Pinar Toprak to score Captain Marvel film

First Female to score Major Comic Book Movie

If you’re one of the many gamers who have contributed to Fortnites $296,000,000 revenue (as of April 2018) you may be familiar with Pinar Toprak’s work but may not know her name. She composed the music in the battle royale juggernaut as well as having a history of scoring film including 2009’s The Lightkeepers and 2011’s The Wind Gods.

Announced on her Instagram (below) she has just announced her selection to be the scorer for Marvel’s upcoming film in the franchise Captain Marvel (expected next year).

This will mark the first ever major comic book film adaption to be scored by a female, something momentus and inspiring for women in the very male dominated industry. Social media has already lent out the praise.

Toprak, according to her website, was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, where she began her classical musical education at the age of five. After studying composition and multiple instruments at the conservatory, she moved to Chicago to study jazz, then Boston for a degree in film scoring from Berklee College of Music. She then came to Los Angeles, earned a master’s degree in composition at age 22.

Her accolades include:

  • International Film Music Critics Association Award for Best Comedy Score in 2010 – The Lightkeepers
  • International Film Music Critics Association Award for Best Documentary Score in 2011 – The Wind Gods
  • 40 Under 40 Most Influential Turkish – Americans Award
  • Academy Awards shortlist for Best Original Score – The Lightkeepers

Marvel announced the film in March 2018 for an expected release on March 8, 2019 (US release date).

Marvel Studios began principal photography in Los Angeles, California shooting in and around the greater LA area, which will also serve as the production base for the film. The production will also shoot on location in Fresno, California, as well as locations in Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The film stars Academy Award winner Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, the story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.