Veteran composer Alan Silvestri offers insight into his work on Avengers: Infinity War. In less than four weeks, Marvel Studios' most ambitious project yet will grace the big screen with a promise of continuing narrative threads from all films before it, as well as set the stage for next year's Avengers 4. For the film, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige tapped the best creative minds to work with the directors Joe and Anthony Russo, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and composer Silvestri.
Silvestri is no stranger in the MCU. He scored Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers. He was replaced in Avengers: Age of Ultron by Danny Elfman and Brian Tyler - a decision many didn't like because of how the film barely used the music that Silvestri established in its predecessor, which worked against the effectivity of the MCU's serialized storytelling. Being the man behind the now prominently played Avengers theme, it's only fitting that he's back to score not just Infinity War but also its still-untitled sequel.
“It’s funny because I feel like everything is still shaking… the dust hasn’t quite settled just yet. I wrapped Infinity War yesterday, and it was a really different experience than anything I’d done before, especially in regard to the approach and balancing quick shifts in tone."
With a cast of several dozen actors and more than a few running subplots on top of Infinity War's main narrative, Silvestri (and basically everyone who's involved in tying the film together) has had the very tricky responsibility of making sure the movie is cohesive. Its massive nature is a double-edged sword that could present problems regarding proper storytelling. If not handled carefully and thoughtfully, Avengers 3 could easily become a disjointed mess - especially considering this is arguably the MCU's darkest and most serious film to date.
The MCU has had many successes in its last 10 years, but it's not without its fair share of mistakes, one of which is its inconsistent use of themes due to its constant change in composers. This stems from when Marvel's Ike Perlmutter was still controlling the cash flow Feige used for his films. Fortunately, things have changed now, with Feige directly reporting to Disney execs Bob Iger and Alan F. Horn, who are more willing to fund Marvel Studios.
Using Silvestri's iconic Avengers theme, and actually leaning on it with several versions playing in the Avengers: Infinity War trailers (depending on the scene), is a great way to evoke emotion. At this point, people are more invested in the fates of their favorite characters than anything about the film. And we can only expect the music will be heavily played in the movie, especially during emotional moments (multiple deaths) to give the scenes the boost needed for maximum heart-wrenching effect.
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