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Marvel didn't beat Warner Bros. to the punch with the first (successful) female-led superhero blockbuster, but it'll be making up for lost time with Captain Marvel. The film stars Brie Larson, is co-directed by Anna Boden and has six women credited for the screenplay. Captain Marvel is being pushed as a big movie for Marvel Studios, and they've just added one more integral component to the team to help make that happen: the composer. Marvel has enlisted Pinar Toprak to score the movie, not only making her the first female composer at Marvel, but the first female composer in the superhero genre.
Music is an absolutely integral part to any movie, and one of the critiques of Marvel Studios is that they don't produce "iconic" scores for their heroes. That's a bit debatable, but the studio has produced some high-quality soundtracks over the last few movies (Black Panther, anyone?) One of the next big films on Marvel's plate is Captain Marvel, which will introduce the title hero to the masses. Captain Marvel may end up leading the MCU in the coming years, so she needs a big epic score to accompany her.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Studios has hired Pinar Toprak to write that music, and in the process has made some notable history. Toprak, who has composed scores for movies, TV shows, and video games such as Krypton, Fortnite, and some additions to Justice League, is the first female composer to work on a movie in the MCU. Not only that, but she's the first female composer to score a major comic book movie for any studio. That's a big deal, and Toprak took the time to share her thought over on social media.
In a post on her Instagram page, Toprak thanked her agents and Captain Marvel's co-directors, Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden for giving her the opportunity.
Captain Marvel is certainly shaping up to be a major blockbuster. The movie is currently filming, and will follow the story of Carol Danvers, a woman who gains incredible superpowers and winds up in the middle of an intergalactic war between two alien races. The film will feature plenty of familiar faces such as younger versions of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson, in addition to Guardians of the Galaxy villains Ronan and Korath. Joining the MCU for the first time are Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Gemma Chan, and Annette Bening.
Captain Marvel is set to release in theaters on March 8, 2019. To learn more about the movie, here's everything we know so far.