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Comic book fans are a greedy lot. For years, we suffered through an awful drought, shelling out money for terrible superhero films like Elektra and Catwoman, but now that we're finally in a Golden Age of comic book movies, we can't help but constantly look forward to what's coming next.

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The upcoming schedule of confirmed superhero releases is extensive to say the least, but before we continue predicting the likes of Marvel Phase 4, let's take a moment to appreciate what we've got.

2016 has been an absolutely phenomenal year for comic book movies and we're still only at the halfway point. Before the likes of Suicide Squad, Dr Strange and maybe even Gambit hit cinemas and turn this into an even more difficult decision to make, let's run through the four big superhero films of the year so far and choose our favourite.

Deadpool

Plot: A cancer-stricken mercenary subjects himself to horrific experiments in search for a cure, but is instead transformed into Deadpool, a horrifically scarred mercenary whose accelerated healing powers are matched only by his quick-fire wisecracks and deadly fighting prowess.

Why It Should Be Your Favorite Superhero Movie Of The Year:

Anyone worried that the superhero genre was running out of ideas needs to look no further than Deadpool, a R rated superhero movie that was funnier than most comedies released today.

From the film's troubled production to the hilarious ways that Deadpool lampoons the superhero genre, Ryan Reynolds's labor of love broke all the rules and box office records too, more than redeeming himself for everything that happened in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The less we talk about that, the better.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Plot: Titans collide as Batman takes on Superman in a bid to protect the world from his potentially destructive, god-like powers. While the two iconic heroes battle in the streets, new threats to the world emerge that will require their combined might to stop them.

Why It Should Be Your Favorite Superhero Movie Of The Year:

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Few superhero movies are as epic as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Zack Snyder's second foray into the DCEU establishes exactly why Batman is a force to be reckoned with, taking on the world's most powerful man with no real powers, except for his ingenuity and single-minded dedication.

Affleck's Batman isn't the only hero who impresses here; Gal Gadot steals every scene she's in, portraying the Amazonian Princess perfectly in her cinematic debut, while laying the seeds for future DC films that could rival the box office dominance of Marvel Studios.

Captain America: Civil War

Plot: Avengers turn on one another as the government attempts to regulate the team's actions, forcing each of our heroes to choose a side; Team Cap or Team Iron Man. The ramifications of this choice divide the Avengers, forever changing the state of the MCU.

Why It Should Be Your Favorite Superhero Movie Of The Year:

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Captain America: Civil War is currently the highest grossing movie of the year and with good reason. Somehow, the Russo Brothers have managed to pull off the impossible, successfully juggling the huge ensemble cast while still crafting a satisfying conclusion to the Captain America trilogy.

The emotional beats of the central conflict between Steve and Tony held more resonance than anyone would expect from a superhero film and that climactic airport battle was easily the most impressive comic book movie fight ever committed to celluloid.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Plot: Ten years after the world officially learned about mutants, peaceful co-existence has begun to develop, but the emergence of Apocalypse, the world's first mutant, suddenly forces the X-Men to fight for the lives of everyone on the planet.

Why It Should Be Your Favorite Superhero Movie Of The Year:

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After X-Men: Days of Future Past reset the franchise's continuity, director Bryan Singer was free to introduce new fan favourites like Psylocke, while putting a fresh spin on founding members such as Cyclops and Jean Grey.

X-Men: Apocalypse is the most epic outing for the mutant outcasts ever shown on screen, yet among all of the comic book faithful fight scenes, Singer still finds time to bring closure to the central relationship between Xavier and Magneto, all while dropping a number of easter eggs for fans to spot along the way.

Will the Merc with a Mouth come out on top or will DC's Trinity win your favor? Are you Team Civil War or Team Mutant?

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