Marvel TV and ABC released the first 17 minutes from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premiere. Last we saw of Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his colleagues in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 finale, they were sharing a meal at a diner before being abducted by a strange man in a suit. Then, the finale concluded on a shot of Coulson waking up and looking out a window into debris-filled space. Although ABC renewed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for season 5, fans have had to wait longer than usual to see the continuing adventures of Coulson, Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) and the rest of the team.
The network pushed the show's premiere date back in order to air Inhumans season 1, but with ABC having wrapped up their other Marvel TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to return this week. ABC unveiled the first Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 trailer earlier this month, and after teasing "something" was coming, Marvel has now revealed the opening sequence of the two-hour Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiere.
The season 5 premiere "special preview" [above] is a slightly abridged version of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 footage that screened at New York Comic Con in early October. As fans who were able to catch the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at NYCC will notice, this special preview cuts off a few minutes earlier in the premiere. Of course, for those who weren't able to attend NYCC, the wait for the season 5 premiere is nearly over, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. set to return this Friday.
In terms of the footage revealed today, it offers a great deal of insight into how Coulson wound up in space. Him and his team were abducted from the diner by a still mysterious group of men, but we do know they're being led by an alien in a skinsuit. Then they're sent through another Kree monolith to a space station where they're seemingly supposed to help a group of humans. However, in addition to being scattered around the space station, they must also contend with large roach-like aliens. Just another day for an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Of course, while this new footage from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premiere answers some questions from the season 4 finale, it mainly sets up a whole host of new mysteries, which lay the foundation for the new season. As evidenced by the opening sequence, it seems Coulson, Daisy and the team will be just as in the dark about what's going on as the audience, which also lends itself to a great deal of humor. Mack (Henry Simmons) has a number of hilarious one-liners in this season 5 preview - though Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) also gets some jokes of her own since, after all, she's been to space before.
While viewers may have even more questions than answers after watching this Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. footage, it also offers fans an idea of what to expect from season 5. And, with the new season set to debut in under a week, fans won't have to wait much longer before discovering how the team survives the roach attack.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premieres with a two-hour episode on Friday, December 1.