What could happen in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seasons 6 and 7? When the scripts were written for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5, the show's fate seemed to be up in the air. As such, the season finale was carefully designed to wrap up as many plot threads as possible, so it could potentially serve as an end to the entire show. In the end, though, ABC renewed the series for an abbreviated sixth season, which will air in the summer; they then surprised everybody by announcing a seventh season as well, which is reportedly due to start filming in February.
So far, precious little is known about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seasons 6 or 7. Only two images have been released: one showing that Quake will get a new hairstyle, and the other confirming that Mack is still in place as Director (at least when season 6 begins). Chatter among the crew on social media has suggested that a trailer has been prepared, and that they're pleased with it, but it will presumably still be a while before that trailer airs.
For all season 5 did try to tie together as many loose ends as possible, there are still a lot of interesting ideas that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could toy with going forwards. Since 2013, the show has established its own unique mythology; while it fits comfortably within the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's telling a story all its own. That's proved a remarkable success, so it's safe to say that seasons 6 and 7 will continue to build on the foundations of what has gone before.
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The Fate Of Phil Coulson
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 came to a close with Phil Coulson facing imminent death. Hosting the Spirit of Vengeance had undone the miraculous effect of Project T.A.H.I.T.I., meaning his body was gradually shutting down. Although the S.H.I.E.L.D. team did everything they could to save Coulson, in the end they were forced to accept his fate. Phil settled down on the real Tahiti to live out the last few days of his life, with Melinda May staying with him.
But will Coulson actually die? This is a superhero show, after all, which means that nobody should truly be considered dead - not even when you've seen the body. Clark Gregg has had meetings with executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, but the outcome of those meetings is unknown. Certainly Gregg has been on set, but that's partly because he's taken on a role behind the camera as director, even taking charge of the season 6 premiere. Right now, it's impossible to say whether or not Phil Coulson will return.
Retrieving Fitz From Space
The first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 is called "Missing Pieces," and that seems entirely appropriate. Season 5 ended with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team heading into space to retrieve one of their members, Fitz, who was slumbering in cryogenic suspension somewhere in the depths of space. The season 6 announcement showed the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo against a backdrop of stars and swirling stellar gases, so it seems safe to say season 6 will remain in space - perhaps kicking off with S.H.I.E.L.D. retrieving Fitz. It's sure to be a strange experience for his beloved Simmons, as she spent months of her life with a version of Fitz from a timeline that's been averted - and even married him.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 introduced some major new elements into the show's mythology. One of the most fascinating was the idea of the Chronicoms, ancient androids who have monitored human civilization for millennia. Forbidden to intervene except in the case of an extinction level event, the Chronicoms revealed themselves in order to help S.H.I.E.L.D. save the entire planet. One of the two Chronicoms, Noah, was killed; the other, Enoch, is currently in space watching over the sleeping Fitz, so picking up Fitz will inevitably mean the S.H.I.E.L.D. team cross paths with Enoch. Interestingly, there's some evidence the Chronicoms could play an important part in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6. According to IMDb, Denney Pierce will play "Chronicom Hunter #1" in episode 5. Assuming this is accurate, it means Enoch will wind up hunted down by unknown forces over the course of the season.
Quake could be more powerful than ever before in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6. Quake was forced to inject herself with the Centipede Serum in order to defeat Graviton, and blasted him into space with her enhanced powers. It's unknown exactly what components were part of this version of the Centipede Serum. Extremis seems to have been in every version, so was probably part of the cocktail, but certainly S.H.I.E.L.D. had added Jiaying's healing properties into the mix in order to keep Coulson alive. So, the sample Daisy injected herself with likely contained both Extremis and Jiaying's powers. It also possibly contained a variant of the super-soldier serum, and perhaps even sources of Gamma radiation, both of which were common components in the Centipede Serum.
Chloe Bennet released a single image of her new Quake look in season 6, and it's interesting to note that she's back to wearing wrist gauntlets. There's always been a cost to Quake's abilities, and she's previously needed to be emotionally centered in order to use them without damaging her own body. It's possible that Quake's amplified powers mean she needs to wear the gauntlets permanently now. Meanwhile, it will be exciting to see whether or not the Centipede Serum triggers any new abilities in Daisy - whether she gains Extremis-based enhanced strength, for example, or her mother's regenerative powers. Some versions of the Centipede Serum have had detrimental affects upon their subjects, and it's even possible Quake's enhancement could backfire in some way.
Of course, what's unknown is whether or not this affect will be permanent. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jed Whedon refused to give any indication. "Well, she’s definitely juiced up in some way," he noted, "and how much that carries, we’ll see."