The sixth season for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t be airing until the summer. Disney surely loves Marvel as, despite bad ratings for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and even before the premiere of its sixth season, ABC has already given the green light to the seventh season.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is hardly a top performer for the channel. But as the first Marvel TV show, it has always proved its endurance. The latest renewal will keep the series on air through at least 2020, as Netflix’s Marvel slate is being condensed while more shows are coming for Disney+.
This comes as a complete surprise to fans who have been used to the last couple of season having to wait to the wire for ABC to make a formal announcement of the shows renewal. With this announcement, the show has gone from the pattern of being one of the last shows to be renewed by ABC in previous years, to this year being the first program renewed.
This move by ABC has also brought up the question, could this be the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. With ABC potentially renewing the show this far out it could be a sign that ABC has done this to be able to give the crew behind the show the time to plan out the final season. Although this hasn’t been confirmed in any way, it wouldn’t be the first time that ABC has done something like this with one of their shows, most notably meeting with the team behind LOST to pick an end date three seasons out.
Co-created by Joss and Jed Whedon, the show averaged just a 1.2 rating among adults aged 18-49, shy of about four million viewers. Still, it remains an international draw and the fact that it’s produced by Marvel TV and ABC Studios has always worked in its favour.
Marvel’s current TV roster consists of many Netflix properties like Jessica Jones, Daredevil, The Defenders, The Punisher along with Hulu’s Cloak and Dagger and Runaways, FX’s Legion and Fox’s The Gifted. The future of TV seems to be on Disney+ which already has a Loki solo series underdevelopment.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 currently has a vague Summer 2019 air date, but for the first time in a few years fans won’t have to worry about the season ending and being done forever. All cast has been stated to return for season 6 and 7, besides Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), who’s involvement has yet to be determined stemming from the events that occurred to the character in the Season 5 finale.(Although he’s directing the first episode of the 6th Season)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the first series to be tapped by ABC for the 2019-20 season. The order is for 13 episodes for season six.