SPIDERMAN VS. GREEN GOBLIN
The webcrawler’s big screen debut launched the superhero genre to new heights when it became the first film in history to cross the $100 million threshold in its opening weekend at the box office. Featuring a starmaking performance from Tobey Maguire — as well as a wonderfully hammy villainous turn by Willem Dafoe — this breakout hit crescendoed in gritty fashion with a third act showdown between the two archnemeses. After managing to subdue the crazed Norman Osborn, a badly injured SpiderMan dodges an underhanded glider attack at the last second, and the Goblin pays the ultimate price for his treachery.
QUICKSILVER VS. PENTAGON SECURITY TEAM
Comic book fans were up in arms when the design of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver was initially unveiled on the cover of Empire Magazine. Despite bearing little resemblance to his comic book counterpart, the speedster ended up stealing the show with this innovative slowmo sequence. Folk legend Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle” echoes in the background as “Peter” Maximoff cleverly maneuvers the room at supersonic speeds, dispatching of the security guards and preventing his fellow mutants from being riddled with bullets. Fingers crossed XMen: Apocalypse features more highlight reel Quicksilver scenes like this one.
CAPTAIN AMERICA VS. THE WINTER SOLDIER
Easily one of the best films to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, Steve Rogers’ second solo outing was a thrill ride from start to finish. It’s almost unfair to single out one solitary moment from the movie, but in our eyes, the highway fight scene between the Captain and his former best friendturned assassin takes the cake. This expertly choreographed supersoldier melee is capped off by the film’s big reveal — that Bucky Barnes is still very much alive — one that adds an extra dimension to the proceedings. These two look to be fighting on the same side again in Civil War, but we wouldn’t be opposed to another physical altercation or two.
BATMAN VS. BANE
Having appeared in more liveaction films than any other modern superhero, you’d think we’d have gotten a proper fight sequence featuring the Caped Crusader before 2012. Widely hyped as the first time we’d see the Batman taking on a worthy physical foe on the big screen, his first battle against Bane was a shocker for noncomic fans who never thought they’d see the Dark Knight get manhandled like this. Fans of the 1993 Knightfall storyline probably saw the back break coming a mile away, though. Batman of course manages to heal himself and overcome his foe in the end, though not before he was betrayed in epic fashion by the shadows he once believed to be his and his alone.
IRON MAN VS. THE HULK
The sequel to one of the most successful movies of all time, Age of Ultron had an absurd standard to live up to. And while it may not have improved on its predecessor in any meaningful way, Whedon’s Avengers follow up was still a smash hit with critics and audiences alike, thanks in no small part to this spectacular brawl. Fans had hoped to see Iron Man break out the Hulkbuster armor for years, and its live action debut did not disappoint. Tony Stark’s upgraded suit eventually stops the rampaging behemoth, but not before the two tear apart a Wakandan city. Black Panther’s probably not going to be too thrilled about that when he makes his debut in Civil War.
SUPERMAN VS. GENERAL ZOD
Zack Snyder’s second scene on this list is also quite possibly the most controversial. While few would argue against the sheer visual spectacle of watching two Kryptonians beat the hell out of each other, the fact that Metropolis was all but leveled in the process bothered a lot of comic book fans. And even more were upset over Superman’s decision to kill Zod in order to save the lives of innocent bystanders. Both the battle and its murderous conclusionary act will have MAJOR consequences in Batman v Superman, of course. In fact, they could just be leading directly into the most epic superhero battle of all (*SHOW BVS FOOTAGE HERE*) — though the jury’s still out on that one.