Marvel’s Most Wanted gets a pilot order
Speaking at the 2016 winter Television Critics Association press tour, ABC executive Paul Lee confirmed the network had ordered a pilot for Marvel’s Most Wanted, a spin-off featuring on Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird and her on-and-off partner Lance Hunter.
Lee said: “We’re absolutely doing that one. I just announced that we’re going to pilot on Marvel’s Most Wanted, which is a spinoff. We love the script. We think it’s going to be great. We’re doing that in the next few months.”
I’ve been reading articles and reactions to this news online and I can’t quite believe my eyes. Some articles blasphemously call Bobbi and Lance two of the best characters in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. I wholeheartedly hope that’s the best sarcasm every to be written.
Hunter and Morse are ludicrously horrendous characters. Hunter is a walking, talking English stereotype that infuriates and annoys in every scene. It also doesn’t help that Hunter is a despicably arrogant character that tries to paper over the cracks with horrendous one-liners. Nick Blood doesn’t so much act in the role as slouch and deliver his lines from the back of his head whilst he thinks of the pay check he’ll be cashing for ‘acting’. Some audiences will be interested in seeing the story of a mercenary being redeemed. I couldn’t care less.
Morse is infinitely more appealing than Hunter purely due to the enigmatic and attractive Adrianne Palicki. Morse has actually had some interesting plot threads in Agents of SHIELD like PTSD, playing both SHIELD and Hydra and participating in some awesome action sequences but her on-and-off-again partner, Hunter, always drags her down to his level. In the end, Mockingbird, who should be a key hero for the show, boils down to a love interest who just cant help but worry about her man. Instead of putting Bobbi front and centre in the action and narrative, Hunter takes a step forward because the writers love showing they know nothing about English lingo. Giving Bobbi her own show may have been a good move if it dealt with the aftermath of Hunter’s bloody death but bringing him along for the ride leaves a stink that cant be washed off.
When Marvel releases a show, I watch it. They have never done me wrong. Even Agents of SHIELD was rocky to begin with but became something tangible and enjoyable in 2015. Having said that, I wont be tuning into Marvel’s Most Wanted. I’ve seen Bobbi and Hunter and I don’t want to see anymore.
But who cares? Millions will tune in and one less viewer really doesn’t matter.