ABC Orders Pilot for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Spinoff ‘Marvel’s Most Wanted’
At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, ABC Network CEO Paul Lee confirmed to reporters that they’ve decided to give a pilot order to Marvel’s Most Wanted, the long-planned spinoff of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Not a whole lot is known about the show just yet, but we do know it’ll star Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, both of whom would be leaving the parent series in order to star in the spinoff. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Palicki plays Agent Bobbi Morse while Blood plays Agent Lance Hunter, an explosive relationship that remains one of the central pairings in the series — both emotionally and romantically. The spinoff sounds a bit like a Marvel version of The CW’s Supernatural, with Hunter and Morse hunting down otherworldly threats while one overarching story builds in the background of the season. It’s a formula that works damn well for Supernatural, due in large part to the strength of its main pairing. It remains to be seen if Palicki and Blood can anchor their own series, but I would bet money that they’re more than up to the task.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. producers Jeff Bell and Paul Zbyszewski are co-creators on Marvel’s Most Wanted. In addition to co-writing its pilot, the duo will also serve as showrunners and executive producers on the show. That is, provided it gets picked up to series. Considering how entertaining Morse and Hunter have been over the course of nearly two seasons on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I’m really hoping it does. It could make a great summer series bridge between seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and they could weave in and out of the parent series as needed, since this is all one connected universe anyway. I’m legit excited for this, even more so than I am for the return of Agent Carter, which is another great spinoff that’s building up Marvel’s considerable TV brand.
But what do you think? Is Marvel’s Most Wanted a good idea? Or is it one spinoff too many? Sound off in the comments!
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