The Avengers may be disassembled at the moment, but Agent Coulson, Daisy, May, and the rest are officially coming back to ABC for a sixth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Unlike the previous five seasons, the sixth will only contain 13 episodes instead of the usual 22.
The current season, which wraps on Friday, May 18, with the season finale "The End," found our heroes flung into the distant future, then tasked with a mission to literally save the world in the past (present?). Critics and fans pretty much agree, it's been one heck of a ride. Though the first year or two was rocky, S.H.I.E.L.D. has enjoyed a creative resurgence the past few years, tackling sci-fi tropes like virtual reality and time travel with fresh spins that all still fit firmly within the MCU fans know and love.
With the show now officially renewed, the real question is exactly how much (if at all) the next season will connect to the end of Avengers: Infinity War, which Show Spoiler saw literally half of every living thing in the universe vanish . The past few episodes have already mentioned Thanos' assault, and S.H.I.E.L.D. has often connected to the big screen events (most notably Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which essentially staged a semi-reboot on S.H.I.E.L.D.).
If they choose to directly tie in to the end of Infinity War, it could have a massive impact on Season 6 — while also potentially providing Marvel with some connective creative tissue to fill in the gap while fans wait for Avengers 4. There's also the question of, Infinity War cataclysm not withstanding, who will even survive the events of the season finale itself.
We still don't even know if Coulson will be back next season (his looming death has been a major plot this year), but fans can take solace that actor Clark Gregg will definitely make his return to the MCU in next year’s Captain Marvel, a 1990s-set adventure that will also feature the characters of Nick Fury and Maria Hill.