Head on over to Tor.com to see what the Captain Marvel soundtrack should have been, courtesy of the ever awesome Leah Schnelbach.
Now let me make this absolutely clear: I HEART CAPTAIN MARVEL. I love Carol Danvers the person and I love Captain Marvel the movie but I was a little let down by the soundtrack, because all that ’90s music isn’t there for Carol, it’s there for us, the women and women-adjacent people watching the film. The kids can get a nice hit of retro nostalgia from it (my colleague Molly Templeton has called it “this generation’s Stand by Me soundtrack”) while the adults in the audience can use the music almost as a metatext, commenting on the action and providing emotional cues that we’ll understand, even if the eleven-year-olds in the audience do not. But given that, I think some of the choices were a little too on-the-nose, a little too pop-radio-hit… basically, they weren’t alternative enough.
So I’ve assembled my own. Like a spoilery superteam of songs that will avenge me after I’ve died from mediocre radio hits.
The Captain Marvel soundtrack as it stands is a stellar example of highlighting different female voices. Nearly all of the songs are by women, from a diverse range of genres and styles. Often, when a male voice does show up, it means that something nefarious is afoot. (Or it’s Michael Stipe.) There are a few moments when the songs are a little anachronistic (Hole’s “Celebrity Skin,” for instance, although that one plays over the end credits and as such could be unstuck in time). But again, most of the songs are there for the audience, not for Carol. So I’ve tied to provide a soundtrack that’s a bit weirder and more personal, while also adding some songs that will actually mean something to our Captain.