If not, what do you think tops it?
Iron Man 1 has my preferred opening scene, although these two are very close. I appreciate the Iron Man 1 opening for showing a realistic Afghanistan and military convoy, with AC/DC music and humorous dialogue, interrupted by a horrific battle shown from a civilian's (Tony Stark) perspective. It sets the whole scenario of Iron Man's origin with Tony Stark being captured by terrorists, and watching his weapons being used leads to Stark's character development, while TDK focused on Joker and not the movie's protagonist.
This is probably the best opening scene in a CBM for me.
The Asgardian distress signal playing over the opening logo as opposed to the playful music we're accustomed to from previous movies... the "holy shit, this dude is powerful" impact of seeing Thanos kick Hulk's ass, and the death of Loki to seal Thanos as a legit threat. It does what any good opening should do: set the tone for the rest of the movie.
- Watchmen: It goes without saying that the opening action sequence is badass, and the opening credits are a beautiful example of visual storytelling, accompanied by perfect music choices.
- Iron Man: People underrate the opening of this movie, but the first 5 minutes of this movie set the tone perfectly for the Tony Stark character, whose importance to the overall tone of the MCU cannot be understated. The use of AC/DC, and Tony's nonchalant attitude, abruptly disrupted by the explosions and terror, are perfect.
- X-Men: First Class: Such an emotionally impactful, raw opening sequence. It does a wonderful job getting us to sympathise with Magneto in a way that feels visceral.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier: "On your left" is iconic, briefly followed by Captain America kicking ass on the ship. That scene established Cap as arguably the badass of the MCU, and set the tone for where the Russo's were taking this character.
The Dark Knight's opening is undoubtedly great, but I think all of these might be just as good, if not better, especially the Infinity War opening scene.
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