Captain Marvel has shattered box office records around the world, and acts as a triumphant introduction to Brie Larson's title character.
Key to the impact of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie is the soundtrack. So we've rounded up the nine greatest moments, drawing on both the use of pre-existing songs and score.
WARNING: CAPTAIN MARVEL SPOILERS AHEAD
1. Captain Marvel's theme
Composer Pinar Toprak is the first woman to have scored an MCU movie. In fact, she's the first woman to score any sort of superhero blockbuster. That makes the Captain Marvel score a historic moment, and the rousing, brassy main theme proudly calls back to previous MCU highlights like Alan Silvestri's Captain America: The First Avenger.
2. 'Whatta Man'
Given that Captain Marvel is set in 1995, it allows directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to unleash a nostalgic playlist of hits. The presence of Salt-N-Pepa's hip-hop cover immediately establishes the film's retro mood, and amusingly underlines Captain Marvel's fish-out-of-water presence on Earth.
3. 'Just a Girl'
Given Captain Marvel's themes of empowerment and identity, the presence of No Doubt's 1995 pop hit fits in nicely. Boden and Fleck tap into the Guardians of the Galaxy vibe by laying Gwen Stefani's vocals over Captain Marvel's climactic battle with Yon-Rogg (Jude Law).
4. 'Please Mr. Postman'
Captain Marvel also marks the first moment where Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) sings on-screen. Well, there's a first time for everything. The younger, sprightlier Fury gets his groove on by crooning The Marvelettes' soul classic, in a charming scene that further cements his bond with Captain Marvel.
5. 'Hot Pursuit'
Pinar Toprak opens the orchestral taps with this onslaught of action, as Captain Marvel chases a disguised Skrull warrior aboard a Los Angeles metro train. Toprak alludes to the tone of 1990s action scores with a neat little electric guitar motif for Fury as he pursues our main character, referencing genre masters such as Hans Zimmer (Drop Zone) and Michael Kamen (Lethal Weapon).
6. 'Learning the Truth'
More emotive material from Toprak emerges as Captain Marvel comes to terms with her human past. Elegaic strings allude to her former life on Earth as air force pilot Carol Danvers, and the track builds in intensity as Captain Marvel re-establishes her friendship with former air force cohort Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch).
7. 'New Clothes'
The reveal of Captain Marvel's signature red/blue/gold costume is one of the film's most spine-tingling moments, as Maria's daughter Monica (Akira Akbar) shapes the title character's iconic look. And a lot of that is down to Toprak's score, who builds statements of the Captain Marvel's theme before unleashing the piece in its full glory at the end.
8. 'I'm All Fired Up'
The film's final 20 minutes allow Toprak's score to reach spectacularly symphonic realms of mayhem. It is, of course, in the final movement of the film that Captain Marvel learns to harness her emotions and unleash her binary powers. And the subsequent orchestral emergence of her musical theme is its most powerful statement yet.
9. 'More Problems'
As Captain Marvel battles the treacherous Kree, believed to be her allies but by this stage her enemies, Toprak's music reaches its apex. Across eight thunderously exciting minutes, the composer hits a variety of complex emotional moments, from Captain Marvel's emergence into the MCU's most powerful superhero to her destruction of the Kree armada and her defeat of Yon-Rogg.
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