The 25 Best Fight Scenes In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Marvel has a reputation for being kid friendly, but as most fans of their movies (and especially their TV shows) know, the action and fights can actually be pretty outstanding. From the Netflix shows to Captain America and Avengers movies, high quality fight scenes are all over the place in the Marvel universe.

I have composed a list of Marvel’s top 25 best fight scenes, from worst to best, and they all are noteworthy for either being action packed, impressive, or just plain fun. The TV scenes tend to be more brutal, while the movies tend to be more over fun and grandiose, but some of the movie scenes can also be more violent than you might expect from a Disney property.

Keep in mind, this list only includes enteries that are either part of Marvel’s film or TV universe. Nothing prior to the MCU or any of Fox’s Marvel films are included in the list. 

Now sit back, relax, and click ‘next’ to begin viewing  our list of Marvel’s top 25 live action fight scenes.

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Josh Behr

Josh Behr

Jack of some trades, master of some others. That saying never really made a lot of sense to me.

  • Axxell

    Good list, but my #1 fight scene is still the Rogers vs Bucky sequence from WS…Pretty much anything from that movie should be in the top 10, IMO.

  • Maxi Iroh

    Below #12, most aren’t good.
    Daredevil Hallway Scene for season 1 is way, way better than the one from season 2.
    Also Daredevil vs Kingpin was plain bad.

    1- Daredevil S1 Hallway Fight
    2- Punisher getting out of Prison
    3- Elevator Scene
    4- Cap vs Bucky
    5- Nobu vs Daredevil

    • I didn’t think the Daredevil vs Kingpin was that great, but I gave it a rewatch and was pleasantly impressed. It was actually much better than I remembered.

      • Maxi Iroh

        Cool, will probably give it another chance.

  • Carl

    The MCU has so much great action! Was this list not including Dr. Strange for some reason? The fight while time is reversing should be in the top 10.

    • To be honest with you I didn’t include Doctor Strange because this is a list I’ve been slowly formulating for a few months before the movie came out. I never went back to add in any from the film but I agree with you, there are probably two scenes from that film that would have been in the top 15.

      • Matias Gagliardone

        Why didn’t you include the Black Widow scene from Iron Man 2?

        • Oversight. Iron Man 2 didn’t stick with me the way a lot of the other movies did.

  • Cinephilia Lovegood

    Solid list. Some are much more effective on a storytelling level than others, which plays a large part in the way I personally evaluate action scenes than most would, but the 25 scenes you picked are probably the same I would regardless of rankings. It’s clearly one person’s opinion of a list just judging by the rankings, but interesting nonetheless. I am shocked that the airport scene isn’t #1 with the highway fight #2, because they’re both prime examples of the perfect recipe for action, both having stunning combat that pushes the narrative forward.

  • Nightwing

    Punisher’s jail fight has to be one of my favorites of all time. The angry look in his eyes when he realized Kingpin crossed him, and all those inmates lunging at him because he killed Dutton. And that moment where he goes at them and his battle cry. Netflix knocked it out of the park. It’s a 10/10 fight. Cap’s elevator fight is also one of the greatest. Excellent list btw.

    • Matias Gagliardone

      Only missing Black Widow in Iron Man 2 breaking into Hammer’s facility

      • Nightwing

        I firmly agree, can’t believe I forgot about that. I could watch Scarlett and her stunt double kick @ss all day.

  • No time for TV in recent years, have seen only season one of DD. Anyway, from among the films, Winter Soldier Cap elevator scene culminating in takedown of aerial craft remains my favorite. Next basically just about ~every~ scene of Black Widow in combat, but the scenes in Winter Solider in on the battle ship and in Iron Man 2 in which she breaks into Hammer’s facility stand out. After that the battle between Iron Man and Thor in The Avengers is probably my next favorite. And of course Hulk’s thrashing of Loki is priceless in The Avengers.

  • Matias Gagliardone

    The only problem I have is that there are no Black Widow scenes in the list like the one in Iron Man 2 that was great

  • zarathustraNU

    Great list, thanks! The only addition I would make is Captain America vs. the Harrier Jet in CA: Winter Solider. I know it’s very brief, but it just looks amazing (like the Batroc scene you have on your list)– it was one of the first times I was watching a comic-based movie and said, “This is what I imagined the comic characters would look and move in real life– our special effects capabilities are no longer handicapping how these stories are depicted on-screen.” In other words, the exact opposite of how I feel about every combat scene in the last 15 years of X-Men movies.