Two members of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD have departed the show, and it was nearly out of the blue. After Marvel confirmed the greenlit series, Marvel’s Most Wanted, starring both Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, we’ve know eventually these two would be saying sayonara. However most figured it would be closer to the season finale in May.
In this week’s episode, Parting Shot, Bobbi Morse (Palicki) and her ex-husband/co-SHIELD operative Lance Hunter (Blood) find themselves in a sticky situation, leaving them to make a major sacrifice to save both the team and the United States as a whole. While they figured it would be their lives they were laying down for the greater good, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) was able to finagle a less severe but equally gutting punishment: being disavowed from SHIELD altogether.
Fair warning: keep your tissues handy. The final scene in this episode will do a dance on your heartstrings.
This sudden twist now frees up both Palicki and Blood to begin shooting the pilot for Most Wanted, which Marvel is betting on being picked up for the fall. The show will follow the ex-spies as they face their own set of enemies and adventures within the Marvel universe, but away from the world of SHIELD.
Morse is better known as Mockingbird in the comic books, which may be an inspiration for some story lines on the new series. Hunter, though also a long-standing comic book character, is much more obscure on paper.
Still, that leaves a lot open to interpretation and show runners are hoping to bank on that. Entertainment Weekly quoted Most Wanted’s executive produce Jeff Bell:
“We’re trying to find our little corner of the sky. The Netflix shows have a certain feel and tone, Agent Carter had a certain feel and tone, and S.H.I.E.L.D. does, too. 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. We’re looking to find a separate world for them in this larger universe, if that makes sense. Hopefully, tonally, you’ll look at it and it will have its own vibe.”
Meanwhile, Agents of SHIELD will continue its successful run on ABC as the series was confirmed for a fourth season earlier this month. Over the next few weeks the ongoing strife between those wanting to keep people safe from potential Inhuman and specially powered threats versus those wanting to protect the rights of those with special abilities and powers, will likely escalate to help set up the similar plot of Marvel’s next blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, in theaters on May 6. The show also has an old/new villain yet to rear his ugly head to the SHIELD team: Hive, formerly former Agent Grant Ward.