The Captain's Theme

Captain America: The First Avenger came in at No. 1 at the box office this weekend ($65.8 million opening weekend)—with a little help from one of our own.

Captain America is different from the rest of this summer’s crop of superheroes because he doesn’t live in Lisa Frank-inspired other world of Asgard (like Thor) and doesn’t travel to a planet to meet other alien superheroes (like the Green Lantern). He spends the entirety of his movie on Earth, and the bulk of it during World War II.

This means he doesn’t get futuristic guns or ships, doesn’t have a robot-controlled Iron Man suit, and he doesn’t even get a grappling hook. His powers, though super, are almost too human—he basically has extra speed, strength, and agility (and a cool shield that can stop bullets). How is that supposed to help against the modern supervillian?

Well, there is one weapon that existed during the 1940s that Captain America gets to wield powerfully: propaganda. It comes in the form of a USO-style anthem, “The Star-Spangled Man.”

- Advertisement -

(FYI: This isn’t really a true video—you think we’d give away Captain America plot details so easily?—it’s just a still image as the song plays.)

I have to say, I love this. I feel like most superhero movies lazily go for a modern-rock soundtrack—Iron Man 2 had an all AC/DC soundtrack, for example, and even Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland had a theme by Avril Lavigne—so this retro-sounding song is, if nothing else, refreshingly different. (It’s also way less emo than Spider-Man 2‘s theme “Vindicated,”  by Dashboard Confessional.)

The best thing is that this song wouldn’t exist without one of our locals. The song was written by Northern Westhchester’s Alan Menken. (His neighbor, Stanley Tucci, is also in the movie.) It makes a little bit of sense, because Disney recently bought Marvel Studios Films (even though Paramount Pictures is also putting out Captain America: The First Avenger—it’s complicated). I’m pretty sure Disney has Menken locked away in a tower somewhere, making him churn out songs for whatever is needed, be it a yearning princess song for a movie like Tangled or a 1940s-style rallying ditty for Captain America. For a while, I was down on Menken for writing a bunch of songs that were all same-sounding, but now I’m back on board.

Which superhero has won the summer for you? What’s your favorite Alan Menken song? Let me know in the comments.

- Partner Content -

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios. © 2011 MVLFFLLC. ™ & © 2011 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Our Best of Westchester Party is July 24!

Our Westchester Home Design Awards event is June 26!

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

Holiday flash sale ... subscribe and save 50%

Limited time offer. New subscribers only.