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Super Soundtrack: Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Widow’

Black Widow might not seem like the type of film that would feature any hit songs, so you might be surprised to see which songs ended up being featured in the film.

In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises.

Based on that synopsis, Black Widow might not seem like the type of film that would feature any hit songs, so you might be surprised to see which songs ended up being featured in the film…

“American Pie” by Don McLean

Yelena asks to hear “her song” on the radio in the car, and “American Pie” by Don McLean starts playing. Everyone in the car starts singing along. McLean first released the song as the title track of his American Pie album in 1971. It went on to be a smash hit and dominated by 1972.

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Malia J

This song plays during the movie’s opening credits, including the names of the actors, producers, directors, and others involved in the making of the film. A montage plays showing Natasha Romanoff’s past in the Red Room training camp. We all know the hit song was originally recorded by Nirvana, and it was released as the lead single from their sophomore album Nevermind. Marvel approached Malia J in February 2020 about featuring her version in the movie.

“Cheap Thrills” Sia ft. Sean Paul

The Sia and Sean Paul song plays on the radio while Natasha is driving in her car. She turns up the radio, and this hit from 2016 is playing. The bouncing dancehall-inspired son was one of the biggest hits of 2016, topping the charts for radio, streaming, and sales.

“American Pie” by Don McLean

(You might remember this song from earlier…) David Harbour’s character Alexei sings part of the Don McLean song that appears earlier in the film with Florence Pugh’s character Yelena in what we’ll just call an interesting father-daughter moment. It’s a nice full-circle moment that calls back to the song featured at the beginning.

Black Widow — directed by Cate Shortlan, produced by Kevin Feige, and the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — is playing now simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.

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