Hello readers! Welcome to another installment of Weird Al Wednesdays! This month’s Weird Al song is in honor of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron and also celebrates Spiderman’s return to the fold and up-coming arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Ladies and gentlemen, Ode to a Superhero.
I like this video because the song came out about the time of the first Spider-Man film with Tobey McGuire. I know, it’s not the best superhero movie, and certainly not the best Marvel movie. However, it’s not bad for what it is. At any rate, it seems more to the canon I’m familiar with when compared to The Amazing Spider-Man. I mean, that whole thing with Peter’s dad and the genetics… what the hell?
But, I digress. This song is good for several reasons. First, it’s a parody of Piano Man by Billy Joel. Piano Man holds a special place in my heart from my fraternity days and always seems to put a smile on my face. Another great thing about this is the way Al blends the comedy of his music with the synopsis of the movie. It’s pretty spot-on for a five minute summary. I’ve seen this song live, so I know for a fact that Al’s guitar player is the one playing mandolin on this track, and Al plays both accordion AND harmonica. Once again, Al and his band prove they can handle a wide range of musical styles.
I would like to point out that, as of writing this post, I haven’t seen Age of Ultron yet. So, I to the best of my knowledge this doesn’t spoil any teasers about Spider-man’s return to the MCU. I would be pleasantly surprised if I’m wrong, but I won’t find out for a couple days.
What do you think of this parody by Weird Al? Do you like the original better? What’s your favorite MCU movie so far? Which one are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day and stay weird!