Most upcoming Marvel TV shows will be set before Avengers: Infinity War, Jeph Loeb confirms. Similar to what the movies are doing by rolling out films set before Thanos' snap with Ant-Man & The Wasp and Captain Marvel, the small screen division of Marvel Entertainment is putting off dealing with the horrifying events of the latest MCU blockbuster.
The fifth season of Marvel TV's pioneering project, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to take place sometime during the first half of Avengers 3, and the season finale didn't see anyone being snuffed out from existence. With at least five series (Cloak & Dagger, Luke Cage season 2, Iron Fist season 2, Daredevil season 3 and New Warriors) on the docket between now and Avengers 4, fans are advised to not look for any clues with regard to what Earth's Mightiest Heroes to rectify the predicament that Thanos left the MCU in, as most of the aforementioned shows will be set even before intergalactic villain's arrival.
Hosting a Reddit AMA yesterday, Loeb puts all theories regarding the timeline of forthcoming outings of Marvel TV series by confirming that most of them will be set before Thanos' galactic genocide. "For the most part our stories will take place BEFORE Thanos clicked his fingers. A lot of that has to do with production and when we are telling our stories vs. when the movies come out. So hang in there. I remember in the comics, one of my favorite stories was the KREE-SKRULL war... which was universal, but in X-Men, no mention. Huh. And it all worked out in the end," he explained. Interestingly, however, Loeb made sure to point out that majority of their upcoming stories will take place before the Mad Titan's snap, and not all, so it's possible that some of the shows will briefly feature the aftermath of Infinity War.
This allows the tie-in series to delay dealing with the franchise-shaking events brought by Thanos' arrival, and focus on the stories that they want to tell. That said, sooner or later, the small screen Marvel offerings will need to address what happened in Infinity War. Surely, a handful of characters in the TV shows would've also turned into dust, and it'll be curious to see how that looks like from the ground level, different from the perspective of the Avengers who had an idea of what's happening.
The timeline also provides a way for Marvel TV to continue telling stories without giving away anything with regard to what happens in Avengers 4, especially considering how extra secretive Kevin Feige and his team are with regard to what goes down after Avengers: Infinity War. This also explains why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 has been pushed to a summer 2019 premiere date as the ABC show has basically already covered the time period leading to Avengers 3.
Source: Jeph Loeb/Reddit
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019