After weeks of uncertainty, we've gotten bad news about both Agent Carter and that proposed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. offshoot.
It's official: Agent Carter has been canceled after two seasons. ABC brought down the ax late Thursday afternoon, with the series caught in a larger bloodbath that also saw the end of long-running network shows like Castle and Nashville. Not even the Marvel brand could protect Agent Carter, which suffered from low ratings throughout its run but especially in its recently completed second season and has been in danger for a while.
That's a shame, since Agent Carter was a superior experience in almost every way to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is coming back next fall for a fourth season. While S.H.I.E.L.D. has shown a lot of improvement in its third year, it still largely lacks the sense of fun, humor and general energy that Agent Carter delivered, not to mention the fact that it doesn't have anyone in the cast nearly as luminous and sharp as Hayley Atwell in the title role. With the show being scrapped and Captain America: Civil War also saying farewell to an elderly Carter, this looks like the last we'll see of Atwell in the part for a while, barring flashbacks.
Meanwhile, Marvel got more bad news on Thursday night as well, with ABC deciding not to move forward with S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff Marvel's Most Wanted. The series, for which a pilot was filmed, would have starred Adrianne Palicki as Bobbie Morse and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter, the on-again, off-again spy couple who left Phil Coulson's team earlier this season. The show was initially developed last year before being put on ice, and although the idea was revived again for the 2016-2017 season, it has now been shut down for good.
What makes this particularly frustrating is that Morse -- Mockingbird in the comics -- and Hunter were two of the better characters on S.H.I.E.L.D. Their departure was a disappointment, and giving them their own show seemed unnecessary. And now the whole thing has been a waste of time for two good members of the S.H.I.E.L.D. roster (it's not clear if there's any possible chance of them returning to the main show at this point). Here's hoping they can be worked back into Season 4.
All this leaves Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the only Marvel series on broadcast television at the moment, although things are humming for the House of Ideas over at Netflix, where Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders are set to join Daredevil and Jessica Jones on the streaming network's expanding Marvel lineup.
Are you sad to see Agent Carter go? What about Marvel's Most Wanted not getting a shot? What should Marvel do next with its broadcast TV plans?
(via The Wrap)