When ABC announced they were pushing Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD into the summer, we figured they meant we wouldn’t know what happened to the crew until June. Fortunately, today we received confirmation the sixth season will begin a bit sooner than that.
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ABC just announced Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has been granted a seventh season — which came out of nowhere and shocked us all. For those of you who are wondering why: the season that finished airing last May was the fifth. The sixth season hasn’t aired yet, and possibly hasn’t been filmed yet. It’s scheduled for a summer run.
No sooner do we finally get some good news from this Upfronts season than we have some cold water splashed upon our heads: there will be a sixth season of Agents of SHIELD, but we’ll have to wait an entire year to see it.
This latest week of television news has been nasty, with cancellations being fired out left and right and casualties piling up like soldiers of war. Brooklyn Nine-Nine only survived the chopping block because fans pleaded with its executioner to let it live. Other shows with less active fanbases weren’t so lucky.
Agents of Shield has tried very hard to be a kind of show that truly impacts the universe its derived from. And though it stumbled out of the gates, and floundered at times, it has shined at times. Season 04 was a big step forward for the series, as it did “pods” of arcs that culminated in some pretty epic things. With Season 05 though, they really went out there to do something different. They went to the future, and space, and are now back trying to stop the world from being “quaked’ apart.
One of the earliest recurring characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was killed off fairly early on — Agent Phil Coulson of SHIELD, who made appearances in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and The Avengers before getting killed off in that last one. He was then resurrected in the TV series Agents of SHIELD, but the movie producers don’t consider it canon.
Since the arrival of Agents of Shield, it was meant to be a way to “connect” to the MCU on a TV level, but it soon became something much more. It was able to tell stories that the big screen couldn’t do, or likely wouldn’t do. It brought in the Inhumans (long before that terrible miniseries), it brought in Life-Model Decoys, it showed the true end to Hydra, and its birth. All the while creating a legacy via its characters. However, its ratings have never been steady or impactful.
Today, Marvel began an interesting campaign to celebrate 10 years of Marvel Studios films. This all began back with Iron Man back in 2008, and since then has grown to encompass many movies across many different Marvel properties. A special picture was released, called a “class photo”, that highlighted many of the actors, actresses, writers, and directors that helped make this all possible. However, there were many notable exclusions from this photo, including Agents of Shield star, and early MCU character, Clark Gregg.
One of the hardest things to write in a film or TV show is a relationship. Not because romance is hard per se, but how you convey it between two actors on screen can be difficult. If it’s forced, no one will believe it, same with if it comes too easy. It needs just the right balance, or, a hook that’ll keep you coming back. For Agents of Shield, the FitzSimmons romance has been one that’s been brewing since Season 01, and via the latest episode in Season 05, it’s finally gotten some purchase.
Fresh off the reveal that Agents of Shield will be returning on December 1st, one of the agents themselves let slip who the team will be fighting this go round. An interview with actress Ming-Na Wen (who plays the epic Agent Melinda May) revealed that some familiar aliens will go up against the team.
Agents of Shield has been the little show that could. Arguably one of the most anticipated series ever (as it tied into the MCU while being its own thing), the show originally struggled to find its own identity, but as the series grew, so did it. It soon found its footing, and delivered powerful stories, including bringing in the Inhuman race, the Kree, LMD’s and even Ghost Rider (among others). Now, fans are eagerly awaiting season five, and at New York Comic Con, we got the premiere date.
Per Marvel Entertainment, Agent Phil Coulson and his team will be back for at least one more season. The word was sent out today from ABC that Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD will be back for Season 5.