This time of year means we’re getting more trailers than mail-order fruitcakes, and one of the biggest is the recently released first look at Avengers: Endgame. So what does this have to do with Ariana Grande and her smash hit "Thank U, Next"?
As you can see in our video, SYFY WIRE’s Jackie Jennings had a really enlightening conversation on that with special guest Ziwe Fumudoh, who firmly believes that "Thank U, Next" is now the poster song for the MCU.
Think about it. Worlds within the Marvel Universe collide in Endgame. Grande's video for "Thank U, Next" — which would probably be the most unlikely pick for a superhero movie soundtrack ever — mashes up several movie universes, including Mean Girls, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, and 13 Going on 30.
“Think of this as Infinity War, right?” Ziwe says in the video, and then goes on to prove how many characters from different areas of the MCU suddenly find themselves fighting alongside each other.
Take Black Widow, who often operates underground, and Tony Stark, who obviously has no problem being seen blasting off to a height of... however many feet that Ironman suit can go.
“Say Ariana Grande is Thor, her pony[tail] is the hammer, and Loki is every ex she ever dated,” Ziwe says. “And she’s going to stomp them out with her superpowers.” Maybe you’d have to include several different iterations of Loki in that one. You could probably throw the Frost Giants and Malekith from Thor: The Dark World in there too.
"Thank U, Next" might also relate to the superhero fatigue that could finally get blown away by Aquaman, whose visuals alone are breathtaking, even though the wigs leave something to be desired. And, yes, Endgame, even if it is another Avengers movie.
Do you have your own theme song for the MCU? Grab the (virtual) mic in the comments!
This article was contributed to by Elizabeth Rayne.