Just as I predicted, Friday’s Movie Madness battle saw Tony Stark get the best of the Terminator. Stark moves on to the next round. Today’s matchup is a strange one. Who knows how it’s going to turn out? One of cinema’s all-time greatest good guys, Indiana Jones, goes up against one of cinema’s most memorable villains, Hannibal Lecter. Which will win, good or evil? You decide.
Dr. Jones has worked his way through this tournament riding a wave of good will and popularity, while Lecter has (literally) devoured his competition. Now, both of them will face off in a matchup that pits AFI’s number two cinematic hero against its number one cinematic villain. This should be an interesting battle.
Indiana Jones – Quite a few people screamed foul when Jones got past Wolverine in the last round. They thought that Wolverine’s Adamantium claws, coupled with his healing ability and apparent immortality, should have carried him to victory. Even with all those weapons at his disposal, Wolverine proved to be no match for the popular Indiana Jones. Like an NBA team with home court advantage, Jones got all the right calls. When the end of the game came, he wound up ahead. Let’s just say that popularity and love for a character can be a very deadly force.
Secret Weapon: We saw it on display when he took on Wolverine. Indiana Jones lives on in our minds as the quintessential action/adventure hero. It’s hard to believe that anyone could beat Dr. Jones, because he’s able to get himself out of just about any near-death experience he finds himself in.
Hannibal Lecter – His road to the Cinematic Sixteen was a bit more palatable because he went up against characters without any special abilities. They were just men who weren’t crazy enough to stand up to Lecter’s malevolence. He’s chewed his way through Captain Hook, and even civilian vigilante Paul Kersey, but now he faces Indiana Jones, which is a whole different beast altogether.
Secret Weapon: He’s manipulative and cunning. Jones is able to think on his feet, but Lecter seems to plan his actions in advance like a chess master thinking five moves ahead of his opponent. If he’s able to do this effectively against Jones, Lecter may enjoy a hearty meal consisting of Indiana Jones as a main course with a side of Short Round.
Indiana Jones vs. Hannibal Lecter
- Indiana Jones (75%, 121 Votes)
- Hannibal Lecter (25%, 40 Votes)
Total Voters: 161