Danny Elfman is a film composer that loves to work with his friends. And his two most frequent collaborators have to be Tim Burton and Sam Raimi, two of the men that are probably responsible for legitimizing superhero films before Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios took the ball and ran with it. So, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Elfman is re-entering the world of superheroes to work with Raimi yet again on the upcoming “Doctor Strange” sequel.
Speaking to Inverse, Elfman revealed that he is teaming up with his old pal Sam Raimi for the filmmaker’s first MCU feature, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” And even with the release date for the sequel still more than a year away, it appears that Elfman is already working on some of the music for the Marvel film.
“I am starting to do bits of pre-work for ‘Doctor Strange 2’ that Sam Raimi’s directing,” Elfman said. “Even though I don’t start it for some months, there’s bits of recorded music they need for the sets.”
The news that Elfman is working on the upcoming “Doctor Strange” sequel marks a return of the composer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time since 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which he worked on with Brian Tyler. And the sequel marks his first time working with Raimi since the 2013 film, “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Though to be fair, this is the first feature that Raimi has directed since that film, as well.
Previously, Elfman and Raimi had worked together on a number of projects including “Darkman,” “Spider-Man,” and “Spider-Man 2.” And Elfman’s most recent film work includes “Dumbo,” “Men in Black: International,” and “Dolittle.”
We’re still a year away from “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” as the film isn’t expected to arrive in theaters until March 25, 2022. Though if you’re itching for new Elfman music, he did release a new COVID-inspired song, “Love in the Time of COVID,” which has a music video that you can see below.