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As though there weren't enough reasons to look forward to ABC's new series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we can now add the musical stylings for Bear McCreary to the list. Given his list of credits, McCreary surely has a lot of fans at Comic-Con, as he's scored some very geek-friendly series, including Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead and more recently, Defiance. And he'll be adding the pilot for Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. series to that list. This little tidbit of information apparently won't be 'officially' announced until Comic-Con this week, however EW got the goods a bit early, and it was further confirmed by McCreary himself via his Twitter.
This is excellent news, as I've always considered McCreary to be a particularly gifted composer, who knows how to set the tone of a scene with scores that are not only pleasing to the ear, but especially moving. What's more, I like that the sound for each series he works on is different. What we've heard on Battlestar Galactica bears little similarity to what we've heard on The Walking Dead, apart from the fact that they're both great scores. From what McCreary told EW, he aims to bring something different to each score. And it sounds like he was uncertain about tackling S.H.I.E.L.D., due to its ties with The Avengers and other related Marvel films, which may have presented an added challenge of something to match or live up to when trying to figure out the tone for the series, but he got over that when he saw the pilot:
I like to bring something unique to every project I take on, something that can immediately hook the audience and tell them what show or film they’re watching, or game they’re playing. The furious tremolo strings at the beginning of The Walking Dead main title, or the heavy percussion of Battlestar Galactica are great examples. At first glance, I was nervous that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be difficult to approach. … It ties together a cinematic universe that spans years of characters, storylines and scores by talented composers. The instant I saw the pilot, I connected immediately with the characters.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is one of the upcoming pilots I haven't seen yet, and now I'm sort of glad I haven't. As excited as I am to see what Joss Whedon's bringing us this fall, knowing that McCreary's music will eventually be behind it makes me all the more eager to see (and hear) the finished product when it's all put together.
Those who get to check out the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at Comic-Con this week will hear the official announcement of McCreary's involvement in the pilot. And if you're a fan of his work, then you'll also want to check out the Black Sails screening on Thursday night, as McCreary's going to be giving a performance.