The Marvel Symphonic Universe



Here’s a second, supplementary video we made:
And a new Twitter account about temp music we made:
Watch Dan Golding’s great response video here:

Off the top of your head, could you sing the theme from Star Wars? How about James Bond? Or Harry Potter? But here’s the kicker: can you sing any theme from a Marvel film? Despite 13 films and 10 billion dollars at the box office, the Marvel Cinematic Universe lacks a distinctive musical identity or approach. So let’s try to answer the question: what is missing from Marvel music?

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Brian Satterwhite:
Taylor Ramos:
Tony Zhou:

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Interviews filmed in Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Special thanks to David Chen for feedback:

The Hollywood Reporter 2012 Composers Roundtable:
The Hollywood Reporter 2014 Composers Roundtable:

Music Cues:

Daniel Pemberton – Orchestra Tuning Up (from The Movies (2005) video game)
Ramin Djawadi – “Test Day Eleven” (Unreleased from Iron Man)
Patrick Doyle – “8m52 Warriors Find Thor ALT” (Unreleased from Thor)
Henry Jackman – “The Smithsonian” (from Winter Soldier)
Danny Elfman – “Heroes” (from Age of Ultron)
Danny Elfman – “Farmhouse” (from Age of Ultron)
Patrick Doyle – “Ride to Observatory” (from Thor)
Henry Jackman – “A New Recruit” (from Civil War)

Temp Music Examples:

300 (2007)
Elliot Goldenthal – “Victorious Titus” from Titus (1999)
Tyler Bates – “Returns a King”
Titus owned by Fox Searchlight Pictures
300 owned by Warner Bros. Pictures

THOR (2011)
Steve Jablonsky – “Einstein’s Wrong” from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Patrick Doyle – “Hammer Found”
Transformers owned by Paramount Pictures
Thor first owned by Paramount Pictures, then transferred to Walt Disney Studios

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015)
Henry Jackman – “Captain America” from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Junkie XL – “Brothers in Arms”
Winter Soldier owned by Walt Disney Studios
Mad Max: Fury Road owned by Warner Bros. Pictures

DRIVE ANGRY (2011)
Hans Zimmer – “Mombasa” from Inception (2010)
Michael Wandmacher – “Mass vs. Acceleration”
Inception owned by Warner Bros. Pictures
Drive Angry owned by Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment

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45 Comments

  • vizibongo

    that guy at the end is such a dad 😀

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Lavisha Sharma

    What no one can sing the 'Avengers' theme??
    I don't buy it.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Luke Bannon

    Temp music needs to promptly get in the sea.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Guilherme Bazzan

    this video needs a pt.2

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Djobo Kuwali

    That Asian mom and son were on point

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Chris Eoff

    Mm the Avengers theme has existed since the first avengers, and it's always been great. I feel like some of the clips used here were cherry picked a little bit to prove the point, whereas other scenes from the movies could have been used as examples of music being used well. Because the use of music isn't perfect in star wars, James bond, or harry Potter either; we could also find scenes in those where the music isn't as effective. There's also some revisionist history there as well, because sometimes in older movies the music can be very over the top and take away from the scene. Overall though, this does make a pretty solid point about how the use of music in film has changed over time, and I agree that the temp music trend is definitely disconcerting. Which is saying a lot, cause I'm rarely on board with anything from Danny Elfman. 😁

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Guillaume Le Squer

    This has changed now. A lot of people can sing the Avengers Theme. But awesome video still

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Richard Martins

    Jurassic Park

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Sarah Freer

    if you'd of asked me to hum a marvel track id of straight up started huming avengers theme music…. or failing that ACDC ha.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Sunny Shukla

    That's why Hans Zimmer scores stick out more to me, his themes such rich emotions out of you. Wonder Woman's theme is a big example.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Lowie Price

    Tony, I refer back to your videos all of the time. These video are so inspiring and have propelled me into thinking of making video essays of my own. The editing in these videos is just impeccable, so you have my praise. Thank you for making content like this.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Eggnog The Space Cadet

    Marvel’s approach to musical scores largely reflects their approach to filmmaking in general

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Tobias Tønnessen

    Love your stuff! Make more bitte

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • PurPleSuN

    The problem with the music is that its as unoriginal as the movie plot itself.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Doctor straing Strange

    I would like someone to rescore the marvel movies with recurring themes and better music choices like you said.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Barça Fans

    It’s Crazy now..3 years after this video..I can tell you many of the songs..Spider-Man’s theme was really well used in Homecoming and FFH..Cap’s theme was used in EndGame and now it’s stuck with me..Endgame and Infinity War introduced the avengers theme again..And oh god.The music in Black Panther is..Phenomenal

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Кошачья мята

    Every frame a painting more like every note a symphony…(please)

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Javier Parra

    This channel's last episode was 3 years ago.. that's really, really sad.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • knate44

    Come on guys, the Avengers theme at least? The captain America propoganda song? Iron man? Anything from Guardians? The immigrant song?

    OK weirdly most of those are either Early Marvel, or are pre-established musicians, but I suspect that will be part of the video.

    *edit, nevermind, some of those hadnt come out yet.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Joseph DiFiore

    LOVE IT

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • John Doe

    Hollywood has nothing to do with filmmaking. Its all about creating a product that people will buy. Its not about art anymore, its about the visual and audio tricks that they can use to make you buy a movie ticket, a bluray or merchandise.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Sachin Rane

    SADLY FOR YOU Being a proper MARVEL FAN I Know the music theme that appears especially during any serious battle scene in Avenger's Movies. And The Credits of A2 Age Of Ultron has that theme very properly played with a Statue of Our Avengers: https://youtu.be/IFfyvf14egU Tee hee

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • iChiQuaQua _

    The guy in the end is a Legend! 🙏

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • loderunner

    I am positive that this video is what led Marvel to bank on the Avengers theme and make it a thing.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Billboard Braggins

    I always hated that about the MCU. It's like they tried to make it unmemorable on purpose. One of the reasons why i hold Winter Soldier above most of the MCU other movies is the score. Thor had a good theme that was just thrown out the window for some reason later on. At least Avengers has an ok theme.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • joaquin valeri

    I hate marvel cinematic universe i'm sorry

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Gustavo Salton Cardoso

    Hey man… I'd like to add portuguese subtitles to all your videos so people from my country can watch it. How can I send you?

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • FULANODETAL

    now until you see the daredevil show…

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Abhishek Yadav

    What about PAM PAM, PAM PAM Papam pam. PAM PAM, PAM PAM Papaaam pan. I hum that from the avengers.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • akhil reddy

    Namaste hy are you not making any mote videos dude!

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • ashley sterling

    I paused just to whistle the avengers theme suite lol
    I love alan silvestre's live version and bring me thanos

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • mallikarjun banarjee

    You never did a satyajit ray

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • FreezingWarrior

    I can sing the Captain America March! 😀

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Oh hello

    Wait someone tell me why he's not making videos anymore

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Jed Gould

    It’s not even risk, it’s distinctiveness; memorability, or melodic originality missing from Marvel music.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Gabe Saravia

    The avengers theme is awesome its memorable

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Fauntleroy Montgomery

    Yo when are you going to do more essays like this??? They are the best!!!

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Kevan B

    You overanalyze EVERYTHING.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Moonlez

    Such a good video!! Love it 🙂

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • ערן בן קליפא

    The first iron man was the best marvel soundtrack cus most of it was black sabbath

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • thevoidfish

    i actually really liked the iron man music, but it didnt add much to the scene. in another context, i feel like it could do much more. the captain america and thor&friends edits were so good it makes me miss what could have been :,(

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • bzr

    how did you get the Ironman scene without the music? I see that kind of stuff from time to time and I always wonder how to do that

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz

    Pa pe pe pe pa pa pa pa pa pa

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • Napraznicul Elias

    The only songs from Marvel Movies i remember are ACDC tracks from Iron Man movies

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply
  • wike schippers

    I'm late to the party, I see. But I think not just the unoriginality is key, I think it's also lack of "catchy" melodies. Even the clip of Captain America had music that you wouldn't remember even if narration hadn't covered it, because the melody is not logical or recognizable enough. Listen to harry potter's "Hedwig's Theme", or "Window to the Past", my personal favorite… These are recognizable, memorable melodies. Even without the images, they could stand on their own as beautiful pieces of art. But listen to all the Harry Potter soundtracks and you can also find music that was not meant to tell a story on it's own, and makes no sense individually, without the scene. There's just a balance of iconic music meant to be heard, that immediately calls up the piece of fiction, and background music meant to set a scene with an atmosphere and emotion. They have individual roles, and it is a loss that sometimes one gets neglected.

    April 19, 2020 - 8:48 pm Reply

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