Despite the recent cancellation of Agent Carter and ABC passing on Marvel’s Most Wanted, the future still looks bright for Marvel television, owing to the climactic buildup of the upcoming season 3 finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel has already revealed that an agent will die in a fiery quinjet explosion during Tuesday’s two-hour finale, and the question on every fan’s mind is: who will it be?
Of course, Marvel has its lips tightly sealed. But that hasn’t stopped the show’s producers from giving fans a taste of what they can expect. For one, the agent’s death is an outcome that executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen says is irreversible despite the presence of exceptional, superpowered humans.
In a recent interview with EW, she said, “We’ve set up in pretty solid fashion that you cannot change the future. Even people with powers cannot change the future.”
In the midseason premiere, a flash-forward scene further teased fans, showing an unidentified, apparently dead S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the quinjet. Already, fans are looking for answers in the cross necklace belonging to Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), which was also onboard the jet. According to producers, the finale will be using the necklace as a kind of narrative device to play a game of hot potato— a surefire way to keep viewers on the edge of their seats as the object passes from character to character. Chloe Bennet (Skye) said, “It hopped to like five different people. Every time, you know the audience is going to be [scared].” While this might seem like a cruel, emotional roller coaster-inducing tactic, producers do ascribe deeper, symbolic meaning to the necklace. Executive producer Jed Whedon said, “We’re fighting the devil; it’s a question of faith. Some of it’s pretty meaningful as it passes hands.”
The necklace isn’t the only object fans should cast a careful eye toward during the finale: according to the midseason premiere, the agent onboard the quinjet was also wearing a S.H.I.E.L.D. flight jacket, prompting cast members during filming to question their wardrobe — and what it bodes for their respective character’s future on the show. “Everybody has the jacket on at some point,” Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons) said. “I was nervous who would end up with it.” “The finale is the most heartbreaking episode we’ve ever had,” Bennet added. Nonetheless (and to lighten the mood), the studio released a series of R.I.P. videos, one for each agent.
The season 3 finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ABC. The series will be moving to Tuesdays at 10 p.m. when season 4 begins in the fall.