New information has emerged about the highly anticipated Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takeoff series titled Marvel’s Most Wanted. The show will reportedly star castmates from the original series, Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter). Although the program was originally envisioned as a straightforward spinoff of S.H.I.E.L.D., the pilot picked up by ABC and Marvel is a fresh new take, centering on “the same duo and their continuing adventures.”
This series will focus on the character of Bobbi Morse (a.k.a. ockingbird), an agent who worked undercover with Hydra and is the ex-wife of former mercenary Lance Hunter.
ABC president Paul Lee expressed the opinion that S.H.I.E.L.D. has hit its stride creatively, hinting that the network is reluctant to tamper with a successful formula. As quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, he said, “It’s too soon to determine how—or if—the potential new series would be launched as a backdoor pilot in the upcoming third season of Marvel’s first ABC scripted drama.”
Executive producing Marvel’s Most Wanted are Jeffrey Bell, who is an EP on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb and S.H.I.E.L.D. writer Paul Zbyszewski.
Marvel shows are a big part of ABC’s programming right now. “S.H.I.E.L.D.” is returning for its third season, Agent Carter has been renewed for its second season, and an untitled Marvel project is in development from John Ridley (American Crime).