Composed by Ramin Djawadi
It’s always interesting to go back to the origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was an incredible risk to attempt to web various superhero series together into a narrative web. Phase one of the MCU proved a success because Marvel took their time introducing and developing their cast of superheroes. At the time many of the film rights for top draws such as Spider-Man and the X-Men were exclusively owned by various studios, so Marvel and Paramount (the latter later replaced, of course, by Disney) had to try to get audiences invested in characters that didn’t have the same hold on the popular consciousness. Among these was Iron Man, a billionaire tech genius who wears various suits of power armor. The film was surprisingly great and helped usher in the height of the superhero film craze.
Before going further into the armored avengers first outing, I should give a general overview of the MCU’s music. For a series that prided itself on interconnecting all its characters and films, it did a startling poor job at ensuring the characters’ themes carried over into each other’s films. Iron Man himself changed composers every film and each refused to use his predecessor’s material. Sometimes this resulted in a much better theme (Iron Man 3), but could also see wonderful identities thrown to the wayside (a great example is Brian Tyler’s refusal to use Patrick Doyle’s highly acclaimed themes from Thor in that character’s first sequel). The only identity to consistently crop up between composers was the Avengers theme. Overall, the musical landscape of the MCU is a startling failure, its greatest failure even during its golden years. Continue reading