Avengers: Infinity War Just Added A Familiar Face Behind The Scenes
By now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has teams in place. And I don't mean Team Iron Man or Team Captain America, though those lines were drawn in Civil War. I mean behind-the-scenes teams, professionals who have worked on multiple Marvel movies over the years, and who have helped shaped the MCU into its current cinematic dynasty. One of those players, who has been around for years, just punched his ticket for the two-part Avengers: Infinity War project. It sounds like composer Alan Silvestri will lay down the score for Joe and Anthony Russo's films.
Alan Silvestri is a two-time Oscar nominee whose screen credits include Forrest Gump (and several other Robert Zemeckis films), the Back to the Future trilogy, and Predator. He first joined the Marvel team with Captain America: The First Avenger, and he later created what I believe is the most recognizable MCU theme song, for Joss Whedon's first Avengers movie in 2012.
The news was confirmed on the official Web site for composer Alan Silvestri, with a link to the IMDB page for the first Avengers: Infinity War movie, due in theaters on May 4, 2018.
Marvel's top directors have been able to pick and choose their composers over the years. Even Whedon, when he moved on to Age of Ultron, decided to employ Danny Elfman. Other MCU composers ranged from Christophe Beck (Ant-Man) to Brian Tyler (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World), but it's nice that Alan Silvestri will be coming back into the fold for what's setting up to be the massive, two-part culmination of the opening stage of the MCU. If Silvestri helped kick off the age of Avengers movies with Whedon's first movie, he should continue with the two-part Infinity War films.
What do we know about The Avengers: Infinity War? Well, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the core Avengers are at odds. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) remains loyal to the U.S. government -- as strange as that is to acknowledge -- while uber patriot Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is a fugitive. He has turned over his shield, and recently broke some imprisoned Avengers out of their holding cells. What they do after that is anyone's guess, but we do know that a major threat is coming in Thanos, and that, alone, should bring the Avengers back together, against a galactic force.
The MCU has a soundtrack issue. Outside of Alan Silvestri's Avengers theme, the MCU as a whole lacks a signature riff. The music is good, but it hasn't been outstanding. What will Silvestri compose in time for Infinity War? We'll know soon enough.
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