Cancelled: Agent Carter & Marvel's Most Wanted

Bob McFadden

Watching the Season 2 Finale of Agent Carter at a viewing party back in March, as soon as the credits began to roll someone asked, “So, do you think it’s gonna come back for another season?” I said that I doubted it. After all, ABC had given the green light to Marvel’s Most Wanted to effectively fulfill the same purpose as Agent Carter did, which is to keep Marvel fans interested and content over the winter break. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when Hunter and Bobbi received a “Spy’s Goodbye” in S3 Episode 13, I knew exactly what was going on. These great characters had to leave this show, but it wasn’t really goodbye, as we would continue to see them in their own series.

So it did not shock me when the Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Agent Carter would not be back for a third season. What did make my jaw drop, however, was the unexpected news that Marvel’s Most Wanted would never see the light of day, either. Right now, we are in the midst of the box-office-crushing success of the Marvel film division with Captain America: Civil War, which has already brought in more money than Captain America: The Winter Soldier ever did during its entire run, and it did so all in less than a week.

So it provides quite the contrast to find out that Marvel’s TV division has such a dark cloud hanging over it right now. They have to be asking themselves what they have done. Not only has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the most heavily punctuated show on TV) lost a great deal of strength in giving up fan-favorites¬†Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, but now it was all for nothing. What will happen to these amazing actors now that the writers at S.H.I.E.L.D. have adjusted the story to move on without them, and ABC has flipped the script to move on without them as well? Will they come back to Marvel’s flagship TV series? Can they, and do so in a way that makes sense? How about Agent Carter’s cliffhanger ending? Is Chad Michael Murray destined to lie in a pool of his own blood for the rest of eternity?

There are many questions, and they may or may not ever be answered. Only two things are clear. First, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be the only Marvel property surviving on broadcast television. And second, mistakes were made.

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