Captain Marvel May Have Had the Best Entrance Moment in the Entire MCU

One of the most dramatic moments in any movie comes when a character makes a dramatic entrance. Think the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Rita Hayworth in Gilda, and by extension, The Shawshank Redemption. Orson Welles in The Third Man. Brie Larson in Avengers: Endgame. 

That last one may seem like it doesn’t belong in the list, but despite the fact that Larson often takes heat from some Marvel fans, fans also say her entrance or re-entrance in Avengers: Endgame counts among the most memorable moments. 

How do we define an entrance? 

Brie Larson on the red carpet
Brie Larson | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

When many people, especially film buffs, think of movie entrances, they think of the first time a character appears on-screen period. Another example like the ones listed above is Orson Welles’ entrance in Citizen Kane – which is notable because it’s also the character’s exit.

There’s also Grace Kelly’s unforgettable slow move toward the camera in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window or Darth Vader’s first appearance in Star Wars.

There are plenty of these in superhero movies too. Christopher Reeve’s first appearance in costume in 1978’s Superman was memorable because it took almost an hour to happen. By contrast, Michael Keaton’s entrance in 1989’s Batman is memorable because it happens almost immediately. 

To take it up to the MCU, fans would probably argue that the greatest actual first appearance of a character is Spider-Man’s entrance in Captain: America: Civil War, when he webs Captain America’s shield, pulls it up toward himself and casually says “Hi everyone.” But on Reddit, fans are discussing any kind of entrance, whether it’s the actual first appearance or not. 

Fans say they like the ‘Endgame’ entrance

The Reddit thread opens with a poll of the best entrance. The very clear winner is the portals entrance in Endgame, where the heroes who had disappeared in the snap finally return, with the second most popular being Thor’s entrance in Wakanda in Infinity War. Captain Marvel’s re-entrance is not in the poll, but it comes up quickly when fans talk about the portal scene. 

“Portals is the clear winner for me, these other moments were wonderful and thrilling but I’ve never had a theater experience quite like Cap lifts Mjolnir, Avengers Assemble, Scarlet Witch nearly kills Thanos, Captain Marvel destroys Thanos’ ship, I am Iron Man,” one fan wrote. 

Fans have sometimes regretted that they didn’t see more of Carol Danvers in Endgame, because a  common assumption was she would be the key to the Avengers being able to beat Thanos. The movie didn’t quite pan out that way, with the two characters only having a brief fight.

However, the filmmakers have said they wanted to limit her use so that they couldn’t lean on her all-powerful character to solve every problem. At the same time, that’s what makes her reappearance effective – the audience knows the good guys have the upper hand. 

We now know when ‘Captain Marvel 2’ will enter

For weeks now, the entertainment world has been the source of one sad headline after another, as studios delayed their big movies with movie theaters being closed. On April 3, Disney announced a readjusted schedule. 

As many Marvel fans had expected or even feared, the entire MCU slate is being shifted. According to EW, Black Widow will now open Nov. 6, while The Eternals will move to  Feb. 12. Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings moves from February to  May 7, 2021, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness shifts to November 2021. 

That leaves Thor: Love and Thunder, which moves out of 2021 to  Feb. 18, 2022. Spider-Man 3 with Tom Holland is not included in the announcement because Sony is in charge of distribution. 

What is included in the announcement, however, was an announcement that had not been made previously. Everyone knew a Captain Marvel sequel was coming, it was just a question of when. Now that question has been answered. Captain Marvel 2 will make its entrance on July 8. 2022.