MCU Fights Where Heroes Fight Villains That Are Basically Themselves

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The best MCU fight scenes often feature MCU characters with the same powers. The hero of the film facing off against a dark version of themselves has been a common trope throughout the entirety of the MCU. These characters may be on opposing sides of whatever conflict they've found themselves in, but they have more in common than they might realize. Those similarities typically come in the form of shared technology, a plant or serum they both ingested, or a similar godly lineage. 

While characters with different powers might add to the visual spectacle of a film, there's a certain level of thematic intrigue that comes with the hero and villain sharing a power set. Superheroes are typically valued for how unique they are. They become pillars of their communities, both on local and national levels, because they do things others can't. The flashiest examples of their unique qualities are their powers themselves. So, when the film introduces a character that has their powers but makes different - often eviler - decisions, it gives the audience a chance to appreciate what really makes their heroes special. 

Also, having the same power set makes for some interesting fight scenes, as the hero must find a way to outwit a villain they can't simply overpower. 


  • Black Panther and Killmonger certainly weren't evenly matched in their first meeting. T'Challa, the Black Panther, may have been the king of Wakanda, but he proved to be no match for Erik Killmonger's years of special ops training. 

    The pair's second fight went much differently. In their first brawl, neither combatant had powers of any kind; in the second, they both had substantial upgrades. They both had ingested a heart-shaped herb that enhanced their physical abilities and donned nanotech suits created by Shuri. This led to a much flashier duel than their first fight, and ultimately a duel T'Challa was able to win due to his superior knowledge of fighting with the suit. T'Challa exploited the suit's weaknesses and got past Killmonger's defenses with a fatal knife blow. As it turned out, it wasn't such a good idea for Killmonger to face Black Panther with the same power set the Black Panther had spent years honing. 

    26 votes
  • Vision Vs. White Vision In 'WandaVision'
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    The quote-unquote "real" Vision did not appear in WandaVision, but that didn't stop multiple interested parties from trying to recreate the automated Avenger. The first of these new Visions to appear in the series was a construct created by Wanda, who was unwilling to let her love disappear from her life forever. The second, dubbed White Vision, was created by the US government to send into the anomaly and end Wanda's hold over the small town. In the series finale, Wanda went head-to-head with a fellow witch, and Vision clashed with a clone of himself

    The fight had two main components to it. There was the initial brawl, where the two Visions catapulted across the sky and met each other's might with equally powerful blows. One Vision would get the upper hand by overpowering the other's head laser with their own, just to have the other Vision later put them in a headlock in the library. The fight only came to an end after the Vision convinced White Vision that he himself was not the real Vision, and thus, the White Vision couldn't complete his task of killing the original Vision. The combatants were simply too truly matched to end their fight with blows, which led to one of the most interesting fight endings in the MCU. 

    22 votes
  • Ant-Man and his foe Yellowjacket have basically the same power. That makes perfect sense, too, considering they both stole their abilities from Hank Pym. Scott Lang, for his part, literally snuck into Pym's house and physically took the Ant-Man suit. Cross was a bit sneakier about his act of pilfering and executed a hostile takeover of Pym Technologies so he could replicate Pym's Pym Particles. These separate acts of long-term "borrowing" ended with Ant-Man and Yellowjacket having the same size-altering abilities. 

    Ant-Man and Yellowjacket's fantastic abilities pitted against each other led to one of the greatest fights in the MCU. A common criticism of the MCU is that all the films' climactic moments occur in the same sort of first-Avengers-film type of way. There's some type of apocalyptic event occurring, there are legions of foot soldiers to punch, and there's a big beam shooting down from the sky. Ant-Man was able to have a smaller and more intimate finale by literally scaling it down. Instead of a skirmish that takes place all across New York City, their duel took place in a child's bedroom. This engagement led to the incredible set piece of the toy train, which seemed huge and dangerous to the combatants, but small and inconsequential when shown from the perspective of the onlookers. 

    18 votes
  • Historically, Hulk has faced off against two types of villains. The green behemoth has villains that are strong enough to fight him, and villains that are intelligent enough to outwit him. The Abomination, from The Incredible Hulk, falls squarely into that first camp. 

    Emil Blonsky was a part of a special ops group tasked with taking down the Hulk. Blonsky volunteered to take a serum that was supposed to make him as strong as the Hulk, but it went too far and turned Blonsky into a monster dubbed the Abomination. Up until this point in the film, The Hulk hadn't had anyone or anything that could compete with him physically. So, the altercation between the Hulk and the equally powerful Abomination was truly something to behold. The duo's brawl was almost kaiju-esque in nature, and every punch they threw was felt by the city around them. 

    19 votes
  • Obadiah Stane didn't just want Tony Stark dead; Stane wanted Stark's life for himself. Stane had worked as the interim CEO of Stark Industries in between Tony and his father, and Stane was desperate to have the spot back. This led to Stane ordering the assassination of Tony Stark, which ultimately led to the billionaire playboy creating the Iron Man armor. After Tony's return, Stane characteristically decided he now needed an Iron Man suit for himself, so Stane stole Tony's arc reactor to power his own much larger suit of armor. This led to the first real superhero fight of the MCU

    Iron Man and Iron Monger (Obadiah Stane's suit's name) seemingly had the same power set, but everything Iron Man could do, Iron Monger could do better and more powerfully. Basically, the Iron Monger suit was an Iron Man clone at five times the size. This led to an impressive and harsh fight in which the Iron Monger suit completely manhandled Iron Man. Luckily for Tony, he created the suit, so he knew how to exploit its weaknesses. Thus, when Tony flew to a higher altitude, Iron Monger tried to follow, and his suit froze up, causing him to plummet to the earth below. 

    17 votes
  • Natasha Romanoff trained in the Red Room from a very young age, basically as far back as she can remember. All the crazy acrobatics and murderous skills were instilled in her from childhood. And, as the Red Room trained untold numbers of stolen girls, she was far from the only one to get such intense training. Foreshadowed with Nat's fight against Yelena earlier in the movie, the Avengers' Black Widow has a style that isn't all her own.

    During the climax of Black Widow, when the Red Room aerial base is falling out of the sky, Dreykov sics a horde of Black Widow agents on Natasha. Talk about an unfair fight. None of Natasha's usual tricks can work here. Not only because she is vastly outnumbered, but because each of her opponents got the exact same training program. A well-timed Red Dust grenade from Yelena is the only thing that stood between Natasha and the great beyond.

    6 votes