Amazing references from the No Way Home soundtrack

Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Path HomeSpider-Man has always had an eye-catching superhero theme, sourced from the 1967 cartoon and written by Paul Francois Webster and Bob harris. The theme is said to be used in countless Spider-Man properties across entertainment and media. The Spider-Man theme makes numerous appearances throughout Sam raimiof the trilogy and is recalled in particular in Spider-man 2 when Peter Parker (Tobey McGuire) sees a woman in the street (Elyse Dinh) by playing it on the violin. In Marc Webb‘s The Incredible Spider-Man 2, the theme makes another appearance, this time like that of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) alarm. And in Jon wattsSpider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man theme song plays on the opening credits from Marvel Studios in an orchestral performance by the composer Michel Giacchino.


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And while the MCU itself has had a rough start in establishing a cohesive sound in its connected universe outside of Alain Silvestri‘s Avengers theme – see Each image of a painting video test about it – the following phases began to use his recurring film composers, Giacchino among them, who not only composed Doctor strange but also all the films in Tom hollandThe ‘Home’ trilogy – Back home, Far from home, and the most recent No way home. However, the task of Spider-Man’s latest entry isn’t just to continue his connectivity with other MCU movies. From all the trailers and posters to the Tom Holland ones comments in Total Film on No way home being “a great moment in the history of cinema [because it’s] Three Generations Coming Together, ”everyone knew this movie would reintroduce Spider-Man’s old villains and heroes (we warned you there would be spoilers) into the MCU through magic and the multiverse. It would therefore be logical for the film’s score to recall the previous musical melodies. From Danny elfman‘s Spider Man trilogy at James horner‘s The Amazing Spider-Man, and to Hans zimmer‘s The Incredible Spider-Man 2 sheet music, Michael Giacchino refers to the music of the multiverse and the legacy of Spider-Man.

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Before his work on the Spider Man movies, Giacchino made his MCU debut in 2016 Doctor strange, not only by marking the film itself, but by taking up the torch of Brian tyler (Who scored Iron man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron) and introducing a new fanfare theme from Marvel Studios that is still used in movies and streaming shows. Giacchino’s score for the Sorcerer Supreme himself will later be cited by Alan Silvestri in Avengers: Endgame when Bruce Banner (Marc Ruffalo) visit the Elder (Tilda swinton) during the Battle of New York. But of course, since Doctor Strange himself (Benedict Cumberbatch) plays an important role in No way home by performing the spell that invites all of the weird visitors from ‘Men of the Multiverse’ into the MCU, Giacchino would be reminiscent of the theme he originally composed for the Sorcerer’s solo film. There are other variations of the sound of Doctor Strange, especially in the sequence in which Peter Parker and Steven Strange come to a disagreement over what to do about all the villains, culminating in a battle visually – and musically. – engaging in the mirror dimension.

But while Doctor Strange plays a role in the expansion of the multiverse, the real allure of No way home For fans, it’s the return of the Spider-Man Cinematic Thugs Gallery, and with it some of their sinister themes. Doctor Otto Octavius ​​aka Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), first appeared in Raimi’s Spider-man 2 and is the first villain Tom Holland’s Peter Parker meets after Strange’s spell. When the eight-member mad scientist comes looking for Peter and his machine, his entry and rampage on the bridge is ushered in by familiar notes from Elfman’s “Doc Ock is Born”. Spider-man 2. But Doc Ock isn’t the only villain from the Raimi movies making a comeback, as Norman Osborn aka Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) is back and even more sinister than before.

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The Goblin is the main villain among the many returning, and Giacchino has been using Elfman’s musical motifs since the very first one. Spider Man score, especially a segment titled “Enter the Goblin”, to make Dafoe’s expected return even more villainous. And while his villain and his film were less well received than the others Spider Man movie theater, Jamie foxx returns as Electro, but in a more attractive costume. When Electro first arrives, any fan and sheet music lover will recognize the dub-step theme “I’m Electro” influenced by none other than DC’s premier composer Hans Zimmer. Giacchino straddles a fine line between the MCU and its wider universe, but he manages to incorporate the themes of Elfman and Zimmer into a cohesive soundtrack for the villains.

Unsurprisingly, the other Spider-Men cutscenes also appear in this film. When Peter MJ’s best friends (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Battalion) are looking for their Peter, Ned accidentally summons other Spider-Man variants. Andrew Garfield and Tobey McGuire make their MCU debut through a portal summoned by Ned’s new magical powers and a slingshot ring. Throughout Garfield and McGuire’s time in No way home, which was surprisingly significant, play their respective musical themes. Giacchino refers to the late James Horner theme of The Amazing Spider-Man, titled “Main Title – Young Peter” for Garfield’s Spider-Man and, perhaps the most nostalgic theme, Danny Elfman’s “Spider-Man Main Theme” for Tobey McGuire. While personally I would have liked more of their themes to be used in the movie, especially the iconic Elfman theme or even Zimmer’s theme for Garfield from The Incredible Spider-Man 2, hearing the slightest note already reinforces the emotional and nostalgic investment inherent in these characters.

Each Spider-Man movie comes with a new, often spectacular soundtrack. Take, for example, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which has become synonymous with Malone substation and Swae lee‘s “Sunflower”. Build on what Spider-Verse produced in animated form, No way home is an incredible feat, not only to cap Tom Holland’s Spider-Man ‘Home’ trilogy, but to give fans more than they asked for as a climax of all three live-action Peter Parkers cutscenes. Although it is disappointing that composer Michael Giacchino does not return with the director Scott derickson at Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, veteran Spider-Man duo Sam Raimi and Danny Elfman return for the follow-up to Sorcerer Supreme where they will surely have to deal with the aftermath of No way home.


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