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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I’ve said this on multiple occasions: the Marvel Cinematic Universe is great, but their music leaves a lot to be desired. In many ways, the problem is counter-intuitive. These are big superhero flicks — and these superheroes are practically begging for their themes to be big, bombastic, and memorable. Unfortunately, what we’re left fails to leave a lasting impression.

The YouTube channel, Every Frame a Painting, which produces videos that analyze many different aspects of film, addressed this very issue. Interestingly enough, this problem in movie scores isn’t just a Marvel problem, but a problem that permeates the entire industry.

Check out the video below and see why this issue exists.

I’ll admit, I’m very biased. I call this a problem, when in reality, it’s all a matter of perspective. As a movie junkie, a lot of my emotions are directly linked to the themes from the movies I watched over and over again as a kid. I grew up with it, and therefore I love it. By the same token, it’s a perfectly valid opinion that music should work in service of the film, not stand alone by itself — it’s just not an opinion I agree with.

In many ways, when it comes to the Marvel music, my mind always goes back to that scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where Pete states that the music he makes for the TV show Crime Scene: Scene of the Crime isn’t really music. 

“There’s no melody, it’s just tones,” he tells Mila Kunis’ character. “It’s dark, ominous tones.”

While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the Marvel movies are simply full of dark, ominous tones, I would say that, like with the music Pete was producing in the film, Marvel’s own music is definitely lacking in memorability.

What do you think? Do you agree that the music in the Marvel films is forgettable, and at the end of the day, do you think that’s a bad thing? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: EveryFrame A Painting



Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.