‘The Avengers 2′ Sets Brian Tyler as Composer; Releasing in IMAX

Published 5 months ago by , Updated March 23rd, 2014 at 10:06 am,

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“Lights, camera, action!” are ordinarily what come to mind when someone is thinking of creating a movie, but there are many other aspects of a production that must be decided in order to create that cinematic event you see in theaters, all the way down to costumes, makeup and the music that could inevitably make or break the material.

For the sake of continuity, these details become even more important when you’re dealing with an ongoing and expanding series like the Marvel movie franchise. To date, Marvel Studios has released or scheduled twelve very different superhero movies with nine unique composers, which makes their latest decision to keep one around a little longer a very interesting choice indeed.

Film Music Reporter has confirmed that Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World composer Brian Tyler will soon get to score The Avengers: Age of Ultron, while former Avengers composer Alan Silvestri has moved on to other films. This means that in Phase Two, only political thriller Captain America: The Winter Soldier and space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy will be scored by different composers.

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With a career spanning almost twenty years, Tyler’s resume includes The Expendables series, the Fast and the Furious franchise, the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and my personal favorite, Sci-Fi miniseries Children of Dune, whose soundtrack reached #4 on Amazon’s charts.

So while his work in the Marvel universe hasn’t been extremely memorable, he’s proven himself capable of creating exciting action pieces and his reputation is on the rise.

Meanwhile, Disney has also announced their extended partnership with IMAX:

Under the agreement, IMAX will be part of Disney’s release strategy for its most highly-anticipated live-action tentpole films, including Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 2014), Maleficent (May 2014), Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (August 2014), and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 2015), Tomorrowland (May 2015) and Star Wars: Episode VII (December 2015).

Between Marvel’s superhero films, Star Wars, fantasy adaptations like Maleficent as well as originals like Tomorrowland, Walt Disney Studios currently has the biggest films ripe for the latest in cutting-edge technology, so it makes perfect that they’d continue their relationship with IMAX into the future. There’s no word yet, however, on whether the studio is planning to use IMAX cameras to shoot any upcoming films.

Are you happy Tyler is sticking around for The Avengers 2 or will you miss Silvestri’s The Avengers score?

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron will release in theaters on May 1st, 2015.

Source: Film Music Reporter

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  1. I hope they at least reuse Silvestri’s Avengers theme. That part of Avengers 1 in the beginning…… You know where Fury has just jumped out of the crashing helicopter and realized that Loki has gotten away with the tesseract…… He tells Coulson, “This is a level 7… We are at war.” Then Coulson asks him, “What do we do?” BAM! The Avengers logo comes up and Silvestri’s theme begins.

    Love that moment from Avengers 1. I hope they keep that tune.

    • Agreed. I’ve been troubled by Marvel’s treatment of their film music. Thor was among the finest superhero soundtracks in recent memory, while Thor 2 didn’t seem to feature even a single reference to it. Avengers was also one of the memorable scores, in particular the main title you’re referencing. I can’t recall a single thing from the Thor 2 soundtrack…

    • I disagree, Alan Silvestri’s score was not great at all. It was average at the very least.

      • Yesiree. Not Silvestri’s best work. I’d give Tyler a shot—knowing that’s it’s all going to be percussive with lots of staccato strings.

      • I’m curious what you think makes it average. I honestly can’t remember a note from Brian Tyler’s Thor 2 as compared to Patrick Doyle’s tremendous work on Thor 1. I will go back and listen to Tyler’s score, but I vividly remember thinking, “Why didn’t they bring Patrick Doyle back?” when I left the theater after Thor 2. Silvestri’s Avengers theme might be “average” by comparison to John Williams’ Superman, but then, just about everything fails by that benchmark.

        It’s interesting to note here that by changing their composers so frequently, they’ve not given their heroes’ musical counterparts enough room to flourish in the same way other franchises have done. Lots of criticism has been thrown at Hans Zimmer’s Batman score, but he had 3 movies to solidify that majestic rising 3rd as “belonging” to Batman. Why doesn’t Doyle’s Thor soundtrack or Silvestri’s Avengers deserve the same treatment? Alternately, why is the composer of such a forgettable Dark World soundtrack asked back? The heroes exist with their own little thematic, aural packages. By switching that up, the filmmakers are hamstringing one component of what the audience has used to connect to their beloved characters.

    • I agree, that was one of my favourite moments as well. It really was a great coming together moment with Silvestri’s theme, that’s where it really signified for me the transformation of one of favourite comics to such a huge project. Does that make any sense haha?

  2. I’m planning to see the Winter Soldier at an IMAX theatre about a half a dozen times over the next three weeks. Can’t watch perhaps, the greatest Super hero movie ever made on a regular screen.

  3. As much as I love Alan Silvestri (Captain America: The First Avenger, the Back to the Future Trilogy), his score for The Avengers always felt a little generic, like he had it waiting around for whatever film it’d work best for. Bryan Taylor did a fantastic job with Thor: The Dark World. I’m excited to see what he comes up with for Age of Ultron.

    • Brian Taylor is a million times more generic, his scores don’t stand out at all. Alan Silvestri didn’t do great score, but at least Avenger’s main theme was memorable.

      • Have you heard Brian Tyler’s score for Assassin’s Creed IV?! Far from generic, more like incredible!

  4. I know nothing about composers with the exception of what I like. I liked the Avengers soundtrack, it had a light tone and fit the movie. Given that AOU will be darker and more serious than Avengers Tyler seems like a good choice. Children of Dune is a great soundtrack. AOU is also set outside of NY and I think Tyler will do a good job of incorporating elements to give individual set pieces a distinct soundtrack.

    IMAX, yes!

  5. I don’t pay attention too much to the score of a movie, eventhough I’m a musical person. Perhaps, I just don’t like BGM that much. But yes, agree with Bat-Mite, I hope Tyler will showcase various ethnic music style considering the movie is taking part in various part of the world as well. Would be cool if suddenly we hear a Gangnam Style when the South Korean scene plays hahaha

    • haha. Not quite what I had in mind, but Stark is the Gangnam ideal in a way, though he does not live the lifestyle parodied in the song. I think that is a parody of living like Stark on borrowed money. It could work. I was thinking more along the lines of various musical instruments being incorporated.

  6. Anyone know if Ultron’s face will be like the comics like the teaser hinted or like Spader’s face as I read about?

    • The comic-con teaser and all the Ultron artwork in the recent Marvel special showed Ultron as pretty true to the comics facewise, though it will likely be less like Hank Pym’s helmet than the comics. I get the feeling Spader will only face his human face featured on screens etc. Spader has gotten kinda old and full in the face and so he isn’t quite as robotic as he used to be (if that makes sense). Paul Bettany however will make a great Vision, tall, thin and high cheekbones!

    • Nothing against Spader (enjoy him in The Blacklist), but I hope Ultron in the movie looks like Ultron in the comics…that would be truly frightning since Ultron even looks mean in the comics.

  7. Great! I love Brian’s work. To be honest, the first Avengers film’s score wasn’t very exciting to me. I’m sure Brian will be awesome!

    • Agreed! His Iron Man 3 score was really great.

  8. I adored The Avengers score, thought it was great! One of the few soundtracks I have on my phone!

    Perfect score for a perfect film. Did what it needed to in all departments, ESPECIALLY the scoring.

  9. Celebrated audibly when I read this headline. Another lesser known piece of work by Tyler that was well-done is his score for the canceled Fox series Terra Nova. I’m confident he’ll do great with Age of Ultron.

  10. Ahh, The Avengers #2…just thinking about the flick as a whole is music to my ears!

  11. There was an episode of Portlandia about a band who made kiddy music, and their 1st gig was way too adult but then their later music was condescendingly childish.
    I don’t like comparing universes, but the Marvel scores all seem very child-welcoming, almost happy and cliche ‘YAY SUPER HEROES!-ish’ if that makes sense, whereas say, The Dark Knight’s score is very eerie and foreboding in retrospect. The Avengers of course should maintain their now iconic theme from ‘The Avengers’, but Ultron himself, should have the deepest darkest, disturbing, weird theme in film history. I can’t even begin to imagine how scary his voice should be!

    • One of the creepiest most non-recommendation giving movies I’ve seen in years, The Witches of Salem, had a truly bad ass soundtrack. The song that played throughout, is the type of theme Ultron should have. It should at least convey that same spooky/creepy feeling anyway.

      • My bad, ‘Lords of Salem’

  12. I think it´s a mistake not being consistent with the scores of the movies. I don´t understand why marvel doesn´t want to keep recognizeable melodies for their franchises, a music that can be inmediately associated with a particular character or movie. That´s what happened in the past, Superman´s John Williams march, Indiana Jones score, Back to the future, Raimi´s 3 Spiderman movies shared the same music, the two Tim Burton films had the Danny Elfman fanfare.

    It´s my only complain about Marvel Studios movies, they are doing it totally wrong with the music.

  13. I love Silvestri’s work (BTTF especially) but his Avengers score was pretty unmemorable. It had an OK enough main theme but throughout the rest of the film I pretty much can’t remember what the soundtrack was like. Didn’t sound like his heart was in it, and maybe that’s why he’s not on board this time.

    Brian Tyler… his IM3 score was interesting enough, but I don’t remember anything about his Thor 2 score. Hopefully he’ll do something fresh.

  14. they should’ve kept Slivestri for this one his main theme for Avengers was very well suited and he could have improved it more in this sequel but he didn’t got the chance so now they need improvised it by them self.
    well Brian Tyler’s work on Iron Man 3 was somewhat good while Thor 2 not so much (I can still remember Thor’s theme from first one). I Just Hope he can give us something Great.

  15. Does this mean that it will ONLY release in IMAX or will it release in normal 3d as well? (I’m a newbie here, so excuse me for the dumb questions)

    • It means both imax and normal 3d and whatever screen they will find to fill up the demand

  16. Until they start actually filming in IMAX I have seen my last Marvel, actually any, movie in IMAX. Without using the actual technology it is just a huge money grab. Film using the IMAX cameras and I will gladly pay the extra price.

  17. I’ll be adding this movie to my DVD collection for sure!

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