In a show full of heartbreaking goodbyes ensconced in a larger Whedonverse full of heartbreaking goodbyes, I think we can agree that Bobbi and Hunter's "spy's goodbye" ranked pretty darn high on the list. Though two of the most beloved characters on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have officially departed, the good news is, they left unexpectedly early in the middle of the season for an exciting reason: They might be getting their own show. So, let's get straight to the pertinent information: when will Bobbi and Hunter's spinoff premiere? Update: According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC will not move forward with Marvel's Most Wanted, Hunter and Bobbi's spinoff.
Earlier: Unfortunately, their series, Marvel's Most Wanted, is not exactly a sure thing. While ABC ordered the series pilot in January, as reported by Deadline, it has not yet been picked up as a full series. It's likely that the network will make a decision in May during Upfronts, when it presents its fall schedule. That said, if the spinoff gets a 22-episode order like its compatriot Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., chances are high that it will premiere around the same time — typically near the end of September. If it gets a smaller order around 10 or 13 episodes, then it's possible that Marvel's Most Wanted would premiere while S.H.I.E.L.D. is on hiatus for the winter, the way Agent Carter has aired, but let's hope that we can have all three shows.
Luckily, we already have an idea of what to expect when the series (hopefully) does premiere. Marvel's Most Wanted will set a different tone than its S.H.I.E.L.D. predecessor, as executive producer Jeff Bell told Entertainment Weekly, "This is a show, at its heart, about a relationship. It’s about a man and a woman who love each other, who fight, who’ve been married, who got divorced, who are still together, and they also happen to be ex-spies who can kick ass."
Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood described the show similarly in their S.H.I.E.L.D. exit interview with Entertainment Weekly . Palicki referred it as a more character and relationship-driven, Mr. and Mrs. Smith-esque caper, while Blood told the magazine, "It’s exploring how you make a relationship work with the backdrop of all this crazy stuff that goes on when you live in the world that they live in."
The pair will certainly be missed on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but their new show promises to be quite the caper. As Blood told EW, it's a prime example of Marvel's deft ability to "juxtapose these high intensely dramatic situations with those moments of lightness and humor." Taken together with Palicki's assertion that "There's a lot of banter, there’s a lot of humor, there’s a lot of action," I think we can safely assume Huntingbird will be just as badass on their new show. Plus, there's always hope for crossovers both ways, right? As Blood said, "Marvel is doing a great job of interweaving the whole universe across film and TV. Fingers crossed down the line that’ll happen."
Fingers crossed, indeed.
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