Agents of SHIELD's Next Season Might Take Place a Year Into the Future

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The specific timeline of events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe was always been murky at best even before Infinity War made it so that the studio had to begin at least trying to obfuscate specific details about future films that would “spoil” whether certain major characters would return from the dead. Well, the latest report about ABC’s Agents of SHIELD has just made it a little more difficult to read the tea leaves about the MCU’s future.


According to TVLine, Agents of SHIELD’s next season is planned to be set one year into the future, which is interesting given that the last season’s events happened to coincide with Thanos’ Infinity War invasion of Earth, something that the show mentioned.

Of course, Agents of SHIELD’s fifth season came to a close with no sudden dusting of half the cast, despite the fact that it was initially planned for the show to continue incorporating more elements from Infinity War. While TVLine’s report isn’t sourced to an official statement from Agent of SHIELD’s production team, the possibility of a jump that far into the future raises questions as to whether the series might ever actually be affected by Infinity War and the subsequent devastation of Earth seen in the newest Endgame Trailer.

Interestingly, Agents of SHIELD’s official Twitter account announced that the series is slated to come back this May.

From the looks of things, most all of Agents of SHIELD’s cast is coming back for the sixth season in one form or another, meaning that the show’s likely to delve into a completely new plot of its own independent of what’s been going on in the larger MCU. But it’s going to be awfully strange if Agents of SHIELD returns this May and completely shrugs off Thanos’ attack.

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Charles Pulliam-Moore is an NYC-based culture critic whose work centers on fandom, pop culture, politics, race, and sexuality. He still thinks Cyclops made a few valid points.



You know, I still remember the halcyon days of the MCU when Shield first started. When the promise of “It’s all connected” still rang magically through the air, and Coulson’s smiling face bid us welcome to a secret world underneath the regular MCU we loved.

Then time moved on, no stars from the movies would step foot into the show, the promise was broken, Netflix shows rose and fell, some good some bad... no connections were ever formed with the larger universe, even when the stakes involved an entire city falling into the ground.

Now here we stand, and Shield still plods along, it’s characters bereft of meaning and purpose in the larger MCU. Nothing connects, and the idea of cross-over with anything other then itself from a different and irrelevant time frame is a joke. We don’t even see ‘C’ level heroes and characters anymore. Likely thier forbidden because of contracts and possible uses on other shows. They can’t even crossover with similar C list level shows like Runaways, or The Gifted, shows that frankly would be perfect to crossover with.

No... Shield is time hoping now to avoid any possible coordination or correlation with other properties.

I still watch, but I watch now out of duty as a nerd. The hope within me... gone. I sit, watch, a hollowed husk of nerd, swallowing whatever meager crust they toss in the prison that has become Shield.