The Marvel Cinematic Universe has caught flack for not having memorable scores before, but Michael Giacchino is bringing back a familiar tune in Spider-Man: Homecoming based on the first tease of the score. While there are exceptions to this statement – like Alan Silvestri’s Avengers score – one of the criticisms of the MCU has been a lack of memorable scores. Not only that, but oftentimes thanks to a single franchise/character being scored by a variety of composers the previously established scores and themes can be easily forgotten.
Spider-Man, however, is a character that has long had a synonymous theme song. Ever since the cartoon in the ’60s, the web-slinger has a theme song that has continued to be utilized in his live-action appearances. While it was never a sure thing that Giacchino would implement this theme into Homecoming, his first tease of the score confirms the familiar tune.
Giacchino took to Twitter to release the first bit of the Homecoming score and features an updated version of the famed theme. While this is only one piece of the entire score, he is clearly drawing inspiration from what has come before. As it plays here and later on in the film, those that know the tune will have a difficult time not humming along.
As one of the top composers currently working, Giacchino has been involved with a number of high-profile franchises. This will not be his first time implementing themes that have previously been heard either. He brought brief portions of John Williams’ Star Wars score into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and replicated the Jurassic Park theme for Jurassic World. In hindsight, it should not be surprising to hear Giacchino bringing the theme into Homecoming.
Now that we know this theme will be included in the film, it will be interesting to see how it is used. Is this simply the opening titles theme or the one playing through the credits? Or, will this theme actually be used during key sequences in the film – such as when he dawns the Spidey costume for the first time? Only time will tell, but Giacchino’s Doctor Strange score was somewhat divisive as it sounds exactly like his Star Trek theme. With Sony and Marvel looking to kick off their partnered franchise in the best way possible, Giacchino’s score isn’t likely to be the deciding factor, but a great score will only elevate the material on screen. And, in that regard, it sounds like Giacchino is on the right track.
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