[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ahead.]
Casual viewers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have been caught off guard by the episode ‘Parting Shot’, which took a brief break from season 3’s ongoing Inhumans-related story for a spycraft-centric episode focused mainly on fan-favorite duo Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) and Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) – one that ended with the characters exiting the cast of the series. Devoted fans have been expecting this event for awhile, being aware that Blood and Palicki have been tapped for a new series centered on the characters, Marvel’s Most Wanted.
Additional details have emerged about the proposed Marvel/ABC series, which was ordered to pilot several months ago. That includes a tentative logo for Marvel’s Most Wanted (see above), along with additional cast members for the pilot episode.
Like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Most Wanted will be set on the fringes (and, presumably, in the underground) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and will follow Hunter and Bobbi’s exploits as now-fugitive ex-Agents on the run from multiple enemies on both sides of the law. With only each other to depend on, they form an alliance with Delroy Lindo as Dominic Fortune, an enigmatic man of great wealth and former globetrotting adventurer who has pledged to use his vast resources (now including Hunter and Bobbi) to undertake missions to help those in need around the world.
While that central trio has been known for some time, the rest of the Most Wanted cast is still being assembled. SpoilerTV is reporting that actor Oded Fehr has joined the cast along with actress Fernanda Andrade, both in unspecified roles. Fehr is an Israeli-born character actor who first gained notoriety as the Magi leader Ardeth Bay in Stephen Sommers’ The Mummy and later appeared as Carlos in multiple Resident Evil movies. He has also appeared in numerous television series and smaller films, and may also be recognizable to comedy fans as Antoine Laconte, the principal villain of the Rob Schneider vehicle Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo. Andrade is an actress and producer from Brazil, thus far mainly known for one-off roles on a littany of popular dramatic series and a featured role in the horror film The Devil Inside.
The tentative key art for Marvel’s Most Wanted will likely not be the final version, as the project is very much in the early stages of active development. The decision to create the series in the first place was a surprising one, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself remaining only modestly successful ratings-wise in its third season and the second run of Agent Carter having drawn low viewership; some had assumed Marvel was dialing back its presence on network television in favor of focusing on their more successful Netflix streaming ventures. However, with Agents renewed for a fourth season and multiple Marvel/ABC TV shows currently in development (including both Most Wanted and Damage Control), the studio may be looking at broadcast television with renewed faith to sustain its brand.
Interestingly, Most Wanted’s premise sounds very much like a stripped-down, less baggage-heavy cousin to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D-proper; just with a smaller team and a (seemingly) more episodic setup. With Agents increasingly focused on introducing The Inhumans and the more detailed, elaborate storylines that come with them to the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it could well be that the main purpose of Most Wanted is to give fans of Agents‘ more espionage-oriented starting point a new series to enjoy – while Agents continues to transition into something new, that is.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues with ‘Watchdogs’ Tuesday March 29th at 9pm on ABC. We’ll bring you more details on Marvel’s Most Wanted as they become available.
Source: Spoiler TV