As if the recent flood of comic book movies wasn’t enough to prove the geeks will inherit the earth, ABC has just put in an order for Marvels Most Wanted, an Agents of SHIELD spin-off set to star Adrianne Palicki, whose character Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird) kicked major butt for SHIELD last season.
Marvel has seen slow success with its other series, Agent Carter. ABC is banking on the next few years of Marvel movies (Phase 3) to boost their audience as the recent Avengers: Age of Ultron did. Rumor has it Mockingbird may even make her way into a movie as well.
Palicki was given a shot with her own superhero show before, playing the amazon Wonder Woman, in a series of the same name. Despite fan excitement, the Warner Brothers/DC Entertainment produced show fell flat and never made it to air.
DC doesn’t seem to know just what its female fan base is looking for, with both Wonder Woman and the new Supergirl, which may well be D.O.A, taking the action heroes and turning them into “typical girls”…the Wonder Woman pilot had Diana eating chips with her cat watching a romance less than ten minutes in, and the Supergirl trailer spends more time on her potential love interest than her saving the world. Marvel, on the other hand, has handled female driven story lines with the same dedication to brains and brawn as they do with the guys.
Agents of SHIELD features a female driven cast with no mention of cats or boy friends, and even the approach to Bobbi Morse’s complicated relationship with her ex Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) is handled with a more grown up vision of what it means to be a female agent/super hero.
Agent Carter’s similar approach to the main character, played elegantly by Hayley Atwell, who reprises her role from the Captain America movies, opens the show up to a mixed audiences, while simultaneously mocking the ridiculousness of the machismo of yesteryear.
While DC’s approach has been to give female fans a “girls” action drama, Marvel has treated their woman as equals. Provided the new series stays true to the strong, and slightly scary, version of Mockingbird fans have grown to love, it will no doubt see the same success as its predecessors.
Palicki’s performance was certainly not the issue with Wonder Woman, which, with the exception of some awkward “girly” moments, was promising. Her role on SHIELD has allowed her to show what she can do, and proves she is more than ready to step up to the plate and lead her own series. This time, hopefully, for more than an episode.
In other SHIELD news, good guy Jeremy Renner offered himself up as tribute at this years Wizard World Chicago, saying he would gladly join the cast of Agents of SHIELD, which films in and around L.A. Renner, like his character Hawkeye, seems to be looking for a way to both keep up with the Avengers and stay close to his real life family in California.
Other members of the MCU (Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell and Jaimie Alexander) have made appearances on the show, Renner would be the first actual Avenger to share the small screen with the agents. While Renner, and certainly fans, would eagerly embrace Hawkeye on the small screen, Renner says he’s not been invited, and urges fans to “Go yell at those guys.” Who else wants to see Mockingbird and Hawkeye team up?! *raises hand*
New episodes of Agents of SHIELD premiere Sept 29, while the season two start date for Agent Carter has yet to be announced.
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