If you’re a superhero fan, or a movie fan, or a superhero movie fan, then you were probably looking forward to the summer of 2012 long before it actually arrived. Marvel kicked off the season with their superhero team-up event, The Avengers; Sony went for a (semi-)fresh start with their reboot film The Amazing Spider-Man, and Christopher Nolan closed out his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises.

Indeed, it has been a most (the most?) epic summer for superhero movies – but which one did you like the best? We look back at the strengths and weaknesses (because yes, they all had some) of the “big 3″ in summer 2012, to declare which superhero (or heroes) will take home the crown.

And before there are any “apples and oranges” objections: the particular type of apple we’re looking at is superhero movies. Therefore, all three of our contestants qualify.

WARNING!!! THE FOLLOWING PAGES (AND COMMENTS) COULD CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR ALL 3 FILMS!!!

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