After four seasons of facing off against Hydra, vigilantes, ghosts, blackmail, strange infections, the Momentum machine and just about every other type of paranormal and non-paranormal insanity the producers could throw at them, Phil Coulson and his team of agents are now being abducted in space.
SYFY WIRE had a chance to catch up with the cast and producers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after they touched down from Season 5's far-out adventures (and misadventures).
"I think Henry's line sums it up a lot when he says 'We're in space. That’s the one thing we haven’t done yet,'" said Chloe Bennet, S.H.I.E.L.D's earthquake-provoking hacktivist Daisy Johnson.
The writers of S.H.I.E.L.D have been doing a superhuman job of refreshing the show every year and launching it into places — and crises — where it hasn't been before. This season hangs on survival, as Henry Simmons aka Alphonso 'Mack' McKenzie, admitted, teasing that another crisis (which is still in the dark) develops within the current crisis of having been kidnapped and rocketed light-years away from Earth. You know there's a crisis at hand when you see a vaguely scorpion-esque creature that could pass for a distant branch of the Xenomorph species crawling around the shadows of a spaceship.
"I think when you go through any crisis like that, when you face adversity, it's going to either draw you closer together or pull you apart," Simmons said in a heroic effort to hold back his excitement and keep from revealing any spoilers. It's kind of difficult to maneuver through a situation knowing you carry the fate of humanity on your shoulders, but if one thing has made itself obvious, there's no doubt the alien skittering down the hallways is some part of that adversity.
Producer Jed Whedon admits that the whole space idea started as an embryonic idea being thrown around, and no matter what other potential storylines came up, he and executive producer/showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon "just kept coming back to space." Because space is awesome, and no one can hear you scream.
Executive Producer Jeph Loeb and actor Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) also agree that if Marvel is going to take fans somewhere out of this world, no matter what kind of alien infestation they’re up against, there has to be some comic relief to reassure everyone that even if someone's head ends up in the jaws of some extraterrestrial terror, things are going to normalize. Eventually.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes off again on December 1 on ABC.
Additional material by Elizabeth Rayne.