END OF YEAR POLL: Which Was Your Favorite CBM Death Scene Of 2012?

END OF YEAR POLL: Which Was Your Favorite CBM Death Scene Of 2012?

Eh, call me morbid but is there anything better than a good death scene? I-don't-think-so! But which comic book movie this year had the very best death scene of them all? It's a tough call. Hit the jump to see which scenes were nominated and take part in the poll.


Whenever Joss Whedon is around you know the Grim Reaper isn't far behind. As in the case of The Avengers the Reaper came for our beloved S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). He certainly had an honorable death, taking on the God of Mischief with a Phase 2 weapon prototype. But he was no match for Loki, who magically appears behind Coulson and stabs our mortal hero through the back. His death would not be in vein, as it helped galvanize the group of heroes so that they could become the ultimate superhero team, The Avengers.

Of course the most tragic part was when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) lied about Coulson's death. It's not the lying part of it that bothered me so much as it was the destroying of Coulson's valuable trading card collection in order to sell the embellishment. Come on, the guy just finished putting together that set.


This is perhaps the most controversial death scene on the list as the unnecessary reboot retold the origin of Spider-Man, yet had to change a few things up from the Sam Raimi trilogy to try to make it seem fresh and new. Thus, we have the new retelling of Uncle Ben's death.

Basically Uncle Ben dies because of chocolate milk. Peter (Andrew Garfield) goes to a convenience store because he wants to get his lactose on, but he is two pennies short of having the exact amount to purchase the chocolate goodness. The cashier freaks out when Peter reaches into the penny tray for two freaking pennies, and says he can't do that based on some crazy store policy. I have never encountered a cashier that anal before, but so be it. As the scene continues, the guy behind Peter knocks over some stuff by the cashier, and while that jackass is distracted he takes cash from the register, and even tosses Peter that milk he always wanted. As though he has just encountered his very own dairy godfather.

That's the setup. When the cashier notices he has been robbed he darts (walks briskly) after the robber and now yells to Peter to help him catch the thief. Peter basically says, "fuck that, you fat two penny hoe." I'm paraphrasing. Oh, back to the death, so Uncle Ben hears the cashier's cries for help. At this time the thief stumbles to the ground a gun squirts out from under him and Uncle Ben lunges for it. The gun goes off and Uncle Ben's rice is cooked. The End.


You might think one of many deaths that “Boris the Animal” (Jemaine Clement) experienced in the film might make the list. While they were entertaining, there is only one death from the film, and on this list, that brought a tear to my eye. And it was done so well, that I was genuinely surprised that it came from a director, and a franchise that I haven't held in high regards.

The death scene I speak of, is when Young Agent K (Josh Brolin) and Agent J (Will Smith) have seemingly defeated both versions of Boris at Cape Canaveral, Florida. But of course the young version of Boris miraculously survived and springs up out of nowhere as Young K is thanking a high ranking military official that helped the Men in Black in this mission. That military official is killed during Boris's surprise attack, and we soon learn that he is actually Agent J's father. As a young boy, that is meant to be a younger version of J, runs toward his dead father. The boy is comforted by Agent K, and now we know what tragic event in the past made K so damn surly and why he took Will Smith's character under his wing.

You can bust out the tissues as Agent J looks on from afar at the whole scene and realize all of this at the same time we do. It's a touching moment and goes a long way to adding heart and depth to a franchise that sorely needed it.


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Then there is Dredd, the comic book movie that was loved by critics and comic book geeks, but ignored by the general public. Even though the film had plenty of characters being killed, there is only one death scene that really stood out, the death of Ma-Ma (Lena Headey).

Ma-Ma has rookie Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) in her clutches, when all of a sudden Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) shows up. He makes quick work of her bodyguards, but she has no plans to go quietly and reveals that she has a Dead Man’s Switch embedded in her wrist. If she were to die bombs attached to the Peach Tree complex would blow, killing lots and lots of dirty dirty people. Dredd who is usually mister black and white surprises us by grabbing an inhaler filled with Slo-Mo (drug) and using it on Ma-Ma. He then gambles that her wrist device might not have much range from the bottom of the block, so he tosses her through glass and into the atrium. The slow-motion visuals are absolutely breathtaking as she slowly witnesses floor after floor of the mayhem that she has caused. The lush images seem to go on forever until she reaches the end of her journey and her face kisses the ground. The impact is violent, and oh so thoroughly enjoyable.


Based on polls and comments over the past few months it's fair to say that Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is loathed among the majority of the CBM community. I guess I'm in the minority. Not that I liked it, but I don't think it's a complete and utter disaster as many do. There are a few scenes that are actually incredibly entertaining and well done, but found Nicolas Cage's over-overacting to be the true anchor that sank this film. Which actually kind of funny since the directors, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, were so boisterous about their excitement for working with the Oscar-winning actor.

One such scene that stood out among the rest was when Ghost Rider saves Nadya from Black Out's (Johnny Whitworth) decaying touch. The fight takes place on a speeding car, and features some elaborate camera work, with some psychedelic images sprinkled throughout that would make a hippy on shrooms wig out. Ghost Rider of course is victorious with a penance stare and finishes the scene with a well placed one liner, "Road Kill."


In the first half of The Dark Knight Rises, Selina Kyle, played by Anne Hathaway, is at Daggett's trying to get her hands on a device that will erase her long list of priors. Bane's goons chase after her and during a rooftop fight Batman comes to her aid. But the Caped Crusader don't-like-a-no-gun, so he forces her to give up her gun.

Now, I bring up that scene because without that setup, the payoff to Bane's demise isn't as good as it was. And yes I know plenty of fanboys cry themselves to sleep at night because in their eyes Bane (Tom Hardy) should've had a "better" death scene, but I dispute that.

The death scene in question begins right after Bane had sobbed like a little girl as Talia (Marion Cotillard) reveals their sorted backstory to Batman (Christian Bale). Talia has left Bane and Bats all alone, but Bane has no interest in waiting for the bomb to go off and consume them...he wants to finish Batman for good. So as he starts to choke Gotham's Dark Knight, Catwoman appears out of the blue on the Batpod and blasts Bane with the guns attached to the vehicle. She drops a clever quip about being pro-gun and thus the clever payoff is complete.

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DrDoom - 12/17/2012, 10:24 AM
Spoiler tags? No? Not even in the title/header?
DaenerysTargaryen - 12/17/2012, 10:26 AM
COULSON! COULSON NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Also you should add in Talia's death for the lols. ;D
scarecrow007 - 12/17/2012, 10:30 AM
As much as I liked TDKR Bane's death sucked. My vote goes to AGENT COULSON.
RorMachine - 12/17/2012, 10:32 AM
Coulson has this one I think. Ma-Ma's was also pretty cool.
IgnurRant - 12/17/2012, 10:32 AM
Took two high powered cannons to stop Bane.

Coulson's death was completely uneccessary. Second best character of the entireMCU after RDJ.

Uncle Ben went out swinging.I like that.

But Ma-Ma hadthe enst death scene. B*tch needed to die.
TheMadman - 12/17/2012, 10:33 AM
It's between Ben and Coulson. Both made me incredibly sad.
MrReese - 12/17/2012, 10:33 AM
The [frick]! Talia should have won this shit is so [frick]ing rigged!!! U guys even left it out!! XD
Julesimanerd - 12/17/2012, 10:34 AM
I'm disappointed i don't see Talia Al Ghul :/
edmundo - 12/17/2012, 10:35 AM
Seems like a lame year for death scenes but I have not seen Dredd and I should. I give Lincoln's death scene my vote. Opps should have announced that spoiler
rockerdude22 - 12/17/2012, 10:37 AM
Haven't seen Dredd (really want to) or Ghost Rider (don't care to see this), so it's between Coulson or Bane for me. I think I'm gonna have to go with Coulson, just because I thought his death scene was much better handled. Bane's death was so anti-climactic IMO.

And let's not even mention Talia's death scene...
616 - 12/17/2012, 10:40 AM
rip Coulson
NathimusPrime - 12/17/2012, 10:41 AM
lincoln dies!totally ruined the movie for me:)
JDUKE25 - 12/17/2012, 10:44 AM
I voted Men in Black 3. That one was actually sad.

Coulson and Bane were terrible deaths. Uncle Ben's was sad in terms of the emotion and music played, but wasn't as good as it should have been.
Shadowelfz - 12/17/2012, 10:46 AM
None of them they were all pretty terrible (haven't seen Dredd so I can't say). I'd have to say Coulson though.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 12/17/2012, 10:47 AM
Lmao, so many spoilers up in this bitch.

Am i the only one confused by the question?

Favorite death scene? ROFL!!!! That's some serial killer level shit. Lol, i don't know if this is a compliment or diss to those characters.

Not voting :P
shamo - 12/17/2012, 10:47 AM
smh @ anyone who votes for Banes shitty ass death.
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/17/2012, 10:47 AM
Mama´s death was [frick]ing awesome!

Falling from huge buildings is one of the coolest ways bad guys have left this world.

Hans Gruber did it, Dick Jones did it, Max Zorin did it (Just name a few).

And Mama did it with a style.
Dev7 - 12/17/2012, 10:49 AM
@LEVITIKUZ, how do you expect the authors of these useless polls to make money? All the click counts to this article is what butters their bread.
didich - 12/17/2012, 10:49 AM
Ok, if Bane wins this again I'll officially lose my hope on humanity (or on this site).
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/17/2012, 10:52 AM
Nolan Bane left this world very VERY uncool and undramatic way.

I would have blown that [frick]er in the pieces with a Batbomb or burned him with a Batflamethrower. ;)
Ranger14 - 12/17/2012, 10:54 AM
Coulson...if he actually died. :-P
ManofSteel23 - 12/17/2012, 10:54 AM
why has bane got more votes,his death was shit and sudden! batman did a shit job of defeating him,the only thing he did was fly the bomb out
AlexDeLarge87 - 12/17/2012, 10:54 AM
Oh and that Alien Queen did the falling too... kinda.
DrHorrible - 12/17/2012, 10:56 AM
There's nailbiter inserting his own opinion, be it completely convoluted or not, in an article instead of a comment section, where it properly belongs. Just that "chocolate milk" "speech" you were saying just shows a lot about you. I'll leave it at that. ;)

My favorite personal death was the Death of Nolan's Batman franchise. ;)

Let's be honest: It was only going to go downhill from The Dark Knight.
Supes17 - 12/17/2012, 10:58 AM
What about Talia?

AlexDeLarge87 - 12/17/2012, 11:07 AM
One of my favorite death scenes ever actually takes two lifes with one shot or one blow or how you said it.

That is the death scene of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior villains The Humungus and Wez.
thalidomide - 12/17/2012, 11:07 AM
Talia's death scene was a groundbreaking performance. That's what I heard though, I didn't watch the movie.
XtommygunzX - 12/17/2012, 11:10 AM
Had to go with Agent J's dad. Coulson's death was a major bummer for me too. But the way they set it up with J's dad almost jerked out a tear. Uncle Ben's death was much sadder in Raimi's Spiderman. Don't even get me started on the horrible blink and you'll miss it death that Bane had.
silverdog - 12/17/2012, 11:12 AM
my god, I had forgotten catwoman's "pun" after bane's death..

as if I didn't hate the movie enough already....
buzzman - 12/17/2012, 11:32 AM
Not that it was anything to write home about but what about Batman's death? I mean, if you're gonna throw up Bane, you might as well throw up Batman.
sinister84 - 12/17/2012, 11:32 AM
ma-ma's death was the best. falling after inhaling that time-slowing drug
jasonicus - 12/17/2012, 11:36 AM
Extra number 12 from The Avengers. We hardly knew ye.
DioFoRio - 12/17/2012, 11:40 AM
Bullshit Poll...Where's Talia?
DioFoRio - 12/17/2012, 11:57 AM
her death could have been good had she quit on the death throw before last. eyes open and shit
DioFoRio - 12/17/2012, 12:06 PM
ma mas death was pretty intense the whole movie was pretty intense...I was almost too ripped to watch it at points.
StormLoganSummers - 12/17/2012, 12:07 PM
"You'll just have to imagine the fire."
Silentman - 12/17/2012, 12:09 PM
had to go with ma-ma's death. it was bad ass and shot so damn beautifully. colson is a close second. and bane...well...no.
FirstAvenger - 12/17/2012, 12:12 PM
Not a fan of death, but it hurts watching Coulson and uncle Ben death scene.
Spidey91 - 12/17/2012, 12:14 PM
Bane got Boba Fetted,but the nolanites will be all like "ZOMG BEZT DEATH EVAH NOLAN GENIUS! "

either Coulson or Ma-ma,Uncle Ben's was kind of underwhelming,and I haven't seen MIB 3 so...thanks for the spoiler :P (no,I don't mind it).

THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 12/17/2012, 12:19 PM
Coulsen????? I lost all faith in you guys.
Uncle Ben FTW
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