The Avengers are never far from their past, as fans of Marvel were reminded in the first episode of Disney Plus’ new series Hawkeye. The episode introduces young Kate Bishop (Clara Stack) in 2012 as she witnesses Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) heroically fighting one alien after another during the Battle of New York. Shortly after, the episode moves to the modern MCU, where Clint Barton still reckons with Loki’s plan for global dominance from almost a decade ago. He is forced to consider the events of the earthquake day when he watches a performance of Rogers: The Musical.
Although postings outside the theater promise it Rogers “captures the heart of a hero”, the musical seems to be more of an ensemble work introducing all the Avengers in song-song manner. Hulk likes to smash, Iron Man flies, and Captain America “can do it all dagenyyyyy”, a call to The first takes revenge.
Written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who have collaborated on other Broadway musical adaptations such as Hair spray and Catch me if you can, Rogers is MCU’s latest attempt to commemorate previous battles with a wink and nod. A bit like the scene in Loki where God of Mischief finds Infinity stones being used as paperweights, the stupidity of Rogers asks the audience if they can remember what the ballad was about.
For the characters in the show, it brings back the old trauma. Clint stares blankly at the smiling artists, at the surreal experience of seeing a packaged version of yourself. He turns down the sound of his hearing aid, tells his daughter that it was not what it was, and eventually leaves halfway through the performance, right after seeing some bathroom graffiti declaring “Thanos was right.” It’s hard to see Hawkeye disagreeing with that statement at the moment.
It tells episode director Rhys Thomas to Polygon that he got the idea to stage the worldwide musical adaptation of the Battle of New York when he “tried to think of things that would annoy Clint.” When movie score fan and Marvel president Kevin Feigie resigned, the next question was what the tone could be at all. “You realize, like, oh, we’re doing an MCU musical and MCU. So how good is it? How bad is that? It must be absurd. So finding the line that I feel is a line that I keep trying to go: you have to take it seriously, but just not seriously enough. “
Nor is it Thomas’ first attempt at a parody musical. One of the creative forces behind the mockery Documentary now! the series he co-directed “Final Transmission”, the series’ loving parody of Talking Heads concert film Stop making sense.
Shaiman and Wittman told Marvel that they wrote their entire song, titled “Save The City,” in the midst of the pandemic. When they wrote at a time when New York was actually under attack, they wanted to create a song that felt like when “people would go and knock on pots and pans for the hospital workers, first aiders. It all seemed to fit into “The universe we wrote to. So the notion of ‘someone please save New York’ was the battle cry,” they said.
Rogers: The Musical recruited a number of stage veterinarians to start production, including Adam Pascal and Ty Taylor as “Lead New Yorkers”, Aaron Nedrick (“Musical Iron Man”), Avery Gillham (“Musical Hawkeye”), Harris Turner (“Musical Hulk”) ” ), Jason Scott MacDonald (“Musical Thor”), Meghan Manning (“Musical Black Widow”), Nico DeJesus (“Musical Ant-Man”), Tom Feeney (“Musical Captain America”) and Jordan Chin (“Musical Loki”) ) ”).
But the real secret weapon was Shaiman’s husband, Lou. Shaiman “It seemed like fate that I married a man who was a total Marvel nerd,” he said. “So I wanted to take him as a good man to see all the movies, so we used to sit in the parking lot of the cinema and I would say, what did I just see? How does it all work, and who is who, and so on I started assembling all the pieces.We were both lucky to have [my husband, because] he could just spit out whatever the words are, you know, ‘Tesseract’. I never knew Scott and I would write a song with the word “Tesseract” in it. “
Of course, this is not Marvel’s first musical tour either. IWandaVision’s “Agatha All Along,” was a great viral hit. And not mentioned in Hawkeye is one of the most infamous musicals ever: Spiderman: Turn off the darkness, the most expensive Broadway musical in history. Maybe if Tom Holland keeps up with the character, he can bring his dance experience to the screen.