The never-ending hiatus between Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Seasons 5 and 6 has been enough to drive any fan mad, but the long wait in nearly over!
S.H.I.E.L.D. will be returning with its sixth season this summer, and it's already got a seventh season order on the books. Looks like we'll be getting plenty of superpowered storylines in the foreseeable future! While we wait for the upcoming sixth season to drop, we trolled the internet to pull together all the spoilers, trailers, casting news and info about Season 6 available to help you prepare for this new chapter. It's going to be a doozy, that's for sure.
It will return in May. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 will premiere May 10 on ABC, and the season will consist of 13 episodes.
There will be a time jump. When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns, we'll be picking back up one year later, but the loss of loved ones from the Season 5 finale will still be very real and deeply troubling for some characters.
Coulson (Clark Gregg) is officially dead. Last season ended with Coulson and May (Ming Na Wen) gazing off into the literal and metaphorical sunset as they planned to live out Coulson's final days on Earth together. When the show picks back up, he will have officially died from the poison that was slowly killing him in Season 5, and the team will still be coping with their grief over his loss.
Clark Gregg is still on the show. Though Coulson is gone, you'll still see Clark Gregg on your screens every week. Gregg teased that he'd be playing a new character in Season 6, and though he looks remarkably like Coulson (identical, in fact), he won't be anything like the character we know and love. For one, he seems to be a bit of a baddie, given that he's allegedly destroyed words and foretells the "end of everything" in the Season 6 trailer.
This new guy, who we now know goes by the name "Sarge," will obviously cause some tension with Coulson's team, though, given that he looks exactly like their dearly departed friend. "We're introduced to a new character, who happens to have a very similar aesthetic to Coulson, so having that as a constant reminder in a way turns out to not be the easiest," said Chloe Bennet.
The race is on to find Fitz (Iain De Caestecker). Though Fitz died a hero's death in last year's season finale, he's not technically gone for good. Thanks to all the time travel shenanigans from Season 5, there's still a past version of him floating out in cryo-sleep deep in space somewhere. Simmons' (Elizabeth Henstridge) mission this season will be to track down her husband — though he won't remember marrying her or that their grandson from the future has joined the team because, well, time travel is tricky like that. On the upside, this all means we might be treated to another Fitz-Simmons wedding? Huzzah!
According to Henstridge, the mission to find Fitz is more easily said than done, but that won't be enough to stop someone as tough as Simmons. "[She] is just totally convinced and determined to find him, so she's not really grieving yet," Henstridge told TV Guide at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "She's just focused on getting him back. She has no doubt that she will."
Mack (Henry Simmons) has taken over as director. Without Coulson around, someone has to be in charge of what's left of SHIELD, and who better than the man who's already a big papa bear to the whole team? Mack taking over makes perfect sense, but it won't be a totally seamless transition according to Chloe Bennet. "It's been fun to kind of have the dynamic shift with Mack as the Director because there's always that [expectation of] living up to Coulson. It puts him in a different position from all the other characters," said Bennet. "All of a sudden, he's the leader, and I think it just makes for a more interesting conversation between all the characters after so long together. It's a great way to kind of mix things up."
Season 7 is already a go. ABC threw everyone for a loop when it renewed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for Season 7 six whole months before Season 6 even premiered. Given that it's usually a bubble show, always just on the cusp of being canceled, this was a huge show of faith by ABC, and it hints that big plans are afoot for the series next year.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for Season 6 in May of 2019 on ABC.