The 5 Best Marvel Performances of 2022 | Popgen Tech
2022 is a busy year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both on the big screen and on Disney Plus. And as expected in a franchise with so much amazing talent in front of the camera, there were plenty of memorable performances this year by the stars of the MCU.
There are many actors who could easily make the cut, from Benedict Cumberbatch to Doctor Strange to Natalie Portman in Thor to Tatiana Maslany in He-Hulk. However, these examples of outstanding acting within the superhero genre are above all else.
Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight
Oscar Isaac has become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars over the past decade, landing high-profile roles in both critical darlings such as Inside Llewyn Davis o Ex Machina and big-budget blockbuster like Star Wars and dune. And while his first foray into the Marvel Universe as the titular villain of X-Men: Apocalypse fate proved ill-fated, Isaac’s second chance to play an Egyptian-themed Marvel character was a huge success. This year, Isaac enters the MCU as the titular hero of Moon Knightstars as tough-as-nails mercenary Marc Spector and his alter ego, mild-mannered museum employee Steven Grant.
Isaac’s role in Moon Knight is a particularly challenging one — not only does he play two characters who share a body, but much of the show also requires him to act opposite himself for extended sequences. A lesser actor would struggle to make this feel natural, but Isaac makes it look easy. Marc and Steven feel like such unique characters that one sometimes forgets they are played by the same actor. Isaac perfectly captures Marc’s jaded, grizzled action hero persona while giving Steven plenty of earnest and shy charm. Isaac’s performance in Moon Knight is cool, funny, and heartbreaking in equal measure. In fact, it’s a strong contender for one of the best MCU performances not just of the year, but of the franchise’s entire history.
Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch
It almost feels like cheating to put Elizabeth Olsen on this list after she made such a big splash with her acting last year. WandaVision. However, Olsen’s latest revenge on Wanda Maximoff in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is so impressive that it really deserves a mention all the same. Olsen has already shown her tremendous range WandaVision, but this year, he went even further and proved just how scary he is. Wanda had scary moments before, but came in Multiverse of Madnesshe was really cold.
Olsen does an amazing job making it feel like Wanda is a force of nature, unencumbered by her desperation that nothing can stand in her way. However, he also manages to lend a lot of humanity to the role, bringing the character’s tragic nature to life as well as being adept at horror. Scarlet Witch is one of the most nuanced characters in the entire MCU, and Elizabeth Olsen does a great job bringing every dimension of her to life.
Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel
Another newcomer to the MCU this year is Iman Vellani, who plays the titular hero of Ms. is amazing. Fittingly, Vellani has a lot in common with Kamala Khan, from her Pakistani heritage and Muslim upbringing to her lifelong love of the Avengers. It’s this shared background that makes Vellani’s performance as Kamala feel all the more real — her relationship with her family is palpable and real, while her joy at being a superhero is truly infectious.
Vellani embodies Kamala Khan’s role every bit as Robert Downey Jr. with Tony Stark or Tom Holland with Peter Parker. He brings so much vivacity and authenticity to the part that it becomes easy to forget that Ms. is amazing was Vellani’s first TV role. And if her debut is any indication, it will be fun to see Vellani star opposite Brie Larson next year. The miracles.
Christian Bale as Gorr
Christian Bale’s turn as Gorr the God-Butcher, the main antagonist of Thor: Love and Thunder, may seem like an unusual inclusion on this list. After all, one of the most common criticisms of the film is the lack of focus on Gorr, which makes a talented actor like Bale feel wasted in the role — unlike Christopher Eccleston as Malekith in The Dark World. But unlike Eccleston before him, Bale manages to make the most of the little screen time he has.
Bale’s performance as Gorr can be somber one scene and despondent the next, giving the impression of a once kind man whose mind has been turned upside down by his obsession with revenge. He may not be quite a scene-stealer like Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, but Bale manages to be one of the film’s highlights despite his limited screen time.
The Full Cast of Black Panther 2
On the one hand, it’s probably unfair to include the entire ensemble cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as an entry in this list. But at the same time, it seems unfair to single out just one actor when so many cast members deliver utterly memorable performances. The obvious candidate is Letitia Wright, who steps up to the plate to turn Shuri from a comedic supporting player into a compelling, nuanced protagonist who spends the entire film wrestling with her loneliness. However, the film’s biggest scene-stealer is undoubtedly Angela Bassett as Ramonda. Bassett gives an absolute powerhouse performance, delivering dramatic, emotional speeches and quiet family conversations with equal gravitas.
Then there’s Danai Gurira, who brings a new level of complexity to Okoye by showing her tough warrior exterior and the vulnerability underneath. Winston Duke makes a welcome return as M’Baku, while Dominique Thorne makes a strong debut as Riri Williams. And of course, it’s almost impossible not to praise Tenoch Huerta as Namor. Both a proud, vengeful leader and a loyal defender of his people, Namor is one of the most multifaceted antagonists in the MCU, and Huerta expertly brings him to life. The first Black Panther He already boasts one of the strongest ensembles in the MCU, and the sequel probably surpassed it. There were so many brilliant performances on display that it was impossible to pick just one.
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