The Marvel Symphonic Universe


Here's a second, supplementary video we made:

And a new Twitter account about temp music we made:

Watch Dan Golding's great response video here:

Off the top of your head, could you sing the theme from Star Wars? How about James Bond? Or Harry Potter? But here’s the kicker: can you sing any theme from a Marvel film? Despite 13 films and 10 billion dollars at the box office, the Marvel Cinematic Universe lacks a distinctive musical identity or approach. So let’s try to answer the question: what is missing from Marvel music?

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Interviews filmed in Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Special thanks to David Chen for feedback:

The Hollywood Reporter 2012 Composers Roundtable:

The Hollywood Reporter 2014 Composers Roundtable:

Music Cues:

Daniel Pemberton - Orchestra Tuning Up (from The Movies (2005) video game)

Ramin Djawadi - “Test Day Eleven” (Unreleased from Iron Man)

Patrick Doyle - "8m52 Warriors Find Thor ALT” (Unreleased from Thor)

Henry Jackman - “The Smithsonian” (from Winter Soldier)

Danny Elfman - “Heroes” (from Age of Ultron)

Danny Elfman - “Farmhouse” (from Age of Ultron)

Patrick Doyle - “Ride to Observatory” (from Thor)

Henry Jackman - "A New Recruit” (from Civil War)

Temp Music Examples:

300 (2007)

Elliot Goldenthal - “Victorious Titus” from Titus (1999)

Tyler Bates - “Returns a King"

Titus owned by Fox Searchlight Pictures

300 owned by Warner Bros. Pictures

THOR (2011)

Steve Jablonsky - “Einstein’s Wrong” from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Patrick Doyle - “Hammer Found"

Transformers owned by Paramount Pictures

Thor first owned by Paramount Pictures, then transferred to Walt Disney Studios


Henry Jackman - “Captain America” from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Junkie XL - “Brothers in Arms"

Winter Soldier owned by Walt Disney Studios

Mad Max: Fury Road owned by Warner Bros. Pictures


Hans Zimmer - “Mombasa” from Inception (2010)

Michael Wandmacher - “Mass vs. Acceleration"

Inception owned by Warner Bros. Pictures

Drive Angry owned by Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment

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