Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has managed to vastly improve its quality, even if it hasn't yet overcome the stigma of being a lackluster show - something the series fairly earned during the weak first half of season 1. With Marvel expanding into the Netflix market with a more adult-themed show like Daredevil, it's been unclear how the more family-friendly and episode-heavy ABC TV model would compare.
That question gets even more prominent today, since Marvel and ABC have announced that an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff series is in development. And we have a theory about just what that series may be.
Here are the details we know, as reported by EW:
- The spinoff will be overseen by AoS exec producer Jeffrey Bell and series writer Paul Zbyszewski, who have respectively worked on shows like The X-Files and LOST.
- The spinoff will NOT have a backdoor pilot (i.e. using an episode of AoS as the unofficial pilot to the spinoff). It will get its own standalone pilot.
- However, the pilot WILL be built out of storylines that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will explore in the latter half of season 2.
- The spinoff could be a fall 2015 or midseason 2016 premiere.
- If the spinoff is greenlit (or if AoS gets a season 3) depends entirely on how ABC's next pilot season shapes up.
Skye's Secret Warriors?
Daisy/Quake and the Secret Warriors
While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has focused on things like the continued battle against HYDRA, the rebuilding of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the introduction of The Inhumans, in recent episodes there have been breadcrumbs dropping that could lead to another Marvel property: Secret Warriors.
The Secret Warriors (or "Team White") was a team that Nick Fury put together when shape-shifting aliens began to infiltrate Earth and replace Marvel heroes with identical copies. Never one to trust, Fury went underground, activating a plan he always had on the back-burner: making contact with super powered offspring of other metahumans, and recruiting them for a covert ops team, committed to continuing the work S.H.I.E.L.D., had done (i.e., battling HYDRA).
In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "One Door Closes", there was off-hand mention that Skye being sequestered in a S.H.I.E.L.D. cabin /containment cell was just one part of Fury's initiative to stash super powered people in hiding all over the globe. It's hard to ignore that as a possible sign that Secret Warriors is in the plans.
...And it would make sense. As we explained in our Skye's Origin Explained article, Skye's character (real name Daisy) is codenamed "Quake" in the comics, due to her seismic powers. Over the years since her introduction in 2004, Daisy/Quake has worked secretly for Fury, led the Secret Warriors team, took over as head of S.H.I.E.L.D. and eventually became an Avenger. With that sort of history, the character would be a perfect vehicle and bridge to help intertwine various pieces of the MCU.
As a show concept, Secret Warriors would also make sense. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gained acclaim with fans in season 2 in part because the show started to explore more fantastical plot points like the Kree aliens and their Terrigen Mists, which transform the few "chosen" into superpowered Inhumans. Secret Warriors would basically play like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with full-time super powers. In short: it could easily be more in line with what fans expect from an MCU TV Show.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is currently airing season 2; we'll keep you informed about the status of the spinoff.