‘Marvel’s Most Wanted’ pilot and new comedy moving ahead at ABC

In addition to the news that ABC will be shooting an “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” spinoff show called “Marvel's Most Wanted”, they are also looking to produce a second Marvel-based comedy. 

When Mockingbird arrived on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in the beginning of season two, she was considered a guest star. At first she was moonlighting as a Hydra agent, then she helped stage a coup against Coulson's team. Her relationship with her former husband, Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), proved to be a great source of comedy and heart, and the two of them quickly became some of “S.H.I.E.L.D.'s” best new characters last year. 

During season two, ABC began to look at a spinoff idea, starring both Morse and Hunter, called “Marvel's Most Wanted.” By the time “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was renewed for a third season last spring, the “Most Wanted” project was dead in the water, and Palicki and Blood were set to stay at “S.H.I.E.L.D.” as series regulars. 

Fast forward to this weekend, at the Television Critics Association, where a slew of announcements were made, including ABC's decision to move forward the “Marvel's Most Wanted” show. As it stands, Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood will shoot a pilot at ABC this spring. If the network executives like the direction the show is taking, it could get picked up and announced at UpFronts in May. While this may be good news for Mockingbird/Hunter fans, a lot of people really like the addition they make to the cast of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” and don't want to see them leave “S.H.I.E.L.D.” for another show. 

Another piece of news that broke today comes from IGN, who spoke to ABC president Paul Lee over the weekend at the TCAs. According to Lee, in addition to “Most Wanted”, ABC is also looking to produce two Marvel-based comedies: “Damage Control” (which was announced in the fall of 2015) and a new show. According to IGN, “Lee declined to share what the second comedy will be about, but did say 'in the long term, we'd love it to be' on ABC. 'We definitely want to do Marvel comedies as well as dramas and of course, as you know, we supply lots of dramas to Netflix.'” ABC is also still working on a secret Marvel project with “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley — hopefully more information is known about that soon. 

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns to ABC March 8 at 9/8c.