If there has been a regular complaint against Marvel Studios' output, it has been that their movies all have a similar flavor. Whether it's a story about a modern day millionaire industrialist, a World War II supersoldier, or a surly space raccoon, you can count on a Marvel movie to have colorful action, comedic banter, and flawed but well-meaning heroes. A more recent criticism that has popped up is that Marvel movie soundtracks are forgettable. This discussion is mostly limited to the realm of hardcore film aficionados, but it has been even more prevalent since the release of a video by Every Frame a Painting which catalogs the reasons behind the problem.
Despite the criticisms, and the insistence that superhero fatigue is set to hit any day now, Marvel doesn't seem worried. With an overall quality output that only seems to be getting more consistent with time, the studio continues to learn from its mistakes and refuses to stops taking risks with untested commodities. Case in point - this year's Doctor Strange, which is looking like the trippiest movie the studio has yet produced.
Marvel Entertainment has just dropped an audio track on YouTube from the end credits of the film, titled "The Master of the Mystic" (see above). The score was written by legendary composer Michael Giacchino (Jurassic World, Star Trek Beyond, Inside Out) who is working with Marvel Studios for the first time and is bringing an all new flavor to their sound field.
Director Scott Derickson (Sinister) held back no praise when discussing the output of his composer:
"Michael Giacchino’s score does so much more than support the visual images, it adds new, additional layers of meaning and emotion to the film. The Doctor Strange theme is memorable, moving and yes, magical. I don’t know what the movie would be without it."
Giacchino himself seemed excited to be able to work on a soundtrack so different from today's norm:
"I was really excited when I got the call to score Doctor Strange since I had been a fan as a kid. Once I saw the film, I was impressed at how well the character had stood the test of time. This rendition of Doctor Strange gave me the opportunity to bring to life all of the crazy things I heard in my head while reading those comic books growing up in the ’70s."
How do you feel about the direction of Marvel's new, seemingly Pink Floyd-inspired character theme? Let us know your thoughts in the usual place and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Doctor Strange as they hit.
Doctor Strange's original motion picture soundtrack will be available through digital retail and streaming services on October 21
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.