The connection of Pink Floyd and Marvel Cinematic Universe

music news 13/11/2018

Doctor Strange and Pink Floyd had both debuted during the '60s, an era of hippies and many, many psychedelic experimentations.

Saucerful of Secrets

Doctor Strange can be seen on the cover of Pink Floyd's second album, "Saucerful of Secrets". Released in June 1968, the cover was created by Hipgnosis. Blended onto the cover, you can see Doctor Strange and his deadliest arch enemy below as highlighted.

Doctor Strange

Just weeks before the release of the film. on 28th September 2016, Benedict Cumberbatch who portrayed Dr. Strange, joined Pink Floyd's former frontman and guitarist, David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall to sing "Comfortably Numb".

Cymbaline

Written by Roger Waters and sung by David Gilmour, "Cymbaline" was an unusual track by Pink Floyd that referenced Doctor Strange. The track's lyrics were "The leaves are heavy round your feet / You hear the thunder of the train / Suddenly it strikes you / That they’re moving into range/ And Doctor Strange is always changing size."

Silver Surfer and Dark Side of The Moon

Storm Thorgerson, graphic designer for many of Pink Floyd's artwork confirmed that one of the earlier concept arts for "Dark Side of The Moon" album was a photograph of the Marvel superhero, Silver Surfer but was turned down. Unfortunately, the photograph was lost and we won't be able to see it.

Legion

Based on a Marvel character, David Haller a.k.a. Legion, the series has connections to the X-Men universe but the show was produced by FX Productions that associated with Marvel TV.

A character in the TV series, "Legion" was named Syd Barrett, after Pink Floyd's ex-guitarist, Syd Barret who was suffering from mental illness just before his departure from the band. The Syd Barret-led era was also an important influence on the series' creator, Noah Hawley. 

In the pilot episode, the Syd Barrett character was frequently shown with a light reflecting around her head which could be a possible reference to the famous track, "Shine on You Crazy Diamond".

The score for the series had a heavy influence from Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon". Composer Jeff Russo had explained, "that album more than anything is really the soundscape of mental illness to some degree".