With Tim Burton’s Batman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Hulkand Justice League under his belt, Danny Elfman is no stranger to superhero movies and their scores. He also co-composed the Avengers: Age of Ultron with Brian Tyler, and his Spider-Man arrangements appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home. So he is already in, or around, the MCU. Now he is hard at work on his first full score for the cinematic universe in the form of Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.


Elfman and Raimi collaborated on Darkman, Spider-Man, and Oz the Great and Powerful among others. He has posted some behind-the-scenes shots via Twitter of the scoring in progress.

Elfman spoke last year about the approach he intends to take with the score. The most important thing, he felt, was to retain aspects of Michael Giacchino’s work from the first Doctor Strange movie:

“We’ll definitely refer to his original theme, and I’ll no doubt be coming up with new motifs for new situations and characters. I’m not going to ignore it. I don’t believe in that. There’s this weird thought process in Hollywood every time you do something new that you’ve got to let the original musical themes go and start fresh. I think that doesn’t serve an audience well.

So I like doing variations on a theme that I know for a character that an audience already associates with them. I think that’s important. When I did Avengers: Age of Ultron, I was very careful to find places to play around with Alan Silvestri’s theme. And I enjoyed it.”

The first proper trailer for Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness was a post-credits scene in Spider-Man: No Way Home and showed us the general direction of the movie and the story. There will be more as we get closer to May when the movie is due. America Chavez is due to appear and no doubt this will link with the multiverse angle that underpins Loki on Disney+ and the introduction of Kang The Conqueror as a major villain.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness arrives on May 6, 2022, unless cinema schedules continue to shift and change this year.

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