On the run

Jeph Loeb tells us why Mar­vel’s Most Wanted isn’t just an­other Agents Of SHIELD

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We’ve got the first word on Agents of SHIELD spin- off Mar­vel’s Most Wanted.

The in­tro­duc­tion of se­cret agent Bobbi Morse ( aka Mock­ing­bird) and her mer­ce­nary ex- hus­band, Lance Hunter, gave Agents Of SHIELD a boost back in sea­son two. Now the pair are grad­u­at­ing to their own spin- off show, Mar­vel’s Most Wanted, which cur­rently has a pi­lot in pro­duc­tion.

“Peo­ple have been call­ing it Mr & Mrs Smith in the Mar­vel Uni­verse,” laughs Jeph Loeb, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Mar­vel Tele­vi­sion. “That is a lit­tle bit of it, but only in the sense that there’s a hot, sexy cou­ple do­ing hot, sexy things. But this is re­ally a love story about two peo­ple who no longer have any­thing to do with SHIELD. It doesn’t look like that show and it doesn’t feel like that show.”

Loeb prom­ises a more in­ti­mate, grounded sto­ry­line to the In­hu­man ad­ven­tures that Coul­son’s crew are cur­rently em­broiled in. “It’s not big fly­ing planes and Simmons com­ing up with a cure for some­thing ev­ery episode.”

There’s a hot, sexy cou­ple do­ing hot, sexy things. But this is re­ally a love story

Loeb says that cap­i­tal­is­ing on what sets Morse and Hunter apart from their for­mer com­rades is what showrun­ners Jeff Bell and Paul Zbyszewski fo­cused on while writ­ing their pi­lot script. “Agents Of SHIELD, at its core, is a story about fam­ily. It’s a di­verse fam­ily and a com­pli­cated fam­ily… They de­pend on each other and care very much about each other.”

With Most Wanted, which finds our ex- agents alone and on the run, that sense of fam­ily is out of the win­dow. “Here are th­ese two peo­ple who have a very real prob­lem. Who can they trust? Can they trust each other? That kind of back and forth will be an aw­ful lot of fun, and lets us get at some char­ac­ters we’ve never seen be­fore, who are well- known, that very much live in that merc world.”

Ac­tors Del­roy Lindo, Oded Fehr and Fer­nanda An­drade have also been cast in the pi­lot. Loeb re­mains tight- lipped on who they are play­ing, but it is known that Fehr will play the vil­lain – said to be a fa­mil­iar Mar­vel char­ac­ter – and that Lindo is tak­ing the role of rogue ad­ven­turer Do­minic For­tune.

“One of the things that is de­light­ful is that the Mar­vel Uni­verse gives us dif­fer­ent places to go. Guardians Of The Galaxy is dif­fer­ent to

Cap­tain Amer­ica. Doc­tor Strange will open new doors. The char­ac­ters who live in Hell’s Kitchen are very dif­fer­ent from the char­ac­ters that are on SHIELD. We wanted to go to a new place in this se­ries. Char­ac­ters like Do­minic For­tune live in the grey and can turn on a dime. And that’s a very ex­cit­ing way for us to tell sto­ries.”

Mar­vel’s Most Wanted will be air­ing in the US later this year.

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