As a site, we’ve produced over 400 pieces of content this year. 2018 was a big year for pop culture. Between movies, albums, conventions, and more everyone can name one moment that hit them in their feels. From across our podcast community and contributors we asked, and they answered. From E3 to WICOMICON to Black Panther and J.Cole, check out the best moments of 2018 according to the But Why Tho? family.
Kate: I thought long and hard about this, and I just kept coming back to a movie. Avengers: Infinity War was my favorite pop culture moment of the year. 10 years of build up, 18 movies, and it all paid off in the team up to end all team ups. As a comic fan, I’ve never thought that I could see all of these characters on the big screen at one time. It solidified the age of heroes that we’ve been living in since 2008’s Iron Man and the heroes on screen will only grow from here. Not to mention the memes were all so good.
Ash: My favorite thing to happen this year in Pop Culture was getting to see my favorite superhero, The Wasp on the big screen in Ant-Man And The Wasp. Hope Van Dyne was a fantastic addition to The MCU and in the very little screen time they gave to the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne they managed to get the overall feel of her character right. I’ve been waiting to see Janet Van Dyne in a movie since I was 8 years old and this didn’t disappoint.
Drew: The moment for me was the whole opening weekend and following weekends of Black Panther! The staying power as well the economic message that the movie sent was such an important message in 2018! It also helped the movie was amazing. I firmly believe that our values are not represented solely by how we vote but more importantly by how we spend our money and a whole lot of people supported diverse storytelling.
Quinn: The best moment of the year for me were the 2019 releases announced at E3. Many of the games announced have been in the works for years and it feels almost like a dream that they all finally have release dates. A lot of these are sequels to franchises I’ve followed since I was a kid, so 2019 is going to be a great year.
CJ: My favorite moment has to be Miles Morales fully suiting up in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. To see him fully embrace the role of Spider-Man, and make it his own, spoke to me in a way no other movie has this year. The choice of music as he swings, seeing him leap through Manhattan, and finally having him pull off his mask and smile from the sheer rush of web-slinging was transcendent.
Maia: This is so cliché and expected but my favourite moment has to be the lead up to and release of Crazy Rich Asians. It’s the cornerstone of 2018’s Asianness (other highlights include Burning, Searching and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before). The inter and intra-community celebration of it was so special and I wouldn’t trade the experience of seeing it with my SE Asian immigrant mom in a theater full of Asians for the world.
Carolyn: One of the most memorable moments for me in 2018 was seeing the excitement the African diaspora had around the release of Marvel’s Black Panther. In the film I got to see women and men who looked like me with dark skin and natural hair be heroes, kings, queens, scientists, villains, and soldiers. The world of Wakanda was beautiful with it’s amalgamation of tech and nature, and the costumes and music added another dimension to the storytelling and culture. Plus Okoye throwing that wig was a moment I’ll never forget.
Neysha: You may or may not have heard of Universal FanCon or as it’s now known as Universal Scam Con. Well I was one of the many people was left feeling betrayed when I found out the event was “indefinitely postponed” a little over a week before it was set to open and by then my plane ticket and hotel were non-refundable. This was supposed to be my first fan convention and Thankfully the awesome people of The Nerds of Color, Black Heroes Matter, New Release Wednesday, and theblerdgurl came together and organized a last minute pop-up con, WICOMICON. To help give artist, cosplayers, vendors and fans the community and fandom-driven con they were promised. I can honestly say this was one of the best moments of the year because I got to attend the con I wanted and connect with some amazing nerdy folks too.
Nikko: My favorite moment from this year has to be attending the New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Special in San Francisco. I’ve been a huge fan of wrestling for many years and had never attended a wrestling event that wasn’t correlated with WWE. Being able to see the likes of Cody, Kenny Omega, Jay White, Kazuchika Okada, the Young Bucks, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Jeff Cobb put on some incredible matches in person was a dream come true.
Rashaad: My favorite moment from this year would be when J. Cole dropped his latest album, KOD .This album gives a deeper look into the mind of one of my favorite lyricists of all times. It does get a bit dark, but he’s being real and I enjoy that he was more “honest” than focusing on mainstream hype.
Christine: My favorite moment of 2018 was the start of the new Critical Role campaign . The first campaign can be very overwhelming to start watching at almost 500 hours of content, so being able to join this talented cast from the beginning of a new story is a great starting point for those wanting to see what Dungeons and Dragons is about.
What was your best moment of 2018? Answer in the comments.
Carolyn is a Freelance Film Critic, Journalist, and Podcaster – and avid live tweeter. Member of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), her published work can be found on But Why Tho, The Beat, Observer, and many other sites. As a critic, she believes her personal experiences and outlook on life, give readers and listeners a different perspective they can appreciate.