The two-part season finale of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs next week on ABC, timed perfectly to take advantage of Avengers: Age of Ultron releasing in theaters worldwide. The last two episodes setup and built upon the events of the Avengers sequel before focusing on its own Inhuman vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. storyline for its imminent conclusion.
Also timed conveniently with the buzz of the larger happenings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which also includes today's start of production on Captain America: Civil War) is the confirmation of Marvel TV and ABC renewing both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter for another season each. Unfortunately, the pickups are coupled with news that the new in-development Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff is no longer a part of the plan.
In early April, reports indicated that AoS executive producer Jeffrey Bell and series writer Paul Zbyszewski were developing a new spinoff series that would build off of events of season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and get its own pilot for potential airing as early as this fall. Later, we learned that the new series would focus on fan-favorite season 2 additions Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood).
According to Deadline however, this is no longer the case and ABC and Marvel as not proceeding with this particular Marvel TV series on the network - at least, not yet.
The news comes just moments after ABC officially greenlit season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and season 2 of Agent Carter so it seems that Hunter and Morse will be sticking around on the flagship series to continue bolstering its cast. Both characters were much-needed additions for season 2 and were bumped up as regulars not long after their introductions.
For Mockingbird specifically, we can only hope that in the next Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the film division will start pulling in characters from the various TV shows, especially with the Netflix universe starting strong with Daredevil last month as well. Mockingbird, like Daredevil, is worthy of joining The Avengers and did so in the comics. It's just a question of whether or not the studio plans to bring them in and when.
The continuing of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. means that Marvel plans to continue using it to fill in the gaps between movies and use it to slowly build towards the Civil War event next summer, similar to how this season helped build towards the events of Age of Ultron. There's still another Marvel TV series in the works behind the scenes for ABC from American Crime creator John Ridley but there have been no updates on what that show will be or when it could air. All we know is that it'll focus on adapting a specific character from Marvel Comics.
Were you hoping for another Marvel series on ABC or are you happy to see the characters stick around as potential regulars in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air its two-part season 2 finale, “S.O.S. pts. 1 & 2″ on Tuesday, May 12th @8pm on ABC. AKA Jessica Jones airs season 1 on Netflix this fall; Agent Carter will likely air early in 2016; Daredevil season 2 will air in 2016, and Luke Cage and Iron Fist are expected on Netflix that same year.