Film Score Origins: The Creation of the Marvel Studios Fanfare

What a creative way to begin the Ant-man movie, yes? People sat back in the seats, eyes wide open in the dark, heart pounding, waiting to hear Brian Tyler’s glorious and triumphant Marvel Fanfare and … hey, I don’t speak Spanish. (But I thought it was great.)

Today I’ll share with you information on the origins of the old Marvel fanfare and the inception of the new one, how it was made, why it was made, when it was made, and who composed it. This is not a post on film score news since the new theme came with Thor: Dark World in 2013, but I thought hey, why not do a little post on it anyways? And why didn’t Ant-man keep the theme in? Well, for creativity’s sake.


To be honest with you, I have googled the term “old Marvel fanfare/logo” with wording variations, and everyone was just so gung-go about the new Marvel fanfare from Thor: Dark World in 2013 that I guess there just wasn’t any at-your-fingertips information on the old Marvel theme and who composed it and whatnot. But who composed this old Marvel theme (see video above)? There were only two comments on this with someone saying he could hear the Spider Man variant, but where did this music come from?

Who knows? I don’t. The internet won’t tell me why or who, and it’s annoying, to say the least. However, in a quote by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige here, he says first off that there was an older Marvel theme, and that they had to update it: “We’ve used that logo for eleven years, and with ‘Thor: The Dark World,’ it felt like a good time to update it because this is the very first film that only has the Marvel logo in front of it. You look back at the other films, and they’ve also featured our studio partners’ or distribution partners’ logos. But now that we are our own entity within the Walt Disney Company, it is only the Marvel logo in front of the movies. So that felt like the time to update it and have something that is more substantial as a standalone logo in front of our features.”

It was because of Disney’s positive interference that Marvel was even allowed to have just the Marvel logo in front of their movies. Because of this, they decided to create an all new theme.

Brian Tyler has composed for Iron Man 3, Thor: Dark World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. While composing Thor: Dark World, he was told to compose the music for the Marvel Studios logo: The Marvel Studios Fanfare. Before he had done Iron Man 3, and if you listen to some of the soundtrack from the Iron Man 3, you can definitely hear the Studios Fanfare throughout. I’m guessing Brian Tyler just took elements from his earlier scores and put up a 20-second long tune. Turned out pretty well, didn’t it?

Here’s the new (new of 2013, anyways) Marvel Studios Fanfare with the full dimensional comic lettering. If you’ve seen any movies as recent as Thor: Dark World and later, you will have seen it before.

And just for kicks, here’s a cool video I tripped upon. Someone had a great idea and put all the Marvel Logos together in one video, here you are.




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