The creative team behind ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. might be treating the upcoming season finale like a potential series ender, but that doesn’t mean Marvel’s flagship TV series is dead yet.
In a rundown of renewal and cancellation odds, Deadline posits Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is definitely still on the bubble for a potential sixth season, despite lackluster ratings. The report notes a decision could still “go either way,” factoring in the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. is a strong performer when DVR numbers are considered, plus the show does well internationally for ABC Studios. Not to mention the synergy of having a Marvel TV series actively on ABC to keep the brand rolling on a weekly basis.
The network had obviously thought the short-lived Inhumans could’ve served as a potential replacement or complementary series, but that show was a critical and commercial failure — with atrocious reviews plagued by positively anemic ratings. With no other Marvel show actively in development, S.H.I.E.L.D. is pretty much the only option if Disney is keen to keep a super-show on the air next fall. Though S.H.I.E.L.D. never became a ratings juggernaut, the show has become a critical hit in recent years, with a fiercely devoted fanbase.
But there’s also another piece of the puzzle, which looks to take star Clark Gregg (aka Phil Coulson) full circle and back to the big-screen MCU. Gregg has been confirmed as a co-star in the upcoming period-set Captain Marvel film (that story takes place in the 1990s, before Coulson’s death in The Avengers and subsequent TV resurrection a while later). Depending on how big his role might be in Captain Marvel, that could become a scheduling factor when the studio considers a sixth season of S.H.I.E.L.D.
What do you think? Will the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. live to fight another day? Would you like to see the series continue?