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Marvel moves ahead with their Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Mockingbird spin-off

08.20.2015

This spring it was discovered that Marvel and ABC were in the process of developing an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off series for Adrianne Palicki (Bobbi Morse a.k.a Mockingbird) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter,) but a month later it was announced that they had passed on the series. That was that, or so we thought as Variety has now learned that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off is back on. Stop the roller coaster, I want to get off.

The outlet reports that ABC is closing in on a deal for a pilot episode which would star Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood titled Marvel's Most Wanted. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. producers Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski co-created the potential series and will be writing the pilot together as well as serving as showrunners and executive producers. There aren't many plot details available at the moment other than Marvel's Most Wanted will follow the two characters and their adventures together. ABC was previously looking to launch the series with a back-door pilot in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it's no longer clear if that's the case.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is returning for a third season on September 29, 2015 and a second season of Agent Carter will follow sometime in 2016. Another secret Marvel/ABC series is in the works from 12 YEARS A SLAVE screenwriter John Ridley.

Source: Variety

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12:01PM on 08/21/2015
Frankly I have little interest in superhero spin-offs. But at least Marvel hasn't gone as far as CW has
Frankly I have little interest in superhero spin-offs. But at least Marvel hasn't gone as far as CW has
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4:24PM on 08/21/2015
You mean that Marvel network tv isn't as good as what the CW has done for DC. Because right now, AoS is in pretty bad shape and needs a major overhaul of the storyline to make things even mildly interesting.
You mean that Marvel network tv isn't as good as what the CW has done for DC. Because right now, AoS is in pretty bad shape and needs a major overhaul of the storyline to make things even mildly interesting.
10:20AM on 08/21/2015
Mockingbird, while not popular enough to get her own movie, is still a relatively important "B" character in the Marvel Universe, a fact you wouldn't be able to tell watching AOS and its large ensemble. A TV show would allow the character to get some of her status back by giving her a much needed back-story.

The case of Lance Hunter is weird. A minor character in the comics, I don't think he ever was related to Bobbi in any way. Nick Blood is good playing the part but his chemistry with
Mockingbird, while not popular enough to get her own movie, is still a relatively important "B" character in the Marvel Universe, a fact you wouldn't be able to tell watching AOS and its large ensemble. A TV show would allow the character to get some of her status back by giving her a much needed back-story.

The case of Lance Hunter is weird. A minor character in the comics, I don't think he ever was related to Bobbi in any way. Nick Blood is good playing the part but his chemistry with Palicki isn't that great; not bad but but not good enough to build a show around. Why attach him to Mockingbird when he could stay with AOS while she gets paired up with another MCU character (Jessica Drew?) which would make more sense?
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11:19PM on 08/20/2015

Pass

I like Hunter, but I never thought Bobbi added anything to the group on the show. Not sure what the appeal of this spin-off is supposed to be. Just seems like it would be a very generic female & male partner crime solving team show.
I like Hunter, but I never thought Bobbi added anything to the group on the show. Not sure what the appeal of this spin-off is supposed to be. Just seems like it would be a very generic female & male partner crime solving team show.
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10:47PM on 08/20/2015

Completely disinterested....

I like both of them on the show (Hunter more), but their own series? It's a stupid idea and will be a ratings bomb.
I like both of them on the show (Hunter more), but their own series? It's a stupid idea and will be a ratings bomb.
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9:41PM on 08/20/2015
Double post.

There are a few things to consider. 1) Marvel wants to continue Agents of SHIELD for two more seasons to maximize syndication and home video sales. Fair enough. 2) We don't know the specifics of the actors' contracts. For example, all the actors from the first season were presumably "series regulars" and are expected to appear in a certain number of episodes and get a certain amount of pay. Having many actors on the same show all getting paid as regulars can get
Double post.

There are a few things to consider. 1) Marvel wants to continue Agents of SHIELD for two more seasons to maximize syndication and home video sales. Fair enough. 2) We don't know the specifics of the actors' contracts. For example, all the actors from the first season were presumably "series regulars" and are expected to appear in a certain number of episodes and get a certain amount of pay. Having many actors on the same show all getting paid as regulars can get prohibitively expensive. This creates pressure for spin offs.
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9:41PM on 08/20/2015
A spin off series with two characters is not enough. Maybe if they had someone playing Jessica Drew and somebody playing Marc Spector then you would have something.

There are too many characters on Agents of SHIELD. Besides Bobbi and Hunter, there's Coulson, Skye, May, her husband, Fitz, Simmons, Agent O'Hara, Mac, Deathlok and Lincoln and they promise to add even more characters in Season 3. So a split makes sense. Maybe they can split Marvel's Agents of SHIELD into Marvel's Most Wanted
A spin off series with two characters is not enough. Maybe if they had someone playing Jessica Drew and somebody playing Marc Spector then you would have something.

There are too many characters on Agents of SHIELD. Besides Bobbi and Hunter, there's Coulson, Skye, May, her husband, Fitz, Simmons, Agent O'Hara, Mac, Deathlok and Lincoln and they promise to add even more characters in Season 3. So a split makes sense. Maybe they can split Marvel's Agents of SHIELD into Marvel's Most Wanted and Marvel's Secret Warriors with Coulson, May, her husband, Fitz, Simmons, Agent O'Hara and Mac only appearing in supporting roles. In fact, I thought May was retiring at the end of last season. Coulson can do that too: the show isn't about him anymore and now that he's lost his arm he has the perfect excuse to retire. Even Mac threatened to quit during Season 2 and then only came back when it was revealed that he was working under Fury's instructions all along.

Actually, the smart thing to do would be to have Fitz and Simmons leave the show(s) and instead appear as support staff at the New Avengers facility. Of course, that begs the question: what will be their base of operations at the start of Season 3? The bus is destroyed and operating out of an aircraft carrier doesn't seem very practical. It would make sense for Coulson and Skye, at least, to move to the New Avengers facility where Skye can assemble and train her Secret Warriors. Well, okay, Coulson can't move there because the Avengers still think he's dead but it would make sense for Skye to move there. It would also make sense for Skye and her team to appear in future Avengers movies. They would be like the New Mutants to the X-Men.
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8:25AM on 08/21/2015
All of that makes sense, but I think that's really over-complicating this show and what it really is. AOS is just not THAT intricate to the development of the MCU.

The problem they will always run into is: The Avengers exist in the same world. So AOS works as they deal with covert espionage stuff within the MCU, stuff that may affect the MCU but nothing that requires The Avengers directly.

The more you branch off from this show in present day, the less relevant each show becomes.
All of that makes sense, but I think that's really over-complicating this show and what it really is. AOS is just not THAT intricate to the development of the MCU.

The problem they will always run into is: The Avengers exist in the same world. So AOS works as they deal with covert espionage stuff within the MCU, stuff that may affect the MCU but nothing that requires The Avengers directly.

The more you branch off from this show in present day, the less relevant each show becomes. Because there cannot possibly be that many bad things going on in the world and no one ever calls in The Avengers to deal with it. If that's the case, then these shows would completely negate any issue that happens in Captain America 3 that prompts the Civil War. If The Avengers only participate in 3 global conflicts to prompt the Registration Act. Then why is no one doing anything about SHIELD, The Secret Warriors, and Mockingbird that are running amok on a regular basis during the year.
9:41PM on 08/20/2015
The more Adrianne Palicki the better!
The more Adrianne Palicki the better!
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9:21PM on 08/20/2015
Take two of their blandest characters and give them their own bland show. So this is a spinoff of a spinoff essentially.
Take two of their blandest characters and give them their own bland show. So this is a spinoff of a spinoff essentially.
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9:20PM on 08/20/2015
Nah
Nah
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8:31PM on 08/20/2015
A spin-off of a spin-off? Yeesh...
A spin-off of a spin-off? Yeesh...
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