Before every Marvel movie there is an intro created from comics pages.

Marvel intro

What comics were used for Marvel intro?

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    should this go to movies or comics? Seems off topic here
    – NKCampbell
    Mar 22, 2017 at 21:36
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    @NKCampbell Why? The site takes comic book and movie questions and takes in and out of universe questions. Mar 22, 2017 at 22:12
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    It's not the same comics for every movie. Pick one movie.
    – Kyle Jones
    Mar 22, 2017 at 23:24
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    @janisz: somehow, somewhere in the budget, they found the money to make more than one intro. Mar 22, 2017 at 23:28
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    @KyleJones: If that is true, you should expand upon that sentiment and make it an answer that is a partial question challenge. Because I'm positive most people wouldn't know that.
    – Ellesedil
    Mar 22, 2017 at 23:28

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There is more than one flipbook Marvel intro. By far the one I've seen the most often is the one I've nicknamed "Fist Kooom" because it describes the panel that was easiest for me to spot and remember film to film.

fist kooom

The panels flip and gradually fade into a flat white on red Marvel logo. This is the intro featured in the animated gif attached to the question. Most Marvel films use this intro or a variant of it where some panels are added that are relevant to the particular film. For example, the first Fantastic Four film used a variant of Fist Kooom with FF specific panels added at the beginning. Ghost Rider got a similar treatment, with themed panels scattered throughout the usual Fist Kooom panels.

Sometime in 2013 Marvel started using an intro I call "Get Off Me", named for the speech balloon prominent in one striking panel.

get off me

This is the intro with the 3D Marvel logo slowly tumbling into view with the comics panels overlaid. Fist Kooom was still used for several films after this new intro premiered.

Some movies got completely custom intros. The second Fantastic Four movie, Rise of the Silver Surfer, was one such. This featured a blue tinted intro that I've seen nowhere else that I call "Ain't Going No Nowhere".

ain't going no where

Hulk (not to be confused with The Incredible Hulk, which used Fist Kooom) also had a custom intro. The panels were tinted green and lifted from Hulk comics.

crawling guy in front of hulk

X-Men: The Last Stand aka X-Men 3 had a custom intro featuring panels from X-Men comics.

i chose you says magneto

Elektra got a custom intro, one of the earliest films to do so, along with Hulk the same year. All the panels were from Elektra comics or otherwise Elektra-themed.

elektra kills four

  • What about the TV shows? Do they have different intros? Say Jessica Jones and Iron Fist.
    – Adamant
    Mar 23, 2017 at 4:29
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    Magneto met Pikachu??? Mar 23, 2017 at 8:52
  • @Adamant SHIELD uses the generic MCU one. The Netflix shows have their own, which doesn't look like any other one I've seen, but I think includes panels from all 4 shows' comics.
    – KutuluMike
    Mar 23, 2017 at 16:16

They differ based on the movie you're talking about. The comics are various issues that are relevant to the movie. For example, the X-Men movies show X-Men comics, the Fantastic Four movies used those characters, etc. Pre-MCU, I believe every movie basically got a "tweaked" one (some common panels, some unique to the movie); when the MCU came around, Marvel created a "standard" one used for all of those movies, though it's been redesigned a few times. You can see most of these here, at least up through 2012.

The one you included in your question appears to be an early MCU one, since they later switched to a three-dimensional version, and then later still added images from the movies themselves. As best as I can tell, the MCU intros include scenes from a variety of Avengers-based movies. I have picked out some obvious Iron Man and Captain America scenes, but also Captain Marvel, and what I believe to be Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. (I've never seen an panels that were clearly identifiable as Thor or The Incredible Hulk, oddly enough.)

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    The intro to Thor: The Dark World has a still of Thor Girl. Here's her costume to compare, and notice the dialogue "Thus, if a storm", typical Thor-speak.
    – user31178
    Mar 23, 2017 at 1:53
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    As I watch the intro frame-by-frame I get the impression that some scenes are taken from the same comic, but interspersed throughout the whole intro. There seems to be a "story" there about a missile with a panther logo on it that doesn't get intercepted and ends up exploding.
    – user31178
    Mar 23, 2017 at 1:57
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    I think there is an Iron Man comic that is broken up over the whole thing, which would make sense as that was the first MCU movie. There's a few scenes which appear to show the older style Iron Man face mask.
    – KutuluMike
    Mar 23, 2017 at 1:57
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