The Avengers have assembled in the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer, although what makes the tease of the MCU’s epic team-up so exciting is that music. Alan Silvestri is back to score the film, promising the return of the heroes’ main theme as well as some new mashups. But what is the music that plays in this new trailer – and will it show up in the actual film?
The initial tone of the trailer is somber, to say the least. There is a sense of impending doom and various flashes of the team (now separated following the events of Captain America: Civil War) showing the calm before the storm. Then, before the action really kicks off, the main Avengers theme is given an equally somber alteration. And then things get really heavily, culminating in a rousing reprise of the now-classic score.
So, exactly what music is playing in this trailer? It’s definitely an evolution of Silvestri’s original composition, but a remix that doubles down on building up intensity, even including some Inception-esque BRAAAMs for good measure, and gives a real sense of escalation. It’s currently unclear if this is an edit for the trailer or part of the actual score – it may be too far out for even a taste of what Silvestri’s got in store – but it’s awesome all the same.
What’s notable is the use of an original score at all. Marvel films have made it something of a habit to use pre-existing songs; Avengers: Age of Ultron stood out by integrating a cover of Pinocchio’s “I’ve Got No Strings” by L’Orchestra Cinématique, while other films have incorporated traditional songs over scores – Thor: Ragnarok used “Immigrant Song” from Led Zeppelin, Spider-Man: Homecoming “Time to Pretend” by MGMT and “Confident” by Demi Lovato. Infinity War is thus going back to its roots.
Marvel has been called out in the past for sountracks that don’t necessarily elevate the material, with claims that various composers like Silvestri, as well as Danny Elfman and Patrick Doyle, do a serviceable job yet seem almost hesitant to push boundaries. That said, subjectivity counts for quite a lot in this circumstance, considering the reaction to hearing those familiar Avengers piano notes started playing. Indeed, Ragnarok‘s composer Mark Mothersbaugh told Screen Rant this was something the studios were keenly aware of.
Based on the trailer, Avengers: Infinity War should more than continue that.
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