Why Did Black Widow Replace Its Composer At The Last Minute?

Why did Black Widow just replace its composer? We explore and speculate.

Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out. You’ve likely heard the old excuse of “creative differences” whenever some talent departs a movie. Many of us may roll our eyes at the comment, but the fact is that it’s almost always true. People go into almost anything with their own agendas, and in the creative world, those agendas can lead to different creative visions. Sometimes these people can collaborate and make something great, and sometimes ties need to be cut. While composers tend to be musical workhorses in terms of the sheer number of projects they work on, things don’t always work out.

That seems to be the case with Black Widow. While there have been reports of people seeing a “final cut” of the latest MCU flick, one report seems to point to that being an impossibility. According to Film Music Reporter, Marvel Studios has traded in composer Alexander Desplat for Lorne Balfe.

With the film so close to its original release date of early May, one can’t help but wondered what happened here? Well, I can’t really tell this story without looking to something that happened back in 2016. If you’ll recall, Desplat was actually on board to score Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That film, as you’ll recall, went through extensive reshoots. Those reshoots interfered with Desplat’s schedule, and as a result, he was replaced by Michael Giacchino. Giacchino went on to compose the score in four short weeks, which is crazy — though it does make Balfe’s composition of Black Widow seem a bit more plausible. 

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So, why did Black Widow replace its composer? I only have speculation, but I think we need only look at Balfe’s repertoire to understand why. Balfe recently did work on His Dark Materials, but he’s also done movies like 6 Underground, Bad Boys For Life, and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. In short, this guy has some legit action experience. From what we can tell about Black Widow, it is a Mission: Impossble-esque action flick.

Nothing against Desplat — the dude can string notes together — but he’s more of an Oscar-type composer. His stuff is fluid, flowy, and classy. With a movie like Black Widow, I can see them wanting to go with someone who’s able to get the pulse pounding just that much more. Of course, that’s all speculation, but it does make a lot of sense.

Also, as a random side note, I think it’s funny that Desplat composed the score for The Golden Compass and Balfe did the score for His Dark Materials, which is drawing from the same novels.

Anyway, what do you make of all this? Do you agree with my speculation? What do you think about Black Widow replacing its composer? What does it mean for its release? Does it nix the idea they’re pushing for a digital release? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Film Music Reporter, THR

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