'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Spinoff Is On The Way, But Which Characters Will It Feature?

While the Marvel movies continue to expand with new heroes and story adaptations, the adjoining TV series is beefing up its offerings. So far, we have Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter on ABC, as well as the in-development Netflix series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders. Now, news has come that at least one more series is on the way, and it'll be a spinoff of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

You officially have my permission to start freaking out.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the series' executive producer, Jeffrey Bell, and its writer, Paul Zbyszewski, are on board to develop the new spinoff. Now we get to speculate which characters or stories are ripe for this treatment. According to the report, we know that it won't have a backdoor pilot (meaning an episode from the current S.H.I.E.L.D. run won't be used to directly set up the spinoff — something has been done before on The Vampire Diaries for The Originals, and on Arrow for The Flash). However, reports indicate that by the current season's end, we'll have a clear cut idea of what this spinoff will feature.

There have a lot of surprises on S.H.I.E.L.D. already (if you haven't been keeping up, sorry not sorry, but I'm going to be talking about spoilers). From Skye's new Inhuman abilities to the creation of a new S.H.I.E.L.D. team with popular comic book heroine Mockingbird, could ABC and Marvel be readying to further develop these stories outside of the current series? I can totally see Skye going on side missions with Lincoln to help locate other Inhumans and guide them through their transitions.

What also makes me think this could be a strong spinoff possibility is the fact that Marvel has an Inhumans movie scheduled for release in theaters in 2017. While the studio lucked out with Guardians of the Galaxy in successfully introducing mainstream audiences to a completely new set of heroes and worlds, they're already teaching viewers about the world of Inhumans: In a nut shell, Inhumans are super beings whose dormant powers are only awakened through exposure to Terrigen Mist. For Skye, she was granted earthquake-inducing powers. This is a whole new species being introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the studio might want to further educate TV fans with the intricacies of these characters before the big-screen event.

Another possible character I was thinking of was Deathlok: J. August Richards' character has been popping in and out of the series since the pilot episode, and perhaps his latest appearance means bigger things for him to come.

Of course, this is all speculation at this point. So for now, all we can do is keep tabs on the series and see if we can all pick up some clues as to what might be in store for us. Can't wait!

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