Clark Gregg hints Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will end with season 7, which will arrive sometime after season 6 premieres this spring. Gregg has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it kicked off with 2008's Iron Man. He appeared in a handful of movies as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson before being killed by Loki in The Avengers. However, Marvel TV resurrected Coulson to lead the spinoff television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where he's been director of a team of agents for five seasons. Then in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 finale, it was made clear there would be no preventing Coulson's final death.
As such, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 trailer revealed the team is dealing with their grief for Coulson; May (Ming-Na Wen) spent his final days with him, while Mack (Henry Simmons) is the new SHIELD director. However, the trailer also revealed a new character played by Gregg, who he describes as "Not Phil Coulson," joining the show. Plus, season 6 will see the team searching for Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) in space. All that's to say, the show has plenty going on in season 6 and with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already renewed for season 7, fans are gearing up for at least two more seasons - but they may be the last of the series.
In an interview with Den of Geek to promote his upcoming appearance in the MCU film, Captain Marvel, Gregg was asked about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the show's renewal through season 7. Reportedly, Gregg indicated season 7 is likely to be the end for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He said, "That's the word I've heard. The announcement I read was, two more seasons, six and seven." It's unclear from this quote alone if Gregg truly is confirming season 7 will be the end, but Den of Geek reports that is what he's indicating.
Of course, it hasn't been confirmed by ABC or Marvel TV that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is ending with season 7, though it would make sense for that to be the case. Reportedly, Disney saved Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from cancellation after season 4, stepping in on the show's behalf when the network wanted to cancel it for low viewership. Though Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s series premiere broke ratings records at the time in 2013, its viewership has steadily declined over the years. As such, it was a surprise to see ABC renew Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for season 7 prior to season 6 even premiering
However, the early renewal would make more sense if season 7 was green lit with the expectation it would be the show's final run of episodes. That way, the creative team behind Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets the opportunity to conclude the series' storylines and character arcs in a manner that satisfies viewers. With that said, we don't know for sure season 7 will be the last until it's confirmed by ABC or Marvel TV, and we likely won't learn that until after season 6 premieres.
For now, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans still have two more - albeit shortened - seasons of the show to look forward to. Further, with the recent confirmation Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 premieres in May, fans don't have much longer to wait until the agents get back to work. And for fans of Coulson, they have even less time to wait before catching the younger version of Gregg's character in Captain Marvel in little more than a week.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 premieres May 2019 on ABC.
Source: Den of Geek