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Best Superhero Movie Moments of 2018

5. Deadpool 2 - Post Credits Scene

Deadpool has always been well-known for breaking the fourth wall, but the hilarious post-credits scene of Deadpool 2 went further than ever before. It saw Deadpool's friends successfully repair Cable's time-travel device, and the Merc With A Mouth then headed back in time to correct history. First, he averts the death of Vanessa, then he prevents the unexpected massacre of the film's X-Force team.

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In a brilliant twist, Wade Wilson then erased X-Men Origins: Wolverine - by killing that film's version of Deadpool. The final scene sees Deadpool emerge sometime in 2009, and kill off Ryan Reynolds himself before he can sign up to star in Green Lantern. This post-credits scene was universally praised, with Marvel's Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, calling it one of the best post-credits scenes ever made in Hollywood. It's definitely worthy of inclusion on this list.

4. Black Panther - Warrior Falls

The ritual combat between T'Challa and Killmonger in Wakanda is one of the highlights of Black Panther. The fight choreography is perhaps the most distinctive seen in 2018, a celebration of Afrofuturism in its own right; it incorporates genuine African martial arts such as Zulu stuck fighting and capoeira, a fighting style that specializes in punching, kicking, and grappling. The scene is exceptionally well-executed, with Killmonger attacking with a palpable sense of ferocity.

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Soon, he's toying with T'Challa like a cat with his prey, cutting him and weakening him; by the end of the fight, the Black Panther is reduced to flailing helplessly at his foe. The horror of it all is driven home by a repeated switch to show the terrified, grief-stricken response of T'Challa's loved ones, while there's an effective interlude when Zuri attempts to bring the battle to a premature end and die in his King's stead.

3. Avengers: Infinity War - The Death Of Spider-Man

Avengers: Infinity War came to a horrific close when Thanos succeeded in his insane goal of erasing half the life in the universe with just a snap of his fingers. The Russo brothers choose to demonstrate this by showing key heroes literally crumble into dust - iconic characters like Black Panther, Winter Soldier, and even Spider-Man himself. Peter Parker's death is the most heartbreaking of them all, as his spider-sense warns him of his imminent death - but he's unable to do anything about it. Peter dies in the arms of his helpless mentor, Tony Stark, whose grief is palpable. The scene is all the more remarkable because Holland actually ad-libbed the dialogue, inspired by the death of David Tennant's Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who.

Related: Infinity War: Every Character That Survived Thanos' Snap

2. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse - Miles Morales' Leap Of Faith

The heart of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is the scene in which Miles Morales truly becomes Spider-Man. Peter Parker has told Miles that there's only way to know he's ready; he has to come to the point where he takes a leap of faith. Miles is unable to just stand by and watch as the other Spider-Men confront the Kingpin's forces. So, after first heading to the Spider-Cave, Miles create a costume of his own. Then, once suitably attired, Miles heads to the roof of a skyscraper in New York City, and makes the "leap of faith" literal when he jumps off.

Related: Miles Morales' Comic Backstory (& What The Spider-Verse Movie Changes)

What follows is an electrifying scene where the Ultimate Spider-Man pushes himself off the side of the 'scraper, the suction of his hands tearing the glass from the windows, and plunges down. For a moment it looks as though he's going to fail, as though he's falling to his death, but then the webs shoot out - webs from Peter Parker's webshooters, probably the pair he wore when he was just a 15-year-old himself. Soon he's web-slinging across the streets of New York - a new Spider-Man who has finally become the hero he was always destined to be.

1. Avengers: Infinity War - The Sacrifice Of Gamora

Easily the most powerful scene in Avengers: Infinity War was the sacrifice of Gamora. An unwilling Gamora guided her "father," Thanos, to the planet Vormir in order to give him the Soul Stone - and matters took a tragic twist when Thanos learned just what it would cost him to obtain his prize. The Red Skull in Infinity War, aka the Guardian of the Soul Stone, explained that he had to prove himself worthy by sacrificing something or someone he truly loved.

Related: Gamora's Infinity War Backstory Creates A Guardians Plot Hole

The scene is deeply emotional, showcasing the acting skill of Zoe Saldana as she initially reacts in relief and joy; she genuinely believed that Thanos' plans were doomed, because she couldn't conceive of the idea he loved someone. In reality, in his own insane way Thanos did have someone he loved; Gamora herself, and he threw her over the side of the cliff. This is probably the most visually impressive scene in the entire film, with the VFX team reproducing every nuance of Josh Brolin's own acting on the digital model of Thanos' face.

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