Without question, 2017 will go down as the year of the superhero. Every major cinematic universe is going to come out of the gates with guns blazing, and there are already a ton of awesome comic book movies slated to hit theaters over the course of the next 12 months. The stakes have never been higher, and the creative forces behind these major franchises seem to have figured that out. A total of 22 superheroes will appear on the silver screen between now and December 31, 2017, but not all of them will live to see 2018. To help make sense of their odds, we have gone through all 22 comic book icons and rated them based on how likely they are to kick the bucket this year. Without any further delay, let's get started with relatively safe heroes:

22. Spider-Man

21. Hulk

20. Doctor Strange

19. X-23

18. Superman

17. Aquaman

16. Gamora

15. Iron Man

14. Drax

13. Thor

12. Star-Lord

11. Wonder Woman

Ultimately no one is actually safe in a discussion such as this, but the above names are the Marvel, DC, and X-Men heroes who seem to have the best shots at surviving this year's dead pool. Why? Mainly because they have already announced sequels in their futures, so killing them off makes little sense. Still, we think some heroes are going down, and they are going down hard. Now it's time for the fun part. Let's kick off the top ten list with an adorable little hero who has already proven that he's willing to lay his life down for his fellow good guys.

Baby Groot

10. Baby Groot

This is where things start to get interesting. Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has the gumption to sacrifice himself for his friends, and we expect Vol. 2's Baby Groot to act no differently. However, this diminutive (and more adorable) version of Groot seems to have the added bonus of immaturity on his side, as he is clearly not afraid to run headfirst into danger. Although he will probably grow back again, we wouldn't be surprised if this version of Groot similarly sacrifices himself for the greater good at some point.

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