Warning — This article contains minor spoilers for WandaVision
WandaVision is about to start a new era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, kicking off the banner year of the franchise that will see the arrival of multiple projects after an uneventful 2020. As the official title suggests, the inaugural MCU Disney+ series will place the spotlight on the powerful pair of Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany’s Vision, giving the couple a chance to continue their story in an unusual way.
It was evident during the double-header premiere of WandaVision that a good chunk of the show’s season will explore the mysterious alternate sitcom reality of the show. It’s not known whether this is Wanda’s creation, but it’s safe to say that a strange new villain will be in the mix.
Moreover, the first two episodes of the series didn’t waste time in establishing the unique approach of the MCU in terms of fully utilizing the long-form storytelling strategy of the franchise.
To celebrate the MCU’s much-awaited return, Marvel Studios managed to sneak in a special treat for longtime fans in the show’s opening section.
In the debut episode of WandaVision, a brand new iteration of the Marvel Studios opening intro is showcased, featuring memorable moments from Avengers: Endgame.
The additional scenes include the A-Force sequence, the team-up of Rescue and Iron Man, the Avengers traveling through the Quantum Realm, Captain America wielding Mjolnir, and Tony Stark’s iconic snap.
Several shots of Doctor Strange from Infinity War and the Quantum tunnel was also included in the new Marvel Studios introduction.
A blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of Wanda's powerful attack against Thanos was also showcased.
Steve Roger's training sequence from 2012's The Avengers was still featured in the updated fanfare.
WHAT THIS MEANS
It has been a tradition for Marvel to change the appearance of the opening fanfare intro to align with the color palette of the featured project, with films like Thor: Ragnarok and Black Widow following the trend. Admittedly, it’s a different story when a film or show is beginning a new chapter, and the inclusion of clips from Endgame should drive the point home in that regard.
Throughout the Infinity Saga, the Marvel Studios opening intro had its fair share of changes. For example, Captain Marvel paid tribute to the legendary Stan Lee by featuring clips and images of the comic creator in the revised fanfare while Black Panther did the same thing recently by showcasing the legacy of the late Chadwick Boseman.
Endgame also managed to sneak in a fun Easter egg for viewers to decipher since the victims of Thanos’ decimation weren’t included in the introduction. If anything, this goes to show the impressive attention-to-detail of Marvel Studios.
As the MCU embraces a different chapter, it will be exciting to find out how the Marvel Studios opening sequence will change in the next few years, especially considering that there are new heroes that will soon debut. There’s a good chance that the studio will craft a fresh take on the intro video to further cement the notion that the universe is indeed expanding.