Train fights are undeniably some of the most intriguing, briskly paced action sequences one would love to sit through in a comic book movie and might often raise the bar for some high quality directing, throw in a bunch of remarkable characters, visuals aplenty and there you go, pretty spot on already. Taking a look back at some of the greatest train fight scenes ever made or some that nearly made it on track, do they define the essentials of an action scene or are they merely a setup for some additional entertainment?
On a totally unrelated note, let's start with the average routine of stopping a train to save people's lives!
10. The simplest plot for your average train scene in an otherwise actually awesome movie from the Incredibles directed by Brad Bird.
It is unrelated cause the Incredibles isn't actually based on a comic book, though I would in several ways consider it to be an actual Fantastic Four triumph. This has pretty much nothing to offer except that it shows a hero doing his job to save innocent civilians, regardless of the price he has to pay.
9. Spider-Man Vs Sandman in the sewers from Spider-Man 3 directed by Sam Raimi.
This may not be a train fight but it sure does feature an epic showdown in the subways with several trains in the background so it obviously deserves its spotlight. While Peter doesn't receive justice after taking out his first target who was framed as his Uncle's killer, he does feel painfully shattered on realizing that the actual killer is still at large. Does he regret targeting the original, probably not, considering how he begged for a chance but was in position to shoot anyway. Now that the black suit is at play, Sandman's in for some double trouble, even if the excitement lasts no longer than a minute.
8. Peter unleashing his powers from The Amazing Spider-Man directed by Marc Webb.
Obvious criticizing aside, this scene introduces a rebooted version of Spidey's powers in well fashioned blockbuster style with all the confusion taking place after an old dude pointlessly places his beer on his perfectly motionless forehead, pretty weird if you really think about it but it all fits!
7. Batman Vs Ra's Al Ghul from Batman Begins directed by Christopher Nolan.
Though it seems very well executed, I still don't quite get along with its setting. Sure it seems real enough for any movie, but the fight scenes weren't entirely focused on as we're talking a train as well as a backup car to blow up its track. While it dominantly gives its all, it felt a little less brooding in the setup of the actual movie, but who said anything about actually stopping the train?
6. Wolverine Vs Yakuza from the Wolverine directed by James Mangold.
The prime factor that matters here is speed, both the good and the bad set their lives on the line in a nearly unpredictable death battle on who'd come out on top, it's really fast, yet it's really short. The result, an all you can eat buffet.
5. Subway pursuit from Men in Black II directed by Barry Sonnenfield.
Keep in mind that the Men In Black series' source material is technically owned by Marvel Comics. This scene isn't flawless but for a breezy and cheesy movie like MIB, filled with twists and turns, this one might just be perfect, though awkwardly timed.
4. Avengers in pursuit to stop Ultron from the Avengers: Age Of Ultron directed by Joss Whedon.
Why include a really short coincidental train clip, you ask? I know the setting's all messed up but he fun factor remains pitch perfect as Cap faces off against Ultron while Black Widow wonders if he could keep him occupied. What I like most about this scene is that even when it does go off track to threatening innocent civilians, we see Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver in action to save them and stop the train, makes sense!
3. Steve and Bucky in pursuit to stop Arnim Zola from Captain America: The First Avenger directed by Joe Johnston.
This train scene proves that sidekicks always have each other's back under any circumstances and is also, fairly action packed, considerably intriguing and heartbreakingly a setup to Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
2. Spider-Man Vs Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2 directed by Sam Raimi.
From the clock tower to a surprise encounter in a metro train with both stealth and aggression in the balance to three rounds of trying to stop the train with the best of style and substance there is. Sure Peter's mask comes off half way through but this movie still remains predominantly true to Peter Parker's character development which seemed utmost essential for this masterpiece sequel.
1. Ant-Man Vs Yellow Jacket from Ant-Man directed by Peyton Reed.
Hands down, you thought it was hilarious, fun and scene stealing, or at least somewhere as close to awesome! Ant-Man vs Yellowjacket takes the fighting to an entirely new level, we aren't talking metros or subways or even bullet trains, it's f#@king Thomas the tank engine in pursuit to take down the villainous Yellowjacket! Sure they could have extended it a little but from the unbelievable moment I'd first witnessed in the trailers, I'd gotten my hopes up. I'd gotten my hypes up!
So there you go, a straightforward idea of a top ten collection of train fights from the finest and brightest of moments from comic book movies or those somewhere close as well, let me know what you think!