A Year After His Spinoff Died, Lance Hunter Is Returning to Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

Image: ABC
Image: ABC

It’s been a year since the Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD spinoff starring Mockingbird and Lance Hunter died an ignominious death. And since then, the question has lingered: will they ever return? And now we know at least one will.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Nick Blood is returning for the fifth season of Agents of SHIELD, reprising his role as the mercenary-turned-SHIELD agent who, last we saw, had been disowned by the organization in season 3. He and Adrianna Palicki were set to star in a spinoff called Marvel’s Most Wanted, but ABC ultimately canned the project.

Right now, there’s no information about what Lance Hunter will be up to on the series, which will return after Inhumans has finished its run, or whether we’ll see or hear anything about Mockingbird. (Palicki herself is busy over on The Orville on Fox. Of course, if the reviews are any indication, she’ll be free to return soon.)

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In any case, here’s a totally-not-posed image of Hunter looking over a page from the Agents of SHIELD script that I’m almost entirely positive is blank.

Image: Entertainment Weekly
Image: Entertainment Weekly

[Entertainment Weekly]

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DISCUSSION

Good News! Now if they can just improve on the abysmal writing of last season. Yes, I know, many people thought Season 4 was awesome - but I just couldn’t get into it because of how many plot holes and contradictions there were in the writing. The acting was top-notch, but nothing seemed planned, and episodes - and sometimes scenes - contradicted each others on a regular basis. Not to mention they gave Skye one of the “character arc” I hate most in the first third of season.

Seriously AoS, I’v been a defender of yours from Season 1. Stop treating me like an idiot and get better. Bringing Hunter back is a good first step.

And I’m sad for The Orville reviews, because I loved the trailer and was looking forward to it. And I haven’t watched much Family Guy, so I don’t have any opinion on McFarlane.