Marvel is heading into uncharted territory. Next year marks the move to three films a year for Marvel Studios, which currently puts them in the position of filming two films at the same time. Spider-Man: Homecoming is in the midst of principal photography in Atlanta, but Marvel is also down in Australia to bring Thor: Ragnarok to life. The movie has been in production for nearly two months, and could include a strange cameo, but some of the post-production work may have already begun.
A movie score is often an afterthought to the general public and something that does not start to come together until the movie is completed. Even if the score is still some time away from being composed, it appears Marvel and director Taika Waititi have found the artist to tackle the task.
The latest reports indicate that Mark Mothersbaugh, the lead man for the rock band Devo, will be the composer for Thor: Ragnarok. NeoGAF (h/t to MCUExchange) was the initial source of the information with user ImaginaryInsider revealing the information after reportedly talking to Mothersbaugh. The Wrap later confirmed the report before the film's director seemed to make it official with the following tweet:
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) August 22, 2016
This will not be Mothersbaugh's first time composing a film, but will certainly be the biggest one he has done. He has been composing since 1987 and has credits on films such as Happy Gilmore, 21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie, and Pitch Perfect 2. Similarly to Waititi being the third director in the Thor franchise, Mothersbaugh will be the third composer, following in the footsteps of Patrick Doyle and Brian Tyler.
Marvel movies have so far had a few great singular tracks, but outside of Alan Silvestri's The Avengers score, they do not have that standout song that most other major franchises have. Who knows, maybe Mothersbaugh can bring an iconic score and style to Thor: Ragnarok that capitalizes on the cosmic road trip being promised. He has the material to do just that, now we just have to wait for over a year to find out whether or not it happens.
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.