Composed by Danny Elfman, Christopher Young, and John Debney
Spider-Man 2 has been regarded by many as one of the best superhero movies, or at least was until the explosion of the genre with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’d say it’s still up there as one of the greatest of all time. The film incorporates the famous “Spider-Man No More” storyline. Peter Parker’s personal life is turning into a shambles because of his duties as Spider-Man. Feeling the pressure, he gives up his superheroics, only to learn that this was the wrong decision. While this is going on Dr. Octopus, surprisingly portrayed as a sympathetic character by Alfred Molina, is trying to conduct an experiment which would tear New York apart. Unfortunately this movie destroyed director Sam Raimi and composer Danny Elfman’s long friendship. Raimi grew obsessed with the temp track and kept pressing Elfman to change some of his cues to sound like the work of another composer, Christopher Young. Elfman told him to just hire Young. Raimi actually did so, bringing in Young and also John Debney to rescore a few scenes. Elfman was so upset that he broke things off with his longtime friend.
This resulted in a unique album situation. As with the first film there was a lengthy “music from and inspired by” album with a 45-minute score album following a month later by an original score release. The first album had two edited together suites of Spider-Man and Dr. Octopus’ themes. The score album itself actually has music not from the film. These include most of “Dock Ock is Born,” “Aunt May Packs,” and “Train.” Continue reading