For the last decade or so we’ve had a surge of superhero movies, and for the last decade, most have been very good! Superhero movies have actually been around for many years but the quality of these films have just recently improved beyond expectations. One aspect of these films is in the eye popping action scenes and stunning visual effects. Along with the latest in special effects, the action is accompanied by A-list actors & actresses who have been a key role in the success of these films. The focus of this topic is on some of the best superhero actions scenes we’ve had yet. Here I’ve put together a list of the top 5 action sequences of all time, which was no easy feat as there were many blockbuster eye candy to choose from. I’m sure you’ll have your favorites and maybe they didn’t make the list, feel free to let me know in the comment section. For now here is my list counting down to the number one of all time! (In my opinion)
#5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (The assassination attempt of Nick Fury) In the midst of finding out there might be Hydra agents among the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) finds himself under attack after a very intense assassination attempt. This film is a Spy thriller disguised as a superhero movie which has tension building up to the climax of this scene. Nick Fury has no super powers but here you find out just how bad-ass he is, and why he’s the leader of Shield. Equipped with some very cool toys and gadgets that would make James Bond green with envy, Nick manages to hold off his attackers by using every gadget at his disposal. After a quick stand off, the gun battle quickly turns into one of the best car chases in a superhero movie of all time!
#4. X-Men: Days of Future Past. (Magneto’s prison break) Needing to free Magneto from a heavily guarded prison, the X-Men acquire the help of Quicksilver (Evan Peters), a mutant with super human speed. Challenged with the mission of extracting a prisoner from a maximum security facility, Quicksilver makes great use of his speed. Making “quick” work of some security personnel in the prisons kitchen, as he displays just how fast he is. Moving bullets in mid flight as he circles the entire kitchen, still having time to taste the food that’s being tossed about, adds for some really funny moments. The special effects here are extremely well done capturing every detail of Quicksilver in motion as the action seems to pause around him!
#3. X2 (Nightcrawler’s Opening Scene) With tension at an all time high between the Mutant community and the Government, Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) goes on a solo mission to assassinate the President of the United States. Faced with finding the President in the White House, Nightcrawler must use his mutant ability to teleport in and out of rooms all while dodging and fighting the Presidents personnel bodyguards. This is one of the best use of super powers of its time as Nightcrawler teleports in quick successions combining his acrobatic fighting skills to single handedly defeat the guards. The visual effects here are pure eye candy as every teleportation leaves a dark purple haze of burning brimstone as if pulled right out of the comics!
#2. Captain America: Civil War. (Airport fight scene) Here we find our heroes confronting each other as the hero’s have been divided into two sides, a build up that took 5 movies in the making. The heroes clash against one another in what can only be described as “The Royal Rumble” of superhero movies! A choose your side battle as team Captain America faces off against team Ironman in a no holds barred brawl. This scene is filled with all kinds of geek goodness. From the introduction of Black Panther and Spider-Man, to the “giant” surprise of Ant-man, this scene will have you dripping with nerd sweat! Not only packed with awesome action this scene is ripe with humor. From Spider-Man referencing Star Wars to the banter between Falcon and Winter Soldier, this is comic book perfection!
#1. Avengers: Age of Ultron.(Hulk vs. Hulkbuster Ironman) Ok action fans, this ones for you!.. Under the spell of the Scarlett Witch, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) sets off on a mindless rampage. Equipped to deal with this sort of thing, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) calls in plan “Veronica”, aka, The Hulkbuster armor. This sets up the fight of the century! The battle between Monster and the ultimate fighting machine is packed with some of the best blockbuster action of all time. Fist collide as windows shatter for a two block radius as the two turn a town into a war zone! Using every weapon the Hulkbuster armor has to offer, Tony Stark can barely hold back the raw power of the Hulk. Hulk fueled by pure rage Tony soon realizes he is out muscled and must resort to out wit the mindless Hulk. Nerds have dreamed of this fight ever since it was printed in the pages of comic books and it delivered in every way possible showing just how good these films have gotten. Proving once again that superhero films can literally make dreams come true!