Till Date The Greatest MCU Character Introductions
The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps adding one character after another with each successive installment. But with the MCU, it is not a matter of when the character is introduced but how. It is how the character enters into the scene that determines its acceptability and popularity within the audience. The ones that have had a truly memorable entry are remembered as the greatest MCU characters the world has ever seen. The MCU has done a pretty good job doing that for most of the new characters. But with some, they really did up the ante. Here’re the greatest MCU character introductions that are too awesome.
Ancient One in Doctor Strange
Might and Magic have always fascinated human beings. In Doctor Strange, the Ancient One is the greatest magician of all time. She is the world’s guardian against the dark forces and protects the Sanctum Sanctorum, Earth’s only defense against the dark lord of magic called Dormammu. When Stephen Strange catches the attention of the Priestess of Kamar-Taj, we see first-hand what the entity known as the Ancient One is truly capable of. One flick from her hand leaves the Doctor Strange’s astral form flying through dimensions!! Before that, the Ancient One is seen fighting the forces of Kaecilius in the mirror dimension. Wherever she is seen, she ensures she is the one that dominates the entire battlefield.
Tony Stark in Iron Man
While all superheroes end up being portrayed as grounded simpletons that would not hurt a fly, Iron Man took a different route. Iron Man showed Tony Stark riding a Hummer along with United States Soldiers with a glass of alcohol in hand as the AC/DC song Back in Black played in the background. As far as bratty and spoilt rich billionaire playboys go, that is as high as one could get when it comes to a proper character entry in a Hollywood multi-million dollar movie. The rest is practically history. Tony Stark’s convoy encounters a huge ambush where he later tries to escape in vain and is hit by shrapnel from a stolen Stark Industries weapon.
Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy
Drax the Destroyer played by Dave Bautista is a highly beloved figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Drax was seen for the first time in the inter-stellar prison deep within the vacuum of space where Star Lord, Rocket, Groot and Gamora are sent after being captured. Drax’s extremely intimidating look coupled with his straight forward idiotic replies won everyone’s heart. His genuineness got him applauses every time he opened his mouth to utter something. Drax also proved his mettle in the battlefield. A warrior that is so pure and noble of heart needs to be on this list.
Korg in Thor Ragnarok
There’s funny and then there’s Korg – the zenith of hilariousness. Taika Watiti, the Director of Thor Ragnarok, was the one who voiced Korg and even wore the CGI suit to emulate him in the movie. According to rumors, Korg is actually based off of Taika Watiti’s impressions of a certain group of Bouncers that worked in a private New Zealand Club he once visited. Korg was first seen in the arena pavilions of Sakaar. When Thor is thrown into the pavilion with the rest of the Gladiators, Korg is the first one to greet him with a cool rock, paper scissors joke. He later explains how he managed to botch his own rebellion by not being able to print enough flyers.
Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ultron was a bang on character for Avengers. He is creepy, powerful and extremely sinister. Moreover, the Avengers are no match for him. When the Earth’s mightiest heroes were drinking their hearts out believing that all is well, Ultron managed to free itself from its Mind Stone Cage and started learning. He soon realized that humanity is doomed and he needs to act fast so that he could do something about it. Using old scrap Iron Legion suit and spare parts, Ultron musters up a barely walk-able body that looks and sounds like a living wraith. James Spader’s baritone voice only adds in more seriousness to his character.
Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy
We may hate him for what he did in Infinity War but we have to admit this guy is a really cool dude. When Guardians of the Galaxy first introduced us to Peter Quill, he was just a frail little kid with mommy issues. Star-Lord was an 80’s Kid and he showed it in full swing when he came into the scene. When his about to enter the Power Stone temple, we get a little Indian Jones vibe mixed with Han Solo antics from Star Wars, both the rage of the ’80s. Instead, Star-Lord puts on his legacy Walkman to star listening to Pina Colada, kicking bloodsucking aliens out of his way as he makes his way to the Infinity Stone.
Hela in Thor Ragnarok
Thor Ragnarok became such a hit not because of just Taika Watiti but also Cat Blanchet, who played the Norse Goddess of Hell called Hela. Taika Watiti is amazing at character introductions and it shows. Most of the new characters he introduced ended up becoming overnight sensations amongst the viewers. Hela lands onto the scene just as Odin leaves for the after-life. When Thor throws his hammer at her, Hela catches the Might Mjolnir with her bare right hand. The entire world is shook and looks at the scene in horror. How is Hela worthy of the power of Mjolnir?? Isn’t she one of the bad guys?!?!
Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War
The Mad Titan had been introduced a long time ago. But his true self came to light only after his grand entry in Infinity War. This time Thanos was no longer limited to a few post credit scenes or a limited pre-credits sequences. He had the entire stage and the spotlight was on him. Thanos’ entry in Infinity War came with his making the Asgardian King Thor grind his teeth in the dust. He would later beat the living hell out of the Hulk and kill Loki, cementing his position as the greatest threat the Avengers have ever faced. Thanos’ entry also remains memorable because he had the aura of seriousness around him, something the rest of the supervillains that came before him in the MCU sorely lacked.
Erik Killmonger in Black Panther
We all love Killmonger for not what he did but for what he believed in. He knew that the world as it is would never be free of the one thing that ails it from achieving greatness – Inequality. Racism existed everywhere and as long as human beings would not see each other as equals, it is doomed to die. But the way Killmonger intended to end racial persecution was one that could be deemed as extreme. We first see Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger in a European Museum where he corrects the Tour Guide by saying that the artefacts she is explaining the history of to him are actually stolen items from the Dark Continent and should be returned. The scene is right before Ulysses Klaue storms in and steals them with the help of Killmonger!
Black Widow in Iron Man 2
Scarlett Johansson is coming up with her new solo movie as Black Widow. But we will always remember her for the hot redheaded secretary that could kick a hundred asses within 5 minutes if she wanted to. Iron Man 2 was severely lacking in storyline and direction but Black Widow was one of the saving graces of the movie. She is fist seen acting as the secretary of Pepper Potts. She slays everyone (including the audience) with her sweet curves and red-headed hair. That is when people realize that Scarlet’s character is not going to be confined to just one or two movies.
The Last Solo Marvel movie to be released under the Disney banner is Spider-Man: Far From Home. The movie is currently in theatres. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Peter Parker’s relaxing European vacation takes an unexpected turn when Nick Fury shows up in his hotel room to recruit him for a mission. The world is in danger as four massive elemental creatures — each representing Earth, air, water and fire — emerge from a hole torn in the universe. Parker soon finds himself donning the Spider-Man suit to help Fury and fellow superhero Mysterio stop the evil entities from wreaking havoc across the continent.