MCU Fans’ Favorite Fight Scenes From Phases 1-3

When it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), there is no shortage of high-octane action sequences fraught with suspense and drama. Looking back on the last three phases that constitute the Infinity Saga, it would be impossible to count the number of fight sequences that take place; however, it’s easier to remember those that were most impactful. 

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In an online discussion about the best MCU fight scenes, a few moments in the saga’s history seem to come up more than others. Below, please find the fight scenes fans can still picture as clear as day when they think back on all the action-packed narratives that defined the Infinity Saga.

1. The highway scene in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

The highway chase in The Winter Soldier was unpredictable and combat-based. From busting out a car door and riding it like a sled to Bucky Barnes’ and Rogers’ hand-to-hand combat moment and Natasha’s famous leg grapple, the scene was well-executed and well-shot. One fan explained:

Highway fight in Winter Soldier. It’s been over five years and they haven’t had a fight scene nearly that impressive again.

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Concurring with the above sentiment, another fan noted:

They’ve had fight scenes like the other comment said, but, they haven’t had an actual fight scene like that in years. I hope what they do for black widow they have some action-packed scenes.

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The Highway fight scene was one of many greats, and one of the sequences that (though not featuring any characters who shoot beams from their hands, fly, or manipulate space and time) was still equally satisfying. 

2. The fight between Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Bucky Barnes in ‘Captain America: Civil War’

This fight scene ranks among the best, for it is emotionally stirring. It is equal parts action-packed and heartwrenching, as fans come to believe that Stark and Rogers will legitimately injure one another. Fans noted:

The emotional stakes are higher in Civil War’s fight scene

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I really loved the fact that I truly thought Cap was going to kill Tony in Civil War. It wouldn’t make sense but the buildup was powerful enough to fool me.

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3. The elevator scene in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Seeing what Captain America was able to accomplish in such a confined space, with multiple enemies against him, was simply syrup for the soul. What beats Cap destroying a bunch of Hydra agents who utterly outnumbered him? Fans stated:

I’ll always love the elevator fight.

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I think that one [elevator fight] was amazing. Not just because of how cool it was seeing a fight in the tiniest imaginable area for a fight, but also how it’s an amazing fight scene in a movie that is about fighting.

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4. The fight against Thanos on Titan in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

The fight scene in Infinity War featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as Stark, Parker, and Doctor Strange was a combat mash-up of unimaginable scale, executed with finesse and technique.  The stones come into play in such a way that the fight scene remains different from many others. Fans stated:

Titan! The teamwork and Thanos using the various stones makes it so unique.

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Toss-up between the fight with Thanos on Titan in Infinity War or the fight between Tony, Cap, and Bucky in Civil War. Both are amazingly choreographed and have a lot of tension.

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When it comes down to it, the Infinity Saga is stock-piled with impressive fight scenes, and this list did not include them all, as no one can forget Wanda challenging Thanos in Endgame; however, this list aimed to highlight a handful of sequences fans will never forget.