The living standards of the Chinese people have been greatly improved, and the abundance of material conditions has led to a stronger spiritual demand than before. Therefore, the movies of ‘cultural hero’ that meet the deep needs of the public have become a hot trend of the times. As the representative of ‘cultural hero’, Monkey King has constantly appeared on the screen, which has been associated with social and cultural trends and the inner needs of the public, resulting in symbolic image changes and becoming a carrier to convey the consciousness of this era. To objectively analyze the changes of the image of Monkey King in the 21st century, this paper firstly takes the movie and television works of “cultural hero” image of Monkey King from 2000 to 2018 as the research object, and then makes a historical investigation on the “heroic view” and the cultural origin of Monkey King. Furthermore, it analyzes the relationship between Monkey King and heroic view and sums up the formation reasons of ‘cultural hero’ image of Monkey King. Finally, this paper interprets the hero concept and the significance of the times carried by the image of ‘cultural hero’ of Monkey King.