WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD FOR BOTH AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. SEASON 5 AND AVENGERS ENDGAME!!
Last season’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proved complicated for our beloved team of spies. It became even more confusing when Thanos snapped his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War. Speculation abounded. What happened to the agents? Would we start the season with half the team members? Who did we lose? Not-knowing tortured us as we (not-so-)patiently waited for Avengers Endgame to possibly answer some of the questions. As Season 6 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. rolls out this week on May 10th, let’s go over what we do (or don’t) know about the members of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Where We Were
At the beginning of the season last year, our team traveled to the darkest timeline, a future in which the Kree enslaved humanity and kept them on a floating chunk of what remained of the Earth. During that trip, time theory was heavily speculated as Agent Fitz insisted that time is fixed. Indeed, this seemed so. Evidence kept popping up that they had already left their time and returned, failing to stop the destruction of the Earth. Deke also introduced “multiversal time theory”—even using those words.
During the 2nd arc, the agents returned to their time with Deke (I ship him and Daisy) so they could try to stop the end of the world. Emotions ran high as people did everything they could to change things, except give up on Coulson. See, the Ghostrider using Phil in season 4 came at a cost. He burned out the Kree blood keeping Coulson alive. Talbot, whose mind broke under Hydra pressure (Hail Hydra), transformed into Graviton in an attempt to keep the Kree and their ilk from conquering the Earth… and power corrupts, making this ally their most formidable foe yet.
Fitz-Simmons married and discovered Deke was their grandson. Daisy failed at leadership. Fitz died. Talbot’s plummeted into space. And Coulson and May were dropped off in Tahiti to live out his final days together. Tahiti, as it turns out, was not so bad. At the end, our B-team, led by Agents Davies and Piper, were left to hold down the fort while our agents, led by Mack, headed into space. Floating in space, oblivious to everything, lay a cryopod with a pre-future Fitz who is waiting to save the day in said darkest timeline.
Where Do We Go From Here?
What questions do we have? The biggest one, would Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D would pretend the snap never happened? The running theory after the season ended with the final episode happening in tandem with Infinity War was that the Avengers would use the time stone, fix everything, and it would be as if the movie never happened. Endgame screwed that theory up with its “5 Years Later.” Now, I see at least 3 possibilities. 1. The team, in space, remains clueless about the shenanigans during the time of trouble. 2. The show takes place after Endgame, with devastating effects. Or 3. The team exists in one of the other timelines created by the Avengers team’s time travel.
We also have little questions. We know Jeff Ward returns this season, but it appears as though Deke disappeared from the current time with no one remembering him. This supports the theory of one linear timeline in which the darkest timeline was erased, taking Deke with it. What really happened? Clark Gregg returns, but with none of Coulson’s memories? It seems the clone/LMD debate is back on. Which way do you fall? Is Enoch still with past Fitz? We we see him return? Is Graviton really dead?
We have so many questions and nothing was answered in Endgame. I’d like to hear your theories on what’s to come.
Carolyn is the TV/Movie Coordinator for DoYouEvenComicBook.com. In addition to being a die-hard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, Carolyn loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999). When not engrossed in the MCU, Carolyn can be found binging old school wrestling and living on Twitter. She subscribes to the philosophy “Music is life”.