Fighting king, young and free, only 93.
OK, sure, so Infinity War was exciting, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier had some of the best fights to grace a superhero movie. Yeah, we know. That’s passe. We need to do more. They need to be better. How about—oh, ok, I’ve got it. Let’s try some ABBA.
That’s right, ABBA, the Swedish dance pop group. As The Mary Sue has delightfully pointed out, some fans have made a hobby out of setting Marvel scenes to the band’s peppy, energetic classics. And the results are, well, they have to be seen and heard to be believed.
a tumblr user set the fight scene in winter soldier to abba and there is truly no dignified way to tell you all i almost wet my pants laughing https://t.co/vC8QVO3Pl7
— emma lord (@dilemmalord) July 3, 2018
Thor: Rangarok but instead of Immigrant Song it's Dancing Queen by Abba pic.twitter.com/VB69PNl2il
— jazmin ???? (@thorsbanners) August 8, 2018
IM SCREAMING pic.twitter.com/BTJjr9DZBK
— ???????????????????????? ♕ (@ruddmcu) September 4, 2018
Hi. Here is Bucky Barnes falling to his death set to S.O.S by ABBA. pic.twitter.com/Haj6EvQhcM
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) September 6, 2018
Listen, I’m no ABBA expert, but I know good pop when I hear it. And this is good pop used in beautifully absurd ways. The Thor: Ragnarok one, in particular, is a really nice touch. Mashups like this are fun in part because of the way they so self-consciously toy with context. Without context, even the most dramatic scenes can become absurd. And even the most dramatic heroes can become dancing queens.
Please, commenters, I ask one thing of you this weekend: make more Marvel/ABBA mashups. I’ll check back in a few days and see how you’ve done.