This year alone, Marvel Studios has expanded the television side of its cinematic universe with the premieres of Agent Carter on ABC and Daredevil on Netflix, and has plans to grow the universe even more. Additionally on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entered its second season and bounced back from an arguably lackluster first season. Throughout S.H.I.E.L.D.’s second year, the show has brought in new characters, developed previously established heroes, and introduced the mythology of The Inhumans.
Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) are two of the characters that debuted in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s second season as part of Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) slimmed-down department. Now, these two agents may lead their own team on Marvel and ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff.
Deadline is reporting Palicki and Blood are in the process of finalizing deals to headline the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff. Early in season 2, Bobbi was introduced as Hunter’s ex-wife and the two characters have since had an on-again, off-again relationship. Because of the characters’ tumultuous relationship, Deadline is describing the S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff as having “a Mr. and Mrs. Smith vibe.”
As previously reported, the offshoot is being developed by S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jeffrey Bell (The X-Files, Angel) and series writer/co-executive producer Paul Zbyszewski (Lost, Hawaii Five-O). It will be built out of storylines explored within Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 and may premiere in the Fall of 2015 or midseason in early 2016.
The revelation that ABC and Marvel’s spinoff S.H.I.E.L.D. will feature Bobbi may not come as a surprise since she has become an integral player in the storyline of season 2 – she was promoted to a series regular during the midseason break. Additionally, in the Marvel comics Mockingbird is a significant character and has served as an Avenger.
However, it is still unclear which storylines from season 2 will carry over into the spinoff. While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seemed to be laying the groundwork for the spinoff to focus on Skye’s Secret Warriors (especially in episode 17, “The Cavalry”) Bobbi and Hunter have been more involved with the conflict between Coulson and the “real” S.H.I.E.L.D. led by Robert Gonzalez (Edward James Olmos).
Whether the spinoff will delve further into Gonzalez’s S.H.I.E.L.D. or another storyline that has yet to be fully introduced, remains to be seen. At the very least, viewers who have enjoyed Palicki and Blood’s portrayals of their characters are sure to be excited by the prospect of the duo headlining their own series.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays @9PM ET on ABC.