I’m a major geek for a good set of opening credits. I still watch the Watchmen opening sequence — and often tear up — years after the movie came out, and when watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer repeats I never fastforward through Nerf Herder’s raucous theme. But when it comes to Joss Whedon properties, Firefly will always remain my favorite, in part due to the beautiful, stirring opening. (Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand…)
Now, thanks to video editing software and geeks’ sense of humor, people love to mash up one set of characters with another movie or show’s opening credits. A lot of these are hit-and-miss, where the rhythm or tone just don’t match up. I had that knee-jerk reaction when I saw that someone had taken the superheroes from Whedon’s film The Avengers and set them to the Firefly credits. Wouldn’t that just look ridiculous, putting modern-day heroes in what seems (to non-fans) like a hokey Western sequence?
But instead, the soulful Firefly song brings out the emotional underpinnings of Whedon’s movie, from Mark Ruffalo‘s “I’m always angry” confession to Robert Downey Jr.‘s near-sacrifice in the height of the battle. It highlights each of them at their best, like Chris Hemsworth‘s goofy Thor face and Jeremy Renner‘s badass archery move. Anyway, it works, so watch it already.