Over the remaining season 3 episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the show has been tasked with introducing and setting up Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter for their very own spin-off show, Marvel’s Most Wanted. Based on the synopses for upcoming episodes, the start of that plot could be closing in.
ABC officially ordered a pilot earlier this year, but have yet to green light the entire series. Because the future of the series is still up in the air, setting up a plot that allows them to leave, but also come back should the series not happen, must be difficult.
The Hollywood Reporter was fortunate enough to interview some of the people involved with the series to try and give us some answers. Adrianne Palicki, who will co-headline the series, is looking forward to seeing how the series plays out but does not want to get ahead of herself.
Palicki: Nothing is set in stone yet but we are excited about the possibilities. For now, Bobbi and Lance are still on SHIELD so we’ll see them involved with the team. But I’m excited to see what the writers come up with. It’s very flattering to know there might be a show about us.
While Bobbi seems to enjoy being a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Hunter has never been truly sold on the idea. As Nick Blood puts it, Hunter likes living and working under his own rules where he does not have to worry about what his boss will say.
Blood: Hunter prefers it when he’s not working under the jurisdiction of SHIELD, and this is an opportunity where they’re on their own, they can make up their own rules, just turn the phones on airplane mode and ignore the calls from back home. When they’re off on their own together … without the distractions of SHIELD or other people, you can see how they complement each other. You see how he’s willing to ignore the rules and regulations to get the right thing done. Sometimes, Bobbi needs that kick up the backside to send her in that direction. By the same token, Hunter needs Bobbi’s rationale sometimes to make sure he doesn’t get in trouble again.
Coulson’s very much seen him as an asset and someone he should try and persuade to be part of the team because he brings things to it. And also, I think he appreciates that an outside perspective is always good. It’s not a dictatorship. I think at the end of the day, Hunter is very independent minded, so he’s not going to be forced out of anything or forced into anything either. He’s going to make his own choice. For a while he’s played the game and then various things have come up which make him question it. It’s not necessarily like he’s saying that people are doing something wrong, it’s just not his way.
The idea of their spin-off series has not been completely accepted by fans of theirs. Both characters are great compliments on the show, but with S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s growing cast, they need to get rid of a few. Executive producer Jeffrey Bell says they will be used to the fullest in case this is the end for them.
Bell: While they’re on SHIELD we want to take advantage of who they are and give the audiences as much of their relationship with one another and with other people as possible to make that really satisfying. We are aware that there is a potential imminent end and so they won’t be neglected.
Finally, if you were hoping to learn just how they would lay the seeds for Marvel’s Most Wanted, you are out of luck. Jed Whedon says we will find out when it happens on the show and no sooner.
Whedon: They are currently on our show. We plan to have them on another show. We will have to address it in story. Where that happens will have to be for you to find out.
Marvel’s Most Wanted will be filming their pilot shortly, with a full season possibly airing in the fall.