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The Most Epic Movie Fight Scenes Of 2022

2022 opened strong out of the gate when it came to memorable fight scenes, across multiple genres. The year's horror releases depicted brutal, fantastically-conceived kills, Disney/Pixar's "Turning Red" gave audiences the studio's first kaiju fight, and even a romantic comedy delivered an adrenaline pumping action sequence. 

Factor in an absolutely bonkers multiverse hopping dramedy, a return of the Bat, and all the requisite action films, and viewers received epic fight scenes on screen every bit as yummy as the Milk Duds and Red Vines they were nibbling on at newly-reopened theaters.

Whether the fight involves a serial killer and a retired sheriff, a family of pandas and their destructively large relative, an immigrant family just trying to do their taxes, Vikings, or a superhero solving crimes to Nirvana, there have been some great fights at the movies in 2022. Below is a (spoiler-heavy) breakdown of the best.

Scream: Dewey vs. Ghostface

Dwight "Dewey" Riley (David Arquette) has been a part of the "Scream" franchise from the start. He's appeared in every "Scream" movie since the 1996 original, and while his titles have changed over the course of the series (from deputy to sheriff to former sheriff), his importance has never waned.

In 2022's "Scream," Dewey faces off against Ghostface for the fifth time in a scene that transcends its small-scale trappings by holding such importance for the series as a whole. After saving series newcomers Tara (Jenna Ortega) and Richie (Jack Quaid) from a Ghostface attack at the hospital where Tara is recovering from the first attack in the movie, Dewey is tackled by the slasher, resulting in a brief but anguishing fight.

It's ugly stuff, but even as Ghostface and Dewey are parting ways, there is an acknowledgment that the fight has been "an honor." The camera lingers on the game-changing aftermath, leaving "Scream" fans a moment to process it all.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Sally vs Leatherface

In addition to continuing the increasingly-annoying trend of naming a new movie exactly the same as the classic that kicked off the franchise, 2022's "Scream" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films had another thing in common: reuniting icons of their series. 

Sally Hardesty (Olwen Fouéré, who took over the role for Marilyn Burns after her 2014 death) and Leatherface (Mark Burnham) coming together again also echoes 2018's "Halloween" in that Sally, like Laurie Strode, looks forward to reuniting with the man who slaughtered her friends and nearly took her life. When newly introduced characters Lila (Elsie Fisher) and Melody (Sarah Yarkin) get in her car in an attempt to get away from Leatherface, she refuses to leave, because she has been waiting 50 years to once again face him.

The fight is compelling, not only because of the gore and the dark corners Sally must explore, but because there seems to be a real chance that she will win. in this gripping confrontation, it looks like the returning heroine might take down the iconic villain.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Lila and Melody vs Leatherface

When Lila (Elie Fisher) takes up Sally's shotgun and follows him into an abandoned theater, hearing his chainsaw idling, it appears a confrontation is imminent. But the killer isn't with his weapon, and just when she finds the unattended saw, he leaps out and plunges them both into a large pool of water.

The movie shows us their descent for a second, then pulls back to the empty room, giving the audience a tense moment to breathe before anyone emerges from the water. Lila finally pops up, but things aren't over just yet, as Leatherface follows her out and grabs the chainsaw. Just as things look most dire for this possible final girl, her sister appears and the two begin to take on the killer as a team. Melody (Sarah Yarkin) jumps on his back, Lila fires on him with a shotgun, and when the shotgun runs out of shells, Melody delivers an uppercut with the chainsaw, shown from an angle above the action that makes the blow incredibly satisfying.

Moments later, Leatherface claims one of the most shocking moments from any movie of 2022. You just have to take your head ... err, hat ... off for the guy. 

Turning Red: Ming vs everyone

The "fight" scene in "Turning Red" is more emotional than physical, as Meilin "Mei" Lee (Rosalie Chiang) and her grandmother and aunties must work together to perform a ritual to help Mei's mother Ming (Sandra Oh) return to her human form after transforming into a giant panda rivaling the size of classic kaiju like Godzilla.

While Mei shaking her butt is certainly unique as a combat move, what makes the moment work as an action scene is Ming's panda, both a thrilling and awe-inspiring monster. She towers over buildings and smashes a number of them that stand in her way as she moves to find her daughter at a concert. Once Ming arrives at the concert (and destroys the venue), Mei transforms back and forth from human to panda as she argues with her mom and literally climbs her, culminating in a headbutt that knocks Ming out. The rest of the women in the family then transform into their pandas, so that they can pull Ming's huge panda form into a circle and perform a ritual.

It's a fight scene that combines literal and emotional scale in a way that delivers both an epic monster fight sequence and a beautiful emotional climax to the movie.

The Batman: The Iceberg Lounge

"The Batman" has multiple fights worth discussing, but perhaps the most "epic" is the Bat's visit to the Iceberg Lounge.

In a clever start to the sequence, Batman (Robert Pattinson) simply knocks on the door to the nightclub/mob hangout. He requests an audience with the Penguin (Colin Farrell), but when the twin bouncers (Charlie and Max Carver) tell him to leave "or that little suit's gonna get all full of blood," Batman only asks "mine or yours?" before punching his way through the goons.

Once he enters the club, dance music blares and lights flash as patrons part to make way for the imposing figure in the bat costume. When he reaches stairs heading to the dance floor, he's set upon by more of Penguin's muscle and thus begins the first great fight scene of the movie. Matt Reeves shoots the action with a steady camera that allows the viewer to see all of hits Batman takes and doles out, with impressive choreography that manages to be both brutal and fluid. By the time Penguin appears to put an end to it all, he's just a cherry on the sundae.

The Batman: Riddler's Acolytes Attack

It makes sense that the final fight in a superhero movie would be "epic." While "The Batman" may keep things based in realism as often as possible, the context and setting for Batman's showdown with Riddler's followers at Gotham Square Garden takes some turns towards the surreal.

After Riddler's bombs have gone off and the city has begun flooding, residents of the city evacuate their homes for the shelter of Gotham Square Garden, where newly elected Mayor Bella Real (Jayme Lawson) is holding her victory party. But the shelter isn't safe, from the flood or from Riddler — who has sent his followers to attack the mayor and cause general chaos at the Garden.

Batman's entrance into the scene is a show-stopper, as the roof of the Garden explodes and glass and metal fall alongside him, Batman swooping in to attack the Riddler's acolytes in the rafters of the building. As Batman's theme kicks in, the booming sounds lend the fight even more grandeur, as the hero uses his grappling guns to subdue some of the villains before engaging others in combat.

But the scene doesn't just let Batman be the cool hero who can take out all the bad guys. More than once during the sequence, Batman is knocked off the scaffolding and has to literally hang on for his life. It's a fittingly thrilling final fight in a movie that depicts a Batman in transition.

X: Pearl vs Maxine

The final fight in Ti West's "X" is less of a "fight" and more a series of violent events in quick succession, concluding an edge-of-your-seat tale about porn filmmakers in rural Texas caught up in a battle for their lives. It all begins when Maxine (Mia Goth) saves Lorraine (Jenna Ortega) from the basement of a murderous elderly couple, then quickly devolves from a moment of relief and triumph into the most chaotic sequence in the movie.

What follows is a joyously violent, chaotic series of events that includes violent gunplay, a heart attack, a televangelist and a conversation between two characters (played by the same actor) that brings together the film's themes. But what really puts everything over the top is the finale. As Maxine is chastised for her "deviant" lifestyle and choices, she remains nonplussed, driving off with one last squishy bit of revenge. It's nasty stuff, but perfectly fitting for a twisty slasher throwback like "X."

The Lost City: Jack Trainer's Rescue Mission

Brad Pitt's appearance in "The Lost City" isn't just a cameo. He may not spend long on screen, but is essentially the fifth lead of the film. 

After romance novelist Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) is kidnapped by millionaire Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), cover model Alan Caprison (Channing Tatum) calls in help from a man he met on a meditation retreat. That man is a former Navy SEAL named Jack Trainer, who soon proves that Alan's confidence is well earned.

Using Loretta's smartwatch to track her down, Alan (wanting to be seen as the hero), follows along and Jack begrudgingly lets him. But Pitt's Trainer is the pro, and he works his way through the guards with finesse. When Tatum's character calls attention to them, however, all bets are off.

There's a certain joy in just beholding an unapologetic action sequence, and that's what "Lost City" viewers received. The choreography of the fights between Jack and the guards was impressive, and the use of chairs, tables, and a tripod in the combat is reminiscent of the chaotic, environment dependent fighting style in "The Raid" movies. There's also a grand finale in which Jack runs up a tree and leaps off to land a double drop kick to the two guards attending Loretta.

It's some of the most thrilling, and largest scale, action on screen in 2022, only made better by appearing so unexpectedly in a romantic comedy where one of the biggest stars in the world is stealing the show.

Everything Everywhere All At Once: Waymond and a fanny pack vs security guards

You probably know going into "Everything Everywhere All At Once" that there's going to be some great action scenes, given that it stars Hong Kong action royalty Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn, the matriarch of a Chinese immigrant family. But the movie's early charm as a small scale family dramedy lulls the audience into a sense of comfort before unleashing an action prowess unlike anything seen in film before — in 2022, or any other year.

After having been warned of danger by a multiverse-hopping version of her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan, who audiences may recognize from an iconic performance decades ago), Evelyn punches IRS agent Deirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis), causing security to arrive on the scene. That's when Waymond springs into action, turning a fanny pack into a makeshift rope dart weapon to great effect.

While a fight scene set in an IRS office with a fanny pack as the main weapon may not seem "epic," the way the scene is shot lends it great weight — sometimes literally, as when Waymond adds rocks from a nearby fish tank to the fanny pack to make it heavier and lend his attacks greater impact. The fanny pack is shot in close ups with the camera running the length of the strap and stopping abruptly at the pouch for emphasis. The action itself is fantastic, the fight choreography reminiscent of Hong Kong martial arts classics and the camera movements allowing the audience to see every nose shattering move.

The sequence is a great scene for its mix of humor and seriousness; forget about .44 Magnums, lightsabers and Hattori Hanzo swords — in 2022, the weapon of choice is a fanny pack.

Everything Everywhere All At Once: Evelyn sign dancing with a riot shield

Some of the most daring, original cinematic moments of 2022 have come via Michelle Yeoh in "Everything Everywhere All At Once," and this holds true for action scenes as well. While the final fight might be on a grander scale, an earlier one is perhaps even better.

After refusing to kill her daughter because she can host the destructive Jobu Tupaki, Evelyn's father from the Alphaverse, who is set on stopping Jobu Tupaki no matter the cost, sets his soldiers on her. But Evelyn has learned how to "verse jump," allowing her to access the skills of other versions of herself in varying universes. So when a variety of Alphaverse soldiers come to take her down, including a police officer in riot gear, she's able to tap into an alternate version of herself that is an experienced sign spinner, take the riot shield from the cop, and use the sign spinning skills to great effect.

Like the final battle scene in "Everything," the tone control here is fantastic. The Daniels simultaneously show the intense physicality of the fight, and do a great job highlighting Yeoh's physical performance, while hopping back and forth between universes, allowing the audience to see that all these incredibly cool and effective fight moves are actually just sign spinning tricks. The lighting of the scene also helps add to its epic feeling, as the fight takes place in a dark and dusty office with a window letting in bright light that backlights much of the fight, creating impressively backlit images of Yeoh's character wielding the riot shield.

The Northman: Berserker Assault on a village in the Land of the Rus

The first significant fight sequence in "The Northman" is also the only large scale fight in the movie, with many combatants, including warriors on horseback, and an entire village as its setting. 

When Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) and his fellow berserkers are spotted approaching the gates of the village in their wolf pelts, the villagers begin their defensive by launching spears at their attackers. But Amleth easily grabs a soaring spear out of the sky, turns it around, and takes out one of the men on the village's rampart. Director Robert Eggers then brings us into the village with a tracking shot that follows Amleth and his comrades as they climb over the outer wall, slaughtering the spearmen and bowmen on the rampart, and then leaping into the village proper. Amleth's leap isn't just a jump off the defensive wall into the village; he times his bound so that he is able to bring his full weight into an attack on a warrior on horseback, knocking the man from his steed and killing him in one blow.

That is only the beginning of an overwhelming, thrilling battle. As it goes on, the audience sees Amleth bring another horseman to the ground, this time taking the Rus on from a standing position. In another impressive tracking shot, berserkers open the doors for their own cavalry. It's an astounding sequence that announces the talents of Eggers as an action-heavy filmmaker.

The Northman: Final duel at the Gates of Hel

While the "Gates of Hel," as the volcanic setting for the final battle between Amleth and his uncle Fjölnir (Claes Bang) is called, may not be quite as grand as Mount Doom in "The Lord of the Rings," it's a much more frighteningly tactile volcanic landscape. Smoke fills the air, and bright flecks of magma cast dark shadows that strategically mask the nudity. It seems as though any wrong step could burn through either combatant's foot, as the two men engage in a hard hitting bout of sword and shield combat, the camera tracking their movement along a lake of magma and over a tributary.

Of course, a setting alone doesn't make a fight scene epic (though it certainly helps). The choreography of the fight is as brutal as the setting, as Amleth, already severely wounded, uses his entire body to land attacks on his uncle who handily blocks them with his shield before disarming Amleth of his own. The fight emphasizes the great effort that such a battle takes, and despite the fast moves of the combatants it feels like every move their bodies make requires great strain.

Finally, after each drawing blood in their traded blows, it appears that Fjölnir has won the fight. He has Amleth on his knees, breathing hard and clearly suffering from his many wounds. The fight is as epic as one would hope from a movie about vikings that foreshadows, or rather foretells, that its final battle will take place in a lake of fire, but the aftermath manages to add to the awesomeness of the film's finale.

RRR: Wild animals vs colonial partygoers

S.S. Rajamouli's "RRR" made a huge impression globally for its thrilling, over-the-top, and delightful action scenes, and while we can't count them all, we have to include at least some. Among the most memorable is the absolutely bonkers scene in which Komaram Bheem (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.) unleashes not just the tiger we see him capture earlier in the movie, but a full zoo's worth of animals upon the colonial governor's party.

It's a chaotic and thrilling sequence full of computer-generated tigers, leopards, wild dogs, bears, and snakes running amok. The animals cause massive damage to the party and to the guards who attempt (largely unsuccessfully) to fight back. We see the animals run through the party in slow-motion, taking down colonial guards and guests as Bheem searches for the young girl who the governor and his wife abducted from her family.

Rajamouli shows almost every kind of animal taking down some guards: From a Leopard ripping out a man's throat to a deer using its antlers to launch a man into the sky, none of the animals go ignored in the battle. What makes the scene even more exciting, though, is that these are still wild animals and not somehow magical allies of Bheem. The animals attack him just as forcefully as the colonizers, leading to an absolutely astounding long shot in which Bheem throws a leopard that attacked him from behind into a group of English guards. He then rushes toward a tiger and does a knee slide under it as it leaps to attack him.

RRR: Bheem and Raju vs prison guards

After Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan Teja) is captured and placed in prison in S.S. Rajamouli's "RRR," Bheem comes to rescue his friend from the colonizers. Their big escape is anything but stealthy. While Bheem manages to sneak into the prison unnoticed, his cover is soon blown: When he tears the bars off Raju's tiny cell in the ground, they get every guard's attention.

After breaking off the bars, Bheem lifts Raju from the cell and throws his friend (whose legs are weak from all the time spent curled into a space too small for his body) onto his shoulders and the two prepare to bust out of the prison. Bheem rushes at the charging guards and Raju uses his strong arms to lift men from the ground and use them as weapons against their fellow guards. He throws one guard as if he's nothing and then uses two as battering rams while Bheem leads them into a crowd of adversaries.

Things are cranked up a notch when Raju is able to get a gun from one of the guards. Bheem, not to be left out of the fight, begins using his feet to kick as well as run. It's a wonderfully ridiculous fight scene that's so incredibly fun and exciting that you never stop to question the physics of it all.

Terrifier 2: Sienna vs Art

"Terrifier 2" made headlines for reportedly causing some audience members to vomit and pass out during the film's most disturbing scenes (of which there are many), but that's not the only news-worthy thing about it. The film also offers one of the most epic fight scenes of 2022 in its final showdown between Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton) and final girl Sienna (Lauren LaVera).

The fight in question is unlike any other faceoff between a horror villain and a final girl for a number of reasons. First off, there's the fact that the entirety of the fight takes up more than twenty minutes of the movie's runtime. There's also the fact that the fight seems to involve mythical forces, and, at one point, it seems that Art has not only defeated Sienna in battle, but permanently killed her.

The battle starts when Sienna smashes Art's knee with a piece of wood in an attempt to buy her brother time to escape the psychopathic killer. Art is hurt, but he bounces back quickly and throws Sienna around the disgusting bathroom where he killed her friend just a few minutes earlier. The fight then goes back and forth as Art seems to gain the upper hand. Sienna refuses to be defeated, however, taking Art's weapons and striking him down only for him to repeatedly get back up.

This epic scrap finally ends not when Sienna seems to die, but after she is magically resurrected and stabs Art in the back as he's eating Jonathan. She then beheads the clown in spectacular fashion. It's a final battle that would fit into a high fantasy movie if it weren't so incredibly gory and brutal.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero: Orange Piccolo vs Cell Max

"Epic" doesn't always necessarily refer to the scale of a fight; it can refer to the stakes or the personalities involved, too. However, in the case of Orange Piccolo and Cell Max in "Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero," size is absolutely a factor. Cell Max is a huge foe. He's even stronger and bigger than the original bio-android on whose DNA he's based, and the heroes of the movie struggle to contain this massive destructive force — until Krillin remembers that Piccolo can also grow.

Piccolo (who has already transformed into his Orange Piccolo form thanks to his potential being unlocked by Shenron) uses his "Great Namekian" form to grow so big that he's a genuine match for the colossal Cell Max. The battle that ensues is literally a battle of giants, with the two huge combatants duking it out over the other characters. It's maybe the most awe-inspiring fight scene of the year simply because of its incredible scale, but, when you break it down, it's still a gritty one-on-one fight that allows us to see and feel every hit between the two titans.

Prey: Predator vs French trappers

Not all fight scenes start with a bang. Some start with characters noticing that their compatriots are dead and realizing that they're next. That's how the battle between the French trappers and the Predator in "Prey" begins.

The doomed trappers have roped Naru (Amber Midthunder) and Taabe (Dakota Beavers) to a tree to use them as bait for the mysterious and deadly creature that's been causing problems for their business. We see two of these trappers look at the young Comanches from afar, and then we see the men behind them drop. The men in the foreground then turn around and find themselves surrounded by the now-dead bodies of their colleagues. It's a great moment that beautifully mixes the horror and action aspects of the "Predator" franchise, and when it's followed by screams in the distance, that sense of dread only grows.

We're treated to a short conversation between the captive siblings before the battle begins in earnest. The trappers attack the Predator after it steps on a bear trap, and, for a moment, it seems that the Frenchmen have the upper hand. But that doesn't last long — soon the Predator is up and slaughtering them left and right using a combination of its own high-tech weapons and the trapping devices. One man even gets a bear trap to the face in a particularly brutal moment. It's a great sequence that allows us to see just how deadly the Predator can be, and just one of the reasons it's the best "Predator" film since the original.

Prey: Naru vs French trappers

"Prey" barely lets the audience catch their breath following the scene of the Predator taking down the trappers who attempted to kill it. Soon after, we accompany Naru as she makes an assault on the trappers' camp to save her dog Sarii. Naru scopes out the camp, getting a sense of how she might best go about freeing Sarii without engaging in combat. However, when a trapper pulls a knife out to kill Sarii, she has no choice but to spring into action.

The scene highlights Naru's incredible athleticism as she makes her way through the attacking trappers, making brutal use of a small ax attached to a rope. She flings the ax at her enemies and draws it back so skillfully that she's able to take out several assailants without ever moving from a single spot. It's a well-thought-out sequence that shows just how capable the heroine of the film is. This visceral and thrilling action scene sticks with you long after the credits have rolled.

Black Adam: Black Adam vs Intergang

That moment in a superhero or fantasy movie where the mythic, godlike character is awoken from their long slumber is always going to be epic, and "Black Adam" makes this moment even better by having said mythic character immediately go into action mode.

Teth-Adam (Dwayne Johnson) has been summoned by Adrianna (Sarah Shahi) in her moment of need. She has finally found the Crown of Sabbac, a relic that she's been searching for. However, the villainous Intergang has tracked her to its location and set upon her. Instead of succumbing, she calls upon the legendary Teth-Adam. As soon as he is brought to life, he begins taking out the Intergang members in amazing fashion. He uses his electric powers to disintegrate them, leaving nothing but their bones behind, and he also uses super strength and speed to smash them into submission.

The scene gets even better when it goes bigger. Adam leaves the cave where he was returned to consciousness and goes outside to find a small army descending upon him. Adam is utterly unphased by this; he begins to use the helicopters and armored trucks as weapons against his attackers. When he brings down a pair of choppers and a massive explosion goes off, the Rolling Stones song "Paint It Black" kicks in and the movie shifts into slow motion, allowing us to enjoy just how much destruction this new anti-hero can deliver. It's hair-raising, spine-tingling stuff, and one of the best things about "Black Adam."

Black Adam: Black Adam vs Justice Society

"Black Adam" does an incredible job of introducing several new superheroes to the DC Extended Universe via the Justice Society. The movie gives quick introductions to the characters who make up the Justice Society and briefs us on their powers before quickly sending them into battle against Teth-Adam. First, we see Hawkman, aka Carter Hall (Aldis Hodge), take on Adam. He gets some hits in, but Hawkman is no match for Adam's strength and speed. That's when Doctor Fate, aka Kent Nelson (Pierce Brosnan), joins the fight and uses his magical abilities to distract Adam, creating a vision of what Kahndaq looked like in Adam's own time and allowing Hawkman to get a strike in with his mace.

It's a good hit, but Adam won't stay down, so the younger members of the Justice Society join the fight. Cyclone, aka Maxine Hunkel (Quintessa Swindell), creates a powerful (and beautifully colorful) whirlwind that allows her to send pieces of concrete and metal at Adam. It looks great, but it's not until Atom Smasher, aka Al Rothstein (Noah Centineo), joins the fight and grows to the size of a five-story building that one of the Justice Society members is able to bring down Adam — at least temporarily. It's an amazing fight scene that gives each superhero a moment to shine while also highlighting the ways that the Justice Society can use their vastly different powers to work as a team.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: The Talokanil vs the military

Ryan Coogler, the co-writer and director of "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," has had a wild career thus far. He's only made four features, and two of them are "Black Panther" movies. In this early sequence in the sequel "Wakanda Forever," he shows that he may just make a great horror movie one day.

The scene opens on a ship with members of the United States military and intelligence agencies searching for vibranium under the Atlantic Ocean floor, and it seems that they have finally found some. But soon, the people on the ship begin to hear a beautiful and haunting melody coming from what looks like a group of merpeople poking their heads up from underneath the water. Shortly after that, the intelligence agency members hidden below deck see some of the people above deck begin to slowly walk over the ledge of the boat and into the ocean below.

They sound the alarm and attempt to fight back against their attackers, who we discover are the blue-skinned people of Talokan, the underwater nation that will serve as the primary enemy of Wakanda in this movie. The military does its best to fight these attackers, but they are no match for the skills of these people, who are literally at home in and on the water. When some of the agents think they've gotten away in a helicopter, it begins to move backward, as if being dragged, before being spun around and thrown into the water below.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: Namor attacks Wakanda

It becomes clear very quickly that Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and the Talokanil are formidable foes. After having fought with Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) in Boston, where they also manage to kidnap Shuri, there's no question that the underwater nation is a serious threat to Wakanda if the two come into open conflict. When Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) rescues Shuri from Talokan and kills a Talokanil in the process, that conflict becomes inevitable.

The Talokanil attack the Wakandan capital city with their powerful water bombs that Coogler shoots in gorgeous and terrifying slow motion. While the majority of the Talokanil attack from the water and on foot, Namor uses his ankle wings to fly into the sky and take down the flying vehicles the Wakandans dispatch to defend their capital. He flits around incredibly quickly and uses his spear made of vibranium to tear through the Wakandan ships with ease.

It's one of the most exciting and genuinely tense action scenes of the year — and in the entire history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to boot. It goes out on an emotional note, too, with Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) giving up her life to save Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) from the Talokanil, who were demanding her head for her role in creating the vibranium finder used by the American military. This fight scene isn't just epic in terms of its action, but also because of its major stakes for the movie and the MCU.