While we’re in a holding pattern when it comes to new stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is an old story that is just wrapping up. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns soon for its final season, and the trailer shows a sneak peek of what to expect. The last vestige of the now-defunct Marvel Television branch headed by comics legend Jeph Loeb, Agents of SHIELD represents another ending for the Marvel Universe. The writers and directors of the last two Avengers films recently did a live-tweet of the films, offering behind-the-scenes stories and videos. Yet, just as the MCU properly began with the first Avengers film, Agents of SHIELD was another kind of beginning that earned an equally fitting end.
Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson was a bit of connective tissue between the first few Marvel films. In fact, the character’s death in Avengers was the lynchpin for the team rallying together. Yet, thanks to comic book magic, the character was resurrected for the show. It loosely tied in with the events of the movie universe, yet the characters in the series were kept almost wholly separate. Eventually, Agents of SHIELD stopped worrying about that and charted its own path post-Endgame. (The realities of film production—and preventing leaks—and television production meant that the show and films could never truly sync up, even if they wanted to.)
With the release of the trailer for the final season of Agents of SHIELD, we’ve got some insight about how these last episodes will test our heroes.
The Final Season Trailer for Agents of SHIELD Picks Up Where the Finale Left Off
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In the previous Agents of SHIELD season finale, the team faced down the inter-dimensional bad guys but took heavy losses. Then, out of nowhere, other SHIELD agents show up to rescue them. It becomes clear rather quickly that they time-traveled there. The last shot of the season was their plane, the Zephyr One, flying out of a cloudbank over New York circa 1931.
In the final season trailer, we see the new Agents of SHIELD bad guys, the Chronicoms, facing off (pun intended) with corrupt New York police. We are then treated to a few scenes of our beloved characters in period-appropriate clothing. The only bit of plot we get is that “in order to save SHIELD” they have to also “save HYDRA.” I would be shocked if we spend most of the season in the 1930s, especially because a time-traveling SHIELD team allows for long-gone characters to return. I also wonder if the war against the Chronicoms (a gloriously ridiculous name) is the real season-long threat.
Still, they spent a significant amount of time last season setting up that the Chronicoms’ planet was destroyed. The sentient robots (who look like humans, conveniently) have their not-hearts set on Earth. Thus, the Agents of SHIELD team will have to stop them, and until they do Iain De Caestecker’s Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge’s Simmons must remain apart. So, even if the Chronicoms and their hunt for a new home is the season-long arc, it at least provides the landscape for some heartfelt emotional drama between these characters.
What Can We Expect From the Last Outing With Everyone’s Favorite Agents?
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As noted above, the trailer makes it seem like the final season of Agents of SHIELD will focus on the Chronicoms. Whether or not that is the case, I think the other sentient robot in the picture will be the main focus of the final run. Clark Gregg is Coulson again, but this time as a Life Model Decoy. He’s programmed with all the data that made Coulson who he was, but he’s still not the man who died on that beach in Tahiti at the end of season five. The idea that the team will have to work through their grief while face-to-face with a synthetic copy of Coulson is what interests me most.
The other thing we can expect from the final season of Agents of SHIELD, not in the trailer, is that this will be about saying “goodbye.” We can likely look to the final season of Arrow. That show used its last episodes to, essentially, do a victory lap. The first episodes touched on settings and characters from previous seasons. I expect we’ll get the same from Agents of SHIELD. Yet, Arrow was the first series to end from a universe it spawned. Agents of SHIELD is the last vestige of a bygone era in the modern Marvel run. And it’s going out about three or four years after everyone thought it would. Also, Enver Gojkaj will reprise his role as Victor Souza from Agent Carter, so it’s a victory lap for all the shows.
Agents of SHIELD had a tough time finding its place, but it was a remarkably good show. Even though it was disconnected from the larger MCU, they faked that it wasn’t admirably. By now, these characters deserve to go out on a high note.
Watch the Trailer below:
What do you think of the trailer for the final season of Agents of SHIELD? Are you excited to see where they go? Are you sad it’s ending, or do you think they overstayed their welcome? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.