Avengers: Infinity War may have been the biggest film of the year, but it wasn't enough to crack Google's top five searches of 2018. In fact, another Marvel Studios film, Black Panther, proved to be more popular on the search engine, along with the legend himself, the late Stan Lee.
As we near the end of the year, Google officially unveiled its most searched trends from 2018. Both Lee and Black Panther managed to round out the top five of Google's searches for the year, coming in at four and five, respectively. Topping the two were the World Cup at number one, followed by the late Avicii and the late Mac Miller.
In the case of Black Panther, the fact that the film managed to land among Googles most popular searches isn't entirely surprising. The film was a notable addition to the superhero genre, showcasing the first all-black cast and giving Marvel Studios its first hero of color in a starring role. And if that wasn't noteworthy enough, the film also managed to smash numerous box office records, going on to earn an astounding $1.3 billion at the global box office.
Although 2018 may be coming to a close, Black Panther isn't slowing down as the film continues to find itself at the center of awards talk, not only earning Marvel Studios its first Golden Globe nomination, but also securing two SAG nominations, suggesting an Oscar nomination for Best Picture may not be out of the question.
Unfortunately, unlike Black Panther, 2018 was a less than stellar year for Stan Lee. The iconic comic book creator saw himself at the center of many disturbing stories. At the beginning of the year, Lee found himself at the center of allegations of sexual misconduct from his home care nurses, and things only continued to get worse from there. Reports began circulating back in April that Lee was the victim of elder abuse, and despite Lee denying the claims, the police were eventually brought in to investigate. Sadly, Lee would later pass away from heart and respiratory failure in November.
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Although Lee's passing continues to be felt among creators and fans alike, there's no denying that Marvel's future at the box office only continues to rise. And if Black Panther's 2018 is any indication, we're in for a massive new year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.