TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - November 14, 2017
If, while watching Thor: Ragnarok, you happened to notice that the score was a bit more eccentric and funky than the usual MCU film, you're not alone. Former Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh—who composed the music for many of Wes Anderson's early films—composed Ragnarok's score and admitted in a recent interview that he took the above video about the uninteresting music in the rest of the MCU to heart.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Mothersbaugh admitted that he viewed the video and decided to do something about the creator's complaints...
"We were looking at that, going 'Wow, OK.' That helps explain some things that I kind of felt myself," he tells Heat Vision of watching the video.
"The composer has been getting squeezed over the last few decades. I guess sometimes maybe it works. A lot of times, and especially in the cases of the films they were pointing to in this YouTube thing, it started sounding like musical wallpaper," says Mothersbaugh. "I think that's what people were reacting to. It didn't sound like the music was written for that scene in particular. It sounded like somebody was just spraying the wall with some color. It was the right color for a specific moment but had no nuances to it."
It's refreshing to not only hear a composer reiterate the video's complaints, but to see a composer actively try to combat a perceived problem in the MCU. Mothersbaugh's score for Ragnarok is among the best in the entire MCU and I recommend you check it out attached to the film, which is now in theaters. Interestingly, Danny Elfman—who is featured extensively in the above video—also tried some new/old things with the Justice League score, which hits theaters on Thursday night.