With all the excitement about the box office-wrecking [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) this week, it's easy to overlook what might be the Marvel film we're most excited about of the Phase 3 offerings — the upcoming Doctor Strange, which will see the introduction of magic, mind-bending and dimension-hopping to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Doctor Strange will debut well-loved Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, the arrogant surgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme who will turn the MCU on its head. And not just because he's got a slayin' fashion sense.
There's a lot to look forward to about the mystical superhero film, from the incredible cast to the entry point into a new realm the movie will create, as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says Doctor Strange will take us to "that supernatural side – the inter-dimensional side of the Marvel universe".
In stark contrast to Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, we haven't heard that much about the particulars of Doctor Strange yet, and the trailer revealed only what we had suspected — that the narrative would be primarily concerned with examining Doctor Strange's origins as he makes the transition from a fallen from grace surgeon to the mystical protector of Earth.
Along the way he'll learn from the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), battle his arch-nemesis Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and tangle with Mads Mikkelsen's as yet unknown villain, who possesses the power to warp time and space and comes gunning for Strange and the Ancient One. To learn more about the upcoming movie you can check out our handy guide here, or read on for the news.
There's been some exciting news out of the secretive Marvel camp this week; Star Trek scorer Michael Giacchino — a self professed "Nerd composer who sometimes composes for Nerds" — has just confirmed his involvement with Doctor Strange. Just in case you weren't excited enough about the movie already.
Who's Michael Giacchino Then?
Michael Giacchino who — amongst numerous other accolades — won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Pixar's Up, confirmed this news a few days ago via his Twitter account, tweeting the announcement along with the gorgeous Doctor Strange poster displaying the skylight of Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum.
This isn't Michael Giacchino's first superhero rodeo either — he's wrangled those horses before in Pixar's The Incredibles, which is finally getting a 2019 sequel, and he's also on board to score that. Giacchino is also a frequent collaborator with sci-fi director and major franchise helmer J.J. Abrams, after working together on the landmark TV show Lost.
In fact, when Abrams was hired to helm the long awaited [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) he decided to hire symphonist John Williams to score the movie, rather than his long-time friend Giacchino. By means of apology for not hiring him Abrams instead cast Giacchino as one of the First Order Stormtroopers — FN-3181.
If this name doesn't sound familiar worry not, we're here to explain. FN-3181 is the Stormtrooper who captures Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) during the raid on Jakku of the opening sequence, throwing the resistance pilot on his knees before Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). And if being a Stormtrooper doesn't qualify him for this job we don't know what does.
But his skills go beyond capturing resistance pilots. Continuing his long line of animated projects, Michael Giacchino scored the recent Pixar smash-hit Zootopia. He's also been working on all of Abram's Star Trek franchise movie reboots: the first Star Trek, the second Star Trek: Into Darkness, and the upcoming third Star Trek: Beyond. And no matter what you think of those films, you have to admit they had pretty good soundtracks.
Giacchino's also worked on Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video games series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty, and numerous other films such as Super 8, 50/50, Jurassic World and Inside Out. Just in case all that wasn't enough for you.
How Michael Giacchino's Doctor Strange Score Will Be Different
Marvel films haven't necessarily been known critically for their soundtracks, but the compositions for both [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973) and [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) achieved widespread acclaim, composed by Henry Jackman who also worked on 20th Century Fox's X-Men: First Class and Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4.
Taking on the Doctor Strange composing won't be an easy task though, as the mystical movie is set to present a whole new ball game compared to what we've seen in the MCU before. And Doctor Strange knows about ball games, as he's defeated the demon Tul'uth — the Lord High Incubus of Games and Chance — in a good old fashioned game of baseball in the comic books.
Chiwetel Ejiofor — who will be co-starring as Strange's arch-nemesis the villainous Baron Mordo — described the upcoming movie to Collider as "beautifully weird," and Marvel's Kevin Feige says it's going to be the film that completely changes the makeup of the MCU.
The soundtrack will have a lot to do with the finished product, crafted to suit the psychedelically mind-bending visual aesthetics we've seen in the concept art, promo materials and official trailer thus far. Not to mention everything the various Marvel cast members have been saying about it.
But Giacchino's background in scoring for sci-fi movies and tv is on his side here — he's used to handling something a little different and left of field, and the trailer score has already set a pretty definite tone for the movie's non-diegetic audio.
The Doctor Strange Trailer Score
We've already been given a little taster of what to expect from the Doctor Strange soundtrack in the first trailer (which you can check out at the bottom of the page), and it's currently sounding as unique as it looks.
The trailer score wasn't composed by Giacchino though, rather it was created by HiFinesse Music & Sound, one of the leading music production companies in the industry for scoring motion picture and video game advertising. Doctor Strange was far from their first superhero outing too, as they've previously created music for the Captain America: Civil War, The Avengers, Dark Knight Rises and Iron Man 3 trailers.
Giacchino's got a lot on his shoulders in taking on the mammoth task of crafting the Doctor Strange soundtrack, but his back catalogue of work has us more than convinced that he's the man for the job. One thing's for sure though, it's going to be one hell of a mind trip when Doctor Strange lands at the end of the year, get your spell-books ready.
Doctor Strange is set for a November 4, 2016 release. You can watch the amazing trailer below, and check out our trailer breakdown here!