We’re just a few weeks away from the release of a brand new Marvel Studios movie, and Marvel is now offering a taste of Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s score for the dimension-shifting Doctor Strange. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands in an auto-accident, after which he travels to Tibet in search of a cure. There, he crosses paths with Tilda Swinton’s The Ancient One, who trains him in the ways of the mystic, revealing alternate dimensions and a looming threat in the form of Mads Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius.
Giacchino is certainly one of the most accomplished composers to work on a Marvel film, as the studio has traditionally stuck with a stable of action-heavy composers like Brian Tyler (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2), and Henry Jackman (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War). Joss Whedon mixed things up by setting Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future) to score The Avengers, and while that resulted in arguably the closest thing to an iconic theme Marvel has put together so far, the studio is still searching for a truly great original score.
And that could be the case with Giacchino. The guy’s work ranges from Star Trek to Lost to Up and The Incredibles, and in this clip from the end credits, we can hear a significant departure from anything Marvel has done thus far. Giacchino’s score here is very heavily influenced by psychedelic rock from the 70s and 80s, which is in keeping with the visual tone of the film and its nod to the artwork of Steve Ditko. It’s a guitar-heavy track, but also kind of rambly and, well, trippy. This is the first of two scores for massive films by Giacchino, with the Zootopia composer also handling the score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, so the guy’s closing out 2016 with a bang.
Listen to a taste of Giacchino’s Doctor Strange score below. The film opens in theaters on November 4th.