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Pinar Toprak
Pinar Toprak

'Captain Marvel' Composer on Being the First Woman to Score Major Marvel Movie

“Captain Marvel” composer Pinar Toprak — the first woman to score a high-profile Marvel movie — said her hiring has the potential to impact children globally.

“The world only changes by example. It doesn’t change by preaching,” Toprak said during Variety’s inaugural Music for Screens Summit on Tuesday. “The more little kids in Turkey, or other places like that, can see me do this, they can actually start believing, ‘Oh, that’s possible.'”

Toprak was part of a composer roundtable at the event that also included Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place”), Terence Blanchard (“BlacKkKlansman”), Ramin Djawadi (“Game of Thrones”), Ludwig Goransson (“Black Panther”), and Tom Holkenborg (“Mortal Engines”).

At the same time, Toprak refuted the idea that gender was the reason she was hired for the film, citing her nearly 20 years of experience, which has seen her scoring 40 feature films.

“A lot of hard work; I’ve been studying music since I was 4 years old. So if I were to get selected only because of my gender, they missed out on a whole bunch more,” she said.

The panel, moderated by Variety’s Jon Burlingame, also touched on diversity in the music industry, and the composers’ individual projects, such as Goransson’s collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and local artists for the “Black Panther” score.

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