Superhero movies often excel at making a grand entrance, hooking audiences within the first few minutes. They do it with some spectacular action scenes or just some thrilling or emotional moments that keep the viewers interested to see what is in store for them.
From the first Guardians of the Galaxys dizzying dance number to the brutal assassination of The Comedian in Guardianshere is a list of the top 10 opening scenes in superhero movies.
10. Batman v Superman: Dawn of justice (2016)
Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice – Opening Scene (2016)
Zack Snyder’s crossover epic begins with Bruce Wayne recounting a dream he had about his parents’ death. This sequence juxtaposes the murders of Thomas and Martha with Bruce’s fall into a cave filled with bats, symbolizing his descent into grief following this tragedy. Each frame of this beautiful scene looks like a panel from a real comic book, and the dark song that plays in this scene captures Bruce’s loss of innocence at the hands of a random criminal.
And with the swarm of bats bringing him into the light, audiences see him emerge from that darkness as Batman. But this proves to be a brief glimmer of hope, as the film later shows how far the Dark Knight has fallen after dealing with so much tragedy and heartbreak in pursuit of this beautiful lie.
9. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (2017)
While the Guardians fight against a wild Abilisk that tries to feed on the batteries of the Sovereign, the little Groot spends the mission dancing to the rhythm of the Electric Light Orchestra Mister Blue Sky. In one glorious shot, the camera follows little Groot as he traverses the battlefield while his teammates take on the interdimensional beast in the background. And with the accompanying colorful and explosive visuals, this upbeat song transforms the scene into a cosmic rock concert, making it the perfect contrast to this terrifying high-stakes battle.
8. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Though he finds himself imprisoned by the evil Surtur at the start of this threequel, Thor breaks free easily and battles the demon lord and his army of monsters to the tune of Led Zeppelin. Song of the immigrant. But with Heimdall not garrisoning the Bifrost, Thor has yet to fend off Surtur’s hellish legions and escape a fire dragon with jet-like thrusters on its back.
This scene oozes with so much excitement and imagination that it reassures audiences that this film will be a return to form for Thor. Not only do the images stand out more than the previous two Thor movies, but they also show that the god of thunder can be funny too.
7. Batman (2022)
In stark contrast to typical superhero movies, The Batman begins as a horror film showing the Riddler spying on the mayor of Gotham through his point of view. Once the mayor is left alone in his apartment, the film shows Riddler hiding in the room with him, and the audience can only watch and wait for the assassin to strike his prey.
The scene is a masterpiece of Hitchcockian suspense that is only made more disturbing by the Riddler’s heavy breathing and classic piece Ave Maria playing in the background. It also establishes that this is a different kind of Batman movie, one with more similarities The silence of the lambs than usual popcorn movie with cape and spandex.
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Opening in a post-apocalyptic world ruled by Sentinels, Days of a Future Past shows the surviving X-Men taking on a trio of these killer robots. The X-Men rather fight as they use their powers to help each other (Blink’s use of portals makes the scene particularly endearing). However, what really grabs viewers’ attention is how easily the Sentinels overwhelm and slaughter their super-powered enemies, including Iceman.
But just when it seems all hope is lost, Kitty surprises everyone by taking Bishop’s mind back in time and arranging that the fight never happened. This scene effectively shows how terrifying the Sentinels are, with just the three of them defeating the X-Men with their adaptive skills. It ups the ante effectively and carries a sense of danger and alarm that permeates the entire film.
5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Bane Hijacks CIA Plane / Opening Scene in IMAX | The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 4K HDR Movie
The Dark Knight is resurrected, the final film in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, begins with a CIA agent interrogating three men rumored to work for Bane aboard a mid-air plane. But when one of the prisoners speaks, it is revealed that this henchman is Bane himself. The masked villain takes everyone by surprise again when his soldiers step out of a much larger plane and shoot them down.
Not only that, Banes’ men latch on to the CIA plane, haul it across the sky, and rip it open until it’s nothing but a giant tin can. What’s even more impressive is that this scene had no CGI. The filmmakers actually took a prop plane, tore it apart, and dropped it out of the sky.
4. Watchmen (2009)
Zack Snyder’s vision Guardians it naturally begins with the death of Comedian, Eddie Blake, at the hands of an unknown assailant. As Blake watches TV in his high-rise apartment, audiences get a glimpse into this alternate America in which Nixon is still president and the world faces nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The scene then offers the audience an ultra-violent fight between Blake and the intruder, with outstanding choreography and Nat King Coles Unforgettable playing in the background.
This scene features so many foreshadowings and references to the source material that it feels like it was lifted straight from the pages of Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel. It all culminates in the Comedian being thrown out the window and his death, with his iconic button with bloodstained smiley face falling with him.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Star-Lord Dance – Opening credits scene – Come and get your love – Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
After Peter Quill watches his mother die and is kidnapped by the Ravagers, the film jumps to the present day as he explores the planet Morag. Once the adult Star-Lord finds an ancient temple, he puts on headphones and listens to Redbones Come get your love on his Walkman.
Featuring Quill carelessly dancing and using an alien rodent as a microphone, this unexpected and silly scene introduces the film’s easygoing hero and sets the lighthearted tone for the film. From this moment on, audiences knew they were in for something special to watch.
2.Avengers: Infinity War (2019)
As an Asgardian distress call echoes in the background, Avengers: Infinity War effectively sets the stakes and dark tone of its story in its opening seconds. Thanos and his Black Order first appear on the Asgardian ship, having slaughtered half of Thor’s people and brought down the God of Thunder himself. Thanos then shows the fearsome strength of him by taking down the Hulk without breaking a sweat. Not only that, but he impales Heimdall and snaps Loki’s neck right in front of Thor.
Then, in just the first scene alone, Thanos defeats two of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and kills some of the franchise’s beloved characters. And because he claims two of the six Infinity Stones, Thanos is already establishing himself as the most terrifying threat the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen to that point.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
Bank Robbery (Joker) | The dark Knight [IMAX]
Christopher Nolan’s classic film begins with a team of robbers pulling off a bank robbery for the Joker. But nothing is ever what it seems as the bank is revealed to be owned by the mafia and the robbers are killing each other one by one for their shares of the loot. There are plenty of stellar action bits too, such as two burglars dashing between two skyscrapers and one driving a school bus through the bank.
Eventually, the Joker reveals himself to be the last surviving robber and escapes by sneaking into a fleet of other school buses. The ending is far-fetched, but this scene nonetheless makes for an unforgettable and chilling introduction to one of the best superhero movies ever made.
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