Avengers: Infinity War may have been just dethroned from the top of the box office by Deadpool 2, but fans are still talking about the Marvel Studios sequel. That includes sending questions to director James Gunn, since he was consulted about how the Guardians of the Galaxy were utilized throughout the movie. One question has been thrown his way a number of times, and he wanted to make sure everyone got the answer.
When the Guardians of the Galaxy are introduced in Avengers: Infinity War, they’re flying across space to answer a distress call. While the rest of the movie only uses Alan Silvestri’s score, this particular sequence starts off with the crew listening to “Rubberband Man” by The Spinners from the Zune that Star-Lord was given at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But there were a few other options that could have been used for this sequence.
“Rubberband Man” by The Spinners
For good measure, here’s the song used in the movie. It’s the perfect upbeat way to introduce the Guardians of the Galaxy, keeping in line with the laid back, cool style that director James Gunn established in their two preceding movies. Star-Lord is singing along with the music he loves so much and Gamora has come to embrace his love for music as she lip syncs with the tune as well. Meanwhile, Drax is sleeping, Groot doesn’t care about dancing and keeps playing his video game, and Rocket has just woken up from a nap.
James Gunn has been asked about some alternate songs that might have been used in this scene, and while he initially told Twitter that there were three other options he gave to directors Anthony & Joe Russo, he looked back at his notes and found four possibilities and laid them out for all fans to know. Here they are:
“Draw the Line” by Aerosmith
It’s hard to go wrong with a classic rock song that has lyrics starting with, “Checkmate honey, beat you at your own damn game No dice honey, I’m livin’ on a astral plane.” It’s a fun way to begin a sequence in space, and the song is full of the attitude represented by the Guardians of the Galaxy.
“Train in Vain” by The Clash
Like “Rubberband Man,” this song slowly builds to being upbeat. It would have been a fine option in the movie, but personally, I don’t think it makes for nearly as fun or exciting of an introduction to this ragtag team of criminals turned superheroes.
“Caught in a Dream” by Alice Cooper
This tune feels like the kind of song that a bunch of former outlaws would be jamming to as they speed across the galaxy. But again, it doesn’t have quite the same effect as “Rubberband Man” as far as giving the right amount of fun and cool attitude that makes the Guardians who they are.
“New York Groove” – Ace Frehley
This song from the solo outing of KISS band member Ace Frehley comes closest to achieving what “Rubberband Man” does in the movie. It’s funky, smooth and really builds to a great song that feels perfectly representative of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
In the end, going with the song we got in the final cut of the movie seems like the best decision. Plenty of fans online, including yours truly, have been listening to the song quite a bit since it popped up in the movie. “Rubberband Man” has always been a great song, but its inclusion on the Infinity War soundtrack as the only music that wasn’t an orchestral arrangement helps it stand out as a new favorite for fans to add to the rest of the songs from Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
If you still like the songs above, James Gunn made a little playlist on Spotify with all five of the above songs.
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