Hans Zimmer Talks ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Characters & Score

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Amazing Spider Man 2 Electro Faceoff Hans Zimmer Talks Amazing Spider Man 2 Characters & Score

As one of the most talented, well-respected and well-known composers in the film industry, Hans Zimmer gets the opportunity to work on a wide variety of films each year, including some of the biggest studio blockbusters. Even with that demanding workload, he has continued to craft some of the most emotionally and sonically powerful scores in recent memory – including superhero films like The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel - so it should come as no surprise that he’s been hired to compose the score for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Zimmer is already hard at work creating the perfect audio backdrop for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and the fantasy film Winter’s Tale, but he’s still managed to carve out time for the Spidey sequel. In an interview with Collider this week, Zimmer said the project is still in its infancy, but that he’s actually getting a head start on it, so that he has time to play around and find the right tone.

Said Zimmer of his approach to the score:

“I’m sort of grappling with a completely different way of doing it right now, and literally it’s just the laboratory doors are open right now. I have an idea but I haven’t played it to anybody yet, so I don’t even know if it’s going to work yet. Because you never know, music is this weird indefensible thing, it either resonates with you or it doesn’t. I’ll either get the tone right or I won’t, but it’s serious experimentation time at the moment.”

Although Zimmer is known for his big orchestral compositions – especially when it comes to action blockbusters – he is also known as one of the more creative composers in Hollywood and doesn’t shy away from trying something new. For Inception, Zimmer did use blaring horns, sharp-cutting strings and epic orchestral crescendos, but he also added in some appropriate electronic elements and a 12-string guitar, played by rock legend Johnny Marr. So, while superhero film fans can certainly expect big, bold sounds from Zimmer’s work on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they should also keep their ears tuned in for a few surprises.

Said Zimmer:

“I’ve done a lot of action, I’ve done a lot of buildings falling down basically and things exploding, so I’m sort of trying to figure out, ‘Is there a slightly different way of doing it?’  And I’m not sure yet, but I’m certainly working on it.”

Of course, Zimmer’s main goal is to best serve the film and after seeing a rough cut of Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man follow-up, he noted that it is an even more character-centric film than the first, which he appreciated and was charmed by.

Amazing Spider Man 2 Peter and Gwen Hans Zimmer Talks Amazing Spider Man 2 Characters & Score

Said Zimmer of the film:

“You have no idea how [well] the relationships work in this one.  That is what he [Webb]’s masterful about; truly, truly, truly wonderful.  And the movie just sort of sparkles whenever—because it could be so easily a movie driven by action, and it really is driven by charm and love and sparkling dialogue.  And the chemistry between the characters is fantastic.”

With so many villains in the mix this time around, audiences can still expect plenty of action, but fans have to be pleased that at least one critic feels the characters, dialogue and the heart of the film are all in the right places. The rest of us will have to wait to judge for ourselves, but with a strong returning cast, new adversaries and one of the industry’s most gifted composers on its side, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seems to have a lot going for it so far.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

Source: Collider

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  1. Looks like this is shaping up to be one hell of a Spidey movie.

    Sinister Six? Osborne’s? Hans Zimmer? No time wasted on re-telling the origin?

    Count me in.

  2. This could be the best Spidey film yet, especially with Zimmer on board. Cannot wait!

  3. Excited to hear more Zimmer, but what happened to James Horner?

  4. Zimmer will do wonders with this soundtrack. No offense to James Horner but I really didn’t like his soundtrack for the Amazing Spider-Man. I can’t explain it but it just didn’t fit for me. But nobody beats Danny Elfman, that dudes Spider-Man soundtracks, holy sh*t, so amazing. He defined Spider-Man for a generation.

    • Agree about Horner and Elfman–but have you read anything as to why they’re not having Horner back? Was there a negative fan reaction to his score that I missed?

    • Didn’t like Horner’s soundtrack as well. It actually got in the way of the movie at times for me.

  5. Sinister six string!

  6. Big fan of Zimmer and I liked The Amazing Spiderman. TDK and MOS having similar scores was fine but I hope they don’t go for the same tone with Spidey, it just doesn’t seem right somehow? What was the problem on the first films score? no problem? then don’t change it!

  7. I need more cowbell!
    Seriously though, Elfman rocks!

    I can’t recall anything in MOS that stood out musically for me.
    To me you need John Williams for that!

    John Williams and Elfman all the way.

    • Hans delivered on Man Of Steel. Big Time.

      • Fantastic!

        • Yes Eddie, truly.

          Unique. Inspired. Inspiring.

      • @Robert – Have you heard his score for Rush yet? Easily top 3 of 2013 for me. Close to beating out MoS imo.


        • I have not picked that up yet, Paul.
          Thanks for your impressions and reminder!

          I have all Hans soundtracks and he seems to
          be getting better with no signs of burnout
          despite an amazing catalog of titles.

  8. We should be on Spidey 5 by now.

  9. A movie with no music soundtrack would be much better, silence is golden!

  10. Having multiple villains always seen as wasted opportunities & rushed desperation to me.
    I don’t really think having more then one villain in a movie is not a good idea especially if it’s their first appearance.
    Multiple villains takes away from each other, diminishing each other’s overall presence.
    No real chance of seeing what an individual villain can do without it being overshadowed by the next badie.

    Building up each individual villain is a better thing to do in sequels.
    The writing & directing could be focused on the 1 villain letting them show the full capabilities of the character.

  11. So since Electro is black this is Earth-11080 ?
    Was it made clear that this is Earth-11080 or are they just tossing crap together?

    • They’re “tossing crap together”. Not that I disagree with the approach or anything. Let’s hope the execution improves this time around, I enjoyed aspects of the first one enough to root for the current franchise’s success.

  12. I was surprised Hans took this on
    but Zimmer is nothing if not prolific.

  13. I loved Horner’s soundtrack but I’m good with Zimmer being on board.

    I mean, look at the iconic things he did in the Batman trilogy. Two cello notes played continuously as the cellist slowly moved up the strings for Joker’s theme, getting thousands of us fans to send in 1 minute tracks singing/shouting/screaming the Bane theme before putting them together as a crowd for the official soundtrack.

    The man is a pure genius.

    Again though, I’ll miss Horner. Maybe because his score for The Amazing Spider-Man was brilliant and I have nostalgia for his amazing main title song from Commando too using steel drums that’s as iconic to me as the Robocop brass section and Elfman’s Beetlejuice theme.

  14. I want to be happy Zimmer is on board because he’s a genius, but I actually loved the score by James Horner, at least the main theme.

  15. James Horner’s score was BEAUTIFUL ….you hanz zimmer band wagon hopping gits are mindless.

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