A+ superhero series Captain Marvel just took out another major accolade by becoming the top-grossing movie scored by a woman and Carol Danvers herself would be proud as punch RN.
Massive shoutout to Pinar Toprak, the Turkish-American composer who scored the flick and did an ace job. She previously scored rival superhero movie Justice League as well as video game Fortnite.
Prior to now, the top-grossing flicks featuring female composers were Rachel Portman’s The Vow and Deborah Lurie’s Dear John.
The fact that female composers were lacking in the industry has been a topic of much discussion since the 2014 formation of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, which now boasts more than 400 members so hell fkn yeah.
Results of the latest “Celluloid Ceiling” stats from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film revealed that just 6 percent of the 250 top-grossing films of 2018 had scores by women — but that number was double the 3 percent found in the list of 2017 films.
“A rise from 3 percent to 6 percent is good, but that shows we have a long road ahead of us,” Lolita Ritmanis, who recently stepped down as president of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, told Variety.
She adds that the study does not include TV, streaming content, video games, independent films and other media and, “in those areas, the optics would indicate that the numbers are much higher than for the top-grossing films.”
Captain Marvel absolutely crushed it in the box office, debuting with a mighty $455 million globally, the sixth best start for a movie of all time. It now ranks as the second-biggest launch for a superhero movie worldwide, behind ‘Avengers: Infinity War.‘
Still, she’s knocked out all the other solo hero flicks, including all the Iron Mans, Thors and Captain Americas, as well as the first two Avengers movies AND Civil War.
In summary: Look out Thanos, Carol’s coming for ya.