Comic book movies are the best, but only if you don’t try to apply too much real-world logic to the plot, and especially you should not question the physics. Let’s just say, as long as your disbelief is dangling nicely in the air, you’ll love Marvel movies. IMO, the best part of these ridiculously over-the-top flicks are the amazing action scenes that stick in your memory for years to come. Case in point: this very list.
There have been so many MCU blockbusters, each of them with a plethora of fantastic moments, that just trying to pick only the best of them makes my head hurt. But a fan’s gotta do what a fan’s gotta do, and this is my list of 10 most badass fight scenes in the MCU!
#10. Black Panther vs. Ulysses Klaue (Black Panther)
It all starts in the Korean casino when T’Challa and Klaue exchange pleasantries, then turns into an adrenaline-filled chase through the streets of Seoul, and finishes with Klaue being arrested. Sounds very linear and boring, I’ll admit, but it’s true what they say – one video clip is worth a thousand words. Sadly, you’ll have to wait for the movie to come out on DVD to see it in its full glory, which is why it’s at #10.
#9. Hulk vs Hulkbuster (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Aside from James Spader as the voice of Ultron, this brawl between Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster armor, and the thing it’s supposed to bust – the Hulk – is the best part of the Age of Ultron movie, IMO. You really can’t beat Spader’s raspy voice, but turns out you can beat the Hulk into oblivion, it just takes half a city to do it.
#8. Battle for New York (Avengers)
I still get goosebumps every time I rewatch this modern classic. Yeah, I said it, Avengers is up there with the best action movies! A lot of this movie’s charm comes from the clever writing (thanks, Whedon) and the rest is pure “YES! YES! HELL YES!”. You know, how everyone “assembles” in New York to fight the army of aliens using their unique skills and the power of teamwork! Boy, I can’t wait for the Infinity War.
#7. Iron Man MK1 Fight (Iron Man)
The first time Tony Stark gets to smack some fools wearing his very first armor is unforgettable. And it was in the first movie that started the whole Cinematic Universe. How more epic can it get?
#6. Dr. Strange vs Dormammu (Doctor Strange)
This was a hard choice. On the one hand there’s the mind-bending Mirrorworld set piece with Kaecilius and his adepts, but on the other hand… Well, yeah, I had to hand it to the big bad Dormammu! You can bargain all you want for this one, Dr. Strange, but it stays.
#5. Guardians of the Galaxy vs Some Alien Monster (Guardians of the Galaxy 2)
At the very start of GotG vol. 2 we got one of the funniest, and most awesome fights in the MCU. Good thing there’s a full clip of it, so I don’t have to tell you how cute Baby Groot is and how perfectly the song fits into all that chaos!
#4. Thor vs Hulk (Thor: Ragnarok)
From trailer #1 we all knew that two of the most powerful Avengers were going to fight in a gladiator arena. Some thought it would suck, because it’s a “Thor movie”, but educated people knew for sure that Taika Waititi doesn’t do “suck”. And so Thor: Ragnarok became one of the best Marvel movies ever. Have faith in your directors, other film studios!
#3. Cap America Elevator Fight (Cap America: The Winter Soldier)
Honestly it’s a tie between the elevator scene and the shootout on the bridge (or was it a road). Both are supremely choreographed and expertly executed, but I prefer close-quarters combat, so you’re welcome. But before we start, anyone wanna leave?
#2. Ant-Man vs Yellowjacket (Ant-Man)
This is probably the most creative fight in the entire MCU. When Ant-Man and Yellowjacket shrink down to the size of, well, bugs, we as the viewer see how the perspective changes. Toys that were tiny, are now huge, and that Tomas the Train… man, what a scene! Definitely a very underrated movie.
#1. The Airport Fight (Captain America: Civil War)
When people first heard the subtitle “Civil War” everyone went nuts. That name implied a lot of things, and probably most important one of them was hero vs hero brawl. And we get that! In the blue corner we had Cap, Widow, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Falcon, Winter Soldier, and Ant-Man; and in the red corner – Iron Man, War Machine, Vision, freaking Spider-Man (!!!), and Black Panther! Sorry if I left someone out. The action, the banter, the shots – everything was perfect, and that’s why it’s (so far) the best fight scene in the MCU!