With the ABC Upfront Presentation scheduled for May 17th in New York, the futures of Marvel‘s Agent Carter and Most Wanted are still up in the air. But reports indicate their outlooks are bleak — or becoming bleaker — as time moves on.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell‘s new procedural drama Conviction will likely get picked up for the 2016/2017 season, but they note a plan to allow her to film both shows may no longer be necessary as Carter‘s return is “considered highly unlikely.” Of course, until the 17th, there is still some hope we’ll see Peggy, Souza and the Jarvises trade banter and narrowly avoid scrapes one more time. Should they somehow get the pickup, it might be time to reveal how the S.S.R. became S.H.I.E.L.D.
The site also suggest the excitement around the Adrianne Palicki/Nick Blood Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff Marvel’s Most Wanted has “cooled off” and the series may not be as guaranteed as once thought. This comes from unnamed sources and like Agent Carter, will only become clear at the May 17th upfont presentation.
And then again, who knows, maybe Conviction will bomb and suddenly Carter will seem like a good thing to bring back mid-season.
It also seems clear that ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D. focus for its Marvel offerings may need some adjusting. Surely they could spin a yarn around someone outside of the Cinematic Universe’s paramilitary tendencies. Something like Howard the Duck, but more cost-effective. They did buy a script for a half-hour Marvel comedy based on Damage Control. And there were rumblings earlier this year that a second Marvel-based comedy idea was getting some attention. Perhaps one of these concepts will get closer to realization should both Carter and Most Wanted fail to materialize.