As with any other superhero who had a slew of cross-media ventures, music is critical in Spider-Man’s outings. From the webslinger’s 1990s animated theme to the score that powers Spider-Man: Homecoming, that importance has yet to wane. Marvel’s Spider-Man is no exception.
In the video below, the composer for Marvel’s Spider-Man, John Paesano, offers insight into how the score came together.
Paesano explained in the video that because this version of the hero is older, he “wanted to make the Peter Parker theme more emotional and introspective.” However, it was still in need of something else, a level of enthusiasm that could reflect Parker being Spider-Man. Introducing orchestration added energy to the Peter Parker theme, effectively transforming it into a Spider-Man theme. Paesano describes this as placing a “superhero suit on the theme.”
Paesano also took note of the gameplay music’s needing to be as “effective” as cinematic music. Film’s linearity allows composers to control what the audience hears, when they hear it, and how. Because players have agency in how Spider-Man behaves, with regards to what he’s doing and when in Marvel’s Spider-Man, they essentially control the game’s musical score.
According to Paesano, Music Producer Scott Hanau, along with teams from Sony and Insomniac, “developed a whole system for how they were gonna create the music for the game and how it was gonna trigger the different layers and different elements.” This system was put in place to ensure the music never felt as though it was “looping.”
Paesano is no stranger to game soundtracks. The composer’s credits include Mass Effect: Andromeda, Grand Turismo Sport, and Detroit: Become Human. Interestingly, this doesn’t count as his first rodeo with a Marvel property, either. Paesano’s work features in two of Marvel’s Netflix series, Daredevil and The Defenders.
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