Confirming what many suspected since the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in July, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to ABC with a two-hour premiere in December. The news was delivers during the show’s New York Comic Con Panel, Saturday, according to the Marvel Live Twitter account.
The December start date was first suggested at TCA in July when ABC president Channing Dungey said the show would return “right after Inhumans” ends its seven week run in late Fall. Unfortunately, Marvel and ABC chose not to comment on Dungey’s pronouncement. The show has been in production since August, suggesting a premiere earlier than mid-season.
The show will take Inhumans Friday night timeslot, indicating this may be the last hurrah for Agent Coulson, Daisy and the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. During the show’s run, they’ve braved HYDRA, a Inhuman encampment, becoming a disavowed government agency and three season of Grant Ward causing problems. They also presented the most successful screen version of Ghost Rider to date. Outside of the show’s storyline, the program also reportedly fought back cancellation as both Disney and Marvel strong-armed ABC into renewing the series for its fifth year. But one imagines that tactic can only work once.
That said, if you’ve never given S.H.I.E.L.D. time, take a look now as it’s grown into a generally satisfying weekly slice of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns December 1st.
(h/t: MCU Exchange)