New Doctor Strange 2 BTS Photos Show Danny Elfman Scoring the Music

By Richard Nebens Posted:
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Marvel Studios is set to open up its 2022 theatrical run with Sam Raimi's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will debut worldwide on May 6, 2022. With Raimi leading the way alongside behind-the-scenes stars like writer Michael Waldron and composer Danny Elfman, this sequel looks to effectively change the MCU in a big way upon its release.

With the movie still about four months away, the Marvel team has plenty of work to do to make sure Doctor Strange 2 lives up to its potential. Thankfully, the first trailer already has hype growing substantially with looks at more Scarlet Witch magic and potentially as many as three Doctor Strange Variants coming into play.

Now, as marketing begins to ramp up for Phase 4's first movie in 2022, the production team continues working hard to make sure every aspect of the sequel outside of filming itself is up to the usual Marvel Studios standard. Recently, fans got a look into a part of that process with a peak into Elfman's musical musings in the studio.

Danny Elfman Scores Doctor Strange Sequel

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness composer Danny Elfman took to Twitter to share images of his work from the recording studio on the MCU sequel.

Also in the images is orchestrator Steve Bartek, who has worked with Elfman on more than 50 projects in the past

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Elfman and Bartek sit at the mixing board reading through the movie's massive score, making sure that everything sounds exactly the way it needs to musically.

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Elfman also included a picture of the full orchestra recording his score in a tri-camera image also showing himself and Barteck at the mixing board.

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Elfman Bringing Doctor Strange's Music to Life

Danny Elfman is no stranger to bringing thrilling music to life in superhero movies after writing the scores for the first two movies in Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man trilogy, on which he also collaborated with Raimi at the turn of the millennium. Having also written the iconic score for both of Michael Keaton's Batman movies from the late '80s and early '90s, Elfman is well-equipped to take on the music for the Master of the Mystic Arts.

He even has some experience working in the MCU already after collaborating with Brian Tyler on the score for 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he replaced Junkie XL during the Justice League fiasco for Warner Bros. in 2017. Now, with arguably the MCU's most anticipated movie after Spider-Man: No Way Home in his hands, the veteran composer has a big task ahead of him.

The big question will be how much of his own unique work comes into this movie while also referencing the work done by MCU regular Michael Giacchino on 2016's Doctor Strange. No matter what the answer is, with Elfman's resume, fans should expect another round of thrilling melodies and musical flurries from one of Hollywood's top musicians.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will premiere in theaters on May 6, 2022.

- About The Author: Richard Nebens
Richard Nebens joined The Direct in March 2020, now serving as the site's Senior Writer and also working as an assistant editor and content creator. He started his journalism career as a hobby in 2019 and is passionate about sharing news and stories from the entertainment industry, especially comic book movies, comedy, and sci-fi. Richard looks to expand his knowledge about movies and TV every day, and he is eager to stay locked into the latest releases and breaking news at every opportunity.