It looks like Thor: Ragnarok, the third film in the Thor franchise has found its composer. According to TheWrap, the folks over at Marvel have hired Mark Mothersbaugh to take on the job. While not a household name, Mothersbaugh has a great deal of experience in Hollywood, and his score include that of The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, The Royal Tenenbaums, and of course, Herbie Fully Loaded, among countless other films and creative projects. The composer is also notable as the lead singer, co-founder, and keyboardist for the New Wave band Devo, which remains active today. Thor: Ragnarok marks Mothersbaugh’s first Marvel film.
Admittedly, I haven’t been completely thrilled by what Marvel has had to offer moviegoers on the musical front. Their Cinematic Universe is a franchise that begs to have several amazing themes throughout, but instead, when all said and done, the only memorable composition from all thirteen films (to me) has been from the Thor franchise — namely, the “Sons of Odin” track below, composed by Patrick Doyle.
Given how iconic these characters are, I’d expected an equally iconic theme to match, but with each film, I always leave the theater underwhelmed by the score. Some may argue that this is exactly what a film score is supposed to do, but in some ways, I feel a score should stand out to some degree in that it should elevate a film, not disappear into it, especially given that these are also superhero films.
Can Marvel turn things around and start churning out more memorable scores? At this point in the game, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. They’ve managed to do incredibly well with the approach they’ve taken, and it’d be foolish of me to think I could do a better job. Regardless, Mothersbaugh has done a great job with many films in the past, and I’m sure he’ll do a bang-up job with this new Marvel flick.
What do you think of Mothersbaugh taking on the job, and what do you think of Marvel scores as a whole? Do they stand out to you, and if not, is that as it should be? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below!
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
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