Marvel has been making headlines lately with its upcoming live-action television series, including Cloak and Dagger and New Warriors. In addition to these exciting upcoming projects, Marvel’s partnership with Netflix continues to thrive, with the upcoming The Defenders bringing characters together from the four previous series. It’s not all new series, though, as the original Marvel television offering, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up season 4 next month.
The show wrapped filming on the season earlier this week, but the future is still undecided. A decision on season 5 will be made very shortly, however, as the networks go through their annual upfronts, accepting presentations to decide which shows will be renewed, launched, and canceled. Although the series did not get an early renewal, Marvel’s TV head is still hopeful about its chances.
According to a report from TVLine, Marvel’s Jeph Loeb is confident about the show’s chances, saying only “We’re hopeful,” as he arrived for the Freeform upfront presentation. Both Cloak and Dagger and New Warriors were also featured at the presentation.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hit series lows this year, falling from 3.4 million viewers and a 1.1 rating at the beginning of the season to only 2 million viewers and a 0.6 rating at its lowest point so far. There has been a slight uptick since that low, with the last episode bringing in 2.4 million viewers and a rating of 0.8, but this might not be enough to save it. The show is one of the least-watched on the network, with only the already-cancelled Time After Time and American Crime doing worse in terms of total audience.
Despite the less-than-stellar numbers, it’s still certainly possible that the show will manage to score a fifth season — and this may be enough to bring the numbers back up. However, the show has had something of a spotty reception since the beginning, with popularity (and viewer numbers) falling. The reveal that the Inhumans property has been bumped from the big screen to a TV series also doesn’t bode well for the future of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
However, the confidence of Loeb and the connection to the massively popular MCU may still be enough to save the show — and we will have to wait until the renewals and cancellations are officially announced to find out for sure.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues Tuesday April 25 with ‘All the Madame’s Men’ at 10pm on ABC.