The newest Spotlight On takes a look back at the Spider-Man films.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel superhero, the first Spider-Man film was pivotal in the superhero film craze. Composers for the character include Danny Elfman, Christopher Young, with James Horner and Hans Zimmer taking reigns of the reboot.
Here's a look back on the Spider-Man films score by score.
Music by Danny Elfman
Elfman returned to the superhero world, this time with a swirling motif, with Spider-Man's main theme always changing throughout the score, notably as a noble horn solo in the finale. Also included are themes for the Green Goblin, tender moments for Peter and Mary Jane and great uses of choir. (Just listen to: Main Title, Costume Montage, Specter of the Goblin, Farewell)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Music by Danny Elfman
Following the well-matched first score, parts of Elfman's score was often tracked into this sequel. There are some improvements in the heroic moments, and a stronger villain motif, for Doc Ock. Also brought onto the film for additional music was Christopher Young and John Debney, although their portions didn't make the album. (Just listen to: M.J.'s New Life/Spidus Interruptus, He's Back!, Armageddon/A Really Big Web!, Spidey Suite)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Music by Christopher Young
After a fallout with director Raimi and Elfman, Christopher Young took over the third film. The main theme appears throughout the film, lending a little continuity. His action cues are some of the best in his career, while many parts of the score feature his black suit motif and menacing/melancholic Sandman theme. As of now, there still is no album release of the score.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Music by James Horner
With the reboot, Horner was tapped to compose a new theme for Spider-Man's heroics. Many parts of the score are led by piano solos (played by the composer) and vocal solos. Following his blockbuster action techniques, we get a villain theme, mystery motif, but all overshadowed by the heroic theme. (Just listen to: Main Title – Young Peter, The Ganali Device, Saving New York, Promises – End Titles)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Music by Hans Zimmer & the Magnificent Six
Zimmer & Friends created a electronic rock score, with a notable (but laughable) Copland-esque Spidey theme, a goofy clarinet motif and vocals (Pharrell) for villain Max/Electro. A solo piano leads some of the quiet relationship moments, but other dubstep parts will leave you with a headache. (Just listen to: I'm Spider-Man, My Enemy)