Can you sing anything from a Marvel movie?
That’s the question that Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting poses at the beginning of his latest video essay, The Marvel Symphonic Universe. Zhou gets several people on the street to hum songs from Star Wars, James Bond, and Harry Potter but nobody can remember a tune from cinema’s most successful brand.
Asking random people a question on the street isn’t always a great place to get solid information, as Jay Leno taught us so many years ago, but it illustrates a solid point: Marvel’s music is unmemorable, which is notable, considering its ubiquity.
Why is this?
As an example of the forgettable music, Zhou shows off a scene from Iron Man, which drones along in the background. He points out…