Fans of ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’ have had quite a roller-coaster ride the past year, first thinking that the series was over at the end of Season 5 (especially when the final episode of the season was called ‘The End‘ and featured them saying goodbye to a terminally ill Agent Coulson), and then learning the series had actually been renewed for Seasons 6 and 7. Of course, then fans learned that both Seasons 6 and 7 would be shorter, 13 episode seasons, Season 6 would not premiere until Summer 2019, and then the big bombshell, when the show confirmed that Agent Phil Coulson was actually dead after all. All of which led up to last month when a trailer was released for Season 6, and we learned that Clark Gregg was back for Season 6, only not as Coulson, but as a “disturbing” new character as others have called him. (You can check out the trailer for yourself below).
Now, we are learning that for Season 6 the series is doing a time-jump, moving ahead by a year, allowing the characters to move on from the death of Coulson, the events of ‘Infinity War’ and ‘End Game,’ and hopefully be that much closer to finding Fitz in space. The news comes to us from TV Line, where, according to sources:
“Season six, premiering sometime this summer, picks up about a year after the team dropped a terminal Coulson off in Tahiti and could very aptly be subtitled ‘The Search for Fitz,’”
I like the idea of a time-jump, as our team has been moving from one-adventure to the next for quite a few seasons without a lot of breathing room. The jump gives them a year to adjust to life without Coulson, gives Mack a year to get used to being charge of SHIELD, not to mention rebuilding the organization, plus allows some time for May and Coulson to have spent together in Tahiti before his death, and time for her to grieve before returning to SHIELD. All in all, a year between seasons makes a lot of sense to me. Plus, having the search for Fitz in space take over a year makes the search all that more important and tragic for Simmons, as a short-search would have lessened the impact of their eventual reunion later on in the season.
What are your thoughts on the time jump? Can you think of any other reason the show would have done it? Feel free to share your theories in the comments below!