Thanks to that huge twist ending of Avengers: Infinity War, the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which includes most of its TV series like Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Daredevil and more, was left in a bit of a pickle.
How do you incorporate the destruction of half of the universe when you won't know how it all shakes out until the next Avengers film hits theaters?
According to a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) from Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb, we now have at least a clue about which MCU TV shows will work themselves out of the metaphorical corner the Avengers backed them into.
"For the most part our stories will take place BEFORE Thanos clicked his fingers," Loeb writes. "A lot of that has to do with production and when we are telling our stories vs. when the movies come out."
Netflix will be debuting new seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist this year, both of which were written and shot well before Avengers: Infinity War was released. Neither of these series, however, can properly address the Thanos issue without completely derailing their own stories, which is why it makes sense that their new seasons will take place before the big snap.
The exception to this loophole will probably be Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The end of Season 5 incorporated Thanos' attack on earth with a passing mention, meaning that the Season 5 finale occurred concurrently with the battle against Thanos in Wakanda in Avengers: Infinity War. It's kind of hard to work around that. Luckily, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 will not air until next summer, which will be after the next Avengers film debuts and likely resolves the Thanos issue.
Sheesh, collaborating within the MCU sounds exhausting.