Did you recognise the opening title track of the new Avengers film? Avengers: Endgame features Traffic’s 1967 hit, ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’, which you can check out below.
Following the film’s dark, traumatic opening prologue — which shows the moment Thanos snapped and wiped out Hawkeye’s (Jeremy Renner) entire family, including his young children — the Marvel Studios logo unfurls as Traffic’s ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ plays on the soundtrack. It’s an unexpected moment, in keeping with the ethos of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has often used pop songs to track action — especially in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, which feature curated soundtracks from director James Gunn.
Guardians also plays a small part in the opening of Avengers: Endgame too. After the Hawkeye sequence, the action shifts to space, where a stranded Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is passing the time with Guardians figure Nebula (Karen Gillan) aboard the Benatar, Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) ship and home to his killer collection of tunes (all helpfully downloaded to a Zune).
‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ isn’t the only song to feature in Avengers: Endgame. Other tracks include the Steppenwolf song ‘Hey Lawdy Mama’ (which plays during Stan Lee’s cameo), the Rolling Stones tune ‘Doom and Gloom,’ and ‘It’s Been a Long, Long Time’ by Harry James and His Orchestra featuring Kitty Kallen on vocals.
Starring Downey, Gillan, Renner, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Chris Hemsworth, and Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket Racoon, Avengers: Endgame is out now.
As uDiscover Music previously reported, ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy’ originally appeared on Traffic’s 1967 debut album Mr. Fantasy, which was recently reissued as part of The Studio Albums 1967-1974: the first-ever vinyl box set celebrating their work, and includes original artwork plus a rare facsimile promo poster for each disc.
Mr. Fantasy was originally released in December 1967 in the wake of their dynamic arrival with three top ten UK hit singles, ‘Paper Sun,’ ‘Hole In My Shoe’ and ‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush.’ None of these were included on the LP, which appeared in America as Heaven Is In Your Mind, but it did feature Traffic’s next 45, ‘No Face, No Name, No Number.’
The Studio Albums 1967-1974 is released on 17 May and can be bought here.