Russo Brothers Explain Sparse Use Of Avengers Theme In ‘Infinity War’

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Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, dating from Iron Man to Ant-Man and the Wasp, there are…some semblances of memorable music. There are pieces of a good score…alright, one of the common criticisms of the MCU is that many of the films don’t have a musical store that sticks with you. One of the exceptions to that, naturally, is Alan Silvestri’s main Avengers theme used in The Avengers. And for good reason, it’s a great theme. For me, the only other memorable piece of music would be Star Spangled Man from Captain America: The First Avenger.

But the main Avengers theme is a fantastic piece of music, all things considered. However, you’ll notice that it wasn’t exactly used all that often in Avengers: Infinity War. While Age of Ultron made use of its version of the theme in the ending with the assembling of the new Avengers, the Russo Brothers didn’t utilize it as much in Infinity War, and they give an explanation as to why in the director’s commentary for the film, starting with Anthony Russo:

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“We should mention Alan Silvestri’s theme here. It’s very Pavlovian for many of us in terms of the emotional reaction we get from it.”

Joe Russo agreed, noting that the music only needed to be utilized for big moments in the film:

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“I think it’s without question the most emotional piece of music that exists. It’s used very sparingly in this movie for two very big moments. One here and one with Thor. It’s hinted at in other places but doesn’t get into its full-blown presentation.

Then Joe Russo gave a further explanation for the usage of Alan Silvestri’s theme:

“We were sitting in a room with him and he pulled out an iPhone and started playing it from the original Avengers soundtrack just over the cut and everybody in the room went crazy. So we said, ‘all right, that’s a great idea.’ Then we knew we needed a big piece of the score for Thor so, we thought, early on, when we’re conceiving the film it was very important to us, as directors, to identify two or three key moments where that theme could come in. As I said I think it’s the best thing that we have for music in the Marvel Universe just for recognizably and connection to the audience.”

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It makes sense. While this is an Avengers film, you don’t want to or even need to overload the film with what’s probably the most recognizable piece of music within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If it’s used sparingly and when it matters, then it has more weight to it and is still recognizable to moviegoers. What did you think? Were you fine with the implementation of the main Avengers theme in Infinity War? Let us know in the comments below.

Avengers: Infinity War is available now on Digital HD and will be available on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 14th.


The 5 Best (And 5 Worst) Characters In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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Avengers Infinity War MarvelAfter ten years worth of stories,  Avengers: Infinity War is finally here. The 19th entry in the sprawling Marvel saga, things couldn’t be any more different here than they were in the universe’s birthplace: Iron Man. While that movie established a world that superheroes like Captain America and Thor would later join, Iron Man himself was the only superhero in that first movie. Even Colonel Rhodes, originally played by Terrence Howard instead of Don Cheadle, didn’t don his War Machine armor until the next movie, after the Hulk and Abomination had been added to the mix.

While the action and visuals are enjoyable, what truly makes Avengers: Infinity War such an impressive movie are all the characters. Over the last ten years, Kevin Feige and his team over at Marvel Studios have slowly and methodically built out this universe to include a wide roster of heroes and villains. Now, after all the characters have been properly introduced, the world’s mightiest heroes must come together to fight a foe who’s been waiting for them since the end of The Avengers. Unfortunately, not all heroes are created equal and some of these characters came across as disappointing or boring in Infinity War. The movie may have shattered box office records, but that doens’t mean all of the characters come across well at the end of it all.

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