Avengers: Endgame may be over and Spider-Man: Far From Home might be on the horizon, but another Marvel Cinematic Universe property is premiering in the meantime. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is heading into Season 6 on May 10 and it looks like it will continue the show's pattern of doing its own thing in lieu of trying to fit into MCU continuity. While it's struggled with low ratings over its run, it's received critical acclaim and continues to be an underrated addition to the MCU canon. If you want to hop into Season 6, or just want to know what to look forward to, here's everything we know so far.
- The latest news
- The story so far
- What should we expect from Season 6?
- How does this fit into the MCU?
- Will this be the last season?
- What's the premiere date?
The latest news
May 7, 2019 – The team searches for Fitz in space in clip from Season 6 premiere
Quake's reputation proceeds her — even in space, according to a new clip from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 premiere.
In the clip posted exclusively at Entertainment Weekly, the team, which at the moment consists of Daisy (Chloe Bennett), Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Piper (Briana Venskus), and Davis (Maximilian Osinski) are on the hunt for Fitz, who's still floating around somewhere in space in suspended animation. Unfortunately, they have to land at a D'Rillian outpost because they're dangerously low on fuel.
The D'Rillians aren't too happy about this since this apparently violates some space law. Of course, the "Terran" S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't have the proper identification, but a scan of Daisy's face is all that's needed. They can't afford the fuel, but that's not a problem either thanks to some Quake handiwork.
That's when Simmons steps in: "Give us what we want and we'll let you live to cry about it," she says.
You can watch the clip above.
The story so far
Where to even begin with this one? So much has happened in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since Season 1, when the Hydra twist from Winter Soldier made them more of a S.H.I.E.L.D. fraction group. The show has become less about S.H.I.E.L.D. as we know it and has moved further away from the MCU, but it's been for the best, letting the show focus on other storylines torn from the comics.
Previous seasons focused on introducing the Inhumans (including the backstory of Skye, who turned out to be Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake), a being from another planet that turned out to be an original Inhuman, the introduction of magic, along with Ghost Rider, and a battle with a Life Model Decoy.
Season 5 is the most important in regards to Season 6 though, so we'll start there. Last season brought fans into new territory, stranding most of the team in the year 2091 after an event caused the destruction of most of humanity. The first half of the season has Daisy, Mack, Simmons, Yo-Yo, Coulson, and May trying to blend into life aboard the Lighthouse, which we find out was a haven after the apocalypse that cracked the Earth apart but is now run by the Kree. They meet a guy named Deke Shaw aboard the Lighthouse, who tells Daisy that she was the one who caused the Earth to break. He calls her the "Destroyer of Worlds."
While the team is working to fend off Kasius, the Kree leader of the Lighthouse, as he subjugates the Inhumans on board and takes control of Daisy and Simmons, Fitz works with the Chronicom responsible for sending them into the future to get to the Lighthouse and help rescue his friends. Through some time travel shenanigans and the use of a made-up but powerful substance called Gravitonium, the team eventually makes it back to the present-day with Deke in tow. Through a series of reveals, we find out that Deke is actually the grandson of Fitz and Simmons.
The second half of the season involves the team working to stop Earth's destruction using what they learned from the future. However, Fitz is split in two after an interaction with the Fear Dimension (yeah, a lot happens this season), letting the evil version of himself from Season 4 roam free. This causes a chasm in our team.
So how does the world actually get destroyed? It's not Daisy, as many thought, but General Talbot (known as Gravitron in the comics), who infuses himself with Gravitonium to help take down Hydra, who was hoping to use the Gravitonium for themselves to create a new Hydra leader. However, he becomes mad with power and thanks to influence from the Kree, starts trying to absorb Gravitonium from the Earth.
Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. is going through their own drama. You see, Coulson is dying thanks to a deal he made with Ghost Rider in Season 4. Some leftover Centipede serum (from Season 1) can save him, but he doesn't want to use it. Instead, Daisy, who he put in charge of running S.H.I.E.L.D., ends up using it to stop Talbot, sending him into space with her powers and thus changing the timeline.
It's not a happy ending though. Coulson ends up spending his final days in Tahiti (it's a magical place) with May and dies. Fitz ended up buried underneath the rubble during the final fight and dies as well. Daisy ends up leaving Mack in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D.
What to expect from Season 6?
Details are light on what Season 6 will bring but here's what we know so far.
Most of the main cast is returning.
All our favorites are back: Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Henry Simmons as Mack, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, and Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez. It's also been confirmed that Jeff Ward (Deke Shaw) will be returning as a series regular.
Beyond that is where things get complicated.
The search for Fitz
As previously stated, Leo Fitz (played by Iain de Caestecker) died at the end of Season 5. However, there's a version of him still out there. You see, in order to get to the future without space magic, he had to put himself into suspended animation. His body essentially floated around in space for 70-odd years. The future version of Fitz is dead, but the past version is not. Season 5 ended with Simmons vowing to find him, so we can assume that'll come to fruition, especially since de Caestecker is still a series regular.
Clark Gregg is returning
Phil Coulson has died before (famously at the end of Avengers before appearing in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and he's been the foundation of the entire show, so it's not surprising to see that he's returning to Season 6... or is he? Gregg and the producers have been coy about what the actor returning means for the character, but the trailer says that "Coulson is dead." So is this just another character with Gregg's face? He's referred to by Marvel as "Sarge," but that's all we know.
According to Gregg, Sarge is "not Phil Coulson" but an entirely new, "mysterious" character. In a clip released at WonderCon, it's revealed that Sarge doesn't know what S.H.I.E.L.D. is. He could also be playing coy. Check out that clip below.
Some new faces
It wouldn't be the new season of a show without some new faces. We don't have many details, but TVLine had the exclusive look at three new characters.
- Izel This mercenary from space teams up with S.H.I.E.L.D. to help them survive space. She's played by Karolina Wydra, who you might recognize from House and True Blood.
- Malachi Played by Christoper James Baker, this assassin is from another planet. His motivations are unknown.
- Dr. Marcus Benson Played by Barry Shabaka Henley, this Natural Sciences professor is recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D.
How does this fit into the MCU?
The show has been doing its own thing for a while now, briefly mentioning the events from the movies on occasion, but mostly just focusing on original storylines. The movies have made way for elements to be introduced into the series (Doctor Strange helped magic get involved, for example), but beyond the Hydra twist, the show doesn't put too much effort into trying to keep up. That's served the show just fine.
However, characters mention at the end of Season 5 that it's all taking place around Infinity War, since they mention the Thanos battle in Wakanda, so there's some parallel storytelling there.
Since Endgame takes place five years after the events of Infinity War, you'd expect for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to do the same. However, Season 6 starts out taking place only one year after the Season 5 finale. Does this mean it takes place in a post-Snap world? It's unclear but executive producer Jed Whedon notes that the show is probably not going to mention it for production reasons.
"There's certain story points that are so — there would really be no way for us to address it and keep our show intact," he said following Season 5. "Given that there's another movie coming out, and there's gonna be constant repercussions of their universe, so what we felt was that the safe play for our story, and for the integrity of our universe, was to operate outside of it.
Will this be the last season?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has always struggled with low viewership, so fans have wondered if every season would be the show's last.
However, the show signed on for two shorter seasons, so there will at least be a Season 7 — also with 13 episodes. Season 7 has already started filming. Whedon and co-executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen said that Season 6 will end on a cliffhanger as well, so it looks like the two seasons will run into each other.
When asked if the shorter season impacted how the show was written, Whedon said, "Yes, in that we can end season six with just a massive question mark... and then answer it later... We don't have to tie it up with a bow and then go, 'oh there's more' and then undo the bow and go 'ahh'. We can sort of leave things hanging."
Unfortunately, and this is according to Gregg, the show will likely end after Season 7.
However, with Disney+ launching soon, it's unclear what the show will look like after this season. Will it move to the new streaming service?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s sixth season is shorter than previous versions, down to 13 episodes instead of 22. It's set to debut on May 10 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.