Bear McCreary.

Oh baby. Bear McCreary is joining the production of Agents of SHIELD, bringing his compositional wizardry to the show. McCreary was the composer for Battlestar Galactica, which stands somewhere between “My favorite show of all time” and “My favorite thing of all time.” These balls tighten.

At Comic-Con this week in San Diego, Bear McCreary will be introduced as the composer for the ABC pilot forMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aims to bring the Marvel Universe into primetime television with a mythology that is tethered somewhat to the silver screen exploits of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., the government agency that answers a world with thunder gods and gamma-green monsters.

McCreary’s new post will surprise exactly no one in San Diego. The classically trained pianist and graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music has been in the ear of discerning genre fans in a big way the past decade as the composer of some truly distinctive themes — among them the unsettling strings that open AMC’s record-setting hit The Walking Dead and the dark tribal exhilaration of the drums that ushered in episodes of the Peabody Award-winning series Battlestar Galactica.

Jeph Loeb, the head of television for Marvel, said McCreary is a collaborator with boundless energy and a gift for finding the “emotional vibrancy” of moments and music and message. We caught up with the 34-year-old McCreary for a quick chat about music, heroes, Joss Whedon, and an old television show about an intergalactic garbage hauler.


I know that McCreary does the score for The Walking Dead, but I don’t watch that  and thus can’t really give two tugs of a zombie’s rotting dong about it. However, his joining SHIELD brings together two frothy franchises that ransack my loins at every chance. I mean — goddamn. I don’t know if Agents of SHIELD will be any good, but it’s certainly beginning to make my tip tingle.

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