Avengers: Endgame (2019) by Alan Silvestri
Get it: If you’ve enjoyed Silvestri’s previous work in the MCU and would like to hear those themes take their next step.
Don’t get it: If you want a fresh take on the film that doesn’t rely on the past music of the series.
Avengers: Endgame is the epic finale of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, and there is quite a lot riding on the soundtrack to deliver. Fortunately, they got Alan Silvestri to provide the music for this film, and he was the perfect choice given his previous involvement in this franchise (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War).
First, we take a look at the new. This score continues the sound established in the previous film, Infinity War. There’s a sadness to it in parts, partly due to where the heroes find themselves in the beginning of the film. You also hear a call to action in there as well. Some still new music from IW return as well, particularly one relating to an Infinity Stone.
The main attraction (and the biggest success) of this score, however, is the return of the known cues. Individual characters get brief and subtle, yet noticeable, references to their own themes, such as Ant- Man and Captain America. The music for the title card is an evolution of those up to this point, only this time possessing a flare of glory fitting that of the finale.
Perhaps the most memorable track of the music is Portals. This one track encompasses the journey these heroes — and the audience — have taken recently. You have the reminders of loss. You have the heartbeat of the drum. Then, finally, you have the sounds of renewal and restoration. Then it happens, what everyone has been waiting for in both the music and the film. The main theme makes its grand appearance, more epic than used ever before. The music narrates the characters having their moment of glory and triumph in a way satisfying to all.
Then, at the movie’s conclusion, we get one more take on the theme during the end credits that are an absolutely perfect match to what is happening on- screen (for those who haven’t seen, the end credits are a little different from normal). In the end, this music delivered in a way only Silvestri could and provided the emotion and narration essential to this film. It really is the life of this series, and anyone would be hard-pressed to write a better conclusion.
The soundtrack to Avengers: Endgame can be found here.
Listen to the score for yourself here.