After some terrific work on both Doctor Strange and the Marvel Studios fanfare, Michael Giacchino returns to the MCU to deliver the score for Sony’s ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ directed by Jon Watts.
The movie is a lot of fun and the best iteration of Spider-Man on the big screen. It is a real treat for Marvel fans. Here are first impression thoughts on Giacchino’s music.
This is one of the MCU’s best scores!
Giacchino’s Spider-Man theme is among the most memorable of the MCU. It’s the kind of theme where casual fans’ll hum it out of the theater. The theme is heard frequently all throughout the movie in a variety of styles including heroic, adventurous, soft, and playfully. It is even heard during the IMAX intro, showing that Marvel may be finally learning how to promote their music and themes right. It even gets a cool rendition through the end credits with lots of varied instrument styles, like what he did with Doctor Strange. Some of my favorite music from the movie was the plucky staccato version of the new SpiderMan theme when Peter is just being a teenager.
Besides the theme for Spider-Man / Peter Parker, there are a few other themes that standout.
Vulture has perhaps the best villain theme of the MCU. Really is distinctive when it is played. It’s menacing, deep, and simple.
Giacchino also composed a sweet romance theme for Laura Harrier’s character Liz. It only appears a couple of times, but helps solidify those moments.
It was quite a joy hearing Alan Silvestri’s “Avengers” main theme again briefly (similar to its appearance in Ant-Man). That was the only recurring theme I noticed from a previous movie.
I’m certain that Giacchino wrote a new theme for Iron Man. I heard it at least 3 times and it is definitely different from the others. Really my only complaint about the ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ score is we didn’t get to hear any of the previous Iron Man themes by Brian Tyler, John Debney, nor Ramin Djawadi. Tony is a different character since Iron Man 3, but there are a few moments when it would have been nice to hear it.
The recent video of the movie’s orchestra performing an energetic instrumental rendition of the classic Spider-Man theme song tune is basically exactly as it is heard over the Marvel Studios logo (which typically includes Giacchino’s fanfare). In context it really feels fitting for this branch of the MCU. It would have been nice to have heard more of that classic theme, but it may have taken people out of the movie too much.
Some of the less thematic moments of the score were quite enjoyable too. There is an upbeat high school rock music sound when Peter first gets to school. Plus, there is a van chase with an exciting, yet fun, independent action cue accompanying it.
Hopefully fans will come to love this score. Comment with your thoughts about the music for ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’.