Earlier today, after Marvel announced plans to release about 837 new superhero movies over the next few years, heated debate broke out among Deadspin staffers over such questions as whether or not it matters that Batman is a crypto-fascist, whether anyone in the entire world will be rooting for Superman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie, and whether or not several superheroes, like Matter-Eater Lad, are actual superheroes with actual comic books published about them and such.

One outcome of this debate was the following definitive superhero ranking, to which most of the staff contributed.

  1. Batman
  2. Spider-Man
  3. Wolverine
  4. Captain America
  5. Hulk
  6. Wonder Woman
  7. Iron Man
  8. Beast
  9. Daredevil
  10. Storm
  11. Human Torch
  12. Professor X
  13. The Flash (Barry Allen)
  14. Ghost Rider
  15. Black Panther
  16. The Thing
  17. Jean Grey
  18. Hellboy
  19. Swamp Thing
  20. The Flash (Wally West)
  21. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
  22. Iceman
  23. Nightcrawler
  24. Mr. Fantastic
  25. Green Arrow
  26. Rogue
  27. Silver Surfer
  28. Hawkeye
  29. Colossus
  30. The Punisher
  31. Cyclops
  32. Nick Fury
  33. Robin
  34. Thor
  35. Green Lantern (Jon Stewart)
  36. Invisible Woman
  37. Catwoman
  38. Ant-Man
  39. Nightwing
  40. Bishop
  41. Iron Fist
  42. Aquaman
  43. Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
  44. Maria Hill
  45. Dr. Strange
  46. Emma Frost
  47. Squirrel Girl
  48. The Falcon
  49. Namor The Submariner
  50. War Machine
  51. Psylocke
  52. Luke Cage
  53. Black Widow
  54. Cable
  55. Mr. A
  56. She-Hulk
  57. Animal Man
  58. She-Gambit
  59. Plastic Man
  60. Spawn
  61. The Question
  62. The Wasp
  63. Jubilee
  64. Martian Manhunter
  65. Scarlet Witch
  66. Gambit
  67. Quicksilver
  68. Captain Marvel (Ms. Marvel)
  69. Moon Knight
  70. Deadpool
  71. Black Bolt
  72. Red Hulk
  73. Captain Britain
  74. Captain Marvel (Shazam)
  75. Matter-Eater Lad
  76. Vision
  77. Multiple Man
  78. R.E.S.C.U.E. (Pepper Potts)
  79. Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)
  80. Giant Man
  81. Hawkman
  82. Red She-Hulk
  83. Supergirl
  84. Hawkgirl
  85. Witch Blade
  86. Night Thrasher
  87. Strong Guy
  88. Speedball
  89. Power Girl
  90. Ka-Zar
  91. Being hit by a car
  92. Superman

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