Alan Silvestri, the composer behind Marvel's The Avengers and Captain America: The First Avenger, will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to score the next two Avengers films, tentatively titled Infinity War Parts I and II.
The announcement came from Silvestri's official website, although no other information was provided.
Even while he's been gone, Silvestri's music has remained a part of the DNA of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Danny Elfman, who scored Avengers: Age of Ultron, repurposed elements of Silvestri's themes for a number of sequences.
Silvestri's iconic themes for Back to the Future, The Abyss, and Forrest Gump made him one of the most employable composers in Hollywood. He's also no stranger to comic book fare, having scored Judge Dredd, Richie Rich, and RED 2 in addition to his Marvel work.
Composers on the Marvel films have tended to be cut from roughly the same cloth for the most part; both Silvestri and Elfman, for instance, tend to favor traditional, orchestral scores and that's been evident in their Marvel movies. A notable exception has been Tyler Bates, who doesn't have the same traditional approach you might expect. The Guardians of the Galaxy score was just the latest in a long line of collaborations between Bates and Guardians director James Gunn.
Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is slated for release in IMAX theatres on May 4, 2018; Part 2 will open on May 3, 2019. The films are being directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, late of Captain America: Civil War; and will star a number of returning Avengers as well as (reportedly) numerous new superheroes and -villains.