Spotlight On....Marvel Phase Two

This Spotlight On takes a look back at the films in the Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  

This Phase contained some strong and weak sequels, with some introductions to major MCU characters.

Iron Man 3 (2013)
Music by Brian Tyler
Action master Brian Tyler took the reins of Iron Man with an action packed score.  A nice mix of strong driving percussion, traditional orchestral techniques and electronics.  Most prominently is a melodic theme for Iron Man, a real first in Iron Man films.  The hummable theme adds a lot to the score, making it the most enjoyable Iron Man score to hear.  (Just listen to: Iron Man 3, Stark, Heart and Iron, Can You Dig It)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Music by Brian Tyler
Providing strong themes for the main characters, and solid action material makes this score another great superhero score.  Like the film, most of the score is unfortunately forgettable.  (Just listen to: Thor: The Dark World, Lokasenna, Sword and Council, Legacy)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Music by Henry Jackman
Jackman provides an electronic thriller soundscape for this divisive score. Besides the direct quotes of Silvestri's theme, the Captain gets a new patriotic-sounding theme.  The Winter Soldier gets a brash electronic theme.  (Just listen to: The Smithsonian, Taking a Stand, Captain America)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Music by Tyler Bates
Utilizing a larger orchestra and some themes fitting the Marvel style, Bates treads familiar blockbuster territory, but adds in his own synth twist in the score in addition to strong themes.  While the music fits the heroic moments, it's the soundtrack's songs that steal the show.
(Just listen to: To The Stars, The Kyln Escape, Guardians United, A Nova Upgrade)

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Music by Brian Tyler & Danny Elfman
With music composed by both Tyler and later Elfman, it could have been more disjointed.  The gigantic scores has some highlights, but many of them are built on the Avengers themes by Silvestri.
(Just listen to: Rise Together, Inevitability/One Good Eye, Vision, Avengers Unite)

Ant-Man (2015)
Music by Christophe Beck
Beck trims the orchestra down, which gives the film a sleek and distinct sound.  Beck is able to transform his great main theme multiple ways: 60's caper, surfer, jazz and full blown triumphant superhero.    
(Just listen to: Theme from Ant-Man, Ant 247, Scott Surfs on Ants, Small Sacrifice)

Check out the others in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series!
MCU Phase One, MCU Phase Three

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