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Superhero Showdown, Round 3: Batman vs. Wolverine! Captain America vs. Iron Man!

And so it has come to this: The final two matchups in the quarter-final round of our Superhero Showdown bracket game. In the first face-off, two of the most popular heroes in the whole history of fiction will fight for domination: It’s Batman vs. Wolverine, two superheroes who arguably define their respective comic book universe, two characters who have headlined some of the most important stories in comic book history (not to mention a few movies you might have heard about.) Then, witness a showdown between two old friends and teammates: Iron Man vs. Captain America. There can only be one!

Click on the image above for a printable bracket. Check out our pocket biographies of each superhero, and scroll to the bottom of each page to register your vote. Voting will conclude in on Monday, at 2:00 PM EST. And there’s still time to vote in yesterday’s quarter-final battles: Superman vs. Hellboy, and Spider-Man vs. Green Lantern. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Round 3: Superman vs. Hellboy! Spider-Man vs. Green Lantern!

We’ve reached Round 3 of our Superhero Showdown bracket game. Some of the most famous comic book heroes in history have fallen by the wayside in the bloody battle to decide which costumed crimefighter is the Greatest Superhero Ever. (So long, Hulk! Farewell, Punisher! Sayonara, Wonder Woman!) The eight remaining contestants are a diverse bunch. Four come from Marvel; three come from DC; and the dark horse contender hails from, well, Dark Horse. You can vote today in a pair of quarter-final matches guaranteed to split your geek brain asunder. First, a top-seeded global icon will face off against a relative newcomer: It’s Superman vs. Hellboy, with the latter fresh from a pair of bruising upset victories over Ghost Rider and Captain Marvel. Then, one of Marvel’s most beloved characters will face off against a misunderstood DC comeback kid: It’s Spider-Man vs. Green Lantern. (Green Lantern’s only weakness: Yellow. Spider-Man’s only weakness: Existential angst.)

Click on the image above for a printable bracket. Check out our pocket biographies of each superhero, and scroll to the bottom of each page to register your vote. Voting will conclude in exactly 48 hours, at 1:00 PM EST on August 18. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a pair of truly thrilling superhero showdowns: Batman vs. Wolverine, and Captain America vs. Iron Man. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Round 2: Batman vs. The Punisher! Wonder Woman vs. Captain America! And more!

Round 2 of our Superhero Showdown bracket game continues today with four soul-searing face-offs between eight of our most beloved costumed crimefighters, each of them in their own way deserving of the title “Greatest Superhero Ever.” Famous anti-gun advocate Batman battles the Punisher, a rabid pro-gun proponent. Star-crossed lovers Wolverine and Jean Grey will decide once and for all which X-Man is the best X-Man. Wonder Woman and Captain America will battle for the honor of the island of Themyscira and the Stars and Stripes, respectively. Lastly, Iron Man and Deadpool will match weaponry and witticisms. (“Weaponry and Witticisms” would be a great name for a jazz collective.)

Click on the image above for a printable bracket. Check out our pocket biographies of each superhero, and scroll to the bottom of each page to register your vote. Voting will conclude in exactly 48 hours, at 12:30 PM EST on August 16. And remember, voting is still open on the first four match-ups in round 2: Superman vs. Thor; Hellboy vs. Captain Marvel; Green Lantern vs. Invisible Woman; and Spider-Man vs. the Hulk. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Round 2: Superman vs. Thor! Spider-Man vs. Hulk! And more!

Today, we begin Round 2 of our Superhero Showdown bracket game, moving one step closer to deciding which costumed crimefighter is the greatest superhero ever. The Round of 16 kicks off today with four agonizing big-ticket match-ups. Superman and Thor enter the arena, representing the dead planet Krypton and the heavenly realm of Asgard. Fresh from an upset victory over Ghost Rider, Hellboy will battle Captain Marvel for supernatural supremacy. Green Lantern and Invisible Woman will hurl energy at each other, some of it green, some of it invisible. And in the final bout, Marvel icons Spider-Man and the Hulk will decide once and for all whether it’s better to get your power from a radioactive spider or a gamma bomb.

Click on the image above for a printable bracket. Check out our pocket biographies of each superhero, and scroll to the bottom of each page to register your vote. Voting will conclude in exactly 48 hours, at 12:30 PM EST on August 15. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the other half of Round 2: Batman vs. The Punisher, Wolverine vs. Jean Grey, Wonder Woman vs. Captain America, and Iron Man vs. Deadpool. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Day 4: Hulk! Wolverine! Captain America! Iron Man! Vote now to decide the Greatest Superhero of All Time!

Who is the greatest superhero of all time? This month, we’re going to settle the age-old debate once and for all! Here at PopWatch, we’re taking 32 seeded contestants and pitting them against each other in a superpowered bracket game. Everything is on the table: The heroes’ costumes, their superpowers, the number of actual great stories they inspired. To level the playing field, we’ve separated the heroes into nine different groups for the first round of match-ups. Today, we’re featuring four magnificent face-offs: Hulk vs. The Flash; Wolverine vs. Kitty Pryde; Captain America vs. Aquaman; and Iron Man vs. Green Arrow.

Scroll down to vote in today’s polls, and be sure to click here to download the printable image of the complete Superhero Showdown bracket. Day Four polls will close in exactly 48 hours, at 12:30 PM ET on August 11. Be sure to vote in our Day Three match-ups: Thor vs. Martian ManhunterGhost Rider vs. HellboyGreen Lantern vs. The Great Machine; and The Punisher vs. The Spirit.

And check out our handy video introduction to all this superhero madness here. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Day 3: Thor! Ghost Rider! Green Lantern! The Punisher! Vote now to decide the Greatest Superhero of All Time!

Who is the greatest superhero of all time? This month, we’re going to settle the age-old debate once and for all! Here at PopWatch, we’re taking 32 seeded contestants and pitting them against each other in a superpowered bracket game. Everything is on the table: The heroes’ costumes, their superpowers, the number of actual great stories they inspired. To level the playing field, we’ve separated the heroes into nine different groups for the first round of match-ups. Today, we’re featuring four magnificent face-offs: Thor vs. Martian ManhunterGhost Rider vs. HellboyGreen Lantern vs. The Great Machine; and The Punisher vs. The Spirit.

Scroll down to vote in today’s polls, and be sure to click here to download the printable image of the complete Superhero Showdown bracket. Day Three polls will close in exactly 48 hours, at Noon ET on August 10. Be sure to vote in our Day Two match-ups: Batman vs. Rorschach; Storm vs. Jean Grey; Wonder Woman vs. Black Panther; and Deadpool vs. The Tick. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Day 2: Batman! Jean Grey! Wonder Woman! Black Panther! Deadpool? Vote now to decide the Greatest Superhero of All Time!

Who is the greatest superhero of all time? This month, we’re going to settle the age-old debate once and for all! Here at PopWatch, we’re taking 32 seeded contestants and pitting them against each other in a superpowered bracket game. Everything is on the table: The heroes’ costumes, their superpowers, the number of actual great stories they inspired. To level the playing field, we’ve separated the heroes into nine different groups for the first round of match-ups. Today, we’re featuring four essential face-offs: Batman vs. Rorschach; Storm vs. Jean Grey; Wonder Woman vs. Black Panther; and Deadpool vs. The Tick.

Scroll down to vote in today’s polls, and be sure to click here to download the printable image of the complete Superhero Showdown bracket. Day Two polls will close in exactly 48 hours, at 3:00 ET on August 9. And you still have one day left to vote in the Day One match-ups: Superman vs. Silver Surfer; Spawn vs. Captain Marvel; Spider-Man vs. Daredevil; and The Invisible Woman vs. Metamorpho.

And check out our handy video introduction to all this superhero madness here. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown Introduction: An expert and a non-expert talk about EW's bracket showdown to decide the Greatest Superhero Ever

Today, EW.com is proud to kick off our Superhero Showdown, bracket game which will allow us to scientifically determine via online reader polls which comic book hero is the greatest superhero ever. The 32 contestants in the bracket mix together well-known media icons with beloved characters from outside the mainstream. That mixture is intentional. Comic book heroes belong to the world now more than ever. (A trio of movies starring comic book characters grossed literal billions of dollars this summer.) Mega-geeks and casual fans are both welcome. To learn more about the Superhero Showdown, watch the introductory video below. Be sure to check out our complete printable bracket, and vote in the first four Day One match-ups here. READ FULL STORY

Superhero Showdown, Day 1: Superman! Spider-Man! Daredevil! Start voting now to decide the Greatest Superhero of All Time!

Who is the greatest superhero of all time? This month, we’re going to settle the age-old debate once and for all! Here at PopWatch, we’re taking 32 seeded contestants and pitting them against each other in a superpowered bracket game. Everything is on the table: The heroes’ costumes, their superpowers, the number of actual great stories they inspired. To level the playing field, we’ve separated the heroes into nine different groups for the first round of match-ups. Today, we’re featuring four incredible face-offs: Superman vs. Silver Surfer; Spawn vs. Captain Marvel; Spider-Man vs. Daredevil; and The Invisible Woman vs. Metamorpho.

Scroll down to vote in today’s polls, and be sure to click here to download the printable image of the complete Superhero Showdown bracket. Day One polls will close in exactly 48 hours, at 4:25 ET on August 8.

And check out our handy video introduction to all this superhero madness here.
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Bryan Singer confirms title of 'X-Men: First Class' sequel, and it's a doozy

X-Men: First Class was the lowest-grossing film in the mutant franchise since the original X-Men. But $350 million is nothing to sniff at, and stars Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender have both become omnipresent in the year since First Class opened, so it wasn’t too surprising when Fox announced a July 2014 release date for a First Class follow-up. And there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the prequel-sequel. Director Matthew Vaughn gave the movie a distinctive retro flair, replete with Roger Moore-era Bondian set design and a great villainous turn by Kevin Bacon, to say nothing of the great frenemy tension between James McAvoy and Fassbender. And X-Men producer Bryan Singer has just given an interview which indicates that plans for the next X movie are very ambitious indeed. In a video sitdown with IGN, Singer says that the movie — currently being written, and set to start shooting “in a few months” — will be called Days of Future Past, which is also the title of one of the most memorable X-Men story arcs ever. READ FULL STORY

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