and the Wasp, Rambeau graduates as an Avengers member before ultimately becoming their leader. It’s very possible we one day see Monica Rambeau commanding the Avengers of the MCU.

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6.) Cosmo the SpaceDog

The adorable dog in a spacesuit we see in Guardians of the Galaxy may look like a device to add humor to the movie, but that is actually Cosmo the SpaceDog. Cosmo first appeared in Nova vol. 4 #8, released in 2008.

Cosmo was a space dog used by the soviets during the 1960s and was launched into Earth’s orbit. He would become lost in space before ending up in Knowhere. While the Guardians use Knowhere as their base for a short period Cosmo tags along for a number of adventures. We aren’t sure how much screen time Cosmos may get in the future but one thing remains, everyone loves a talking space dog.

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7.) Taskmaster

Taskmaster is another character who has been fully introduced to the MCU but wasn’t given the character arc they deserved. First appearing in The Avengers #195, released in 1980, Taskmaster is one of the most deadly hand-to-hand fighters in the Marvel universe.

We may now know the full backstory of Taskmaster, but we do know what he’s capable of. Taskmaster has what can be described as photographic reflexes. He can mimic and copy the exact physical movements of anyone he sees. This makes him one of the toughest foes in the Marvel universe because he is the equivalent of fighting yourself in hand-to-hand combat. Taskmaster’s amazing ability suite and endearing combative personality earn him all the love in the world on this collection of the most underrated Marvel characters.

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8.) Squirrel Girl

If you’ve never heard of the unbeatable Squirrel Girl then you’re in for a treat. Squirrel Girl First appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes vol.2 #8, released in 1991, and was created because Marvel wanted to branch off into lighter stories than the normally dramatic tales.

Doreen Allene Green, better known as Squirrel Girl, first discovered she could communicate with squirrels at the age of 10. It’s later revealed that she possesses squirrel-like abilities. She actually remains an incredibly tough hero defeating the likes of M.O.D.O.K., Thanos, and even taking down the Avengers at one point.

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9.) Nova

The Nova Corps in the MCU may seem like a rag-tag group of dim-witted police offers, but they are quite the opposite in the comics. Nova first appeared in The Man Called Nova #1, released in 1976.

As the last great Nova Corps member from Xandar is dying, he is tasked with selecting a replacement. At random he chose high school student Richard Rider, who would become Nova. He has powers such as superhuman strength, flight, and control the powerful suite of abilities tied to the Nova force.

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10.) Magik

Magik is undoubtedly one of the most complex and powerful heroes ever seen in the Marvel universe. She first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1, released in 1975.

Illyana Rasputin, better known as Magik, was a mutant born in Siberia, Russia. She is the sister to notable mutants Mikhail and Colossus. At a young age, she is brought into Limbo by the ancient evil sorcerer Belasco. She is raised there and develops several magical abilities. As her character continues to grow, she must battle the demons of her youth in Limbo while trying to be the hero she wants to be. Magik and her massive “Soulsword” also make her worthy of making this list of the most underrated Marvel characters.

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11.) Moon Knight

The Disney+ series Moon Knight was a great success and a wonderful addition to the MCU, but there is still so much about the character that went unseen. Moon Knight first appeared in Werewolf by Night #32, released in 1975.

Although Moon Knight may not have super-human abilities 99% of the time, he is still an absolute badass. A Chicago native, Marc Spector, draws the attention of Khonshu, the moon god. He creates a psychic connection with Spector, turning him into Moon Knight. What ensues is a number of personalities that Moon Knight has to struggle with containing as he strays further and further away from who Marc Spector once was.

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12.) Ant-Man

It’s hard to claim Ant-Man as underrated when he is slated to have a third solo installment to the MCU, but I’m gonna try to make a case for him here the best I can! Ant-Man first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27, released in 1962.

Hank Pym may be the original Ant-Man, but we are going to focus on Scott Lang’s version of the hero. The former robber turned superhero, Scott Lang comes into possession of the Ant-Man suit after stealing it. He would fight alongside the Fantastic Four as well as the Avengers, becoming an integral part of the team. With how many of our favorite OG heroes have gotten the boot in the MCU I pray that we don’t see Scott Lang’s Ant-Man go anywhere anytime soon.

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BURN THE BOATS by Matt Higgins is a Must-Read for Anyone Pursuing What They Love

Dropped out of high school at 16 to enroll in college early with his GED; press secretary in NYC before 30; guest shark on Shark Tank; teacher and executive fellow at Harvard Business School. Matt Higgins has truly done it all, and embodied one driving ethos throughout his career: removing the obstacle of fear and doubt that prevents people from achieving what they want to do. The self-made entrepreneur is now releasing a book to spill some of how he’s achieved his success in the past few decades: “Too many of us are driven by fear, waiting for the perfect moment to act. We subconsciously construct an insidious safety net that becomes our undoing: Plan B.”

BURN THE BOATS

We couldn’t possibly summarize the promise of the book better than Matt himself.

“In this book you will learn:

  • What can turn your deepest flaws into fuel for your greatest triumphs
  • Why you don’t need a revolutionary invention or product to be financially free
  • How to cultivate proprietary insights that can launch game-changing businesses
  • How to break the patterns holding you back”
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Similar to GaryVee’s model with his book Twelve and a Half, Higgins is incentivizing those who purchase the book with a few unique opportunities. There is a whole roster of opportunities opened up by purchasing multiple books, ranging from a helicopter tour around NYC with Matt and a meet-up with GaryVee to deep sea fishing with Matt in Miami. For information on all the potential bonuses, read here.

Throughout the book, Matt implores readers to stop focusing so much on Plan B. To produce such a developed resource, Higgins interviewed 50 different founders, athletes, artists, and celebrities–from billionaire NBA owner Marc Lore to Scarlett Johansson–to hear their individual “burn the boats” paths to Plan A. In his review of the book, Arnold Schwarzenegger echoes the sentiment: “Once you have a Plan B, you’ve become your own naysayer.”

Between the incentives available for purchasing multiple books, and the immense amount of knowledge supplied by simply reading just one copy, BURN THE BOATS is a must-read for anyone looking to pursue what they love.

Buy the book today from a vast array of retailers, available here.

The subject of this article has a business affiliation with ONE37pm.

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The Dr Pepper ‘Hail Mary for $23K’ Contest Is Helping Student Entrepreneurs Make Their Dreams Come True

Facts: There’s nothing better than the cold, refreshing treat of a Dr Pepper. Nothing, that is, aside from the fact that our favorite drink is also well known for giving back and supporting students. Through the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway program, the brand has awarded over $13 million in tuition to deserving college students since 2008 to help further their business and education goals.

College students are some of the biggest dreamers and brightest minds on the planet, as we well know. That’s why this year, in addition to the annual Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway contest, the brand created the new ‘Hail Mary for $23K’ contest, which invited students to throw ‘hail mary business ideas’ in a pitch setting to a panel of high-profile entrepreneurs for a chance to win $23K in tuition dollars plus an additional $23K in seed funding. The three judges included Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner, TV personality and entrepreneur; Charlotte Jones, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer; and Jon Seaton, Elon University football player, and CEO of the Big Boy Council.

Pretty cool, right? Check out how it all went down in the video below and read on for more about the amazing student entrepreneurs and their brilliant ideas.

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Ritika Shamdasani: Sani

Ritika Shamdasani is currently enrolled at NC State. Her startup business is Sani, an apparel brand inspired by South Asian culture. The idea all started one day when she and her sister were shopping for dresses for an Indian wedding, and after a multitude of tries to find an authentic dress, they came up empty—so Ritika decided to make her own. All the designs are created by Ritika and her sister, and they exclusively work with women-owned manufacturing partners in India. 

Ben Catania: Yoomi 

Ben Catania is currently a student at Cornell University. His startup is Yoomi, an AI driven platform that enables physical therapists to better monitor and guide patients during their at-home exercise programs—all by using motion-capturing technology. The product can be subsidized through healthcare insurance and will help create a better flow of information for physical therapists. 

Ben Pikus: Sølv 

Ben Pikus is currently a senior at Michigan State University. His startup is looking to change the way we dry our feet off after a shower. Inspired by his mom’s shock at just how dirty he managed to get their bath mats, Ben came up with Sølv, an antimicrobial, washer-friendly shower mat made of luxurious foam.

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The Winner Is…

After hearing all the pitches, the three judges were tasked with choosing one presenter to take home the grand prize of tuition and seed money. The three judges debated meticulously, but finally came to their decision. The winner of the Dr Pepper ‘Hail Mary for $23k’ contest was…Ben Catania and his business, Yoomi!

Make sure to tune into the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway during the College Football Conference Championship Games on December 2nd and 3rd for more—and to maybe get inspired yourself.

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Why Gary Vaynerchuk’s Wine Club is the Perfect Gift

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Allow me to introduce you to the Gary Vee Wine Club.

We’re coming up on the happiest and most festive time of year, the December holiday season. It’s true what they say, “it’s better to give than to receive”. 

Related: Why WineText’s $11.11 Sale is the Best Wine Sale of the Year

Nothing can replace the feeling of seeing the joy on somebody’s face after they receive the perfect present. Recently, I’ve been signing up friends and family for monthly subscription clubs that match their tastes and interests, and it’s been a real hit. 

Or as Cousin Eddie said:

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While you may know somebody who’d enjoy being signed up for the “Jelly of the Month Club”, for the wine aficionado in your life, I have the perfect gift idea for you!

Gary Vee’s History in Wine
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For those of you who are familiar with Gary Vaynerchuk (aka Gary Vee) the media mogul, you might not know his history in the wine industry. 

At just 14 years old, Vaynerchuk began working at his family’s retail wine business, then called Shoppers Discount Liquors. After graduating college in 1998, he went to work at the store and renamed it Wine Library, also introducing online sales at that time. 

In 2006, he started Wine Library TV, the first wine-review channel of its kind on YouTube. 

The New York Times dubbed Gary, “a wine industry phenomenon”, and “representing the future of wine” in an article profiling him in 2009.

Wine Library grew from $3 million/year in sales to over $60 million by 2011, when he branched out on his own to start his digital ad agency, VaynerMedia.

What is the Gary Vee Wine Club?
Gary Vee Wine Club

The Gary Vee Wine Club is a subscription service in which a monthly box of wine is sent to your front door. Inside of that box can be anything from 1-4 bottles of wine whose suggested retail price will far exceed the price tag. 

While Gary is known for his incredible palate and wine expertise, it’s his business acumen and shrewd negotiating that really make this club special. The price per shipment costs $69, but typically the value is 2-3X per shipment. The current state of the economy has only led to even greater deals he’s negotiated for club members recently.

He also posts a monthly wine tasting video so that when the box arrives, you can open it up, pour yourself a glass and sip along with him as he explains the flavors and notes. 

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Are you planning on joining the Gary Vee Wine Club? If so, make sure to tweet out some pics when the bottles arrive and tag us @137pm!

If you have any furthers questions or inquiries about the club, you can email them to brandon@winelibrary.com

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Pickleball At The Airport: TWA Hotel x City Pickle

There is no sport in the United States that has had a year like pickleball. A sport that exploded in popularity over the last two years, pickleball has established itself as a recreational powerhouse, becoming the fastest growing sport in America. Something that makes pickleball so great is the accessibility. If you have a net and paddles, you can virtually play the game anywhere.

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An airport may sound impossible to play pickleball at, but our friends at City Pickle and the TWA Hotel made it happen with an epic pop-up event at JFK Airport. Here is everything you need to know about the sensational pop-up pickleball event.

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TWA Hotel x City Pickle

TWA Hotel and City Pickle joined forces to create a first of it’s kind pop-up pickleball court at JFK airport. The TWA Hotel is a hotel located inside JFK airport. The hotel uses the interior of the iconic TWA Flight Center, made famous by the 2002 Steven Spielberg classic Catch Me If You Can. The hotel has been open since May of 2019 and offers several experiences like an infinity swimming pool and an aviation history museum.

Organized by City Pickle, NYCs best for anything pickleball, the pop-up event took place across several weekends from November 4th to November 13th. The court was set up on the hotel’s tarmac in front of the iconic 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A plane. Playing right outside one of the most historic hotels in the US goes to show how versatile and accessible this game really is. 

If you weren’t able to make the pop-up there’s no need to fret because City Pickle has something big in the works for 2023. On-top of pushing the boundaries of where pickleball can be played, City Pickle is in the process of opening their first permanent pickleball location in Long Island City. The space is set to open sometime in 2023 and will offer heated courts, full bar and restaurant, and other amenities to enhance your pickleball experience.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Wine for Thanksgiving

Obviously Thanksgiving is our big food and wine holiday here in the U.S., but the traditional cuisine—namely roast Turkey—is one of the toughest things in the world to find a great wine pairing.  The white meat can be dry and bland while the thighs and legs can be full of lush, gamey flavor, so the key is finding wine(s) that pair well with that whole spectrum. With all these swirling factors in mind, we’ve put together a quick guide to buying the best wine for Thanksgiving, with help from Wine Library‘s Benjamin Williams.

Due to the dryness of a lot of the potential items on your Thanksgiving platter, finding a wine that is high in acidity is key. So our recommendations—from a broad perspective—are to identify a Dry Riesling, Gamay, a Champagne, or anything with bubbles.

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Dry Riesling
  • Light in body, heavy on flavor; these tend to be high in acidity and minerality which act as palate cleansers and really make them versatile
  • Sourced from places like Austria, Alsace, and certain German wines offer tons of complexity that pair perfectly with roast turkey
  • Chardonnay is the typical white that people go for with Thanksgiving, but Dry Riesling is both unique and a more suitable match for traditional dishes
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Gamay
  • The classic red pairing for Thanksgiving is Pinot Noir – Gamay is its close cousin.  Similar in body and style, but for a fraction of the cost (usually)
  • Again, high acidity, lots of fruit and low tannins make these wines super fresh and great palate cleansers while not overpowering the white Turkey meat or other traditional side dishes
  • The 10 Crus of Beaujolais is where you would typically find Gamay, but more places in the world are producing nice versions (I’d stick with Beaujolais; Fleurie or Regnie are my faves for Thanksgiving) 
Shop Gamay
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Champagne / Bubbles
  • On top of having great acidity and minerality, Champagne (or other sparklers) also have the added bonus of bubbles – which actually do some “scrubbing” to clean the palate while eating – this is what makes it the ideal food wine
  • It’s inherently celebratory, and what’s better than that when we’re all celebrating (or tolerating) as a family…
  • France’s Champagne region offers the only source for “true” Champagne, but other regions offer great values in sparklers (i.e. Cremants from Burgundy, Prosecco, or Cava) 
Shop champagne
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This should be a good starting place to begin identifying the right pairing of wine for Thanksgiving this year. The key is to find something acidic that will hopefully be versatile enough to pair with the myriad of flavors strewn about your Turkey Day platter. Enjoy.

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‘Causeway’ Review: Recovering Above the Waves

Causeway (noun): a raised way across wet ground or water.

And yes, I did have to Google what that word meant. After watching the entire film, I had no real idea of what the title represented. But in looking back, even if I had known the word prior to watching, its meaning in relation to the movie wouldn’t have made a bit of sense until I was finished with it.

Lila Neugebauer’s Causeway is about two people who just have their feet above the water line. One misstep and they could both go tumbling into the deep, but together, they balance each other out.

From the outside looking in, the premise of Causeway seems pretty straightforward: Lynsey (Jennifer Lawrence) suffers a traumatic brain injury while serving as an Army engineer in Afghanistan and returns home to New Orleans to recover, though when she returns, she ends up striking up an unlikely friendship with a car mechanic, James (Brian Tyree Henry), who has some trauma of his own.

Leaning more so into the dialogue and less into outside factors that distract, Causeway centers its audience right on the present in the same way that Lynsey has to focus on her recovery.

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While I have no idea what year this film is set in (though I can assume that it’s sometime after 2016 as that’s the year Bud Light gave its logo a little rebranding), it almost doesn’t matter because the message is universal: everyone has flaws, but they shouldn’t always be the defining factor in judging a person.

When Lynsey first arrives at the makeshift rehab facility upon returning home, she’s taken care of by an older health aide, Sharon (Jayne Houdyshell), who realizes later in life that her calling is to help others heal through rehabilitation.

“Frank liked naproxen better than Advil—he had bursitis in his shoulder,” Sharon says. “I got so good at taking care of him, I thought, ‘why can’t I do that for a living?’ So I went back to school and got licensed.”

“What a miserable life,” Lynsey says coldly, though she immediately catches herself and apologizes.

“It’s okay,” Sharon says genuinely. “People say things they don’t mean. Sometimes they can’t remember words. It’ll get easier.”

That easy acceptance from Sharon is at the root of what both Lynsey and (later on) James begin to strive for together, though getting to that place of acceptance is quite a bit easier said than done.

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Causeway is definitely quiet, though as Lynsey trucks on through her recovery, the world around her gets a little bit louder, a little more open.

While Lynsey is more so a shell of herself at the beginning of the film, she slowly but surely settles back into things as time passes on and her recovery continues. She transitions from somber to sunny, and—I have to say—a lot of that credit goes to James, who she meets after her car breaks down back home in New Orleans. He immediately notices the internal hurt inside of her and takes the reigns when it’s obvious that Lynsey has gone through some sort of major trauma.

Stressed out and still struggling after rehab, Lynsey can’t remember her phone number to give to James so that he can call her back about the car repairs—actually, she doesn’t even know it.

“I don’t know my number,” Lynsey says. “I really don’t know my number.”

“Can I see your phone?” James asks. “What I’ma do, is I’ma call me, right? And that way, my number will show up, all right? Simple as that.”

It’s an extremely tiny interaction, but in the way that James speaks to Lynsey at that moment, it’s clear that there’s something else there—it takes someone who’s been hurt to recognize and understand that hurt in others.

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While some might feel that the flaws in this film come through in the tired hours of Lynsey and James aimlessly drinking beer and smoking weed, it’s that empty time of tiny words and togetherness that shows growth isn’t always linear—it can sprout in times of seeming nothingness.

More than anything, Causeway is honest—both in itself as a film and within its characters, who share deep flaws that are tough to accept. But it’s within James acknowledging those flaws for Lynsey (and vice-versa) that they’re both able to come to terms with themselves.

James and Lynsey found themselves in situations where they walked away with a major loss, which is why they were able to understand each other at such a molecular, unconscious level. To them, the future is for change, and the present is for making it to that next day—to that future.

Though the two experienced different types of trauma, together, they can heal together from the wounds, both gaping and invisible, keeping the other from falling off the causeway.

Causeway is currently streaming on AppleTV+.

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LEGO Black Panther: Every Set Ranked!

With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hitting theaters, I wanted to take a walk down memory lane and revisit every Black Panther-related LEGO set and see how they ranked up. This list will size up every LEGO set released under the greater Black Panther umbrella, as well as LEGO sets from other movies/games that included the character.

Related: The 10 Best Marvel LEGO Sets to Add to Your Collection

With that said, let’s dive in! 

15: 30450 Royal Talon Fighter Polybag – 2018
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Of course, the smallest Black Panther set had to come in last place. While this is a fun little build, it doesn’t hold a candle to what comes next on the list.

14: 76212 Shuri’s Lab – 2022
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Released under LEGO’s “4+” banner, this set is aimed for builders graduating from Duplo bricks into the traditional brick system. Bearing that in mind, this set was never designed to wow the adult audience, but the inclusion of an exclusive Black Panther minifig make it a worthy purchase at just $9.99

13: 76211 Shuri’s Sunbird – 2022
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Based off of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, this set included some unique design elements and good contouring, but overall it lacks play features and is pretty forgettable. Not much to say here, hence it’s relatively low ranking. 

12: 76186 Black Panther Dragon Flyer – 2021
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Released in LEGO’s ever-growing Infinity Saga wave, this set offered a relatively cheap way to get T’challa and his sister Shuri. I found the build to be a little flimsy, but overall it was a pretty decent set for only $19.99. Nothing too memorable, but nothing awful either.

11: Avengers Speeder Bike Attack
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Released in 2020 to coincide with the Avengers video game, this set had Black Panther and Thor team up to take down an arial A.I.M. trooper. It was a decent set for $19.99, but it was the only set on this list I had to look up that I couldn’t recall from memory, so where it gained points in playability it lacked in memorableness.   

10: 76204 Black Panther Mech Armor – 2022
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LEGO has done a great job of offering price friendly mechs in the $10 range (soon to be $15, come 2023.) Earlier this year, we got a Black Panther mech which included a brand new minifigure of the character.

9: 76214 Black Panther: War on the Water – 2022
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This list is being written before the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which means I don’t have the full context for what this boat vehicle is supposed to be. Regardless, there are very few play features on the boat, and it basically is just a large, black build with not much play value built in. While it has great minifigures, the $90 price point is a lot to ask for a model that is meant to be a playset, yet lacks any noteworthy play features. 

8: 76215 Black Panther Bust – 76215
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By far the most controversial Black Panther set ever, the 2,961 piece tribute to the protector of Wakanda baffled fans upon its reveal. While it is a gargantuan build, the $350 price point turned off a lot of Lego builders considering the same price could get you the show stopping Daily Bugle, or the Sanctum Sanctorum for even less. Unfortunately, the model also shows some pink and purple elements from the internal construction of the set, which at the $350 price point turned a lot of collectors off from this set. While I’m not a fan of the set, and while I recognize that some readers may rank this as the worst Black Panther set, I do think that it deserves a mid-tier ranking due to its impressive size and nice display value (as long as you don’t look at it too closely.) 

7: 41493 Black Panther and Doctor Strange BrickHeadz – 2016
LEGO

This is certainly the most rare Black Panther set, as it was distributed in very limited quantities at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con. It cost $39.99 back then, but good luck finding a sealed copy for less than $800 these days! 

6: 76099 Rhino Face-Off by the Mine – 2018
LEGO

The cheapest set offered from T’challa’s solo film, this set was fun due to the mine cart rails and robotic rhino builds. I wish I’d bought another one of these to keep sealed, because the box art was awesome, too! 

5: Avengers Endgame Final Battle – 2021
LEGO

Ever since the release of Avengers: Endgame in 2019, fans have been clamoring for movie accurate sets. If you’ll remember, all of the sets we got at the time of the film’s release had the Avengers in their white Quantum Realm team suits, which made most of the sets from the wave pretty uninspired and forgettable. Thanks to LEGO’s Infinity Saga wave, we’ve finally dipped back into the MCU’s history to get sets we should’ve gotten years ago, and the Endgame Final Battle set delivered on that. It included a big fig Thanos (with a moveable head!) as well as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Scarlet Witch, a Chitauri soldier, an Ant-Man micro fig, and of course, Black Panther. It retailed for $69.99, and while a lot of builders complained that it wasn’t a great build, I think the inclusion of Ant-Man’s van and the multiple minifigures made it to be a pretty memorable set. 

4: 76100 Royal Talon Fighter Attack – 2018
LEGO

The most expensive set from the Black Panther movie tie-in sets, this one came with phenomenal minifigures and a surprisingly detailed build. It’s become popular over the years for its minifig selection, but I cannot praise the build enough. It’s really held up over the years! 

3: 76047 Black Panther Pursuit – 2016
LEGO

This was the first-ever LEGO set to include Black Panther, and it remains unique in that it’s the only set to give T’challa printing on the black horn piece atop his head. That piece has become essential in the purist customizer community, and the inclusion of T’challa’s black and purple jet made for a fun play scene (even if the scenario wasn’t entirely movie accurate…) 

2: 76213 King Namor’s Throne Room – 2022
LEGO

It’s hard to think of a better-valued LEGO Super Heroes set at the $29.99 price point than this one. Three minifigs, all main characters, a cool Wakandan mini-submersible and King Namor’s throne built out of the jaw of a shark. What’s not to love?! 

1: 76103 Corvus Glaive Thresher Attack – 2018
LEGO

Crazy as it may seem, this $40 set from 2018 comes out on top for me, given its relatively low price point and high playability/display value. This set has more than doubled in value since its retirement due to its inclusion of the exclusive Corvus Glaive and Shuri minifigures, and of course the Black Panther and Vision minifigures make it that much more desirable. I love that the set was designed in a way that it could be combined with itself to build a giant wall barrier if you bought multiples – too cool!

I hope you enjoyed this LEGO Black Panther history lesson! Let me know your thoughts, and continue to build and stay inspired out there!