The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been expanding exponentially outside of a theater near you. Not only do we get Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on the big screen, but thanks to ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,‘ ‘Agent Carter,’ and the upcoming Netflix shows, True Believers can enjoy new adventures from the MCU on a weekly basis in between the major motion pictures like ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ And now looks as if this interconnected world could be expanding even more.
Entertainment Weekly has learned that Marvel Studios is currently developing an ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ spinoff from executive producer Jeffrey Bell and writer Paul Zbyszewski. It’s currently unknown which characters will be involved in the possible series, but it’s said that they won’t be following DC and The CW’s example with ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’ by including an implanted pilot episode within the second season of ‘S.H.I.E.L.D..’ Instead, the groundwork will be planted throughout the remainder of the season so that it could potentially be revisited as soon as this fall or during the mid-season break similar to ‘Agent Carter’.
And speaking of the current crop of shows in play at ABC, the report indicates that it’s “pretty much guaranteed” that the show starring Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson will be renewed. As for the fan-favorite mini-series featuring Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter in the MCU’s early days, there is a “roughly 60 percent chance of returning for a second season.” Hopefully official word on what returns and what doesn’t comes out soon, but considering that ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ currently averages 7.4 million viewers, a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, and a potential spinoff, things may be looking up for Marvel’s presence on network television.
As we await the fates of these Marvel shows, we can speculate about what this spinoff could be about. My mind immediately went to the Inhuman side of the show. With more Inhumans popping up almost every week, Skye’s struggle to control her powers could become too big for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and expand to its own show. On the other hand, the drama between the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” and Coulson’s team could spawn a companion show starring Agent Gonzalez, Bobbi, and Mack while Coulson, May, and FitzSimmons keep their operations ongoing underground. That could prove to be interesting once ‘Captain America: Civil War’ rolls around because one show could be anti-registration while the other is representing Tony Stark’s pro-registration forces. Finally, there’s always the possibility that Deathlok could star in his own mini-series. After all, it looks like he may have been pretty busy since the last time we saw him and it could be pretty interesting to see what missions Coulson has been sending him on.
What do you think of an ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ spinoff on ABC? If it comes to fruition, what characters do you think will make the jump from the original series to the new one? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.