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‘The Suicide Squad’ Composer Joins ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’

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With the announcement of Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, it would be understandable for you to think there are no more big news of newcomers to “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” You’d be wrong … sort of. 

John Murphy, who is best known for composing James Gunn’s other misfit superhero movie, “The Suicide Squad” has joined to compose the third entry to the series. This news usually would be nothing too notable, but if you watch any James Gunn movie, you know music plays a big part in his films. If you watched any “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, then you know music plays a HUGE part in setting the tone and telling us how the characters are feeling. 

Outside of Gunn’s work, John Murphy  has composed films such as “28 Days Later” and “Kick-Ass.” He’ll be replacing Tyler Bates as composer who had done the score for the last two films. This move is certainly shocking, as Bates and Gunn have worked together even before “Guardians of the Galaxy” with films such as “Slither.”  Was there a falling out? As dramatic as that may be, it’s most certainly not the case here. More likely than not, Gunn probably just wanted to work with Murphy again.

Gunn has had nothing but the highest of praise for the composer, saying in an interview that, “ John wrote huge sections of the score before we were shooting. It was things like King Shark, when he’s in the aquarium, we knew we needed something beautiful and haunting there. When Team One comes out in front of the American flag, we knew we needed something there. [And] when Team Two is going back to save the day from Starro, we knew we needed something there.” The guy did make a song so pretty and heartwarming, that I totally forgot it was set to a swarm of rats eating a giant starfish. That’s some talent right there. 

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“Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3” will release in theaters on May 23, 2023.