DANNY ELFMAN to Score Doctor Strange 2
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of something marvelous! The upcoming sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be scored by Danny Elfman.
Sam Raimi and Danny Elfman: Together Again
The movie, which is currently scheduled for release in 2022, will be directed by Sam Raimi. Raimi and Elfman have a history of working together – on multiple Marvel movies, no less! Elfman composed the score for 2002’s Spider-Man and 2004’s Spider-Man 2, both of which were directed by Raimi.
These movies weren’t the only times Elfman and Raimi worked together: they collaborated on many other projects, including Elfman scoring the song “March of the Dead” for 1993’s Army of Darkness, directed by Raimi.
Elfman and Raimi: Best Bromance or Arch Frenemies?
This question has to be asked because what happened after the second Spider-Man movie in the Raimi-verse. On the set of Spider-Man 2, animosity developed between Raimi and Elfman, and the third movie in the Tobey Maguire trilogy, 2007’s Spider-Man 3, was scored by Christopher Young instead of Elfman.
However, Raimi and Elfman subsequently mended their working relationship, and Elfman worked with Raimi again to score 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful.
Danny Elfman’s Marvelous Movie Career
Elfman’s storied career has included other superhero movies, as well. He composed the score for 1989’s Batman, directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton as the world’s greatest detective. For DCEU fans out there, the word on the street is that Keaton is reprising his role as the Caped Crusader, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
And Elfman has plenty of other experience with Burton, including writing the music for The Nightmare Before Christmas and providing the singing voice for the stop-motion animated movie’s protagonist, Jack Skellington.
In addition to his work on movie scores, Elfman is also an accomplished musician in his own right, having first gained notoriety as the lead singer and songwriter for Oingo Boingo, the 1980s new wave band. For deep lore fans, the band’s hit song from 1985, “Dead Man’s Party”, was also referenced in an episode the 2017 animated series, Marvel’s Spider-Man.
And it isn’t just movie theaters that have been graced with Elfman’s songwriting talent: he’s the composer of the orchestral theme song to The Simpsons.
Which one of Elfman’s soundtracks is your favorite? Which theme song is better, The Simpsons or Spider-Man’s?