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Comic Book Movies 2013

In 2012, "The Avengers" finally assembled. "The Dark Knight" closed down shop, and "Spider-Man" started anew. But that's all behind us now — it's time to start looking forward.

Make no mistake about it: 2013 is going to be a huge year for comic book movies. Superman takes flight again, two of the Avengers get back in the solo grind, Wolverine pops his claws once more, and the denizens of Sin City return at long last. And those are just the highlights.

Which 2013 release are you most excited for? Vote in our poll, and keep the conversation going in the comments section below or on Twitter!

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You voted for the Best Supervillain and the Best Superhero of 2012. Now it's time to reveal the results of the Best Comic Book Movie of 2012 poll. With thousands of votes cast, here are your picks for the top five flicks of the year...

Spider-Man

5. "The Amazing Spider-Man"
Peter Parker's return to the big screen had a lot going for it — an excellent cast led by Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, most of all. With two more movies in the "Amazing" series on the way, it's an exciting new time for Spider-film fans … which isn't to say that Marc Webb's first foray into the franchise wasn't without its shortcomings.

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With Loki reigning as your pick for Best Supervillain of 2012 (not to mention his status as one of our Heroes of 2012, which is, we admit, kind of awkward), the time has come to assemble a group of superheroes to take him down. With over 15,000 votes cast in our poll for the Best Superhero of 2012, the results are in for your top five heroes.

(Spoiler: most of them are very mighty!)

Dark Knight

5. Batman
Eight years of retirement couldn't stop the big bad Bat from making one hell of a comeback in "The Dark Knight Rises." Though Bruce Wayne has hung up his cape and cowl for good now, he put on one final rager of a show in "Rises," bringing all of his might to bear upon Bane and Talia al Ghul.

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We asked you to vote, and vote you did! Thousands of votes were cast for the Best Supervillain of 2012 poll, and today, we present to you the results. Read on to see who you voted as the Top Five Supervillains of the year.

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5. Talia Al Ghul
The secret villain behind Batman's final battle clocks into our list at the number five spot. She might have had the silliest looking death of the year, but there's no doubting the damage Talia unleashed upon the people of Gotham City and the spirit of its greatest defender. Plus, Marion Cotillard is one hell of a liar, which surely earned her some points.

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Hulk

FROM MTV MOVIES: "The Dark Knight Rises" was MTV Movies' number one film of 2012, but the Caped Crusader has nothing on the Jade Giant.

Hulk clocks in at number one on the MTV Movies team's list of the Top 50 Movie Characters of 2012. And here's why: "Mark Ruffalo's performance, Joss Whedon's inspired writing and the groundbreaking work from the "Avengers" effects team joined together to make a Hulk that their predecessors could not: a wholly human, entirely relatable and impossibly bad-ass juggernaut of gamma-radiated awesome. No amount of archers, back-breakers or puny gods can stand between our giant green rage monster and his rightful place as the number one movie character of the year."

Also in our top ten: Loki (#5), Selina Kyle (#6) and Bane (#9).

Read the full list here.

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Walking Dead

Throughout the week, we'll be presenting the Heroes of the Year, our list of individuals who made a major impact on the comic book movie community in 2012.

Though it's not a film, it's impossible not to acknowledge "The Walking Dead" for its monstrously good third season, currently on hiatus. Honoring the show's return to form is Jorge Solis, a horror and comic book expert who writes for Bloody-Disgusting.com.

At first, you wouldn't think of adding "The Walking Dead" to our list of Heroes of the Year after the slow second season. The search for Sophia dragged on and took longer than the search for Claire in season one of "Lost." But season three started off with one hell of a bang, with a dialogue-free opening sequence, as Rick and his remaining ensemble storm into an abandoned house, gunning down walkers, and gathering little food they could find. Putting his own stamp on the series, showrunner Glen Mazzara brought us forward in time, providing only the necessary details about what happened in the off-season.

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Tom Hiddleston

Throughout the week, we'll be presenting the Heroes of the Year, our list of individuals who made a major impact on the comic book movie community in 2012.

Round three is all about celebrating the end of a legend: "Dark Knight" trilogy director Christopher Nolan, who finished his run on Batman this year with "The Dark Knight Rises." Honoring the filmmaker is Bill Ramey, the founder of Batman-On-Film.com.

"Game-changer." That's the moniker that immediately comes to mind when it comes to Christopher Nolan and his influence on the comic book film genre.

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Emma Stone

Throughout the week, we'll be presenting the Heroes of the Year, our list of individuals who made a major impact on the comic book movie community in 2012.

Day two of our celebration is all about Gwen Stacy, budding scientist and Spider-Man's significant other, as played by Emma Stone in "The Amazing Spider-Man." Honoring her is lifelong Gwen Stacy super-fan and Comic Book Resources reviews editor Steve Sunu.

Gwen Stacy is one of the most important characters in the development of the comic book medium. The character's untimely death signified a loss of innocence both for Spider-Man and his readers — and when the character was announced as being the primary love interest in Marc Webb's "Amazing Spider-Man," the studio had to find someone who could portray Gwen with the positivity and spirit of her comic counterpart in a modern context.

Thank the Asgardian Gods for Emma Stone.

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Tom Hiddleston

Throughout the week, we'll be presenting the Heroes of the Year, our list of individuals who made a major impact on the comic book movie community in 2012.

Kicking things off is Tom Hiddleston, who starred as the mischievous villain Loki in "Marvel's The Avengers." Honoring the "hero" is guest blogger and Hiddleston fan Kate Miller, one of the masterminds behind Project Wendy.

It may seem counterintuitive to consider a villain in the context of "Heroes of the Year." Yet although "The Avengers" owes much of its success to Joss Whedon’s brilliant screenplay and deft directorial hand, not since Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" series has there been as charismatic and compelling an antagonistic portrayal as Tom Hiddleston's Loki — and the resulting impact on both the film and the genre is significant.

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Joss Whedon

by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)

On the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. On the pop culture calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Whedonite.

It’s been a phenomenal year for Joss Whedon and his fans (whose numbers have swelled since the release of a certain superhero flick). From the big screen to the small screen to the computer screen, Whedon’s presence was felt like never before. So to recap 2012, The Weekly Whedon presents this handy GIF Guide.

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