While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have started out as a show about spies investigating the strange and unusual goings-on of planet Earth, the show's last couple of seasons have been pushing closer and closer to an X-Men-esque story about Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake (Chloe Bennet) forming a team of Inhumans, while the world tries to figure out how best to react to the "alien contagion." With perennial enemy Grant Ward now possessed by an ancient Inhuman called Hive and new super-powered people popping up all over the globe, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s escapades are only getting grander and more fantastical.
For those who are more interested in the super-spy elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, there's something else to look forward to. Marvel's Most Wanted, a spinoff series that was ordered to pilot earlier this year, will focus on the long time spy partners (and on-again-off-again romantic partners) Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter a.k.a. Doesn't Have A Cool Code Name Yet (Nick Blood) as they go "on the run with no friends, no S.H.I.E.L.D. and a long list of enemies looking to claim a bounty on their heads," according to the official synopsis.
The details of how Lance and Bobbi end up with no friends or S.H.I.E.L.D. to back them up are currently unknown, but a new clip from the upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "Parting Shot," appears to at the very least foreshadow Marvel's Most Wanted, and may even be part of the set-up for the series. After stowing away on Gideon Malick's (Powers Boothe) plane, Bobbi and Lance find themselves in Siberia, were something clearly goes wrong on their mission. Check out the clip below, courtesy of EW:
Though the U.S. government apparently intervenes to save Bobbi from an untimely death, the Interpol agent's warning that there's no one around to help her does seem to foreshadow Marvel's Most Wanted, as does the following clip of Bobbi and Hunter working together on the ground as a two-man team. Of course, they still have the luxury of their fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents watching over them in this episode, which they won't have if Marvel's Most Wanted gets a full series order and the two of them set off on their own adventure.
Speaking to IGN, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s executive producer Jeffrey Bell indicated that "Parting Shot" isn't deliberately laying the narrative seeds for Marvel's Most Wanted, but that it's instead trying to take advantage of Bobbi and Hunter's partnership while they're still on the main show:
"We hope one day they may have their own show. But while they’re on S.H.I.E.L.D., we want to take advantage of who they are, and give the audience as much of their relationship with one another, and with other people, as possible to make that really satisfying. We are aware that there is a potential imminent end, and so they won’t be neglected."
There's a good chance that Marvel's Most Wanted could debut at some point between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seasons 3 and 4, which means that the inciting event that sparks Bobbi and Hunter's split from the team may take place in an upcoming season 3 episode. For now, though, fans of these characters can tune in to tomorrow night's episode for an advance look at what their future adventures might look like.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues with ‘Parting Shot’ on Tuesday March 22nd at 9pm on ABC.
Source: Entertainment Weekly