Back in 2013, Marvel Studios looked to capitalize on the enormous success their films brought by exploring options on TV. Their first attempt came in the shape of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D led by Clark Gregg reprising his role of Agent Phil Coulson. As first reported in an interview by Deadline, the series will come to a close next summer after its seventh season.
The series gave Marvel the chance to tell smaller scale stories than the earth-shattering events of its films. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. provided opportunities to explore the aftermath of what the Avengers were doing. The fallout of Captain America: The Winter Soldier which saw HYDRA infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. was depicted on screen. Fans learned Coulson was on a mission to retrieve intel on Loki’s staff before Avengers: Age of Ultron. A semblance of continuity thrived on the small screen.
The series introduced new Marvel characters played by Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain De Caestecker. It also gave beloved characters like Ghost Rider and the Inhumans a place in the MCU.
Lasting seven seasons is no minuscule feat. This makes Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the longest-running Marvel show to date, outlasting the offers of Hulu, Freeform, and Netflix.
Executive Vice President of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb spoke on the longevity of the series and what it ends means for the season 6, which currently airs on ABC.
When you know that’s what you’re doing, you can take greater risks, of life and death,” says Loeb. “Those kinds of decisions suddenly now are real on the table because you’re not playing how do we undo this when we get to the next season. You’re playing that this is going to be the end of the story.
With Disney+ launching later this year with a bevy of shows from Marvel in the pipeline, there is a chance fans will see these characters again. However, the focus may shift to bigger characters who have made an impact on the films.
In the meantime, actors and producers of the series will appear in their own Hall H panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D air Fridays at 7 on ABC. It stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward