The Avengers
Song: “Shoot To Thrill” by AC/DC

Iron Man is unquestionably the A-list star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and I’m not just talking about the fictional masses that worship Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Of all Marvel Studios films leading up to The Avengers Iron Man’s were easily the most successful. But watching Joss Whedon’s film it’s strange how long it takes to see the metal man in action. Fortunately, when he does finally enter the fray and get involved with his first battle it’s to an awesome musical cue.

The scene is set in Stuttgart, Germany where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is doing battle with Captain America (Chris Evans) on the ground. After a quick fight it looks like the Asgardian has the upper hand over the super soldier… but that’s when we hear it. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who is flying above the fray in a quinjet, sees her P.A. system get an override as AC/DC’s “Shoot To Thrill,” Iron Man’s own little theme (set up in Iron Man 2), begins to play and the celebrity superhero comes in to blast Loki off his feet. It may not be the character’s first appearance in the film, but it’s a damn fine introduction.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Song: “Over The Misty Mountains Cold” performed by Richard Armitage And The Company of Dwarves

It’s impressive how religious Peter Jackson is, and is allowed to be, when it comes to adapting the work of J.R.R. Tolkien for the big screen. In his bringing the story to the big screen he and his fellow screenwriters dug through not only the book, but also the author’s appendices, which helped not only add even more depth to the story, but tie the tale to Jackson’s previous Lord of the Rings trilogy. But in adding things like Azog The Defiler and expanding the story of The Necromancer the director didn’t ignore key elements that draw fans to the book – for example, the singing.

While the song admittedly comes during the film’s slow opening, when audiences are just waiting for the group to hit the road and start their adventure, that shouldn’t distract from how hauntingly beautiful the movie’s rendition of “Over The Misty Mountains Cold” is. Not only is it a beautiful song, telling the backstory and motive for their journey, it’s also a true gift for the fans, as it seemed from the outside like an element that the writers would just throw away because of Hollywood conventions. We’re lucky they didn’t, and what we have instead is one of the best movie music moments of year.

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