Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is officially coming back for a shortened sixth season, but fans will have to wait a while to see what comes next for Coulson and his gang of street-level heroes. But might that actually be for the best?
ABC has unveiled its fall schedule, confirming S.H.I.E.L.D.’s 13-episode sixth season will be dropping at some point midseason. No word on exactly when that’ll be, but don’t expect it anytime soon — and it sounds like we'll be waiting until the summer of 2019. Though it can be a bummer for fans, it’s not much of a surprise to see the series get shuffled around the schedule to a less competitive period. Wherever they put it, the show’s ardent fans will find it, and midseason will likely be a bit less competitive than the stacked fall slate.
There’s also another angle to consider: Unlike pretty much any other show out there on ABC (or any other network for that matter), S.H.I.E.L.D. ties into the MCU — and the final arc of Season 5 has made it clear Marvel’s flagship broadcast series will be connecting to the universe-shaking fallout of Avengers: Infinity War. That said, Season 6 will almost certainly have to acknowledge the fact that Show Spoiler half of the known universe has vanished with the snap of Thanos’ finger .
Pushing the show to summer 2019 could solve all those problems. The schedule bump gives the S.H.I.E.L.D. creative team an extra few months to map out its storyline, and timing-wise, it could potentially put the next season of S.H.I.E.L.D. closer to the release of Avengers 4: Actual Title Still Secret on May 3, 2019. The shorter episode order could provide some fresh creative freedom for S.H.I.E.L.D., which has already successfully experimented with “pod-style” storytelling in recent seasons, telling largely self-contained, 8-12 episode arcs.
So might Season 6’s shortened season be all about the fallout of Infinity War, and living in a world waiting for Avengers 4? Or pick up after Avengers 4? Earlier seasons of S.H.I.E.L.D. have tied closely into the films (namely the fall of the namesake agency in Captain America: Winter Soldier), and doing so could give Marvel a fresh way to potentially bring in new viewers to the ratings-challenged (but still creatively excellent) series with a shortened, “event-style” run at midseason. It’s all just theories for now, but never forget #itsallconnected.
What do you think? What would you like to see from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s return?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)