Why Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter Left Agents of SHIELD

With the almost overwhelming number of Marvel Cinematic Universe-based television and streaming series nowadays, it's easy to forget that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the first of its kind. Despite many no longer considering it canon to the MCU, it's undoubtedly the series proved that a Marvel television show could be successful, blazing a trail for those that followed it by making fans fall in love with its semi-rotating cast of agents.

But let's take a look back at two fan-favorite characters -- Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter -- and explain why the duo ended up leaving the show midway through Season 3.

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Who Were Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter on Agents of SHIELD?

Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) first appears in the Season 2 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where he is introduced as a roguish mercenary who strikes a temporary alliance with Phil Coulson's team, before eventually becoming a full-fledged member. Midway through the season, the show introduces its version of the iconic comic book hero Mockingbird (real name Bobbi Morse), who is revealed to be Hunter's ex-wife. Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) also joins the team, and though there is plenty of bickering between her and Hunter, it's clear that the two still love each other.

Bobbi and Hunter essentially become one unit, working together on several important missions to take down Hydra and other threats that Coulson's team faces. The two quickly became fan-favorites, and as such, they were given fairly meaty roles for Seasons 2 and 3. Their popularity got to the point that it was eventually announced that Marvel and ABC were developing a spin-off series with them as the stars, but unfortunately, this show would never end up getting off the ground.

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Why Did Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood Leave Agents of SHIELD?

Bobbi and Hunter were written off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Season 3 episode "Parting Shot", which featured the duo being framed for the assassination of a corrupt Russian official. Refusing to expose Coulson and his team to the public, Bobbi and Hunter voluntarily quit S.H.I.E.L.D., sharing a distant but emotional goodbye with their teammates. This would then lead into their series, entitled Marvel's Most Wanted, which was going to feature the duo trying to unravel the conspiracy around them and clear their names.

Despite ordering a pilot for the series, ABC ended up not picking up Marvel's Most Wanted, and the series was shopped around to other networks before ultimately being scrapped. With this, the further adventures of Bobbi and Lance never ended up seeing the light of day, although Hunter did come back to help Leo Fitz in the Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. Season 5 episode "Rewind." But while it is too bad that the show lost two of its fan-favorite characters in this way, it may ultimately be for the best, as Bobbi and Lance's departure ended up opening the door for the introductions of plenty more characters in Team Coulson's mind-bending adventures that were yet to come.

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Matthew Sonnack is a freelance TV/Movies writer for CBR.com. Matthew is a filmmaker and movie lover who has worked on several productions, from large-scale features to independent short films to internationally-syndicated television. He recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in Film, Video, Animation and New Genres.

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