Top 10 Epic Battles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Phases 1-3)

Top 10 Epic Battles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Phases 1-3)

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The first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe consist of 23 movies, so it’s normal if you’ve forgotten about some of their greatest moments. Don’t worry: we’ll jog your memory with this rundown of Marvel’s best battles yet. Oh, and the order is completely random. We’re equally passionate about all 10 scenes!!

If you want to rewatch all the Marvel movies after reading this article, you can find the whole collection on Disney+. There’s a 7-day free trial period (plenty of time to watch your favorite Marvel movies), and you can enjoy it on up to 10 devices, among its special features.

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1. The elevator fight

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a movie packed with great action sequences, but if we had to pick one, it would be the elevator fight. Why? Because the Cap has to face more than half a dozen Hydra agents in a closed space. The bad guys have magnetic handcuffs, electric stunning rods… and yet, Rogers manages to win. It’s a chaotic, creative battle, but it was directed so superbly that you don’t miss a single detail of the action.

Oh, and as a bonus, we have that incredible moment when the Cap then takes down a jet using nothing but his shield.

2. Yondu’s whistle

Yondu and his arrow, Yaka, star in one of the most creative jailbreaks in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We see Yondu use his ability to the fullest extent: the arrow pierces walls, knocks over enemy spaceships and even manages to catch on fire. Also, the scene is impeccably directed: we have slow motion falls, a great moment when we follow the arrow’s path in the darkness… all seasoned with the catchy tune “Come a Little Bit Closer.”

3. The airport battle

This mega-battle in Captain America: Civil War was the first to faithfully recreate the masterful madness we see daily in Marvel comics. We have a ton of interactions and combos: Spider-Man steals Captain America’s shield, Wanda Maximoff buries Iron Man under a mountain of cars, Ant-Man turns into Giant-Man…

On a narrative level, you could cut the tension with a knife: we’re seeing a battle between former allies, people who were on the same team until a few weeks earlier. On that note, the tragic climax with the fall of War Machine and Tony Stark’s expression of grief is simply devastating.

4. Thor vs. Hulk: the rematch

Thor and Hulk have already come face-to-face in The Avengers, which makes this rematch more compelling. Our reason for picking this showdown instead of the previous one is the odd situation both characters find themselves in: Thor has lost his hammer, and Hulk has lost Banner’s reasoning. This generates interesting moments where we see Hulk use some cool weapons, or where Thor tries to imitate Natasha to soothe the green oaf.

5. Dr. Strange and Iron Man vs. Thanos

Avengers: Infinity War has one stellar battle after another. We chose this particular one because of the great feat these two heroes achieve in standing up to Thanos by themselves, even if it’s only for a few moments.

The Sorcerer Supreme’s duel with Thanos lasts less than a minute, but it’s the closest Marvel has come to anime. The Mad Titan throws a black hole at Strange, and he turns it into butterflies! Only Naruto is missing out here.

As for Iron Man vs. Thanos, which happens right after that, we see a deranged and desperate Tony Stark use his most violent methods to stop the great enemy. He becomes the only hero to injure Thanos so far, even if we’re only talking about a few drops of blood.

6. “Avengers, assemble!”


Is anyone surprised to find this scene on our list? We have no words to describe the magnificence of the climax of Avengers: Endgame. When everything seems lost, all the heroes and allies appear to defeat Thanos’ army. We have not only punches and blows, but old enemies coming together, conflicts resolved… and we find out what Strange meant when he said there was only one way to defeat Thanos.

7. Spider-Man recovers his spidey sense

We’ve chosen Spidey’s final battle against Mysterio for what that means for the character’s arc in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Parker is obviously discouraged after what happened in Endgame and doesn’t think he has what it takes to be a superhero in the new world. As a result, he loses his spidey sense and is deceived by Mysterio. It is at this moment in the movie that Spidey regains his trust in himself and proves capable of defeating any evildoer who tries to harm Earth.

8. Captain America and the Winter Soldier vs. Iron Man

Although it’s a scene packed with amazing choreography, movements and attacks, what kept us glued to our seats was its emotional aspect: with every punch thrown, laser shot and shield deployed, the relationship between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers breaks down a bit more. Its consequences have an impact on the rest of the Marvel movies, and many say it’s the reason why Thanos has an easy victory in Civil War. In short, there was a total rift between two great leaders of the Avengers.

9. Hulk vs. Hulkbuster


It’s our favorite battle from Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s rude and fun, and we think it has the most brutal blows of any Marvel battle scene. If you disagree, just remember the grand finale when Hulk and Hulkbuster fall off the top of a building under construction, completely destroying it.

10. The battle of New York

This was the first time in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we saw the Avengers working together as a team to overcome a great threat. The scene begins with the famous line, “that’s my secret, Captain: I’m always angry,” and continues with the famous circle shot showing the six members before escalating to the grand finale. Endgame, Civil War and Infinity War may have battles with more characters and special effects, but the battle of New York is still the one that thrills us the most.

Top 10 Epic Battles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Phases 1-3)

Top 10 Epic Battles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Phases 1-3)

BY SOFTONIC     March 23, 2020

Note: Our team is always looking for things we think our readers will value. We may receive financial compensation for publishing this article.

The first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe consist of 23 movies, so it’s normal if you’ve forgotten about some of their greatest moments. Don’t worry: we’ll jog your memory with this rundown of Marvel’s best battles yet. Oh, and the order is completely random. We’re equally passionate about all 10 scenes!!

If you want to rewatch all the Marvel movies after reading this article, you can find the whole collection on Disney+. There’s a 7-day free trial period (plenty of time to watch your favorite Marvel movies), and you can enjoy it on up to 10 devices, among its special features.

  1. The elevator fight

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a movie packed with great action sequences, but if we had to pick one, it would be the elevator fight. Why? Because the Cap has to face more than half a dozen Hydra agents in a closed space. The bad guys have magnetic handcuffs, electric stunning rods… and yet, Rogers manages to win. It’s a chaotic, creative battle, but it was directed so superbly that you don’t miss a single detail of the action.

Oh, and as a bonus, we have that incredible moment when the Cap then takes down a jet using nothing but his shield.

  1. Yondu’s whistle

Yondu and his arrow, Yaka, star in one of the most creative jailbreaks in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We see Yondu use his ability to the fullest extent: the arrow pierces walls, knocks over enemy spaceships and even manages to catch on fire. Also, the scene is impeccably directed: we have slow motion falls, a great moment when we follow the arrow’s path in the darkness… all seasoned with the catchy tune “Come a Little Bit Closer.”

  1. The airport battle

This mega-battle in Captain America: Civil War was the first to faithfully recreate the masterful madness we see daily in Marvel comics. We have a ton of interactions and combos: Spider-Man steals Captain America’s shield, Wanda Maximoff buries Iron Man under a mountain of cars, Ant-Man turns into Giant-Man…

On a narrative level, you could cut the tension with a knife: we’re seeing a battle between former allies, people who were on the same team until a few weeks earlier. On that note, the tragic climax with the fall of War Machine and Tony Stark’s expression of grief is simply devastating.

  1. Thor vs. Hulk: the rematch

Thor and Hulk have already come face-to-face in The Avengers, which makes this rematch more compelling. Our reason for picking this showdown instead of the previous one is the odd situation both characters find themselves in: Thor has lost his hammer, and Hulk has lost Banner’s reasoning. This generates interesting moments where we see Hulk use some cool weapons, or where Thor tries to imitate Natasha to soothe the green oaf.

  1. Dr. Strange and Iron Man vs. Thanos

Avengers: Infinity War has one stellar battle after another. We chose this particular one because of the great feat these two heroes achieve in standing up to Thanos by themselves, even if it’s only for a few moments.

The Sorcerer Supreme’s duel with Thanos lasts less than a minute, but it’s the closest Marvel has come to anime. The Mad Titan throws a black hole at Strange, and he turns it into butterflies! Only Naruto is missing out here.

As for Iron Man vs. Thanos, which happens right after that, we see a deranged and desperate Tony Stark use his most violent methods to stop the great enemy. He becomes the only hero to injure Thanos so far, even if we’re only talking about a few drops of blood.

  1. “Avengers, assemble!”

Is anyone surprised to find this scene on our list? We have no words to describe the magnificence of the climax of Avengers: Endgame. When everything seems lost, all the heroes and allies appear to defeat Thanos’ army. We have not only punches and blows, but old enemies coming together, conflicts resolved… and we find out what Strange meant when he said there was only one way to defeat Thanos.

  1. Spider-Man recovers his spidey sense

We’ve chosen Spidey’s final battle against Mysterio for what that means for the character’s arc in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Parker is obviously discouraged after what happened in Endgame and doesn’t think he has what it takes to be a superhero in the new world. As a result, he loses his spidey sense and is deceived by Mysterio. It is at this moment in the movie that Spidey regains his trust in himself and proves capable of defeating any evildoer who tries to harm Earth.

  1. Captain America and Winter Soldier vs. Iron Man

Although it’s a scene packed with amazing choreography, movements and attacks, what kept us glued to our seats was its emotional aspect: with every punch thrown, laser shot and shield deployed, the relationship between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers breaks down a bit more. Its consequences have an impact on the rest of the Marvel movies, and many say it’s the reason why Thanos has an easy victory in Civil War. In short, there was a total rift between two great leaders of the Avengers.

  1. Hulk vs. Hulkbuster

It’s our favorite battle from Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s rude and fun, and we think it has the most brutal blows of any Marvel battle scene. If you disagree, just remember the grand finale when Hulk and Hulkbuster fall off the top of a building under construction, completely destroying it.

  1. The battle of New York

This was the first time in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that we saw the Avengers working together as a team to overcome a great threat. The scene begins with the famous line, “that’s my secret, Captain: I’m always angry,” and continues with the famous circle shot showing the six members before escalating to the grand finale. Endgame, Civil War and Infinity War may have battles with more characters and special effects, but the battle of New York is still the one that thrills us the most.

The top 10 Pixar movies

The top 10 Pixar movies

BY SOFTONIC     March 23, 2020

Note: Our team is always looking for things we believe our readers will value. We may receive financial compensation for publishing this article.

With the arrival of Disney+ on March 24 in Europe (and April 7 in France), we’re sure you already have a long list of movies you want to rewatch. To help you prioritize and remember, here’s our list of top 10 Pixar films. Enjoy!

 

  1. Onward

The latest Pixar movie has earned a spot in our top 10 because of its combination of fantasy elements and incredibly realistic narrative roots that will thrill more than a few. Beyond its action scenes, chases, battles and dungeons, we find the story of two brothers who are unable to accept their father’s death, so they decide to bring him back with a spell that obviously goes wrong. Who hasn’t found themselves unable to move on with life after a tragic event?

Don’t forget Disney + subscribers will be able to watch Onward on the streaming platform starting April 3.

Keep in mind you’ll have a free 7-day trial period (more than enough time to watch your favorite Marvel movies), and you can use it on up to 10 devices, one of its special features.

 

  1. Up

When we think of Up, the first thing that comes to mind are the tragic opening scenes and the incredible image of an old man’s house rising up into the sky. What many of us forget is the fantastic second half. True, it’s more formulaic than the first, but it serves to challenge many of grumpy Carl’s beliefs. By facing his childhood idol, Carl is forced to evolve and learn that despite all the tragedies that befall us, we always have reasons (and time!) to keep on living life as an adventure.

 

  1. Wall-E

At a time when we believed Pixar had run out of innovation, Wall-E came along and silenced us. It was a tremendously ambitious and daring project in its day: the first half hour lacks a single line of dialogue, yet still manages to touch our hearts and make us smile… and let’s not forget that it tells a post-apocalyptic story in a subtle, intelligent way. In the second half, it’s more of a typical movie, but it also surprises us with a very Orwellian critique of the lazy capitalist society we have become.

 

  1. The Incredibles

One of the best superhero movies of the past decade, The Incredibles is a real masterclass on how to construct a complex world in just two hours. The first hour focuses on the Parr family, their powers, and the post-superhero world they live in. The second hour shakes up the status quo with action and battles that, far from being superfluous, advance the relationships of the main characters. And obviously, it’s thoroughly entertaining for both adults and the little ones in the family.

 

  1. Inside Out

It’s one of Pixar’s smartest movies, and the reasons are twofold. On the one hand, for its portrayal of the complex, abstract world of emotions and the importance of them all. And on the other, for getting its message across in a great way: with two adorable protagonists, Joy and Sadness, who need to return to their command center before their owner, a girl on the cusp of adolescence, gets overwhelmed by the changes in her everyday life. To get there, Joy and Sadness will travel across her mind and discover a series of places and allies.

 

  1. Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a movie about art. Yes, yes, we know the plot centers on a rat that’s actually the best chef in all of Paris, who controls a human from inside his hat and so on. But beyond that, we find notions about what art is, what it means to create, and how important it is to connect with the hearts and souls of those around us.

 

  1. Finding Nemo

The reason why Finding Nemo is such a moving film lies with its director, Andrew Stanton. The movie is the culmination of years of wanting to exorcise his guilty memories of having overprotected his son. Anyone who has been a parent or had a child in their care will identify so much with the main character, a nervous clownfish who must find his lost son with the help of a memory-impaired blue tang.

 

  1. Coco

It’s no big secret that one of the main themes of Pixar movies is family. But Coco explores this subject in a radically different way: through magical realism (so typical and unique to Latin American art) and overflowing dreamlike animation, Coco tells the story of Miguel, a boy who will travel across the Land of the Dead to unravel the truth behind a family curse that stands in the way of his dream of becoming a guitarist.

 

  1. Toy Story

Okay, the animation is really showing its age. But, 25 years after its premiere, the story and characters of Toy Story are still as fresh as they were the first day. And now that we’re a bit more mature, we can rewatch it with new eyes. We’ll discover it’s a very melancholic film; it all starts with Woody’s obsession with wanting to preserve the good old days. Reluctant to accept the changes that come along with the new toy Buzz, he’ll cause a whole series of disasters, action sequences, and laughter, lots of laughter.

 

  1. Toy Story 2

When someone says, “sequels are never any good,” remind them of The Empire Strikes Back or Toy Story 2. Woody’s adventure in pursuit of his true identity far outshines the original story, partly because it plays a lot with metalanguage and because it dares to be both cynical and subtle. It also dares to reduce the number of songs to just one (but what a song, we sigh just remembering it!), and it was a groundbreaking Pixar movie for revealing that the villain had been posing as an ally.

 

10 underrated and forgotten Disney classics that will be available on Disney+

10 underrated and forgotten Disney classics that will be available on Disney+

BY SOFTONIC – March 17, 2020

Note: Our team is always looking for things we believe our readers might value. We may receive financial compensation for publishing this article.

Disney+ will reach Europe (specifically Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Ireland) on March 24. We’re sure you already have a list of favorite Disney movies you’d love to rewatch. But one of the advantages of this streaming service is the chance to enjoy (sadly) forgotten classics from the world of Disney. Here are 10 underrated gems to add to your list.

1. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
After the success of Mary Poppins, Disney decided to produce a similar movie, that is, one with scenes of real-life actors interacting with cartoon characters. The result is the charming Bedknobs and Broomsticks, an adventure whose incredible animated sequences and visual effects continue to amaze us. Especially noteworthy is the film’s climax, when Eglantine Price, the protagonist newbie witch (played by a young Angela Lansbury), will conjure up a very curious army to face a legion of Nazis. It also has catchy musical numbers such as “Portobello Road” and “The Beautiful Briny.”

2. The Great Mouse Detective
Many believe the Disney Renaissance began with The Little Mermaid, but that’s not entirely true. Three years earlier, The Great Mouse Detective already mixed most of the ingredients that would make Disney succeed in the ’90s: an agile script, a charismatic hero (who can resist the mouse version of Sherlock Holmes?), excellent animation and, of course, a great villain. The final battle, in and out of London’s iconic Big Ben, is still quite spectacular. It was also one of the pioneers in introducing computer animation.

3. The Great Muppet Caper
We all remember the endearing The Muppet Christmas Carol or The Muppets reboot from 2011, but The Great Muppet Caper has been largely forgotten. It was the film that launched the absurd, self-referential comedy style that now permeates everything related to the Muppets. In fact, the movie opens with a song that acknowledges it’s a movie (“Hey a Movie!”) and explains how Kermit the Frog and Fozzie will play two journalists who are identical twins. This moment sets the tone for the entire film! The adventure is full of misunderstandings, trickery and stellar actors like Monty Python’s John Cleese.

4. Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus was released in 1993 with limited success, but in recent years it has luckily become regarded as a cult classic. And for good reason: the film is the quintessential ’90s movie in which genres are mixed without a problem. It offers 96 minutes of horror, comedy, fantasy, suspense… as we follow a teenager, Max Dennison, who inadvertently resurrects the Sandersons, a trio of fearsome witches played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker.

5. Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Darby O’Gill and the Little People is a must-see movie for fans of old-fashioned special effects. The homemade kind, without computerized tweaking. The story of an Irishman who captures the king of the leprechauns and gets him to grant three wishes is the perfect excuse to deliver magical scenes with great special effects and editing.

6. Waking Sleeping Beauty
Here we’re breaking the rules a bit and recommending a documentary instead of a fiction film, but it’s well worth it. Waking Sleeping Beauty tells the story of how Walt Disney Feature Animation returned to the fore of entertainment after multiple box-office failures and productions that dragged on forever. Specifically, after the disaster that was The Black Cauldron, the situation was so dire that many analysts of the era believed Disney was finished. How did it go from that to The Little Mermaid, The Lion King or Aladdin? Watch the documentary to find out!

7. 10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things I Hate About You is a modern-day adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew, one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. In its day, the film’s romantic misunderstandings and hidden life lessons managed to resonate with the ’90s generation. What will happen when you watch it now? You may wonder why today’s teen romantic comedies can’t be as smart and mature as this one. And if that doesn’t convince you, you can always satisfy your curiosity by checking out a young Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Julia Stiles.

8. The Parent Trap (1961)
The title of The Parent Trap may bring to mind a movie from the late ’90s with Lindsay Lohan playing twins separated at birth, but we’re referring to the original ’60s film with Hailey Mills in the same role. The adventure is the same: twins who learn of each other’s existence at summer camp and then try to get their parents back together. But this version is better than its remake because it doesn’t consider itself a kids’ movie: it’s endearing without being cheesy and smart when it needs to be.

9. The Princess and the Frog
The Princess and the Frog was Disney’s last movie with traditional animation… because when it was released, it went largely unnoticed. And that’s a shame, because it’s an excellent remake of a classic tale, now set in New Orleans. Tiana is not only the first African-American Disney princess, but her strong, proactive personality makes her an excellent role model for the little ones in the house. Oh, and in case you were wondering: yes, the villain’s song lives up to expectations!

10. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is still one of Disney’s best live-action films thanks to its stunning special effects (the movie won an Oscar for them in 1955), its massive dose of adventure, James Mason’s portrayal of Captain Nemo and Kirk Douglas as whaler Ned Land. The adventure begins when a mysterious sea monster is sinking ships in the Pacific Ocean. An expedition sets out to discover if the beast exists, receiving help from Nemo and his iconic submarine, the Nautilus.