Fans Petition ABC to Release "Marvel's Most Wanted" Pilot

Although ABC didn't pick it up to series, "Marvel's Most Wanted" is still wanted -- by the fans. One fan, Dominic Ryland-Jones, hopes to encourage ABC to release the pilot episode with a petition on Change.org. Titled "Please Air Marvel's 'Most Wanted' TV Pilot For Fans," the petition has amassed 660 signatures since it launched a few months ago.

"The thought of getting an entire series based around these two hugely popular characters [Bobbi 'Mockingbird' Morse and Lance Hunter] was incredibly exciting," Ryland-Jones wrote. "A fair amount of details about the show were gradually released, including the basic premise of a conspiracy and man-hunt for the pair and the casting of Delroy Lindo and Fernanda Andrade as characters Dominic Fortune and Christina Santos respectively. The pilot episode was filmed and wrapped production in March this year, with writers Jeffrey Bell and Paul Zbyszewski (The X-Files, Angel, Lost) penning the script, which was praised by previous ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee."

Ryland-Jones expressed his disappointment that the show didn't move forward at ABC, but hopes his petition will encourage the network to release the series pilot to fans -- or perhaps even pick up the series, given that the fan response is strong enough. "This petition is specifically directed to new ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey and president of Disney/ABC Television Ben Sherwood to ask them to re-consider their repeated decision to pass on Marvel's 'Most Wanted' and to, at the very least, decide to air the finished pilot episode on television -- simply to see what the reaction from fans is," he explained. "After all, we are the ones who will be viewing your channel to watch it."

"So as a sincere request from the entire Marvel fanbase to ABC's Channing Dungey and Ben Sherwood, I would like to respectfully request for you to air the pilot episode of Marvel's 'Most Wanted' and review the audience reaction. It's the least you can do after making Bobbi and Hunter's difficult departure from Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' all for nothing," he concluded.

The "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff would have starred Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood as Mockingbird and Lance Hunter, but the show was not picked up to series after ABC saw the finished pilot. "'Most Wanted,' ultimately at the end of the day, did not feel as strong as some of the other pilots that we shot," ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey explained at the TCA press tour. "We talked about it with Marvel and we all came to an agreement that we want to figure out what the next show is that we do together, is something that we all feel is as creatively strong as it can be."

Though "Marvel's Most Wanted" wasn't picked up, ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will continue into its fourth season this fall. Starring Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" returns Tuesday, September 20 at 10 pm EST.

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