In early April of this year, rumors began to circulate that ABC and Marvel were planning an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series spinoff. It was later reported that Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood would be headlining the spinoff. Marvel insisted this was not true, and that any future TV plans had been halted to instead stay focused on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and their other comic book series Marvel's Agent Carter, both of which are returning with new episodes later this year. That scenario has now changed, claims Variety.
ABC is close to finalizing a deal for the pilot order on this proposed spinoff, which is being called Marvel's Most Wanted. The show will revolve around Adrianne Palicki's Mockingbird, a Marvel comic book character she originated for the screen in episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The story will follow the popular SHIELD agent Bobbi Morse, and she will be joined, as previously rumored, by Nick Blood's Lance Hunter. Both actors are said to share top billing, but Adrianne Palicki's name will likely come first when opening credits roll, putting the show's female lead out front amongst the ongoing controversy that there aren't enough women superheroes in the marketplace.
Marvel's Most Wanted was created by Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. producers Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski for Marvel and ABC Studios. The duo will also write the pilot episode. While its unclear at this time how many more episodes they will write for Season 1, they will serve as show runners and executive producers, working alongside Marvel's head of television, Jeph Loeb, who serves as an executive producer.
Insiders describe Marvel's Most Wanted as an entirely new project, and not really a spinoff. Though it focuses on two already established characters, and will continue to follow their story, it will have little to do with what has already happened on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And it won't tie into that show's weekly adventures. Though a crossover doesn't sound like it's out of the question.
Plot details for Marvel's Most Wanted are scarce. The show will follow the Mockingbird and Hunter's adventures together, but what they will be doing is anyone's guess. ABC has not yet decided when they want to premiere this new series. Nor have they figured out a way to introduce the new show, which could be as a planted episode within Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But that makes comments that it's not a spinoff pointless.
Though ABC and Marvel initially shot down any ideas about a Mockingbird spinoff, ABC President Paul Lee did tease during the New York Upfronts that it wasn't a completely abandoned idea. At the time, he felt a spinoff was very possible. He also noted that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had finally hit its stride, and didn't want to mess with the formula, a formula that included the two characters played by Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood. At the time, he declared absolute love for both Hunter and Mockingbird. ABC still has a very big Marvel appetite, and it is reported that the two studios have yet a fourth Marvel series in the works. While that show is being kept top secret, we know that it is coming from American Crime creator John Ridley.