Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness marked Sam Raimi's long-awaited return to the world of comic book movies. The longtime horror director made his mark on the superhero genre in the early 2000s with the first Spider-Man trilogy, bringing Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker to life in three box office smash successes. While Raimi was working with new actors and characters in Doctor Strange 2, his core team remained the same as it has for decades. One of those teammates is composer Danny Elfman, the maestro behind the music of seven films that Raimi directed.
The acclaimed Elfman brought his unique notes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both figuratively and literally. Elfman's fingerprints were all over the culminating clash between Earth-616 Strange and Sinister Strange, which saw the two sorcerers square off in sheet music spellcasting.
Beyond the instrumentals, Elfman also brought his vocal creativity to Multiverse of Madness, in what has become the most viral scene of the film.
Doctor Strange 2's Ice Cream Song
"We like ice cream, like every child should."
Billy and Tommy Maximoff's symphonic request for more dessert has taken over social media, and as it turns out, composer Danny Elfman is responsible. Speaking to The Direct's Liam Crowley, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star Jett Klyne confirmed that the "we like ice cream" song was not improvised, as it was very much in the script.
The two-verse tune actually came from the mind of Elfman himself.
The Maximoffs' Melody
Not even the fastest youngster in Westview could speed through this tune.
In all seriousness, Elfman's contributions to this brief scene only emphasize how vital of a role composers have in MCU installments. Film scores are a tone setter, subconsciously dictating the emotion audiences feel from climactic battles to intimate conversations. Giving Elfman the reins of this brief scene allowed the legendary composer to bring his tonal expertise to the script's dialogue.
Regardless of the nature of the ice cream song out of context, the tune is a crucial moment within the Scarlet Witch's character arc. This pure-hearted exchange with the future Young Avengers reminds Wanda of her life in Westview. Her motherly encouragement to the boys to sing, no matter how she would personally grade the jingle, is what motivates Wanda to do everything in her power to get Billy and Tommy back for herself.
Fans can hear the famed ice cream song in theaters now, where Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is playing worldwide.
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