I know I’ve mentioned this before, but c’mon man: Marvel movie soundtracks are kind of lame. A superhero movie is meant to have an iconic theme, a roaring crescendo of audio that gets your arms waving in the air like you just don’t care when the third act kicks in and you start to believe that a man can fly…and punch people through skyscrapers. PUNCH HARDER DAMMIT!
I mean, here’s a hyperlinked sample of themes, that you don’t even need to click on to get what I’m talking about: Superman’s 1978 theme tune, Danny Elfman’s Batman score or the utterly sublime Wonder Woman track from Batman V Superman. Fantastic music that sell the fantasy of superheroes. But Marvel? Their contributions aren’t exactly bad. They’re just not memorable at all.
Doctor Strange on the other hand, has the potential to be the first Marvel movie in 8 years to have a score that really, really resonates with the audience. While there have been snippets of genius (Thor: The Dark World’s Into Eternity and a track or two from Iron Man 3), a full score that really nails the essence of the character it was composed for has been absent.
But I’ve got some high hopes, after hearing the first track from Michael Giacchino’s Doctor Strange score. Have a listen to “The Master of the Mystic”:
Now that’s what I’m talking about! That Eastern flavour mixed in with some downright alien audio sounds exactly like the kind of music I want peppering a film featuring the mightiest mages in the Marvel universe. It sounds different, a track that isn’t reliant on booming brass and sweeping violins to capture the soul of a hero. Also, it’s weird. And weird is perfect for Doctor Strange.
On the visual side of things, Marvel conjured up two new TV spots for Doctor Strange. Here ya go:
Doctor Strange warps into cinemas on November 4. And to paraphrase Freddie Mercury, it looks likes a special kind of magic so far.
Last Updated: October 19, 2016