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Jack Foster

Yeah, so apparently I've seen several comic book movies with certain songs/ montages and to be honest enough, I've found them really moving in their own definitive ways. Each one has its own sense of priority and does hold up impressively well. Here are in my opinion, some of the best of them all from the 21st century gallery of comic book movies, regardless of the order they may fall into.

1. 'Hero' from Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man (2002) was perhaps the first ever comic book prequel to surpass $800 million at the box office collection (only surpassed by an Avengers prequel), which even Guardians Of The Galaxy failed to surpass with its highly energetic potential. This song sums up the fact that Spidey is the one hero that is here to do some good to his fellow people by saving them in their times of need.

2. 'Hold On' from Spider-Man 2 (2004)

It may seem ordinary on the outside but in reality, it sets up some massively significant development in Peter Parker's character, starting from the very fact that it begins with "You tried so hard to be someone that you forgot who you are" which denotes the fact that Peter's too occupied with being a superhero that he ignores his normal life as Peter Parker, or maybe being a superhero isn't all that normal after all!

3. 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' montage in Spider-Man 2 (2004)

As everybody's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Peter Parker's one job is to set an example as a hero and save innocent civilians. As Peter Parker for real, it's about time he gets to enjoy one single day without much care about the bigger world as a hero and this scene offers you just that. With the help of all the mashups from different scenarios, it is the perfect way to define an average, eccentric, high school nerd at his finest once again, not to forget this song goes along really well on a perspective of being easy to relate to, such as moments that include, "Just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed, nothing seems to fit" or "I'm not gonna stop the rain by complaining" and so on.

4. 'Institutionalized' Soundtrack from Iron Man (2008)

As for the beginning of Iron Man, Tony Stark is busy with his self-centered priorities due to which he misses traveling half way around the world for a weapons demonstration by a few hours and this song portrays the fact that he is now trying to focus on his work pretty well.

5. 'The Star Spangled Man With A Plan' from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

I've watched Captain America: The First Avenger quite a lot of times now, despite the fact that it has on the whole, never been as significant as I expect it to be, though its origin story still remains pitch perfect in my opinion. But I just won't deny that I'd pretty much consider this song right here a massive plus point that figuratively brings about the need for a hero to defend and protect the world -- most likely, to avenge it!

6. 'Live To Rise' from Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

Yeah, remember this awesome song after seeing Thanos in Marvel's The Avengers? I like it especially because it tends to be simple, fun and light-hearted like the movie and indirectly headlines that when the Avengers can't protect the world, they'll rise and avenge it from it's adversaries. On an unrelated note, I do feel it headlines working together as a team, like for instance, the part that says "If I fail, what happens then? Can I still count you as a friend?" Just a thought really.

7. 'Til Kingdom Come' from The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

When I first noticed Andrew Garfield on a skate-board, I thought I could just sit through without much opinion about it, but this scene makes it look reliably suitable for his comic-book based character and the fact that he decides to privately test his powers as well.

8. 'Gone Gone Gone' montage in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Does it bum you that this movie tanked so hard? Well it does the same to me but I wouldn't literally say unwatchable, for I feel it was just some strong potential that was weakly executed, or maybe they were more concerned about making Rhino a total badass in the trailers. This scene was awkwardly timed, but it does make note of the fact that Peter feels really, really alone, however messed up the plot actually is.

9. 'It's On Again' from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

If only the movie had performed better, this too would have found its way to glorious victory!

10. 'Time In A Bottle' montage in X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)

Time freeze, Quicksilver runs in the speed of breeze and the song literally says "If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to do", and people say the song should have been slower or faster as per the rate of his speed. I say it all makes sense this way cause things coincide excellently. The room is filled with tons of special effects and Quicksilver's makeup couldn't be more spot on.

11. 'Come And Get Your Love' montage in Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

So after 26 years since his origin story in the movie, we know see Peter Jason Quill as an ambitious, tricky outlaw on the run for a secret orb kept in a place where most people are very unlikely to travel to and find it, but that doesn't stop him from dancing all around the place, eh? Also, it's the single most perfect way to introduce the movie titles, plus everyone involved with it!

12. Hooked On A Feeling montage in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' (2014)

Even in prison, Quill sticks to his stuff in a totally unwelcome atmosphere where he is twisted and troubled all the way. This song may not coincide all that much but it does make the inherent silliness of the movie a lot more interesting, intriguing and potently fun to sit through.

I might have missed out a few montages here and there but this pretty much concludes my analysis.


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