Stark vs. Rhodey, Iron Man 2 (2010) – When James Rhodes donned one of Tony’s earlier models to stop his dangerous drunken cavorting in the latest suit at his own birthday party in his own home, you knew you were in for a show. With soundtrack by the late DJ AM, no less.
Blade Vs. Nomak, Blade II (2002) – Guillermo Del Toro’s blade sequel is a still entertaining explosion of post-Matrix CGI and elaborate fighting/stunts, and this climactic battle between the Daywalker and the leader of a new breed of vampires who feed on their own is as brutal and sensational as it was then.
Spider-Man vs. the Green Goblin, Spider-Man (2002)-Spidey again. This harsh, hard-hitting bust-up was like a bloody, gritty cherry atop a very goofy sundae. All bombs to the face and journeys through brick walls, punctuated by Maguire’s screams. Battle-damaged Spidey never looked cooler.
X-Men vs. Hellfire Club, X-Men First Class (2011)- as rousing and diverse a display of mutant powers as we’ve ever seen in an X-flick, this finale, set against the Bay of Pigs conflict, rocks from start to finish, on a visual level, and ultimately, an emotional one. Beast is a lot less annoying once he goes into feral, acrobatic action, and Shaw henchmen Riptide and Azazel are of few words, just blistering mutant action.
That’s the best of comic book movie punch-ups. We rest our case.