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Spoiler alert: This is #1 on the list.
Spoiler alert: This is #1 on the list.

Disclaimer

I guess I should preface this by saying that the title of this blog entry is "Veshark's Top 20 Superhero Movie Battles."

There's a 99% absolute certainty that many of you will have very strong opinions about where your favorite superhero fight scene ranks on this list. But even though your opinion is different and likely wrong and stupid, that's okay. Because one of the great things about the Vine is that we passionate fans of comics can disagree on our views, yet still have civilized and mature debates about superpowered dudes in tights.

So if you feel that there's a notable battle I left out, or one that you would've ranked higher, sound off in the comments below. I'm always interested in crushing inferior debaters with my Battles boards Hall-of-Fame skillzzz listening to different viewpoints. This list is simply the result of my personal biases and me spending way more hours thinking about CBMs than any healthy grown-ass man should.

Ahem. Anyway.

I think it's fair to say that we've come a long way since the days of Superman throwing a cellophane S-shield at Non, or Batman derailing shark conservation efforts with repellent spray. Comic-book movies are arguably at their zenith right now, and while elements like character, plot, world-building, costuming, and source-material-accuracy have all made huge bounds, it's the badass battles that I'm here to discuss in this blog.

Because despite all of our high-falutin' talk about Civil War being an allegory for gun control or The Dark Knight being a commentary of the War on Terror, at the end of the day, one of the best things about the genre is that we get to watch superpowered men and women punch the bejeezus out of one another. There's no denying that epic battles are one of the main reasons why we're all fans of these stories in the first place. From Superman vs. Doomsday to Wolverine vs. the Hulk - fight scenes are the bread and butter of the superhero genre.

And so even as we wait on the release of Aquaman, Avengers 4, and a host of other upcoming superhero films, we as comic fans have already been blessed with some fantastic fight scenes over the years. There are so many battles that I wish I could have included here; Hellboy vs. Prince Nuada, Spider-Man vs. Electro, Cap's Solange-esque elevator fight, Deadpool vs. Ajax, the Watchmen's slow-mo brawls et cetera. But in the end, I had to condense it down to the 20 superhero fights that were the best of the best.

These are the 20 battles that I consider to be the most iconic and memorable clashes in superhero cinematic history, battles that I still watch with the wonder and excitement of a four-year-old, battles that are the celluloid embodiment of a four-color superhero comic.

This is the stuff that we've all read for years on the comic-book page.

How lucky are we, to live in an era where we can see all these fights come to life on the silver screen?

20. Iron Man and Captain America vs. Thor

"Are we done here?"

Throughout the years, one of the core tropes of the Avengers team has always been the in-fighting and bickering among its members. From Galactic Storm to Civil War, Earth's Mightiest Heroes have always squabbled. I mean, hey, this is a team that had one of its founding members quit after like, the first two issues. So it's only fitting that the first meeting of the Avengers' Big Three in the MCU involves some snarky Stark quips, Cap being the only grownup, and Thor leveling an entire forest by putting the hammer down.

19. Superman vs. Justice League

"Kal-El - no!"

As disappointing a film as Justice League was, I gotta give it to 'em, it's probably the best depiction of Superman in the DCEU to date (admittedly a low bar, but I'm not complaining). The sheer overwhelming power that Superman displays here when he manhandles the entire Justice League is still a joy to watch. And that little sequence when Flash realizes the Man of Steel is as fast as him is still the crowning moment of the entire movie.

18. Batman, Catwoman, and GPD vs. Bane, Talia al Ghul, and Bane's Army

"No. I came back to stop you."

I think this battle was probably the most comic-book-y Nolan's Batman ever got. You've got two opposing armies of Blackgate's worst and Gotham's finest, charging at one another like some type of urban Lord of the Rings. You have Batman and Bane having their brutal rematch, in broad daylight, on the steps of City Hall. I mean, say what you will about The Dark Knight Rises, but you can't deny that it's probably the most epic entry (in terms of scope and scale) of the Nolan trilogy. In the relatively grounded world of The Dark Knight Saga, the final battle between Batman and Bane feels like a scene right out of a comic-book. And that's never a bad thing in my book.

17. Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin

"Peter. Don't tell Harry."

Jesus. What a harrowing and fitting end to the Spidey-Goblin rivalry. This climatic battle embodies everything I love about Spider-Man. The Parker luck of having your arch-nemesis turn out to be your best friend's father. The never-give-up mentality of Spider-Man, even after being beaten past an inch of his life. The moment when Goblin mentions hurting Mary Jane and Spidey finally realizes what he's fighting for, and turns the tide of the battle. I've said it before: the Raimi films are still the best Spider-Man movies for my money.

16. Batman and Commissioner Gordon vs. Joker and Goons

"Hit me!"

The Dark Knight, while undeniably my favorite superhero movie of all-time (what, I can't like other superheroes not named Captain America?), was more about themes and character development than CGI face-punching. Which is fine, because Nolan's grounded world was never meant to be Zack Snyder's DCEU. But Nolan never skimped on the action either, and this chase sequence was unquestionably one of the highlights of my favorite CBM. Seeing the Batpod emerge from the wreckage of the Tumbler still brings a giant smile to my face. But while I love the most about this battle is the fact that Gordon saves Batman for once. It's the one moment of true triumph in Batman and Gordon's bleak war against the Joker's anarchy.

15. Captain America and Winter Soldier vs. Iron Man

"So was I."

While this scene is undeniably a badass final battle for Civil War - with Cap and Iron Man finally going mano a mano - it's also the culmination of Steve and Tony's complicated friendship in the MCU. From the very first Avengers film, Steve's immovable beliefs have always clashed with Stark's unstoppable goals, with neither hero willing to back down. So while this battle is rife with cool moments like Iron Man adapting to Cap's H2H, or Cap and Iron Man recreating that Civil War #7 cover...the fight itself is rather heartbreaking and tragic to watch. It's like watching two of your best buds argue, knowing that their friendship will never be the same again.

14. Batman vs. Superman

"Men are brave."

Or should I say...Batman v. Superman? Sorry, bad joke. Regardless, I don't think this battle's inclusion on this list is something that I need to explain. It's literally two of the most popular superheroes in the history of the genre fighting one another, on the big screen, for the first time. Yeah, the use of Kryptonite was a little uninspired, and Batman kinda came across like a belligerent killer here (and that's a whole other discussion and proverbial can of worms)...but still. You can't call yourself a comic fan and not get a kick out of Zack Snyder gleefully adapting Frank Miller's magnum opus.

Also, MARTHAAA! WHY DID YOU SAY THAT NAME?!!

13. Wonder Woman and Wonder Men vs. Imperial German Army

"No. But it's what I'm going to do."

Gal Gadot sold all the honesty and vulnerability of a young Diana of Themyscira, but she doesn't really transform into Wonder Woman until this pivotal scene. This was the moment when Diana goes from warrior to superheroine. This was her Man of Steel Superman-flying moment, when Wonder Woman chooses to walk across No Man's Land to save innocent lives. And it only gets better when the Wonder Woman electric guitar theme kicks in, and Wonder Woman starts kicking the shit out of those pesky Huns. Like I said, superheroine.

12. Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike

"I used to think you were one of a kind, Wolverine. I was wrong."

Recycled from my old Top 10 Superhero Movie Scenes blog:

I remember being a kid when X2 first came out, and reading an article where Singer said that the scene where Deathstrike sticks her claws through Logan was one of the hardest sequences to film. Years later, the fight between Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike still holds up as my favorite battle in the entire X-series. This is easily one of the hardcore-iest (yes, that's a word) fights in the franchise, between two ruthless adamantium killers.

It's painful, it's brutal, and it's exhilarating to see Wolverine let loose with the violence for the first time. Logan stabs Deathstrike and looks genuinely flabbergasted when her wounds heal. Deathstrike pins Logan on the platform and stabs him repeatedly like some deranged acupuncturist. And that final coup de grace? Goddamn... Easily one of the most vicious death scenes in a CBM...bravo, Logan, bravo.

11. Superman vs. General Zod

"Where did you train? On a farm?!"

Superman neck-snapping jokes aside, if there's one thing Zack Snyder can do right, it's create entertaining disaster porn. Man of Steel's climatic battle felt like how an actual battle between two herald-level beings would go in the real-world. It's not so much BAM! POW! ZAP! as it is The Day After Tomorrow. For all the shit that this movie gets for its storytelling and character work (and rightfully so), Man of Steel elevated superhero fight scenes to an entirely different plateau, and this final throwdown between Kal-El and Zod is a prime example of where the DCEU shines brightest.

10. Batman vs. Bane

"You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it."

I know some folks aren't fond of this particular battle, but I've grown to appreciate it more with each rewatch. Enough that it now comfortably sits in the laurels of my Top 10. This fight is essentially the antithesis to Batman's final battle with Bane. It's not some grand encounter between a noble hero and a devious villain. It's a brutal and violent brawl between a broken Batman and the deadliest foe he's ever encountered. There's no inspirational music, no sound cues. Just painful punches being landed, and Bane monologue-ing, eulogizing the death of Gotham and its greatest champion. This is what it's like when a hero falls.

9. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman vs. Doomsday

"I thought she was with you."

While seeing the Avengers' Big Three in the same frame for the first time was exhilarating, I don't think it even comes close to seeing the Trinity standing side-by-side during this battle. I'll admit, it's the main reason why this battle ranks so high on the list. After years of re-reading Morrison's JLA run and rewatching the DCAU cartoon, seeing the JLA Trinity together in live-action felt like the ultimate payoff. From Wonder Woman's badass entrance (thank you again, Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL for that indescribably awesome theme), to Superman's surprisingly touching sacrifice, gahhh....I don't even have words for this. Come on, it's the freakin' Trinity fighting Doomsday.

8. Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon vs. Winter Soldier and HYDRA

"Who the hell is Bucky?"

Much as I adore The First Avenger, I'm also the first one to admit that its battles are forgettable for the most part. Captain America doesn't have a lightning hammer or a fancy suit of armor, and Steve's first cinematic outing didn't exactly sell him as the most entertaining superhero in a silver-screen fight. But that all changed with the Russos. Honestly, nearly any action scene from The Winter Soldier would be a solid contender for this Top 20 list, but this fight in particular deserves special recognition just for the one-on-one duel between Cap and Bucky at the end. I still get a little nerdgasm every time Bucky does that fancy knife-flip (Too much information?). Definitely my favorite action scene of my favorite MCU movie.

7. The Avengers vs. Ultron and Ultron's Army

"Like the old man said. Together."

I'm of the unpopular opinion that Age of Ultron is a superior and altogether more entertaining film than its predecessor. And I think the film's final battle is a good example of why I enjoyed it so damn much. This is about as classic as an Avengers battle can get. You've got the traditional Avengers roster, including Vision (whom I would never have guessed in a million years that we'd see a live-action version of)...fighting an army of Ultrons (one of their most iconic baddies)...on top of a floating city that's about to drop (which is literally the most Silver Age supervillain plot one can imagine). And when the camera pans around the Avengers in slow-mo like a bunch of comic-book panels, while Alan Silvestri's sweeping orchestral score plays...that is the single-most unashamedly comic-book moment in the MCU's entire catalog. Kudos to Joss Whedon for this one.

6. Batman vs. Lex Luthor's Mercenaries

"It's okay. I'm a friend of your son's."

What Snyder did for Supes, he did for Bats, too. In that, he finally gave us a cinematic Batman that not just looked, but also fought like the comic-book Bats that we all know and love. Yeah okay, Affleck's Batman is a tad more vicious than I'd like. But still, this is honestly my favorite battle from Batman v Superman. Which is saying a lot, considering the two other major battles of this film include Doomsday and Mecha-Bats, respectively. Affleck's Batman is like Arkham Batman on steroids, and watching him take down an entire warehouse full of goons never gets old.

5. Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus

"He's just a kid. No older than my son."

Recycled from my old Top 10 Superhero Movie Scenes blog:

I'll take Raimi over Webb any day, and when someone asks me why - I show them this scene and say, "Until the day an Amazing Spider-Man movie does a scene this good, Spider-Man 2 will remain my second favorite CBM of all-time". This is what Peter Parker is all about. Self-sacrifice, and never giving up no matter the odds. This train scene is the cinematic equivalent to Lee and Ditko's Amazing Spider-Man #33.

The moment when Spider-Man has shot off streams of web and strains with all his might to stop the runaway train...as the carriage metal bends and the windows shatter....as Spidey's costume rips and Peter's face is contorted in pain and determination...my eyes were glued to the screen at this moment as a nine-year old, and they still are now. And then the final bit when all the passengers lift Spidey's body over them and one New Yorker whispers in wonder: "He's just a kid. No older than my son." That right there. That's Spider-Man to me.

4. Superman and U.S. Military vs. General Zod, Faora, and Nam-Ek

"You think you can threaten my mother?!"

This is Superman's equivalent of the Batman saving Martha Kent scene. This is the first glimpse that Snyder gave us of a cinematic Superman who truly fights like comic-book Superman. We got hints of it with that beautiful first flight scene (which remains my favorite scene of any CBM till this day)...but when Superman blitzes Zod, pummels the General's face, and then flies him through a grain silo into a fiery explosion? That's the power level that we've always wanted to see from the Man of Steel. Superman isn't merely a man with superpowers. He's a force of nature. When he fights, it should be like witnessing an earthquake or a tsunami. We're talking about one of the most powerful beings of the DC Comics universe here, pal.

But what I also really love about this battle - besides Faora speed-blitzing the poor hapless U.S. soldiers of course - is that it highlights Superman's concern for his fellow man moreso than any other scene in Man of Steel. In this battle, Superman warns the civilians to stay indoors, saves the life of a falling soldier, and rescues Colonel Hardy from Faora. And that final bit where the Colonel finally says, "This man is not our enemy."...?

That's Superman, folks.

3. The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Winter Soldier and Wakanda vs. Thanos, the Black Order, and Outriders

"Bring me Thanos!"

It was almost as if the fans told the Russos and Marvel that there was no way they could top the sheer scope and spectacle of Civil War...and the Russos simply said, "Hold our beers."

This battle fulfilled the promise that began with Iron Man all those years ago. The promise of a fully-formed universe of 20+ superheroes, with colorful personalities and powers, going up against the biggest bad of the MCU. Nothing like this had ever been attempted before in any CBM. This was the final battle of an event comic come to life. I'm still not entirely sure how Marvel managed to fit this much awesomeness into a single sequence. Iron Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and the Guardians fighting Thanos on Titan. Captain America, Black Panther, and Hulk in the Hulkbuster fighting the hordes of the Black Order in the jungles of Wakanda. All that culminating with a final showdown that ended with a single snap. All I'm saying is: you gotta commend Marvel Studios for having the creative vision and the sheer guts to pull this movie off.

Captain America and Black Panther outrunning the entire Wakandan army. Thor's climatic arrival with Stormbreaker. Iron Man's final stand against Thanos. What a time to be alive, my friends.

2. Captain America's Team vs. Iron Man's Team

"We fight."

If you had told me a decade ago that I would ever see a superhero movie battle like this one...I would have asked you what drugs you were on and if you had any more to share.

Seriously. God. Damn. Captain America vs. Iron Man. Black Panther vs. Bucky. Ant-Man Giant-Man vs. freakin' Spider-Man. Nothing like this had ever been done before in the cinematic history of our chosen genre. This battle boasts nearly every superhero that the MCU has debuted since 2008 - an expansive cast with a dizzying variety of superpowers and unique personality traits. It's an incredible juggling act, and while Infinity War has since surpassed it in sheer scope, at the time it was probably the most logistically complex battle of any superhero movie. Yet somehow, the Russos and co. managed to pull it off. And it was fun. Dear God, was it fun. Watching it in the theater at the edge of my seat, with every audience member loving every minute of it, and with that stupid grin on my face the entire time...

All I'll say is, if you have any doubt that we're living in the golden years of superhero cinema right now, all you have to watch is that epic moment when Cap and Iron Man's teams charge at one another.

1. The Avengers vs. Loki and the Chitauri

"Puny god."

Ah, the Battle of New York. What else is there to say about this battle that hasn't already been said?

Honestly, if you deleted the rest of the movie and just showed this one sequence, I think the Avengers still would have made a gazillion dollars at the box office. That's how incredible this one battle is. And really, this scene truly earns the word "battle". An evil tyrant and his alien invasion army have come to take over the world...and the only thing standing in his way is a living legend, a couple of master assassins, and, well...you know the rest. It's a small team of Earth's Mightiest Heroes fighting against seemingly unbeatable odds. This is what the Avengers have always been about since day one. When there's a threat that no single superhero can defeat, that's when the Avengers assemble to battle evil. And what a battle this was.

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#1 Posted by Ready_4_Madness (13616 posts) - - Show Bio

While most of these would make my list, the order would be drastically different.

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#2 Edited by Perethorn (6271 posts) - - Show Bio

Very cool list

But personally i would change the order of some battles

But that's just me

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#3 Posted by GraniteSoldier (12745 posts) - - Show Bio

I would personally have Cap vs Bucky on the highway as #1, but that's a personal preference as I think that fight was beautifully scripted and the unarmed and knife-play combat was choreographed perfectly.

That's my preference though, and it certainly doesn't have the gravitas or epicness or the first Avengers team battle...or the implications it had for the MCU moving forward.

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#4 Posted by RisingBean (9755 posts) - - Show Bio

First off, if you're favorite hero is Batman, you're definitely not the premiere Captain America fan on the site, Veshark.

Secondly, Your list is lame! You overlooked such fanfare as Batman vs Penguin in Batman Returns, You missed Catwoman one shotting Bane and what true comic or cinema fan doesn't have Green Lantern punching Paralax into the freaking sun!?

Frankly, your list is disappointing and you should feel bad. Scratch that. You should feel terrible.

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#5 Edited by buttersdaman000 (22233 posts) - - Show Bio

Great list, but the lack of Blade disappoints me lol

Anyways, my #1 is definitely something from MoS....I just can't decide if I liked the Smallville or Metropolis fight more

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#6 Posted by RisingBean (9755 posts) - - Show Bio

Seriously, though? I'm with Granite in that I'm surprised you didn't rate the highway fight higher. And like Butters, I'm a bit surprised Blade vs Nomek was overlooked. I'm going to say damn good list overall, and I may need to ape this and add to the ever growing mountain of writing I have to do.

Entertaining read as always.

And Hal punching Parallax into the sun was cool, btw.

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#7 Posted by silkyballfro94 (8662 posts) - - Show Bio

The fights you included on your list are good. But the order of them would be very different compared to what I would come up with. There are a couple surprises in there like the Lady Deathstrike and Nightcrawler fights. It's a decent list. But I'd say you forgot the Cap elevator scene in Winter Soldier, which I find to be one of the best.

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#8 Posted by Manwhohaseverything (3810 posts) - - Show Bio

Good list, the only one I think is way out of place is number 1, which I wouldn't even have in the top 10, maybe not even the top 20.

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#9 Posted by SaintWildcard (21435 posts) - - Show Bio

Anyways, my #1 is definitely something from MoS....I just can't decide if I liked the Smallville or Metropolis fight more

IMO, the Smallville fight was better choreographed, but the Zod fight had more emotional weight and felt like an epic conclusion. A total dog fight between skill and raw strength. Zod just owned that role, and became the way that I will see Zod from now on.

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#10 Posted by SaintWildcard (21435 posts) - - Show Bio

Great blog all around, don't agree with your top won pick, but then again, I'm not a Marvel guy.

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#11 Posted by buttersdaman000 (22233 posts) - - Show Bio

@buttersdaman000 said:

Anyways, my #1 is definitely something from MoS....I just can't decide if I liked the Smallville or Metropolis fight more

IMO, the Smallville fight was better choreographed, but the Zod fight had more emotional weight and felt like an epic conclusion. A total dog fight between skill and raw strength. Zod just owned that role, and became the way that I will see Zod from now on.

Agreed and yeah Michael Shannon was amazing

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#12 Posted by AllStarSuperman (42493 posts) - - Show Bio

Too much Marvel.

There is more then just the big 2 ya know.

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#13 Posted by SaintWildcard (21435 posts) - - Show Bio

Too much Marvel.

There is more then just the big 2 ya know.

NO ONE CARES ABOUT KICK ASS!

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#14 Posted by MAZAHS117 (11586 posts) - - Show Bio

VERY nice list *nods head*

I appreciate the time it took to probably think about this and construct it. Many of these are my favorite fight/battle scenes too, albeit in a little different order

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#15 Posted by ULTRAstarkiller (9130 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice list

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#16 Posted by AllStarSuperman (42493 posts) - - Show Bio

@saintwildcard: Theres no Spidy vs the Green Goblin. .....this list is dead to me.

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#17 Posted by Jgames (7825 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice list overall, I mean the order is clearly wrong, also wolverine vs x-23 was deleted from my brain since it was so forgettable, but nice list never the less I guess.

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#18 Posted by Veshark (10440 posts) - - Show Bio

@ready_4_madness@perethorn@mazahs117@ultrastarkiller Thanks for reading, folks!

@granitesoldier No, I love Cap's highway fight sequence for the choreography as well. There's a Cracked.com article somewhere where an actual martial artist commends that scene for its (fairly) realistic portrayal of H2H combat (essentially Cap adapting with a new fighting style every time Bucky pulled out a new weapon). That said, if we're talking TWS fight scenes, I'm afraid the Lemurian Star fight just ranks higher for me. Something about Cap jumping off a plane with no parachute for a covert ops just screams "cool" to me.

@risingbean Hal defeating Parallax by punching him into the sun? Bah. We both know the best battle is Tobey Maguire Spidey defeating Mary Jane with his groovy dance moves.

@buttersdaman000 Sorry, but Blade as a series never really resonated with me. Probably because it's more urban/dark fantasy than superhero? I'll likely give the trilogy a rewatch sometime in the near future though, so who knows, that Nomak fight might find its way onto a revised list someday.

@silkyballfro94 I like the elevator fight in TWS (I actually mention it as a runner-up in my introduction), but frankly I didn't want to stuff my list with too many Cap fights (because honestly any action scene from Winter Soldier qualifies as a Top 20 battle). It's a cool sequence, but not as epic as the other battles in the film, in my opinion. I like it; just not as much as the highway fight, the Lemurian Star operation, or even the final battle with the Helicarriers.

@manwhohaseverything Really, you wouldn't have the Battle of New York even in your Top 10? I'm curious, why?

@saintwildcard I think the reason why I ranked the Smallville fight higher was because, as I mentioned, that was the first time we got to see Superman fight like Superman. All that lovely speed-blitzing! Clark blitzing Zod, Faora blitzing those poor soldiers, and that cool bit when Superman dodges gunfire from that A-10.

@allstarsuperman Might have something to do with the fact that Marvel has more live-action adaptations than any other publisher...not sure how you can say that and still lament the lack of Spidey vs. Green Goblin either. I did consider other movies outside of the Big Two (Kick-Ass, the Hellboy series, Crow, Chronicle, Dredd, heck even Unbreakable crossed my mind...), and while many have entertaining fight scenes, in the end, I can't say any of them are particularly memorable. The closest would be the Nuada fight in Hellboy II and perhaps the Hit-Girl sequence in the first Kick-Ass.

@jgames Maybe the Wolverine vs. X-23 fight was deleted from your brain because it doesn't exist....

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#19 Posted by juiceboks (24408 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice list man, I'd put Hulk vs the Gamma Dogs on this somewhere towards the middle but otherwise I agree.

Also, what's going on bro? Been too long.

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#20 Posted by SaintWildcard (21435 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: I understand, objectively, the fight was more diverse in showings of powers. While the Zod fight was more about a philosophical battle between Nature and Nurture.

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#21 Posted by Veshark (10440 posts) - - Show Bio

@juiceboks I've been good, Juice, just been a little too busy with classes to get on the Vine. We need another CV Rap Tourney so we can stunt on these plebs.

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#22 Posted by Jgames (7825 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: Could have sworn Lady Deathstrike was call x-23 in some shape or form

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#23 Posted by MonsterStomp (36422 posts) - - Show Bio

Affleck's Batman is like Arkham Batman on steroids

Come on now. That's a bit of an overstatement :P

Regardless, this is a great list. I was actually trying to think of my favourite CBM battle last night.

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#24 Posted by Manwhohaseverything (3810 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark said:

@manwhohaseverything Really, you wouldn't have the Battle of New York even in your Top 10? I'm curious, why?

I didn't feel the threat level from the Chitauri (sp?) or Loki was high enough. One was a group of aliens that rode hover boards and missed everything they shot at, and much of their army was taken out by a guy with a shield and lady that knows martial arts. As for Loki, his defeat was used as comic fodder. We all know the good guys win these fights, but while watching, I like to feel they have to overcome something in order to win and I never got from The Avengers. I'm aware there was more to the fight than that, but I never felt The Avengers were seriously threatened.

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#25 Posted by GraniteSoldier (12745 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: I've been trained in various martial arts and been in the military for some time...it's why that scene is so beautiful to me!

I won't lie though, I wish I could jump out a plane without a chute Luke a badass and be totally fine...

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#26 Posted by Sy8000 (34648 posts) - - Show Bio

I want to say the final Bucky vs Cap in Winter Soldier should be here but I have a hard time justifying what was good there other than being the climax, and maybe the helicarrier fight should be here. Other wise I agree with the inclusions even if I might nitpick about the order.

How long will you be back? Please don't be like Saren and only come for one thread :( Also disclaimer I did sort of steal your thread idea once and make Captain American runs the anti-Batman gauntlet.

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#27 Posted by Stormdriven (17209 posts) - - Show Bio

Pretty good list. I would personally rearrange it a little (probably omit the final battle from TDKR, and replace it with the helicarrier fight from TWS), but it's definitely a solid list.

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#28 Posted by Veshark (10440 posts) - - Show Bio

@monsterstomp I think I was trying to say that Affleck Bats was more violent than Arkham Bats with the takedowns (all that chest-stabbing etc.). Thanks for reading, MS.

@manwhohaseverything Different strokes, I suppose. That battle is still the benchmark for cinematic superhero fights for me. I think up until that point we'd never seen the whole "heroes fight an invasion" thing done in a superhero film before. It was like Millar's Ultimates or the Kang EMH episode coming to life on the silver screen. I thought Whedon did a good job with the threat level too, as there was a point later in the battle when it was clear the Avengers would lose eventually if they didn't find a way to close the portal.

@highaccuser Yeah honestly, any action scene in TWS qualifies for this list, but I had to trim it down to the Lemurian Star fight and the highway scene, just to be fair to other movies. I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Hulk v. Thor battle from the first Avengers yet, though. As for myself, yeah I haven't really found the time to be on CV, but I try to drop in every now and again. And ha, it's fine, I checked the thread out - surprised you didn't include Wrath though. Thanks for reading!

@stormdriven Thanks for commenting! Yeah, honestly this list took a lot of thought, but my opinions might still change in the future.

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#29 Posted by Manwhohaseverything (3810 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark said:

@manwhohaseverything Different strokes, I suppose. That battle is still the benchmark for cinematic superhero fights for me. I think up until that point we'd never seen the whole "heroes fight an invasion" thing done in a superhero film before. It was like Millar's Ultimates or the Kang EMH episode coming to life on the silver screen. I thought Whedon did a good job with the threat level too, as there was a point later in the battle when it was clear the Avengers would lose eventually if they didn't find a way to close the portal.

Fair enough, we all have our own perceptions while following a story. I agree they could have lost had they not closed the portal, but I knew they would. Not just because the "good guys win" but because Iron Man hadn't done anything much to help to that point. So it seems to me that scene was written as a way to give Iron Man "something to do," so it was very predictable to me. I also don't want it sound like I thought that fight had no redeeming value, it obviously did, i just think other scenes were better.

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#30 Posted by Farkam (11965 posts) - - Show Bio

Quality thread as always.

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#31 Posted by deactivated-5a04a566e9ae3 (12864 posts) - - Show Bio

X-Men vs Sentinels is cooler than all of those.

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#32 Posted by Veshark (10440 posts) - - Show Bio

@farkam Thanks for reading!

@sprior93 The first battle in Moscow or the final battle in China? Or the present-day one with Magneto? The Moscow one nearly made the list, but it was a toss-up between that and Deadpool, in the end. I enjoyed all of them, just not that much.

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#33 Edited by BruceRogers (16723 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: Great thread mate!, I wouldn't have put it better myself. It's also refreshing to see someone say something positive about the Nolanverse's choreography for a change. This earns you a follow :)

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#34 Posted by deactivated-5967bf6197d40 (2560 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't agree with the order, or even what battles were placed here, but this was still a great read. Good job :)

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#36 Posted by Veshark (10440 posts) - - Show Bio

Updated for 2018.

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#37 Posted by biswaboxz (2622 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool Thread :) !! Btw don't u like Steve's Elevator fight on WS , as a Captain America fan ? .

And tbh that Nolanverse fight scene(Joker vs DK) is quite underestimated by users(as much i have seen among users) but i really thought that was one of my best fight scenes . Thanks for showing that

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#38 Posted by Veshark (10440 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool Thread :) !! Btw don't u like Steve's Elevator fight on WS , as a Captain America fan ? .

And tbh that Nolanverse fight scene(Joker vs DK) is quite underestimated by users(as much i have seen among users) but i really thought that was one of my best fight scenes . Thanks for showing that

Oh no I love it, I even mention the elevator fight in my introduction. But the highway fight against Winter Soldier just blows every other fight scene from that movie out the water, in my opinion.

No problem, and I agree. I remember loving the Batpod scene as a kid, and seeing how they shot that scene (they actually flipped a trailer truck in the air using a pneumatic pump) was awesome.

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#39 Posted by The_Red_Devil (3370 posts) - - Show Bio

Good List , just put Thor vs Hulk from Ragnarok up there.