Marvel's Most Wanted has been an on again, off again project at Marvel and ABC for a long time now - first it was a Mockingbird show, then it was cancelled before production was started, and now it's back. Recently, it was finally confirmed that ABC has ordered a pilot of the show. The bigger, more recent news is that ABC and Marvel have dropped the show's synopsis and it seems to hint at a darker, perhaps more mature MCU entry. Let's take a look at the details.
It seems that for years, people have wanted Marvel to take a leaf out of DC's (comic) book and take a darker turn. I don't think this is something the MCU needs to do necessarily, because they can play with darker (much darker) themes over on Netflix, and the movies are great as they are. That's not to say that I'd be dead against some darker Marvel films, I just don't feel that it's a necessity. Marvel's Most Wanted, however, seems like it will appeal to both camps. Per ABC, the synopsis goes something like this:
Marvel's Most Wanted centres on Bobbi Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird) and Lance Hunter of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," two ex-spies and ex-spouses who are on the run with no friends, no S.H.I.E.L.D. and a long list of enemies looking to claim a bounty on their heads. Able to trust no one but each other, Bobbi and Hunter form an uneasy alliance with Dominic Fortune, a rogue adventurer with a wealth of resources and even more adversaries, who agrees to protect them so long as they help him with his own agenda. These two heroes will help anyone in need, all while trying to uncover the conspiracy that put their own lives in jeopardy.
From the look of that synopsis, it sounds like some major twists are coming up in the second half of Agents Of SHIELD season 3 (returning March 8th) and I get a distinct feeling that the season finale is going to leave us all feeling less than happy.
Lets break down that synopsis a bit - it refers to Bobbi & Hunter as 'ex-spies,' which seems to imply they were forced out of S.H.I.E.L.D rather than quitting. If they'd quit I would've gone with 'former spies,' but maybe that's just me. 'No friends, no S.H.I.E.L.D., and a long list of enemies looking to claim a bounty on their heads.' What the hell did they do to not only lose everyone close to them, but to get bounties put on their heads?
The synopsis still refers to them as 'heroes,' which tends to imply that they haven't actually done anything bad, but maybe everyone else has. This synopsis suddenly brings up a very interesting question - will Coulson, Daisy and friends all finish season 3 as 'good guys?' Honestly, I don't think everyone will. Some dark, twisted stuff is going to go down and Bobbi & Hunter will be the only ones to realise it, hence being on the run.
Marvel's Most Wanted will fit perfectly as the darker, but not too dark, link between the happy-go-lucky Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the fully-dark Marvel/Netflix shows - a happy medium which should appease every fan.
Before I finish up, lets all take a moment to realise how phenomenal Delroy Lindo is going to be as Dominic Fortune.
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