The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown immensely, even in just the past year.
In 2021 alone there have been new Disney+ series like WandaVision, Loki, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as well as new feature films like Black Widow, Eternals, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. 2022 is set to be even bigger with titles like Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on the horizon.
There’s no doubt that the Marvel universe is expanding but one thing that unifies every MCU project is the Marvel Studios intro that plays before the start of each film and TV project. The fanfare typically includes iconic scenes and notable heroes that come together to make up the Marvel Studios logo.
Seeing as there have been so many new characters and iconic moments in the past year of Marvel, this intro has been given an update.
New Heroes Feature In Marvel Studios Intro
The Marvel Studios intro has been updated for the release of Hawkeye on Disney+ this week, and it features a few new faces.
Most notable is the addition of Simu Liu's Shang-Chi who has taken center stage in the ‘M’ of Marvel.
Black Widow and Yelena Belova are also recent additions to the Marvel Studios intro, but this isn't the first time they've appeared. Both characters were also present in the logo that was played prior to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Marvel Studios Fanfare Gets A Phase Four Update
The Marvel Studios fanfare has often been updated to reflect the project it is playing alongside. To kick off Phase Four of the MCU earlier this year the intro of WandaVision received a hefty update that included a bunch of scenes from Avengers: Endgame. The intro has also been tailored more specifically to include special tributes like the ones dedicated to Chadwick Boseman and Stan Lee.
Shang-Chi’s addition makes sense as the character is one of the leading faces of the future of the MCU and is expected to have a big presence in the franchise going forward. The shot of Black Widow and Yelena is also especially relevant for Hawkeye seeing as Florence Pugh will reprise her role in the series. It will be interesting to see if new scenes make it into fanfare for the next Marvel Studios release, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
As more Marvel projects are released and new heroes are introduced it seems likely audiences can expect a slightly different opening sequence before each Marvel title, and it will no doubt be a fun Easter egg hunt for fans every time.