‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Showrunners Give Details on Season 5

Warning: this article contains SPOILERS for the season four finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for those who are not caught up.

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For those of us who were left with a lot of questions after that season finale, co-showrunner Jed Whedon and executive producer Jeffrey Bell have answered a few of them, as ScreenRant reports. Of course, the two didn’t go into many details, but we did get some hints at least. Regarding what seemed to be a time-jump at the very end of the episode, Bell did state, “We acknowledge there’s a time jump.” No further information on how long – or on where exactly the team has found itself after its capture. However, Whedon did add:

The sandbox [of the M.C.U.] we’re playing in keeps getting bigger, and we want to explore all sides of it, and tell as many different stories as we can. Fortunately deep space is very different. We’ve gone there a little bit with Simmons. We felt like we enjoyed that, so maybe there’s more to come…We’re all, I think, properly terrified of what we’re doing next season the way we were properly terrified going into this season.

Whedon also confirmed that the team really is in space – that it’s not just a red herring. In his words, “Bait and switches aren’t as fun.” That sounds conclusive. Still, neither Bell nor Whedon will confirm or deny if the location of the team has anything to do with the bargain Coulson struck with Ghost Rider. According to Whedon, all we get to know for sure right now about that whole issue is:

We’ll see what it all means, but it didn’t come for free. It wasn’t like, “Hey bro, can I borrow that? Can I just borrow that Ghost Rider thing for a second?”

Personally, I’m intrigued to see where the show goes in its next season – though I will admit to wondering just how much time in space their budget will give them.

The fifth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere midseason in 2017-2018 on ABC on Fridays, following the first season of Inhumans.