Credit where credits are due.
Starz has just released the title sequence from the network’s epic new series, American Gods, debuting on the premium channel on April 30.
Based on the Neil Gaiman fantasy novel of the same name, the series takes viewers into the brewing rivalry between modern and ancient gods—humans can only offer so much attention to worship, after all—as told through the lens of an ex-convict named Shadow (Ricky Whittle) who is swept up into the violent conflict between old and new.
The opening credits cover several key facets of the Starz series, developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. Religious praxis and iconography clash with contemporary technology to form a bright neon totem, making for a truly trippy introduction to a series that includes everything from Anubis, Easter, and leprechauns to the fresh-faced god of the Internet and computers. The sequence comes from Elastic, a studio that also designed stunning sequences for Westworld, The Crown, and several Pottermore shorts.
Fuller and Green issued a statement about the credits: “Is it strange to want action figures from a main title sequence? 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.”
American Gods stars Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, and Pablo Schreiber. The ensemble cast also includes Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Orlando Jones, Peter Stormare, Demore Barnes, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Chris Obi, Betty Gilpin, Corbin Bernsen, Mousa Kraish, and Omid Abtahi.