UPDATE: Apparently the pilot will not shoot until this coming Spring. Chances are it will be presented as a backdoor pilot within the current season of “SHIELD“, ahead of a potential fall debut.
It looks like we can add one more Marvel series to the 2016 slate! ABC has announced that they are finally moving forward on their “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” spin-off series centering on Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood). Set to be titled “Marvel’s Most Wanted“, the offshoot has received a pilot order from the network. If all goes well, it could become ABC’s third on-going Marvel series next year, alongside the aforementioned procedural “SHIELD” and period piece actioner “Marvel’s Agent Carter“.
I like it! While I found “SHIELD” to mostly be a bust during its initial season, the quality was stepped up last year and a big part of why it worked during Season 2 was the addition of Palicki & Blood as Mockingbird & Lance Hunter. The duo should fare well on their own, especially if the network and Marvel TV give their series a good showrunner, and I can easily picture the show lasting for years to come. The downside to all of this is that it effectively knee-caps “SHIELD” after the coming season, or in the middle of it, if “Most Wanted” comes as a mid-season replacement in 2016.
There’s no word at this time if the offshoot will backdoor pilot out of “SHIELD” or just arrive fully formed on its own, if the concept goes to series. Regardless of how the split occurs, here’s hoping that the “SHIELD” showrunners have their ducks in a row and a plan in place to fill the void that will created by this potential divorcing of narrative assets. If not, we could be looking down the icer barrel of another atrocious season of Marvel’s first MCU-set series during what will be its inevitable fourth season.
On a final note, while they continue to drop the ball on the big screen by sidelining and/or fumbling characters likes Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson), and Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), it’s nice to have yet another female hero prominently featured over at Marvel TV; even if she is sharing billing here with a male co-star. Mockingbird now joins the likes of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter); good company all-around.