“That song” in Thor Ragnarok: why Immigrant Song fits perfectly

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It’s for sure one of the peaks of Thor:Ragnarok soundtrack and it stucks in every spectator’s mind, already from the trailer, and with no doubts in the battle scene on the bridge. Older generations will surely recognize it, whereas younger Marvel fans could ask themselves what that song is: we are talking about Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, one of the biggest hits made by the biggest rock band of all time. The song was published in 1970 and it opens Led Zeppelin III, their third album.

Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song (Live 1972) (Official Video)

What Immigrant Song has in common with Thor: Ragnarok

Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song has several references inspired by Norse mythology and represents a perspective of war initiated from scandinavian people.

We come from the land of the ice and snow
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow
The hammer of the gods
Will drive our ships to new lands
To fight the horde, sing and cry
Valhalla, I am coming

This fits quite perfectly with Thor character, as the Marvel character was actually inspired by Scandinavian culture. That’s the reason why the movie director, Taika Waititi, proposed to use the song already in his first meeting with Marvel.

Getting the rights from Led Zeppelin about the song was not easy. But showing the movie trailer to the English band was decisive to convince them that the song was a great fit for the movie.