There are two ways to make a fight scene truly work in a movie. You can either build the scene up as a battle between two well-matched competitors, each struggling for even an inch of an advantage as they remain deadlocked in a brutal battle for life, or you can have one grossly powerful character beat the brakes off of anyone who dares get in his way. This list is about the latter – the art of the one-sided beatdown. Quick side-note; just because a fight is one-sided doesn’t mean that the underdog can’t miraculously come out victorious.
When you think about what makes a fight particularly one-sided, it actually has less to do with the amount of people that the character is up against and more about the hero’s strengths, or rather lack thereof. There’s something oddly relatable about watching these types of one-on-one cinematic duels. It’s quite easy to put yourself in the moment and imagine what you’d do in the same situation.
Of course, on another level, it’s also quite cathartic to simply see movie characters get the crap beaten out of them – end of analysis. Here are some of the finest examples of fighting ownage in film. Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
15. Wolverine vs. Magneto – X-Men (2000-2014)
Not only is Wolverine one of the most well-liked characters of the X-Men cinematic universe, he is also one of the most dominant. He has animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, and a healing factor that allows him to recover from pretty much any wound at an accelerated rate. And, of course, he has near-indestructible metal alloy adamantium bonded to his skeleton with kick-ass extending claws to match.
Though, with all that going for him, he ultimately is no match for the all-powerful Magneto, for obvious reasons. Magneto can manipulate metal and Wolverine’s entire skeleton is metal, meaning he spends the better part of several films flinging Wolverine around like a rag doll. Even when Wolverine doesn’t have his metal skeleton in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Magneto still manhandles him with ease, running metal pipes throughout his body and throwing him in a river like it‘s nothing. If this was Mortal Kombat, it would be a flawless victory every time.