Starz’s American Gods juxtaposes traditional relics from established religions with objects our technology-driven culture currently worships in a trippy, surreal opening sequence by Elastic.
“Is it strange to want action figures from a main title sequence?” Co-Showrunners and Executive Producers Bryan Fuller and Michael Green asked in a statement. “Crucified astronauts, neon cowboys and S&M centaurs, we bow to Elastic and their spectacular vision. A totem of godly visions we didn’t know we needed to worship until they showed us the light with this clarion call to the ‘American Gods.’”
The main titles, revealed one month from the premiere, highlight a series about a war brewing as traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology and celebrity offered by the New Gods.
Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes a bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory.
Produced by FremantleMedia North America, and adapted from the novel of the same name, American Gods premieres April 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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