After the successful release of Iron man in 2008, Marvel Studios announced that The Avengers would be released three years later, bringing together Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, and Black Widow, and Hawkeye in an unlikely super team of individuals who find out that they not only belong together, but actually NEED each other to get the job done.
Full disclosure, I was skeptical of these super movies. I was worried any plot would devolve into CGI demigod fights in the sky (which did happen occasionally), but these movies are much more than that.
Even though the main characters are super heroes with some sort of super skill or power, the main attraction of these movies is the humanity the heroes represent. These supers have families, friends, fears, quirks, and insecurities, making each one surprisingly relatable. When you combine a few of these individuals, there is a good bit of humor too.
The Avengers movies are ridiculously popular, and set many records for highest grossing movie releases and highest grossing super hero films. Check out the full list on wikipedia.
If you don’t know the name Alan Silvestri, let me throw you a bone. His first big movie hit was Back to the Future (1985), he was nominated for Best Original Score for Forrest Gump (1994), and won awards for Predator (1987), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), and Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014).
Silvestri got connected with the Avengers when he scored Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011. Director Joss Wheadon chose him to do Avengers in 2012, and he returned to finish the final two Avengers movies.
The composer is quoted saying the Avengers movies were difficult to score because “each character has their own world and situation. It’s very challenging to look for a way to give everyone the weight and consideration they need, but at the same time the film is really about the coming together of these characters, which implies that there is this entity called the Avengers which really has to be representative of all of them together.”
Silvestri pulls this off masterfully, working in motives from each character’s origin film, and then uniting them all with new themes.
This sequence is based on the Assemble Theme from the first movie. It is first introduced by the trumpets and horns in a sizzling battle call. Strive for a brilliant, glowing sound fit for a super hero. Phrase through the rests to bring these two ideas together and use crisp articulations throughout. Make sure to listen to the original to dial in the style!
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