Just last week, ABC President Channing Dungey revealed the real reason that they’d decided to pass on the Mockingbird-centric Marvel’s Most Wanted was because the pilot essentially wasn’t as strong as they would have liked. Interestingly enough, though, Dungey also suggested that the show could very well find a home elsewhere if Marvel decided to shop the series around. Something that Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb also acknowledged during the TCAs over the weekend.
Of course, the likeliness of this happening is pretty slim to none. Not only has the spin-off’s star, Adrianne Palicki, joined a new series on Fox, but Most Wanted was designed for a very specific purpose – to build off of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Trying to shop the series around when it’s tied into S.H.I.E.L.D. would make for a rather strange decision, especially after Gregg revealed that “corporate stuff” was already making it difficult for ABC and Netflix to do crossovers.
“I never say never, but we designed that show to do a very specific thing,” Loeb said. “The network decided that that thing was not something that they wanted to do. I love everybody that’s involved with it. It’s an extraordinary piece of writing and execution and performances, but for whatever reason it didn’t work for the network. I can’t comment on what they do.”
Given Loeb’s love of the material, and the fact that Most Wanted has been revived previously, I’m still hopeful we’ll see Mockingbird lead another series down the line. Surely, there’s no way they can waste the character or Palicki like that.
Moving on to a show that has proven to be just as much as a hot topic as Most Wanted, Cloak & Dagger was given a surprising series order earlier this year by Freeform. And ever since it was announced, fans have been eagerly awaiting some sort of news regarding the project. As it stands, the show doesn’t have a confirmed showrunner, and there hasn’t been a single ounce of casting news. The only thing we’ve heard for sure is that the series will hit the network sometime in 2017.
However, as exciting as it is to think about Cloak & Dagger finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the fact that it was said the series would be a love story turned many off. Especially given the network the series would be airing on. It seemed more than likely that the romance would overtake the actual story-line, and that it’d feel more like a Young Adult novel. However, as Loeb explains, the series is very much a YA property.
“It’s a love story that happens to have characters that have always traditionally been in that age group,” Loeb said. “It’s not like we took something and made it into a YA. It speaks to a YA audience and is a YA property. Would I do Punisher on Freeform? I don’t think that’s going to connect the same way.”
Unfortunately, that’s about all Loeb was able to reveal regarding Cloak & Dagger. Here’s to hoping that over the next couple of months Marvel & ABC decide to finally reveal a showrunner, or heck, even some casting news.