The Disney brand has already come out strong this year. With the Star Wars franchise breaking records, and a full slate of Marvel movies coming this summer, in addition to some fan-favorite tv shows, the Mouse House seems to have its hands full. Or so one would think. But more is coming. Between Marvel shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Jessica Jones, it may be surprising to hear that another story within the Marvel Universe could be coming to the small screen soon. After some on and off again rumors last year surrounding an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff, it seems ABC has finally made up its mind. A pilot episode has been ordered for the new original show titled Marvel’s Most Wanted, starring
Mockingbird, the alias for Bobbi Morse, played by Adrianne Palicki, one of the butt-kicking gals on S.H.I.E.L.D. The newly ordered pilot will center on the adventures of Morse and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) in what ABC claims is not a true spinoff. Apparently Most Wanted will feature an entirely separate story arc that is focused soley on the pair and their adventures together. Of course, nothing is ever 100% removed from the pack in the Marvel Universe. Joss Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, executive producers on S.H.I.E.L.D. told IGN at the Television Critics Association winter press tour,
“Logistically it does mean they’re going to be leaving to make that [show]. They’re a part of our show. We definitely think they are capable of carrying an entire other show. That being said, it’s sort of bittersweet. We’re very excited about the new show…We will miss them, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone forever because, as everything in the Marvel Universe, it’s all one universe.”
The pilot, which is being called “awesome” by Whedon and Tancharoen, was co-wrote by S.H.I.E.L.D. producers Jeff Bell and Paul Zbyszewski. They are also the co-creators and if ABC decides to pick it up, they would also become the showrunners and executive producers. Of course, that won’t be confirmed until after Pilot Season, or around April or so.
So that leaves us all plenty of time to decide whether we really need or want another Marvel series, and to ponder how long this golden age of comic adaptations can last. Hopefully for a good while longer. At least until the mystery Marvel project penned by American Crime’s John Ridley is revealed. I’m gunning for a Kamala Khan Ms. Marvel adaptation.