While Marvel Studios has continued its cinematic universe on the big screen this year with The Avengers: Age of Ultron - and Ant-Man later this year - the television side has also expanded (and perhaps been the star of Marvel's Phase 2). Agent Carter debuted to positive reactions from fans despite a lukewarm critical reception; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kept up its season 2 momentum and introduced the mythology of the Inhumans; and Daredevil kicked off Marvel's Netflix universe to fan and critical acclaim.
With a second season of Daredevil already confirmed at Netflix, ABC recently announced the renewal of both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. In honor of their renewals, the official Twitter accounts for both Marvel series released new posters teasing their upcoming seasons.
The AoS poster features a new take on the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo with what looks to be files - perhaps from Fury’s Toolbox - and the teaser “Returning for Duty.” Though the images within the logo aren't clear, they seem to be schematics or files of some kind, while outside the emblem appears to be darkened controls such as on a Quinjet or another S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicle.
— Agents of SHIELD (@AgentsofSHIELD) May 8, 2015
The S.H.I.E.L.D. logo has seen many different iterations throughout AoS’s run. Following the Captain America: The Winter Soldier episode in season 1, the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo was replaced with the Hydra symbol; posters for season 2 featured the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem created from shadows of the main team members. Each new logo has hinted at the direction the show will take, so this season 3 poster could be indicating Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) will be delving deeper into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s files.
Of course, the season 2 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will likely offer more insight into the direction the series will take in its third run. Following the events of the most recent episode, “Scars,” it seems all but certain that S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t be the same following the “war” with the Inhumans of Afterlife. However, we won’t know for sure how the organization will change come season 3 until later this year.
As for Agent Carter, the banner features the agent herself and the simple statement: “New Season. New Missions.” This season 2 promo is much more straightforward, but does offer some insight into when the show will resume after its season 1 finale.
— Agent Carter (@AgentCarterTV) May 8, 2015
Season 1 of the series followed Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) on a mission to help Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) retrieve his stolen inventions and subsequently stop the plot of Johann Fenoff/Dr. Ivchenko and his Black Widow agent Dottie/Ida. Though it was previously unclear if season 2 would pick up after season 1, the banner seems to indicate it will.
That being said, there are still many possibilities about what will be the main throughline of Agent Carter’s second outing. Fans of the MCU know the broad strokes of what Peggy accomplished in her life, but much of that history was left unexplored in Agent Carter. Additionally, with Arnim Zola introduced in the season 1 finale, the series could delve into Hydra’s infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. Or, since Ant-Man hits theaters later this year, season 2 could feature or tease the work of a younger Hank Pym.
No matter the mission or when season 2 takes place, fans of Agent Carter are likely to be excited to see Peggy back in action. However, since the show will most likely resume its midseason slot, it will be some time before Peggy goes (back) to work.
Though fans may be excited for the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter as ABC continues to grow its own corner of the MCU, the network also announced that they wouldn’t be moving forward with the AoS spinoff. However, that still leaves another Marvel series in development at ABC from American Crime director John Ridley, so viewers looking for even more Marvel content on ABC won’t be disappointed.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air its two-part season 2 finale, “S.O.S. pts. 1 & 2″ on Tuesday, May 12th @8pm on ABC. AKA Jessica Jones airs season 1 on Netflix this fall; Agent Carter will likely air early in 2016; Daredevil season 2 will air in 2016, and Luke Cage and Iron Fist are expected on Netflix that same year. We’ll keep you updated on the new show Marvel and ABC are developing, as well.