Composer Danny Elfman announced the last-minute change Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness at the behest of Marvel boss Kevin Feige.
The film, directed by Sam Raimi, starred Benedict Cumberbatch as the mystical hero Stephen Strange.
Minor spoilers follow for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness…
In one scene that garnered particular praise from fans, Strange squares off against an alternate universe version of himself, dubbed by fans as Sinister Strange.
The pair battle each other using musical spells as the two Stranges toss each other notes that echo throughout the score.
“That was a concept that came together a little more broadly and then focused down. It went through a number of configurations,” Elfman said in an interview with Consequence.
“The first thing I did was just compose it, like a direct score, knowing there would be these elements of Bach and Beethoven, which I recorded separately.”
Elfman said he originally used “half a dozen” different classical pieces by different composers for the fight.
“Then I had a request from Kevin Feige,” he revealed. “Could you just do it one composer against another, Bach against Beethoven?”
“Then I rewrote it and made it Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which combats Bach’s ‘Toccata and Fugue in D minor’.
“It was really last minute, kind of crazy right before release. It was an idea, and then Kevin heard it and said, ‘We’ve got to put it together and do it like this.’
“We just burst into another session and recorded it, and a day later it’s dubbed into the film. Of course that was really fun.”
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