Over a decade and across almost 20 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has blessed audiences with literally hundreds of colourful characters, be they heroes or villains, and given comic book fans countless awesome moments they won't ever forget.
However, none of the franchise's top-tier superheroes or antagonists would amount to much of anything if they weren't first introduced to audiences with sure style. Because of course, first impressions count for a lot.
While not all of the mainline Avengers have been blessed with particular stellar intros - The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in The Incredible Hulk and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in The Avengers being especially ho-hum examples - the MCU has nevertheless done a generally fantastic job acquainting fans with these beloved characters.
From snappy post-credits scenes to elaborate, lengthy action sequences, these unforgettable moments decisively marked the arrival of characters who, more often than not, quickly became fan favourite mainstays. Either way, the overall MCU owes a great debt to the these 13 crucial and spectacular scenes...