The Marvel Cinematic Universe will launch its much-awaited Phase 5 release Ant and the Wasp: Quantumania on February 17. Almost 15 years into existence, the MCU is still on top of the world, even if it’s not as big of a failure as many people thought. However, the sprawling franchise continues to win, delivering more of the same fan-pleasing shows that made it a phenomenon in the first place with each new entry.
A big reason why the MCU is so successful is its larger-than-life action set pieces. Audiences watch Gaga watch their favorite superheroes battle their favorite superheroes, making their comic book dreams come true. And while it’s true that the MCU rarely experiments with its formula—in fact, the franchise has a reputation for actively resisting change—it does try to change things up when it comes to the action department. From interstellar battles in hostile moons to multi-faceted versus multi-faceted sequences, these battles stand out as the most memorable and exciting battles in the MCU.
5. The helicopter attack – The Avengers (2012)
The first Avengers The film was the official launch of the MCU. Sure, there were some movies before, but The Avengers it confirmed that this was just a dream, and that these characters could really exist in an organic and entertaining way. The film spends a lot of time setting the stage for the team to come together, showing how different they are and how chaotic they can be thrown together. There are several Avenger-versus-Avenger scenes in the film, but the helicopter attack at the end of the second act is still the best.
The extended sequence features two major battles – Thor versus Hulk and Black Widow versus Hawkeye – as well as a chase sequence straight out of a horror movie and even a sibling therapy session. It’s an exciting battle that successfully moves the story forward and even provides valuable character development some his main players. The Avengers it’s surprising, mostly because it understands that big set pieces can work together with good, albeit rudimentary, character development to create an above-average superhero movie.
4. Cap & Bucky vs Tony – Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Is Captain America: Civil War a good adaptation of its now iconic source material? Not enough. First, it’s not really a war; it’s more of an overblown conflict. However, the stakes are high on a personal level for scout Steve Rogers, whose insistence on saving his “friend” Bucky Barnes goes from the stubborn to the downright obsessive. Tony Stark makes a compelling antagonist, thanks in large part to Robert Downey Jr.’s devil-may-care attitude, and Daniel Brühl is an excellent villain. Through and through, Civil War It’s a serviceable entry into the MCU, with two big fight scenes that make it one of the most memorable pictures of the franchise.
Sure, there’s the battle of the airport Civil War‘s pièce de résistance, but the final fight between Steve and Bucky against Tony is the real highlight of the film. Fast-paced, incredibly brutal, and with a real emotional backdrop to back it up, the fight is one of the rare instances where the MCU lets go of its self-imposed limits and lets its godlike characters rage. Tony, in particular, gets in on the action, creating a fun scene where everything seems possible, even if only for a small moment.
3. Clash of Titans – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Thanos is the best villain in the MCU, and Avengers: Infinity War it is his finest hour. Thanks to a truly compelling Josh Brolin, the Mad Titan rises above the endless landscape of MCU villains, offering a fresher take on ambition and malice. The film revolves around his efforts to collect the Infinity Stones, showcasing his single-minded and resourceful ways and cementing him as the ultimate threat to the world’s mightiest Heroes.
Although he owns the film from start to finish, Thanos’ key moment comes near the end of the film. Reaching his destroyed Titan homeworld, Thanos faces the might of three Avengers (Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange) and three Guardians (Star-Lord, Drax, and Mantis). The battle is arguably the first time in the MCU where the characters make full use of their abilities, showing all the power they have to stand a chance against the four-stone-gauntlet-wielding Thanos. Doctor Strange is the MVP of the fight, showing off his amazing abilities and giving the Mad Titan a run for his money. Sadly, we all know Quill’s stupidity has ruined everything, but at least the battle is awesome.
2. Spider-Men vs. the Sinister Five – Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Fanboys’ dreams came true when the MCU brought together three Spider-Men in the cinema in the crossover in 2021 Spider-Man: There’s No Way Home. The film has a really funny plot that aims to bring in beloved actors from past films, but it succeeds with great performances. There are a lot of bad guys – almost every major Spider-Man villain shows up, except for the ones introduced by the MCU, that is. The battles are big and loud, with actors like Alfred Molina and Willem Dafoe bringing their unique flair to elevate every scene they’re in.
No Way Home There are two impressive battles. And while the condominium conflict may be the better of the two, the final sequence on the new Statue of Liberty easily takes the cake. Tobey Maguire is reuniting with Molina! Andrew Garfield is there catching Zendaya and reducing everyone to tears! It’s Tom Holland and Tom Holland! The VFX very wonky, and sometimes the action isn’t clear, but the scope of the battle is so great that many of the scene’s flaws become background noise. After all, three Spider-Men are better than one.
1. The last stand against Thanos – Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Endgame 11 years of continuous storytelling is worth bringing to a close. Every major character on Earth gathers for one last stand against the Mad Titan, in what is arguably the most iconic scene of the 2010s. The setup isn’t perfect—far from it, actually—but the MCU got the job done, and audiences let it reap the benefits, going along for the ride. End gameand final battle.
From the moment the portals open to Tony’s final leap, the scene is an explosion of adrenaline and emotion. People scream at the theater; They clapped and cheered like baseball fans after a home run. The final battle i End game it’s the stuff of comic book fans’ dreams, a gargantuan clash of epic proportions with everyone from Iron Man and Cap to freaking Rocket Racoon. From the moment Cap uttered those long-awaited words, fans knew they were in for the fight of a lifetime. Assemble, indeed.