The proposed Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff is back on. ABC has given a pilot order to Marvel’s Most Wanted, a drama project starring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. standouts Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood and revolving around their respective characters Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, aka Mockingbird, and Lance Hunter.
The drama had been developed quietly last season by S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producers Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski. ABC put the brakes on the project in early May, just before the upfronts.
I hear the drama has been redeveloped since with a new direction for the two characters that all parties are excited about. It is unclear whether the project will be considered a S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff or not, but I hear it will film a stand-alone pilot, much like the CW did with the Arrow offshoot The Flash. I hear that likely won’t happen right away, and the new pilot, first reported by Variety, might shoot during the regular pilot season in early 2016.
S.H.I.E.L.D. fans had been divided by the idea of a Mockingbird-Lance spinoff, and there had been some backlash to the idea of taking some of the strongest new characters on S.H.I.E.L.D. away from the mothership series.
Marvel’s Most Wanted is looking to join ABC/Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., which is returning for a third season, and Agent Carter, which again will bridged S.H.I.E.L.D.’s half-seasons with its second installment.
ABC and Marvel also are working on a potential series with John Ridley.