On Saturday, I focused on our original Avengers and some of their underrated performances, but today I want to focus on the new Avengers who came along during phase two and after. These are the Avengers I expect to continue carrying the torch post Endgame.
1) Don Cheadle - Manic
This may have been the movie that Joseph Gordon-Levitt started being taken seriously as a dramatic actor but Don Cheadle as a doctor in the institution where this takes place is a very quiet, understated performance.
2) Anthony Mackie - Shelter
Paul Bettany directed his fellow Avenger about a homeless man in NYC. This is the most broken down I've even seen Mackie in a film. Easily his best performance.
3) Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
I've talked about this film a lot on my blog, and I still stand by the fact that she should've gotten an Oscar nomination for this.
4) Paul Bettany - The Da Vinci Code
Before y'all say ANYTHING about this movie, I actually liked it and Bettany was great. He was putting a lot into this performance.
5) Paul Rudd - The Oh! in Ohio
His character in this movie is kind of a sleaze, but it's really good all around and it's not something I hear discussed often when I hear people talk about Rudd.
6) Chadwick Boseman - Get On Up
Even though Boseman didn't do his own singing in this biopic, he did all the dancing and was convincing as hell. This film felt like it came and went pretty quickly. I didn't get to see it in theaters, but caught it on DVD after the fact.
7) Tom Holland - The Impossible
Holland's filmography is still growing but he made a great impression in this disaster movie. I'm still so glad I didn't see this in theaters, just to save myself the embarrassment of crying the ENTIRE TIME in front of other people
8) Benedict Cumberbatch - Wreckers
This is a little film he did with Claire Foy and they're both wonderful in it. It asks a lot of questions and keeps you guessing. It's something I'd like to watch again.
9) Evangeline Lilly - The Hurt Locker
Time for my cheat. Aside from her small part in The Hurt Locker I've only seen Lilly in Ant-Man, those dreadful Hobbit movies, and Lost. That's it. Nothing else.. I didn't want to leave her out completely, so I chose her in this since she was fine. I wouldn't call anything she did in Lost underrated since that put her on the map.
10) Brie Larson - Short Term 12
All those "Brie can't act!" morons can take several seats and watch her in Short Term 12, a criminally underrated movie where she was tremendous along with the rest of the cast.