Harris Turner as Musical Hulk, Jason Scott Macdonald as Musical Thor, Aaron Nedrick as Musical Iron Man, Tom Feeney as Musical Captain America, Avery Gillham as Musical Hawkeye, Meghan Manning as Musical Black Widow, and Nico Dejesus as Musical Ant-Man in a scene still from Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
The song “Save the City” in Hawkeye’s fictional Broadway musical, Rogers: The Musical wasn’t well received for many. Although, the song really hammered in how frustrating Clint Barton’s treatment from the world is. The creative minds behind the song in the TV series are Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Both have worked on projects together like Hairspray, Mary Poppins Returns, and the TV series, Smash. During an interview with Inverse, Marc Shaiman discusses the lyrical decisions for the “Save the City” song.
Marc Shaiman With Inverse
When Inverse asked about the line in “Save the City,” “I can do this all day,” and how the in-universe writers for Rogers: The Musical would know about it, Shaiman shared:
We talked about that with [Hawkeye showrunner] Rhys Thomas. We just figured in the universe, people writing a musical or writing a book or writing a magazine article would’ve done their due diligence and homework and interviewed people who had been there. Perhaps, even in things that we’ve never seen, members of the Avengers had actually given interviews about this or that.
There was a certain amount of liberty about that. Maybe Natasha in some interview on CNN might have said, “Oh, you know this guy, he’s always like, ‘I could do this all day.’” It could have come up somehow. The same thing applies to including lyrics about getting some shawarma when we’re done. I wrote these things and no one objected to them! But we did talk about that. And we just figured that they don’t say these things in a total vacuum.
When asked, Shaiman shared about why Ant-Man was in the musical:
That came from Rhys and Marvel, as something to further aggravate Hawkeye as he watched the show, and also as a comment on how movies and articles and people always get something wrong.
I’d feel the same way as Barton and walk out too. “While Hawkey seems cool, like a really nice guy?” I’d be pissed too after the other heroes received great character intros and Ant-Man wasn’t even there. Also, I was irritated like other fans that the post-credit scene was the entire “Save the City” song. It was hard to watch not just because I felt cheated of a tease for another project, but also I’m not a fan of musicals. There is just way to much smiling and jubilance in so many of them.
What did you think of Hawkeye’s “Save the City” from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman? How did you feel about it being the end-credits scene?