I have an odd taste in music. I love film scores. They are my bread and butter. Oh, sure I dabble in other songs. But film scores? God, I love them because composers are the unsung heroes who heighten the moments even more.
If there's been one grievous flaw in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is that well the scores have been meh. Yes, there have been a few diamonds in the ruff (basically, anything Alan Silvestri and Henry Jackman have done on Captain America movies (and Silverstri on the two Avengers movies he did). More recently Ludwig Göransson's score for Black Panther was exceptional. Though my personal favorite under-rated MCU score is surprisingly Craig Armstrong's for the Incredible Hulk), but for the most part, the orchestral themes have been basically bland and forgettable.
That is until this year with the last few MCU which had some of the most spectacular scores and it looks like they're trying to keep up that trend with Captain Marvel next year. A week ago, Pinar Toprak revealed on Instagram that she will be scoring the movie (yes I'm that slow in reporting this I know. Yes, I know it was already reported):
I’m so thrilled to finally announce that I will be scoring the upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL! It’s an incredible honor to be a part of the Marvel Universe. So many thoughts racing through my head. And the main one is gratitude. I have so many people to thank for helping me on this journey but first and foremost, my incredible agents Laura Engel and Richard Kraft for believing in me from day one and Dave Jordan and directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime. #captainmarvel
She's done the music for the video game Fortnite (which was amazing) and the music for the TV series Krypton (also amazing) and was a student under Hans Zimmer (who we know can belt out amazing superhero themes at the drop of a hat).
That said, SOME sites (sadly including ourselves. So yes, consider this a do-over or better a retcon) are reporting Pinar being the first female to ever score a superhero film period. This claim is false. She is the first MCU composer for the MCU, but she is not the first female composer on a superhero movie.
The honor of that belongs to Shirley Walker officially with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (probably my favorite superhero movie score of all time because each track is just utterly awing and is her masterpiece) and played a key part in defining a generation by scoring a ton of Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series. She was behind Danny Elfman when he did the scores for Batman, Dick Tracy, Darkman (okay I'm stretching on this one, but I consider the movie a comic book one), and apparently uncredited work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (aka the GOOD one).
That some out there are forgetting this fact is making my skin crawl, because Walker's musical work was revolutionary. Setting the template of the amazing scores over at DC. So the fact that this is happening is just wrong. I felt the record had to be set straight (since other sites are spreading this probably because they're being written by folks who don't these things).
Mini-rant over! Pinar Toprak is an amazing choice and I can't wait to hear the scores she'll do for the movie. Captain Marvel will fly into theaters March 8, 2019.