Welcome to 31 one days of Super Hero fist fights. This will be a 4 week installment series covering the entire month of October tallying up the best battles involving Superheroes on film.
What’s unique about this list is that it is not a hard ranking of any sort until we get to the top of the pile. I mean do you seriously want to argue why #26 should be higher than #23? When we near the end, we can start making the hard decisions. Also while Daredevil and his Netflix buddies have some truly top-tier action sequences all their own, they fall under the realm of TV which means they are unable to appear on this list.
Now before we start here are the factors we’re using to rank these cinematic clashes. This isn’t to say one is better than the other, just that context matters.
One Sided Vs. Back and Forth action
Does the fight work because it’s a back and forth clash? Or because one guy is tearing through his opposition.
Why are they fighting? Just to look cool? To avenge a death? A petty spat?
Why is this fight so memorable? Is it a first clash of titans? A hero finally facing insurmountable odds? Something so unique and cool we just weren’t expecting it?
Is there some sort of mitigating factor in the battle? A bomb is about to go off? They aren’t trying to kill the other one? Wacky teleportation?
Shake ‘n Bake
Is this a team up? How great is the chemistry? Does it make everything just THAT more flashy and cool?
What are the ramifications? Are they best friends now? Are they enemies now? Was the world saved?
In case you missed it, check out #31-#26 right here.
#25 Crossbones Vs. The Avengers – Civil War
Why it’s great:
Get ready to see a lot of Captain America: Civil War on this list, this is a warning. With that out of the way, this is probably one of the least memorable of the fight scenes in the film but man does it have its moments. First off, the costume for Crossbones is fantastic. We see how he’s adapted to “Having a building dropped on his face” which apparently means wearing piston gauntlets and wearing masks under masks.
He throws down with both Black Widow and Captain America here separately but in the same action sequence so it counts. The first is him going toe-to-toe with Black Widow which is impressive in its own right but when she tries to hit him with the ‘Widows Bite’ but he responds with “I don’t work like that no more” and drops her into a APC with his own squad and drops a grenade in there in one swift calculating move. Impressive.
When he throws down with Cap, he both sucker punches him in the back tossing Rogers ten feet and busts out some giant knives in addition to his “fistagons”. The fight is short because well, piston-knife fists or no you aren’t going to get too far one on one with Captain America. Steve disarms him, almost literally but Brock Rumlow has the last laugh, name dropping Bucky and being the inciting incident for the Sokovia Accords which helps tear the Avengers apart.
Not bad for less than five minutes of screen time.