Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD will soon be back on ABC for its sixth season, and a lot has happened to the universe since we last saw Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team. Thanos appeared and snapped away half of all living things in Avengers: Infinity War, and then the Avengers made it all okay again in Avengers: Endgame.
SHIELD, as an organization, has been under the radar after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the ABC series has handled the loss of the spy outfit by pushing the boundaries of storytelling, even going so far as to move the team far into the future where the Earth was destroyed and the Kree ruled over the few remaining humans that still lived.
In fact, Agents of SHIELD was the first to use time travel as a tool to fix the future, as the latter half of Season 5 featured the team returning to Earth’s past to stop the event that would destroy the planet allowing the Kree to step in and take over. Coulson and Daisy (Chloe Bennet) had a choice to make in the season finale: use a special serum to save SHIELD’s director, or use it as a weapon to kill Talbot/Graviton (Adrian Pasdar) and stop the destruction.
Also during that back half of Season 5, Thanos and his invasion were mentioned as imminent, and the season ended effectively before the snap in Wakanda occurred, wiping out half of all life in the universe.
So, where are we now?
Avengers: Endgame jumped ahead five years and the team defeated Thanos in that future time. Will Agents of SHIELD follow suit and also jump five years? Or will the series pick up just after the snap, and the team — or what’s left of it, as both Coulson and Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) lost their lives in the Season 5 finale — is now working to protect a world that’s in near ruin, as seen in the first 40 minutes of Endgame?
At WonderCon in March, Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel Television, made mention of the time setting during an Agents of SHIELD panel, but was not entirely clear. Loeb said the show picks up one year after, according to Comic Book Resource, but is that one year after the snap, or one year after the final battle of Endgame? I guess we’ll have to tune in to see for ourselves.
No much has been revealed about the new season, other than Clark Gregg is back as a new character named Sarge, and that the season will run for 13 episodes during the summer months. Season 7 has already been announced, so the weight of trying to end the series won’t be felt this year like it was last year.
The first episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is fittingly titled “Missing Pieces,” and was written by the series creators, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. It airs on Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Tune in to see how this all plays out in a world without Thanos.
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