Marvel’s Most Wanted is ABC’s third foray in superhero television. They began with 2013’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. and then expanded with 2015’s Agent Carter, which served as a suitable replacement show to air during S.H.I.E.L.D.’s winter hiatus. While these two shows were connected only tangentially – Agent Carter is set decades before the present day action of S.H.I.E.L.D. – the next installment of Marvel action will have a much stronger connecting. Though the drama is not being called a spinoff, the action will center around current S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) as they set off on their own adventures.
The production itself has almost been as tumultuous as the onscreen romance between Morse and Hunter, as plans for the show were reportedly cancelled 2015, then landed a pilot order three months later. Development for the non-spinoff is now well under way, and we have more information about who will be joining the cast alongside of Palicki and Blood.
According to THR, Delroy Lindo has been cast as a series regular and is slated to play Dominic Fortune. In the Marvel comics Fortune is a charming hero for hire who fought against the Nazis in WWII, and traveled the world seeking riches and adventure. Lindo is a well known actor, most recently appearing on ABC’s now cancelled Blood & Oil as Sheriff Tip Harrison. A television staple, he’s acted in numerous shows including The Chicago Code, Believe, and Kidnapped, as well as well known films like Broken Arrow and The Cider House Rules, among many others.
It’s still early in the show’s development, so no further information about what role Fortune will play in the series has been released. Lindo will be working with co-creators Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski – both of whom also produce S.H.I.E.L.D. – as well as Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, who is executive producing the series. Currently, Palicki and Blood are the only two actors from the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast committed to the new series, and there has been no indication if any other established characters would transfer over, or if the remaining cast of Marvel’s Most Wanted will be comprised of new faces.
Though details are scare, Lindo’s casting announcement is an exciting one. Both Palicki and Blood have performed well on S.H.I.E.L.D. in supporting roles amidst a large ensemble. Transitioning to an entire hour dedicated to just the two of them will test both the boundaries of their relationship dynamic and their characters depth. Adding in a veteran, proven actor like Lindo anchors the cast; hopefully, we will see more announcement like this as the show gets under way. It’s already challenging to stand out in the increasingly crowded superhero landscape, so Most Wanted needs all of the talent and charisma it can get.
Agent Carter season 2 is currently airing Tuesdays on ABC. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 returns on Tuesday, March 8th on ABC. We’ll bring you more information on Marvel’s Most Wanted as it becomes available.