This week’s Top 10 show had a cool concept behind it. It was a Boss Hog Patreon suggestion and Matt and John counted down the Top 10 Final Battles in Movies.
Now, this was a bit of a challenge for me as many of the battles are very much one on one struggles and I did not want them to make the list. Admittedly, there is one on here that kind of cheats, but it is such a great battle with stakes up the wazoo that I excused it.
There also may be an excess of MCU movies on the list. Hm… I wonder if that is my personal bias.
Here we go…
#10. Shazam, “The Marvel Family Arrives.” Shazam discovers that the way to defeat Sivana is to keep it in the family. And, while there is a subtle message that the handicapped and overweight people are only important once they become strong and in fit, I do believe that they did not intend for that to be the theme. It was a fun battle with some scary monsters and one of the better DC movies.
#9. Guardian of the Galaxy, “The Dance Off,” This one is included because it is a frickin’ hoot. Star Lord challenges a completely shocked Ronan the Accuser to a dance battle as a way to distract the villain from destroying Xandar. This all leads to a rousingly emotional scene with Peter and his teammates grasping an infinity stone together. Ooooooh Child!
#8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, “The Battle of Hogwarts.”. The final battle in the Harry Potter series saw a ton of our favorite characters fall, and Harry Potter and his friends stand tall. There was also a one on one final battle between Harry and Voldemort and it brought the long time series to a satisfying close.
#7. The Avengers. “The Battle of New York.” The invading Chitauri army, led by the God of Mischief, Loki, tried to invade New York, but they were stopped because of a group of heroes who joined together to face the foes that no one else could face. The original Avengers film was one of the greatest battles around and highlighted the individual Avengers abilities and skills beautifully. This started a trend of fantastic Avengers fight scenes that may show up later on this list.
#6. Captain America: Civil War, “Cap & Bucky vs. Iron Man.” This is the one that I have eon the list that may be a bit of a cheat. Even Rocha removed it from his list when Matt questioned him. I am not taking it off because this is a fantastic final battle filled with emotion and intensity. It even had to compete with the amazing airport fight scene from earlier in the film. Despite that being one of the best fights ever, this holds its own with such a personal struggle between a man grieving for the loss of his mother and a friend trying to save his oldest friend. It is a beautiful end and a shake up that is not resolved until Endgame.
#5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. What a great conclusion to this story. Little did we know that this would be such a suicide mission. We expected that something was going to be strange since these characters were never heard of again, but we did not know how it was going to happen. It was a noble end to these heroes. AND we got a kick ass Darth Vader scene as well.
#4. Avengers: Infinity War. “The Battle of Wakanda.” How many of these battles were won by the bad guy? Well, Thanos is able to claim all of the Infinity Stones and snap his fingers, moments after taunting Thor that he “should have aimed for the head.” Half the known universe faded out of existence in a pillow of dust including our beloved Marvel characters Black Panther, Spider-Man, Groot, Bucky, Star Lord, Dr. Strange to name a few. Then, when the screen went to black, the feeling in the theater was unlike any I have ever felt.
#3. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, “The Battle of Endor.” The final battles of Return of the Jedi are fantastic. Sure, maybe the arrival of the little teddy bears known as the Ewoks was too much, but the Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader/Emperor struggle more than made up for the cuddly Ewoks. And…come on, when that little Ewok died, you teared up…didn’t you?
#2. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. “The Battle of Helm’s Deep.” Two Towers was my absolute favorite Lord of the Rings film and this battle at the film’s climax was utterly breathtaking in every way. There was no way that this group that had barricaded themselves in at Helm’s Deep was going to survive. It was just a matter of time and you had no idea how they were going to live. Then, Gandalf the White arrived and everything changed. This was the best moment of the trilogy and was gorgeously shot.
#1. Avengers: Endgame. “Avengers Assemble.” I cried through this entire battle, every time I saw it. Everything was pitch perfect. It all started with the three main Avengers, Cap, Thor and Iron Man, facing off against Thanos. We get the Cap is worthy moment which was one of the most epic moments ever. Then, Cap is alone against the entirety of Thanos’s horde. Goosebumps. The example of why Cap is such a hero. Then… “On your left.” Mystic rings appearing everywhere and all the dusted heroes were back, ready to assemble. Whoa! When Chris Evans finally delivers that iconic line.. “Avengers…Assemble” he does it with the perfect note of grim determination. And then all hell breaks loose ending with one of the saddest moments in the MCU… “I am Iron Man”. This was an epic conclusion to the 22 movie franchise that started with Iron Man all those years ago. Endgame deserved to be the highest grossing film of all time.
Honorary mentions: Not too many. Avengers vs. Ultron in Age of Ultron is one I liked more than many. The Tropic Thunder final battle was good. I did not love Mad Max Fury Road as much as others, but the end battle was great. Skyfall was the best Bond in years and its final firefight was a great finale to the film. The Return of the King had a great battle before the film ended like seven times.