AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Spin-Off Given Greenlight At ABC; Ridley 'Mystery' Project Still On

Adrianne Palicki in her S.H.I.E.L.D. Mockingbird costume
Adrianne Palicki in her S.H.I.E.L.D. Mockingbird costume
Credit: ABC/Marvel Studios
Adrianne Palicki as Morse/Mockingbird,
Adrianne Palicki as Morse/Mockingbird,
Credit: ABC/EW.com

ABC has confirmed a pilot order for the long rumored Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off featuring Adrienne Palicki's Mockingbird. Titled Marvel's Most Wanted, the series will focus on Mockingbird and Nick Blood's Lance Hunter. The project was greenlit back in August, but no announcement was made until this week.

“We are making it in the next few months,” ABC president Paul Lee told the Television Critics Association (via Deadline). “It’s a really good script.”

Lee could not answer whether any further Marvel projects were in development at ABC, however earlier this month, producer John Ridley confirmed that his mysterious Marvel project was still in development. 

"The Marvel project is still very much alive," Ridley said at a TCA event (via IGN). He declined to provide any insight into which character or property he would be "reinventing," but he did discuss from where he would be drawing his influences for the project.

"You look at Jessica Jones, and [Marvel's] doing an interesting job of integrating [social consciousness]," Ridley said. "I would say in general, graphic novels, their reason for existence is a little different. It's about wish fulfillment, whether you're talking about Peter Parker, a young, misunderstood kid trying to figure out his way; if you're talking about Bruce Wayne, a man who's dealing with the loss of his parents; whether you're talking about Clark Kent, an orphan who's trying to figure out what he's meant to do without the guidance of his parents,” Ridley stated, bringing up some characters from Marvel’s distinguished competition.

"That's not unusual for the graphic novel space, so I would just say I hope that I would bring an appropriate amount of reflective sensibility to whatever project I may or may not be involved with in the Marvel universe. But I do want it to be entertaining in its own right. American Crime is its own thing, I hope to continue with American Crime. I would relish the opportunity to work in spaces where it really is about straight entertainment."

Neither Marvel's Most Wanted nor Ridley's mystery project have been given a debut date. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on midseason hiatus while Agent Carter takes its Tuesday night slot starting on January 19, returning after Agent Carter wraps on March 8.

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