Marvel wants it big in cinema but even more in the small screen.
ABC President Paul Lee has confirmed at the 2016 winter Television Critics Association press tour that the network has ordered a pilot for Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” spin-off, titled “Marvel’s Most Wanted.”
“We’re absolutely doing that one. I just announced that we’re going to pilot on Marvel’s Most Wanted, which is a spin-off,” IGN quoted Lee saying.
He added that the show will go on into production in the near future. “We love the script. We think it’s going to be great. We’re doing that in the next few months,” Lee said.
Deadline reported that “Marvel’s Most Wanted” pilot episode will debut in August 2016.
In May 2015, ABC initially decided not to move forward on the series, IGN noted.
The spin-off will focus on two characters – Bobbi Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird) and Lance Hunter – who were both introduced in ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Agent Bobbi is currently being played by Adrianne Palicki, while Hunter is portrayed by Nick Blood.
Variety cited sources saying the series is not a spin-off, per se, but rather an entirely new show solely centered on the two characters.
The confirmation of the new show was followed by anticipation of possible crossover of Marvel TV series in the future, Cinema Blend noted.
“Marvel’s Most Wanted” is the third regular Marvel Comics show on ABC alongside “Agents of SHIELD” and “Agent Carter”, while Netflix has “Daredevil” and “Luke Cage.”
“Agents of SHIELD” producers Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski co-created the project for Marvel and ABC Studios, co-writing the pilot.
Meanwhile, Lee also expressed confidence that “Agents of SHIELD” will be renewed for another season. “I can’t speak to what happens beyond May, but I’m feeling good about SHIELD,” he said.
The ABC and Marvel series stars Clark Gregg, Ming Na Wen, Chloe Benett, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain de Caestecker, Adrianne Palicki, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons, and Luke Mitchell.
Its winter finale aired last month on ABC.