Which Superhero Won 2013?

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Welcome back to our annual superhero movie awards! Now that Thor: The Dark World has finally hit theaters (in an uncharacteristic nonsummer release), we can review 2013 as a whole when it comes to superheroes. We had five films hit theaters this year: Iron Man 3Man of SteelThe WolverineKick-Ass 2, and the aforementioned Thor sequel. They cover a distant plane in terms of quality. With disappoints, surprises, and more than a few teasers for 2014, let’s dive right into our awards.

Biggest Surprise:

Going into the year, everyone expected Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel to be the biggest superhero hits of 2013. They had the biggest buzz by far. With a director change on the Kick-Ass franchise, the last solo Wolverine movie being considered a franchise low point, and a Thor sequel not many fans were asking for, one of them had to surprise us right? Well James Mangold took Wolverine to Japan in a refreshingly character-driven look at the X-man. It had great action and great character moments. While it may not have stuck the landing (that Silver Samurai fight…) it was a huge step in the right direction after X-men Origins: WolverineWinner: The Wolverine

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Biggest Disappointment: 

Where there’s surprises, there’s disappointments. Most people expected The Wolverine and Kick-Ass 2 to suck (even if the former managed to surprise everyone), but could either of the two most buzzed about superhero films of the year, Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel fail to deliver? Or would Thor: The Dark World be the first truly bad film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well no, it was the too-good-to-be-true Christopher Nolan found a way to do Superman. Henry Cavill barely embodied the roll and the script didn’t allow you to connect to Kal-El. Why do you think the sequel on the way is so quickly bringing Batman back into the fold? Winner…or Loser in this Case: Man of Steel

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No Sequel, Please:

Not one of 2013’s superhero’s was a character we haven’t seen on screen before. Despite being a reboot, Man of Steel was Superman’s sixth incarnation on screen. Hell, Hugh Jackman played Logan for the sixth time in The Wolverine. The question remains, should we see these guys again? Well the Man of Steel sequel is bringing Superman and Batman on screen together for the first time. So yes. The next X-men movie is a giant reunion while director James Mangold may return for another solo Wolverine outing. So yes. The end of Thor: The Dark World saw Loki sitting on the throne of Asgard. So yes. But then there’s Kick-Ass 2, an offensive, sloppy second outing, and Iron Man 3, a clever film that neatly wraps up most of the plot strands from all three Iron Man films. We don’t need and Iron Man 4 because Tony Stark feels complete. But I guess we won’t complain to see Robert Downey Jr. in the roll again. Loser, Definitely a Loser: Kick-Ass 2

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Most Power Rangers Like Costume:

Think about some of the costumes we got this year. War Machine’s red white and blue armor. Zod’s awkward, bulky Kryptonian battle armor. The giant, CGI powered Silver Samurai. The Dark Elves clearly had no real eyes. Everyone in Kick-Ass 2. But one of these is just so ridiculous to watch move and used in action sequences that it takes the cake. It may even trump the Green Goblin from that first Spider-man movie. Losers: Malekith and the Dark Elves from Thor: The Dark World

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Best Fight:

Bam! Biff! Pow! These are superhero movies after all! Between Tony Stark’s armorless raid on an enemy facility, the high-flying Superman fight we’ve been waiting for, and some of Wolverine’s ragiest moments, action is one department 2013’s superhero movies really delivered. But, as I said, we’ve been waiting for a special effects heavy Superman battle since Christopher Reeve turned back time in 1978. The climax sees Superman and Zod nearly decimating all of Metropolis. Does it all make sense? Hell no! But it’s awesome! Winner: Superman vs. Zod in Man of Steel


Best Post-Credits Tease:

It’s a relatively new superhero movie staple, but an important one nonetheless. Iron Man did it best in 2008 when Nick Fury showed up talking about the Avengers Initiative. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe didn’t deliver too many great teases this year. We had a Bruce Banner cameo at the end of Iron Man 3 and a peak at Guardians of the Galaxy after Thor: The Dark World. So what could possibly save the post-credits scene going into 2014? How about Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan back as Charles Xavier and Magneto in the tease for X-men: Days of Future Past following The Wolverine? Yeah, that’ll do it. Winner: Logan runs into old friends after The Wolverine


The 2014 Superhero Movie That Will Be Better Than All of the 2013 Superhero Movies:

Four superhero movies next year, sequels to The Amazing Spider-man and Captain America: The First Avenger, another Marvel Cinematic Universe film in Guardians of the Galaxy, and the X-men epic you’ve been waiting for. I’m excited for all of them but Jesus Christ Days of Future Past looks and sounds fantastic. The Amazing Spider-man 2 is a close runner-up since the first one got everything right besides having to retell Peter Parker’s origin story. But seriously, Days of Future Past has a chance to be as important to this subgenre as The Dark KnightThe Avengers, and yes, the original X-men, the one that started this whole new wave. Winner: X-men: Days of Future Past


Best Hero: 

It was another year of icons with Superman, Thor, Iron Man, and Wolverine all taking the screen. And let’s not forget fan favorite Hit-Girl, still the best thing about the Kick-Ass series, even if the sequel was duller than dull. But as far as I’m concerned, we got the two more performances from the two best superhero actors ever this year: Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman. They both had interesting arcs in their respective films, but who came out on top. Downey Jr. got downer and dirtier than ever in the third Iron Man and had several remarkable scenes with a kid. So he wins this round. Winner: Iron Man a.k.a. Tony Stark in Iron Man 3

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Best Villain:

Let’s be honest, this was a pretty weak year for superhero villains. Remember when we thought Ben Kingsley was playing the Mandarin? Instead we got Guy Pearce as some Mandarin/Aldrich Killian hybrid. Zod was a total snooze in Man of Steel. The Silver Samurai felt like a video game boss battle. Oh, how about Malekith? He might have actually been the worst superhero movie villain ever. Let’s look at the positives. Viper was a fun femme fatale in The Wolverine. Mother Russia had a great showdown with Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass 2. And then there’s Loki. Tom Hiddleston has played the God of Mischief three years in a row now. He embodies Loki so perfectly that he made the biggest impression in Thor: The Dark World with a fairly small role. Winner: Loki in Thor: The Dark World

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Best Superhero Movie 2013:

Ah, 2012. You were the year to beat with The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. This year didn’t beat it, not by a long shot. Kick-Ass 2 fell flat on its face. Man of Steel was painfully mediocre. Thor: The Dark World, while entertaining, was hardly the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Wolverine didn’t quite stick the landing to put up there with the best of X-men films. So what about Iron Man 3. Great action. Great laughs. A great arc for Tony. It is quite easily the best superhero movie of the year. It doesn’t hit the highs of the original or The Avengers, but it was still a ton of fun and moved along Phase 2 at a strong pace. Winner: Iron Man 3

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What is your favorite superhero movie of 2013? Any predictions for 2014? Sound off below!

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