No, Michael Giacchino Did NOT “Replace” Pinar Toprak on ‘Captain Marvel’

Here’s an example of why it’s REALLY important to source your rumors and quotes as much as you possibly can, because sometimes the resulting story that other outlets run with is off the mark. The most recent example of this comes from sites trying to STILL CREATE DRAMA for the $1 billion plus at the box office making Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel.

Specifically, a “report” from ScreenGeek.com which claims Marvel Studios and directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck were “unhappy” with composer Pinar Toprak‘s score (the first woman to compose a live-action superhero film). The site alleges that Toprak was replaced, Michael Giacchino was brought in to deliver the final score.

Our sources say that Toprak was given ample notes and revisions to her score for Captain Marvel. When Marvel Studios and the directors, Anna Boden, and Ryan Fleck, were still unhappy, Toprak was replaced. Michael Giacchino (Up, Spider-Man: HomecomingDoctor Strange), who is Marvel’s frequent collaborator and an Academy Award winner, was brought onto the film to give the score that we hear in the movie.

This “report” is not accurate.

Like with several productions, a fellow composer was asked to offer their expert opinion on the cues. In this case, it was Oscar winning composer Giacchino.

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Giacchino posted to his personal Twitter just a few hours ago about this, confirming that yes, we was asked to offer his thoughts on the score, and ended up working with Toprak on “a few cues”, which is  a far cry from him completing the final score.

Marvel Studios has not officially commented on this rumor.

Captain Marvel is currently in theaters now, and we’ll be seeing star Brie Larson suit up as Carol Danvers again in Avengers: Endgame (score by Alan Silvestri) later this month on April 26th.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional