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10 Best Movie Cameos Of 2018 (So Far)

Who doesn’t love a cameo? When they’re played right, cameos can totally perk up a movie, by catching audiences completely unaware and proving hilarious, shocking or even hilariously shocking.

In 2018, these are most certainly the 10 cameos you won’t soon forget. From surprise appearances by beloved pop-culture icons, to random A-list stars showing up in wildly unexpected movies and departed characters getting fan-service revivals, these cameos are among the most memorable and awesome parts of their respective films.

There’s still plenty of the year left to go, of course, but with summer blockbuster season winding down, it’s fair to say we’ve probably seen most of 2018’s big-budget, high-profile cameos already. And boy, they sure delivered.

While none of these cameos get many points for their subtlety or restraint – not that we’d want that – all of them were ludicrously entertaining and well worth all the effort. Good luck topping them in the sequels, though…

10. Chucky – Ready Player One

Warner Bros.

There are more pop-culture cameos in Ready Player One than you can shake a stick at, but surely the most hilarious and unexpected of them all was horror icon Chucky.

During the third act battle, Aech (Lena Waithe) throws a “little guy” to Parzival (Tye Sheridan), and as we cut from the real world into the OASIS, the tiny fella is revealed to be the Child’s Play antagonist himself.

He cackles manically as he tries to stab Parzival, before our hero manages to throw Chucky in the air, where he lands in a crowd of Sorrento’s (Ben Mendelsohn) goons and starts stabbing them to death.

The kicker? One of the cronies shouts, “It’s f***ing Chucky!” Brilliant use of your single PG-13 F-bomb, there.

9. Matt Damon – Unsane

Fox

Matt Damon loves making surprise appearances in movies, and that he certainly did again with his brief turn in his pal Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone thriller Unsane.

Mid-way through the film, Damon shows up at protagonist Sawyer’s (Claire Foy) home as a detective who advises her on what she can do to protect herself from her stalker (Joshua Leonard).

Considering how low-fi and “grounded” the rest of the film is, his cameo is ridiculously distracting and makes it hard to pay attention to what’s actually being said, though it does also provide a welcome dose of levity.

Place your bets on where Damon’s going to turn up next, because the guy clearly relishes showing up totally out of nowhere.

8. Stan Lee – Ant-Man And The Wasp & Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

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Stan Lee has had three cameos already this year, and two of them were pretty damn great. He appeared in Ant-Man and the Wasp for a few hilarious seconds as an old man bemused at his car being turned tiny by a shrinking disc, quipping, “Well the 60s were fun, but now I’m paying for it.”

Far better, though, was his shock cameo in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. An animated Lee can first be seen sweeping up in the background of the Warner Bros. lot, after which he comes close to the screen and effectively mocks the arbitrary nature of his cameos in Marvel movies. He even makes a crack about this being a DC movie, and he doesn’t even care because he just loves cameos.

It’s arguably one of Lee’s best-ever cameos, honestly.

7. Michael C. Hall – Game Night

Warner Bros.

Dexter himself, Michael C. Hall, shows up deep into the third act of this riotous comedy as the primary antagonist, credited only as The Bulgarian (despite having an American accent).

Hall comes totally out of nowhere and brings some added star power to a movie already full of it, serving as the final obstacle for the heroes to get away in tact.

He doesn’t get a whole lot to do, in fairness, but considering how well his cameo was kept under wraps, his role is a pleasant surprise indeed.

Fake Denzel Washington nearly the made the cut here, but considering Hall’s an actual, real celebrity, he has to take it instead.

6. Bucky – Black Panther

Marvel Studios

There was much speculation prior to Black Panther’s release as to whether or not Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) would show up in the film, considering he was last seen being put in the deep freeze in Wakanda.

Though he doesn’t show up in the movie proper, the film’s post-credits tag shows Buck being woken up by a number of Wakandan children, who refer to him as the “White Wolf”.

Bucky then emerges from a tent, having being cured of his brainwashing, as he talks to Shuri (Letitia Wright), who assures him he has much more to learn.

This was a great bit of fan service, really, and dispensed with Bucky’s brainwashing quickly and neatly, which was probably the smart move ahead of Infinity War.

5. Gina Gershon & Gary Cole – Blockers

Universal

The brilliant Gary Cole and Gina Gershon appear in a couple of brief scenes in this hysterical sex comedy as two parents who are uncomfortably open about sex with their son, Austin (Graham Phillips).

The pair first show up when c***-blocking parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz) arrive at their house to see the pair having rough sex, but the coup de grace occurs later, when they return to the house to find the pair playing naked hide-and-seek.

Both of the actors went nude for real, giving us an up-close-and-personal glimpse of Cole’s junk, which was mere centimetres away from John Cena’s face. You can’t knock their commitment, that’s for sure.

4. Brad Pitt – Deadpool 2

Fox

A terrific running gag in the middle of Deadpool 2 is the introduction of the superhero The Vanisher, an invisible, apparently mute hero who joins the X-Force as they plan to assault the DMC convoy and rescue Firefist (Julian Dennison).

However, the X-Force’s parachute deployment goes horribly wrong, leading to almost the entire gang being brutally killed, including the Vanisher. He flies into an electrified power line, at which point his body is briefly visible, revealing him to be none other than Brad Pitt.

In terms of sheer, hilarious shock value, this is the cameo to beat this year.

3. Tilda Swinton – Isle Of Dogs

Fox Searchlight

Wes Anderson regular Tilda Swinton has a disappointingly brief but uproariously funny role in the director’s new animated film, playing an adorable, wide-eyed pug by the name of Oracle, who apparently has the ability to predict the future.

Swinton voicing an adorable dog is at least as hilarious as it sounds, and though her part is small, she makes the most of it with some not-so-prophetic predictions delivered in her typically droll tone.

Can we just get an Oracle spin-off already? This can’t be all we’re going to get of the character, surely?

2. Darth Maul – Solo: A Star Wars Story

Lucasfilm

Solo: A Star Wars Story concludes with a cameo that, while undeniable fan service, actually might’ve left fans half-interested in watching a Solo sequel.

After Han (Alden Ehrenreich) departs from Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), she takes Dryden Vos’ (Paul Bettany) place in the Crimson Dawn organisation and calls her new superior, who turns out to be Darth Maul (Ray Park).

It’s an especially shocking moment as, unless you watch The Clone Wars, you probably assumed Maul was dead after being sliced in two in The Phantom Menace. To see the movies fully embracing the continuity of the wider universe was unexpected and, honestly, pretty awesome.

It’s a shame the Solo sequel is most likely dead, because this was a great tease that’ll most likely never amount to anything else, sadly.

1. Red Skull – Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel Studios

And finally, after persistent rumours that Red Skull might finally return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe one day, he made a brief but memorable appearance in Avengers: Infinity War.

When Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Gamora (Zoe Salanda) head to Vormir to acquire the Soul Stone, they’re met by a spectral figure who turns out to be Red Skull. The former HYDRA commander now serves as the keeper of the Soul Stone, informing the Mad Titan that he must kill Gamora in order to receive it.

Though Hugo Weaving didn’t reprise his role, Ross Marquand did a pretty spot-on impression, and while the scene is shameless fan service, it’s also brilliantly wrought and one of Infinity War’s best moments.

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