Best of 2013

Counting down the Best Heroes of 2013 Pt. 5

Marvel.com reveals our top 25 list of the greatest good guys from the past year!

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As ever, the Marvel Universe proved a dangerous place to be a good guy in 2013, but the champions of Earth and beyond rose to the challenge. From policing galactic wars to braving other dimensions to protecting entire races, the Marvel heroes stepped up on every level.

To send last year out with a bang, Marvel.com will be counting down our top 25 heroes of 2013, as selected by staffers and freelancers. Got your own thoughts on the matter? We’d love to hear them, so send them our way on Twitter @Marvel, using the hashtag #Marvel2013!

25. SIF
24. MISTY KNIGHT
23. STORM

22. THE BLACK PANTHER
21. VALKYRIE

19. CYCLOPS

17. SPIDER-MAN (Miles Morales)
JUBILEE

16. WOLVERINE
15. THE INVISIBLE WOMAN

14. JEAN GREY
13. LOKI

12. THE HULK
11. HAWKEYE

10. 9. THE VISION

8. BLACK BOLT
7. HANK PYM

6. HAWKEYE (Kate Bishop)

      Spider-Man
      4. SPIDER-MAN
      First Appearance:
      AMAZING FANTASY (1962) #15
      Where He Appeared in 2013:
      MIGHTY AVENGERS, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP
      Why He’s #4:
      “We all know the story of Peter Parker: bitten by a radioactive spider, given great power, and learning through the tragic death of his uncle that with it must come great responsibility. But that's Peter Parker, who no longer inhabits his own mind and body. In a fiendish final plot against his longtime foe, Otto Octavius, also known as Doctor Octopus, switched minds with Peter; however, enough of Peter's residual goodness stayed behind that Doc Ock chose to continue the heroic legacy, but even more so as the self-proclaimed Superior Spider-Man! Otto has already experienced a lot of ups and downs trying to live Peter's life including tumultuous relationships, suspicious Avengers, the temporary resurgence of Parker's consciousness, and, of course, grad school. But Ock has taken this all in stride, truly believing himself to be the better of Peter Parker in every way.” – Ryan Haupt
      Digital Comic Spotlight:
      SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1

      Thor
      THOR
      First Appearance:
      JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83
      Where He Appeared in 2013:
      AVENGERS, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER, UNCANNY AVENGERS
      Why He’s Also #4:
      “More Thor always comes as a good thing, and we started 2013 with three of them as the past, present and future versions of the Thunder God went all-in against the biggest baddest villain of the year, Gorr the God Butcher. The dust had barely settled on that fight when Thor picked up the hammer again to hunt down Malekith the Accursed, deposed lord of the Dark Elves. Somewhere along the way he also found time to make another awesome movie. If you're a fan of epic stories featuring Thor at his hammer-hurling finest, 2013 gave you all you could ask for—well maybe not all, we can always use more.” – Andrew Wheeler
      Digital Comic Spotlight:
      THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #9

          Captain America
          3. CAPTAIN AMERICA
          First Appearance:
          CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
          Where He Appeared in 2013:
          AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA, UNCANNY AVENGERS
          Why He’s #3:
          “Captain America experienced a rough 2013—or a rough 10 years, depending on your reference frame. Right after his longtime love, Sharon Carter, proposed to him, Cap fell into a trap that landed him in another dimension run by his old Nazi nemesis, Arnim Zola. Zola infected Steve Rogers with a virus, but Cap escaped, along with Zola's son, whom he raised as his own amongst the natives of the harsh Dimension Z. Realizing that this world served as Zola's place to stage an attack on Earth, Steve lead the natives into a ferocious battle against his enemy and his army of mutates. It was during this battle that Sharon arrived in Dimension Z, having followed Cap after only seconds even though Steve had been trapped for years. To make matters worse, she had to seemingly kill Ian, Steve's brainwashed surrogate son, only to then die herself at the hands of Zola. Steve managed to defeat Zola with the help of Jet Black, and the both of them escaped back to Earth, where very little time had passed. He may be back to the present, but he may also be broken; that didn’t stop him from taking command of the Avengers and leading them and their allies to one of their greatest victories against the Builders.” – Ryan Haupt
          Digital Comic Spotlight:
          CAPTAIN AMERICA (2012) #6

              Captain Marvel
              2. CAPTAIN MARVEL
              First Appearance:
              MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #13
              Where She Appeared in 2013:
              AVENGERS, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, CAPTAIN MARVEL
              Why She’s #2:
              “Few heroes flew as high and sacrificed as much as Carol Danvers did in 2013, and that's why she finds herself in the upper atmosphere of this list. The adversaries she faced ranged from calculatingly impersonal to intimately malevolent, and she met every single one of them sparkle-fist first. When the overpowering horde of Builders approached Earth intent on hitting its reset button, Captain Marvel stood defiantly at the side of her fellow Avengers, leading them through dogfights and insurrections. The fact that Carol Danvers did all of this after making the biggest personal cost of her life makes her courage during Infinity even more commendable. Just prior to the universe-altering battle against Thanos and the Builders, Captain Marvel gave up her own sense of self to prevent her very first archenemy, Magnitron, from destroying New York City. With this act, the Marvel Universe saw the birth of its very own Carol Corps: a group of citizens worldwide inspired by Danvers' heroism.” – Brett White
              Digital Comic Spotlight:
              CAPTAIN MARVEL (2012) #10

                  Daredevil
                  1. DAREDEVIL
                  First Appearance:
                  DAREDEVIL (1963) #1
                  Where He Appeared in 2013:
                  DAREDEVIL, DAREDEVIL: DARK NIGHTS
                  Why He’s #1:
                  “Daredevil bested Ikari and Bullseye and the Sons of the Serpent in 2013. He stood up for a man who bullied him in their youth. Matt Murdock championed a justice system in which he could no longer participate. He ran with monsters, never flinching. He chased down an ailing child’s surrogate heart in the mother of all blizzards. That’s a good year for any masked hero, but that’s not why he landed our top spot. Last year, Daredevil revealed just how heroic a good friend could be, by simply showing up.

                  “Daredevil showed his true colors when he walked back into a hospital room rank with the stench of his best friend’s recovery. Matt knows death all too well, but Foggy Nelson’s battle with cancer shook him. The chemical odor originally sent our hyper-sensitive hero running, nauseated, disgusted by his own weakness. Walking back into that room to comfort 2013’s other biggest hero served as another reminder of Matt’s grace under fire. We call him the Man Without Fear, but in truth, he feels it constantly. It’s what he does next that makes him great.” – Paul Montgomery
                  Digital Comic Spotlight:
                  DAREDEVIL (2011) #28

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                  20 comments
                  colton7218
                  colton7218

                  Can't really argue this list, but more disappointed that all the people on here were obvious choices.  The only time the list got interesting was to see D.D. at number one as well as Valkaryie and Misty Knight making the list, even though I don't see why they did don't get me wrong HUGE Fearless Defenders fan sad when it got canceled.  I just would like to see less "mainstream heroes" like Val and Knight did.  Oh well if we are lucky maybe we'll get a "Top 25" underdog category this year.

                  angelrosebud
                  angelrosebud

                  I agree that Spiderman should be in the top 5, but WHERE IS IRON MAN????

                  Lykurgos
                  Lykurgos

                  Iron Man needs to be up there!

                  zayed71
                  zayed71

                  Im glad DAREDEVIL MADE number one

                  martfp88
                  martfp88

                  Glad to see love for Carol... Now do a movie of Captain Marvel!! haha :) 

                  spider-boy92
                  spider-boy92

                  YES! Spidey made the list! And he was the 4th one!

                  Infinitepower
                  Infinitepower

                  Wish I could buy Marvel comics in my area.. :'(

                  Leowyld
                  Leowyld

                  So, Rocket's not even one of the top *25*?! Keeping with a horrible month for me. Well, Raccoonatics, your Commander is gonna try to keep spreading the word of Rocket's awesomeness. Though, clearly, that is an uphill battle. I will not give up.

                  gosollllllle
                  gosollllllle

                  yo where's iron man. hello 1.billion dollar movie.

                  LimeyOtoko
                  LimeyOtoko

                  I think Daredevil was the perfect #1 at least. Mark Waid and company are doing fantastic things with the character.

                  ablackraptor
                  ablackraptor member

                  I'm bugged that they put Spider-Man so high yet all they talked about is SS-Man. Peter Parker, sure, he deserves a spot in the top ten. But Otto? No, not at all. He's a sociopath who's only motivated to fight crime as a way of proving his own ego, and he's only backed up by plot convenience. He's not a hero, so he shouldn't have made the spot.

                  hellspawn127
                  hellspawn127

                  Wolverine 16 ????   that can't be right surely ????

                  pastortjred
                  pastortjred

                  I don't understand how you can make a top 25 of 2013 and not include Iron Man. The Secret Origin of Tony Stark was a great story. Iron Man 3 was an incredible movie.

                  Leowyld
                  Leowyld

                  Still so upset about this, I don't even know what I am doing. This year, 2014, though, *will* be the #YearOfTheRaccoon, no matter what *anyone* else says.

                  tempos
                  tempos member

                  @hellspawn127  eh, wolverine is over-used and highly over-rated, pretty much the only thing that made him interesting is his healing factor and his past, without those, what is he? the guy with the claws? not very impressive if you ask me, i think 16 is appropriate, daredevil definitely deserves his spot, he's probably one of the most under-rated characters in marvel

                  PaulCousland
                  PaulCousland

                  @pastortjred  Let's not count the movie in here. But yeah, despite Land's horrid artwork, the first two story arcs of Iron Man was amazing to say the least. I'd have replaced Superior Spidey with Iron man in here.