Just when you thought it wasn’t possible, it looks like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get even bigger. We’ve been hearing whispers, but it looks like the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D spin off just took a significant step forward.
ABC President Paul Lee has confirmed that the network has ordered a pilot for the upcoming spinoff, titled Marvel’s Most Wanted.
Marvel’s Most Wanted will focus on the characters Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter, who were both introduced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by series regulars Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood respectively. Alongside Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter, this new series will make for three Marvel series on cable, alongside 3-4 Netflix ones. That’s a ton of Marvel TV.
Deadline is reporting that Marvel’s Most Wanted was actually greenlighted for a pilot in August, but it had been kept secret until this point. Marvel Studios is pretty great about keeping their projects under wraps until they’re ready to announce to the public, so this seems par for the course for the entertainment juggernaut.
Marvel’s Most Wanted will be a unique experience for ABC/Marvel’s partnership because it’s the first actual spinoff from the network. While Agent Carter is in the same cinematic universe, its time setting ensures that the two series are independent from one another. With Marvel’s Most Wanted we will presumably see two of Agents’ lead characters departing from the original, granted the pilot is successful and a full season is ordered. I’m sure that Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood will have a safety net in their contracts, allowing them to rejoin the original series if things go south.
I can only assume that ABC will ultimately attempt to line up the three shows for a full night of Marvel programming. This model has proven successful for the network, as Shonda Rhimes’ night of Thursday television, name T.G.I.T., basically owns a night of the week. The cross promotion for all three programs has proved to assist some of the weaker programs, with standards like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal receiving an extra boost from the fans of How To Get Away With Murder and vice versa.
The introduction of Marvel’s Most Wanted also contains the idea of crossover possibilities, which fans have been begging for. Marvel viewers have been hoping for interconnected storylines since the MCU is so connected. Of course, the legality of combining different companies and producing groups can cause a ton of complications, especially with TV series like this. However, a direct spinoff of this nature would allow the red tape to be jumped, and see characters new and old unite against evil.
So far, we don’t have a ton of information regarding Marvel’s Most Wanted, but we will continue to keep you informed as these details become public.
To check out what else is coming up, check out our midseason premiere schedule.