If you watched last nights Marvel Agents of Shield season 4 finale, you’ll have a lot of questions about the threads left hanging. Most notably among these – what the hell was that ending about?
Turns out that Agents of Shield will be heading into space next season – with the series set to time jump a fair amount to accommodate all these changes.
IGN sat down with the co-showrunner Jed Whedon and executive producer Jeffrey Bell to clear up the confusion that the finale left in its wake – explaining that the threads teased will stick;
“The sandbox [of M.C.U. material available] we’re playing in keeps getting bigger, and we want to explore all sides of it, and tell as many different stories as we can. Fortunately deep space is very different. We’ve gone there a little bit with Simmons. We felt like we enjoyed that, so maybe there’s more to come…We’re all, I think, properly terrified of what we’re doing next season the way we were properly terrified going into this season.”
Whedon also confirmed that the show wouldn’t be baiting and switching;
“We’ll see what it all means, but it didn’t come for free. It wasn’t like, “Hey bro, can I borrow that? Can I just borrow that Ghost Rider thing for a second?”
Heading into space offers up the potential for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to do a crossover with Thor: Ragnorok – something that the show has done in the past with previous Marvel Cinematic releases.
With Inhumans getting a season order and Netflix’s Marvel Universe receiving huge praise, the pressure is on ABC to keep Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. interesting and relevant to audiences – one of the reasons these huge changes are likely happening.
Some fans haven’t taken these changes so kindly, voicing their concern that the show seems to be pandering to a wider Marvel audience demographic that’s removed the shows original focus on spies, superpowers and secret organisations. It must be said that the show has moved a long way from its initial premise – with these changes only adding to this feeling.
I personally don’t like the idea of hanging out on space ships – if only because the novelty of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was its ability to weave itself into the wider cinematic universe. It can’t do that if its cast are stuck half a galaxy away. But we’ll have to see.
Are you excited?