“We come from the land of the ice and snow”: De-colonising superhero cinema through music


  • Dina AlAwadhi
  • Jason Dittmer




Led Zeppelin, Marvel, Thor: Ragnarok, Postcolonialism, Film, Music


In this short intervention we examine the relationship between Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor: Ragnarok. We do this to highlight the doubleness of both texts’ meaning, which gives each an aura of postcolonial subversion. This relation is important because in this case Immigrant Song was central to the production of Ragnarok, with director Taika Waititi allowing the song to suffuse the film from its inception. When we speak of music in film, we must also consider the deeper role of music in inspiring the tone of various filmic productions.


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AlAwadhi, D., & Dittmer, J. (2020). “We come from the land of the ice and snow”: De-colonising superhero cinema through music. Politik, 23(1). https://doi.org/10.7146/politik.v23i1.120311