During San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H panel Marvel announced a ton of exciting news and released exclusive footage for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania. Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania is a whole new adventure for Scott Lang and his crew as they explore the Quantum Realm like never before. Fans have caught glimpses of the mysterious Quantum Real when Scott shrunk down and Hank found the long lost Janet, but now it seems they will be fully diving into this realm for the first time.
During San Diego Comic Con The Illuminerdi had the opportunity to attend roundtable interviews with numerous composers that have worked on different superhero projects including prolific composer Christophe Beck who has worked on all three Ant-Man films, Hawkeye, WandaVision, and Shazam! Fury Of The Gods. We asked Christophe Beck about how the music of the Ant-Man franchise has evolved over the course of three movies as the characters and story develop. He not only explained how creators must balance what people love while finding something new in franchises. He also teased how the score of Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania is different than the previous two installments.
CHRISTPOHE BECK TEASES NEW MUSICAL TERRAIN FOR ANT-MAN AND THE WASP QUANTUMANIA
It’s one of the biggest challenges of working on a franchise like that, any sequel really. And this challenge applies to I’d say every department starting with the writer. How much we keep from your first movie? You’ve got a built in audience assuming that the first movie is successful which there probably wouldn’t be a sequel if it wasn’t, right.
So, you don’t want to make a totally different movie with the same characters, you want to find that balance between something that’s new and something that’s familiar. Same goes for the music. I remember in the Hangover trilogy we established a sound for the first movie, second movie we went to a bit of a different location, but it was still the same sound with a little bit of a shift, and then the third we threw that all out and did something totally new.
And that seems to be a pattern in trilogies. I don’t want to say too much about [Ant-Man] 3, but I know that in the first one we really explore heist sounds, classic heist tropes in music. And a particular music device called odd meter, most of the rest of music is four beats to a bar three beats to a bar, odd meter is your looking at five or seven. It was a big thing that I loved exploring in the first Ant-Man.
We did Ant-Man And The Wasp we did the same thing, but a little bit differently. For this one, which I’ve just started working on, we’re exploring some pretty new terrain musically that I’m really excited about. We’re sort of done with the odd meter thing now and I’m looking at other ways of stretching myself musically.
Music sets the tone, it establishes genre, and plays into emotion. Both Ant-Man and Ant-Man And The Wasp had major heist elements in the score and the story with Scott Lang and his crew helping Hank and Hope. Now, it seems like Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania will be a whole new adventure. Based on what Christophe Beck said it looks like they will be exploring new avenues musically and narratively. It seems like Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania could potentially be leaning more into the fantasy/sci-fi of the Quantum Realm and perhaps the action genre.
It is also interesting that Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania is kicking off Phase Five and features the next Avengers level threat with Kang The Conqueror. Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania could set the tone for the next Phase and based on what Christophe Beck talked about it seems like they will not only keep the elements that audiences love from the first two films, but dive into new territory as well. The score is integral to the narrative and the emotional journey of the characters given the new terrain Christophe Beck is exploring it seems like this will be whole new terrain for Ant-Man as well.
Ant-Man And The Wasp Quatnumania is scheduled to hit theaters February 17, 2023. Are you excited to see Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania? What do you think the change in music means for the tone of the film? What are you most looking forward to in the new Ant-Man film? Leave your thoughts on our social media and check back with The Illuminerdi for more MCU and Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania.