I’m pretty excited about the subject of this post. It brings together three things that I absolutely love: comics, movies, and film music.
As we all know, Iron Man 2 is a mere 2 weeks away, and as a film music enthusiast, I’ve begun scouring the internet in an attempt to hear what IM2 composer John Debney has up his sleeve. Samples of the score can be heard at the official Iron Man 2 website.
I’m under the impression that I rank among the few who enjoyed Ramin Djawadi’s guitar-driven score to the first film. I thought it was a perfect fit for the rockstar vibe embodied by Tony Stark. But Ramin is old news now. Debney (Elf, Sin City) has stepped in to bring more of an orchestral and heroic sound to Iron Man’s music. However, Debney has stated that the tone set by Djawadi will still be part of his score.
It’s quite different from the first score, but it retains a lot of the same cool elements. There’s a lot of guitar in it, but most of it is couched with the orchestra, so we never lose sight of that whole thing.
And from the samples found on the movie’s website, it is clear that Debney has done just what he promised. The rock elements in the new score, provided by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, are also coupled with the songs of AC/DC, whose “Back in Black” can be heard in the opening scene of Iron Man. But there’s a wildcard thrown into the musical mix… Dick Sherman, longtime songwriter for several classic Walt Disney projects, has been tapped to provide a potential bridge to future Marvel films. Dave Jordan, music supervisor on all the Marvel Studios productions, had this to say:
We brought [Dick Sherman] onboard and had him write a song for the Stark Expo, which in our movie lore has been going on since the ’30s, much like the World’s Fair.
John Debney has taken Dick Sherman’s Stark Expo song and incorporated it into Iron Man 2’s score, making it the theme of Howard Stark, Tony’s father. And according to Jeff Bond at the Hollywood Reporter…
The tune’s origins will likely be revealed in the new “Captain America” film, set in World War II.
Well, if that doesn’t get a fanboy’s pulse going, I don’t know what will. Not only has Marvel been dropping visual Easter Eggs into their films, now they plan on linking them musically! The thought of hearing a subtle theme in Iron Man 2 and then hearing it again in Captain America is an amazing prospect. Plus, this solidifies the suspicions that Howard Stark will be involved in the origin of Captain America. Marvel is definitely going all out in order to make sure these films are seen as separate parts of their entire universe, and this fan couldn’t be more excited.
Iron Man 2 arrives in theaters on May 7th.