Kate (kate_nepveu) wrote,

not-a-vid: "You Can Call Me . . . " (Avengers)

Kind of a long time ago, in comments to a non-public post, [personal profile] leighdb and I had too much fun sketching out an Avengers not-a-vid to Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al." It's a not-a-vid because neither of us vid or have time to learn, but it amused us and the song came up on shuffle today, so I've taken five minutes to put our comments in something like chronological order, tidy them up slightly, and post them for the possible amusement of others. (If this also results in inspiration, have at it.)

The song, for your listening-along pleasure.

Lyrics from Paul Simon's official site.

Verse one: Bruce. This verse is all Leigh except for my bracketed comments.

A man walks down the street
He says, “Why am I soft in the middle now?
Why am I soft in the middle?
The rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo opportunity
I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard”
Bonedigger, bonedigger
Dogs in the moonlight
Far away my well-lit door
Mr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me
You know I don’t find this stuff
Amusing anymore

  • "Soft in the middle" = Tony poking Bruce in the side on the helicarrier. [Also "should've got paid, Banner" just before Natasha.]
  • "Shot at redemption" = Hulk jumping to catch Iron Man when he falls from the wormhole. [If there weren't the actor problem, I would make this Edward Norton!Bruce falling backward out of the helicopter.]
  • [Cartoon in a cartoon graveyard = I've never read Ultimates, but I gather Hulk is much more dangerous and animal-like, so a panel or two of that would amuse me.]
  • "Dogs in the moonlight" and "far away my well-lit door" seems like it would be India clips. "Beer belly, beer belly" would be Bruce looking rumpled and uncomfortable on the helicarrier, and "get these mutts away from me" would be all the Avengers fighting under Loki's influence. And then to be contrary "I don't find this stuff amusing anymore" could be Hulk grinning at Steve's order to smash.


If you’ll be my bodyguard
I can be your long-lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty, when you call me
You can call me Al

Has to be both Betty (the shot sitting next to Hulk in the rain, to avoid the actor problem) and Tony. (No subtext here!)

Verse two: Tony (mostly from the first Iron Man). This was a joint effort.

A man walks down the street
He says, “Why am I short of attention?
Got a short little span of attention
And, woe my nights are so long
Where’s my wife and family?
What if I die here?
Who’ll be my role model
Now that my role model is
Gone gone?”
He ducked back down the alley
With some roly-poly little bat-faced girl
All along along
There were incidents and accidents
There were hints and allegations

  • short little span of attention = being an irresponsible playboy
  • wife and family = Pepper, Howard from Iron Man 2, Maria if any shots of her exist at all . . .
  • What if I die here = Afghanistan
  • role model = Yinsen and Rhodey (possibly Steve?), transitioning to Obadiah and their fight
  • hints and allegations = "I am Iron Man"

Chorus: this time, it's Tony nicknaming everyone . . .

. . . sliding into goofy stuff, like Hulk smashing Loki, Galaga guy, and gag reel bits, for the pennywhistle interlude . . .

. . . ending on Chris Evans making silly faces as he tries to get the parachute on? Because we need a transition, and perhaps that leads into the Captain America musical number? And then the WWII highlights reel, and then sadness, and then:

Verse three: Steve. This one was mostly me, I admit.

A man walks down the street
It’s a street in a strange world
Maybe it’s the third world
Maybe it’s his first time around
He doesn’t speak the language
He holds no currency
He is a foreign man
He is surrounded by the sound, the sound
Cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages

He looks around, around
He sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity
He says, “Amen!” and “Hallelujah!”

  • Opening = deleted scenes, mixed in with some contrasting landscapes from Captain America
  • doesn't speak the language = I got that reference
  • holds no currency = giving Fury $10
  • surrounded by the sound = Times Square at the end of Captain America
  • Cattle, scatterlings, orphanages = compare rescuing Bucky to restored Clint, team pulling together?
  • Angels in the architecture = watching Thor & Loki dissolve
  • hallelujah = smiling at the end of battle

Last chorus: team saying goodbye in Central Park.

There, now it's off my mental do-someday list, and I am amused. *wanders off humming*

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