My first reaction to Black Panther below, so spoiler alert.
Erik Killmonger was *absolutely* the hero of that movie. He rose from nothing, infiltrated Galt’s Gulch, defeated them at their own game by simply *being better* than them, and did it all in order to raise 2 billion people out of subjugation and bring them justice. And in the end, even though he is slain by the uppermost pinnacle of the 1%, he *still* managed to bring his home country out of isolationism and engaging with the rest of the world in what will be the greatest boon for (the rest of) humanity since antibiotics were discovered.
And he was just so fucking awesome. I love characters that run on rage. Jesus. I really REALLY wish we got to see a lot more of him in the movie.
I haven’t seen the movie and I’m a bit clueless about most of the not so well known superheroes and villains. Is he a hero or a villain?
I sometimes find it a bit weird when people are villains just because they want to change something and then somehow just have to do some evil stuff so it’s clear that they are a villain. If I remember correctly Syndrome (the villain in The Incredibles I) just wanted to basically make everyone superhuman through technology because he thought it was unfair that some people had powers and others (like him) didn’t. Sure, often the goals are helping the villain especially but if it’s a positive change for 99% of the population and the others don’t get impacted by it at all (or get improvements too, I guess even people with super strength can wish for the ability to fly) I don’t care.
I also really liked The Metropolitan Man. :-)