Marvel Announces New Agents of SHIELD Digital Series
We unfortunately never got to see a proper Agents of SHIELD spin-off in the form of Marvel's Most Wanted, but until that pilot's footage is released, this will have to tide us over. Marvel has just announced that they're launching a digital miniseries entitled Marvel's Agent's of SHIELD: Slingshot, starring Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez.
The miniseries will explore what our favorite yo-yoing speedster was getting up to between seasons 3 and 4, and bridge the gap between the two seasons. Natalia Cordova-Buckley discussed the spin-off miniseries in an interview with ABC:
"It explores a lot of her stance within the institution of shield and anything that has to do with bureaucracy or government […] and how she feels about having these powers and how to use them and with whom to […] team up or not. […] We're going to see a lot of her anger and her pain come out in regards to certain injustices that have been done to her and her family but at the same time she never loses her humanity […] she doesn't let the anger blind her."
Cordova-Buckley elaborates on those injustices, and it seems the miniseries will some of her character's most personal motivations. Elena's mistrust of police force in her country make it difficult for her to trust an organization like SHIELD, says Cordova-Buckley.
"I think she comes to a realization that what makes SHEILD is the team and not the bureaucracy or the paperwork or the powers above it."
The series will follow Elena on a secret mission as she finds a way to trust SHIELD and her decision to work with a government organization in order to fight the greater injustices. During the time the series is set, the SHEILD would have gotten a new Director who didn't have the same trust in his team members that Coulson did. That lack of trust was what caused the rift in the team by the start of season 4. The miniseries will likely focus on Elena's decision to stay with SHIELD under the new Director, while still breaking the rules in order to help protect her former teammate, Daisy.
Elena will be the first Agent to get her own spinoff miniseries and, hopefully, she won't be the last. Marvel's Agent's of SHEILD: Slingshot will premiere exclusively on ABC.com on December 13.