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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ renewed for season 6

It's ABC's last Marvel show standing.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published May 14, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 3:52 pm CDT

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is ready to fight another day.

ABC and Marvel announced Monday that the long-running Marvel Cinematic Universe series has been renewed for a sixth season with 13 episodes. It’s unclear when the show is coming back next season, but with last week’s expected cancellation of Inhumans, it remains ABC’s only Marvel show on the air.

Little else is known about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s renewal, but more information is likely to be revealed during ABC’s Upfront presentation on May 15.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had a passionate fan base since its debut in 2013, but with declining ratings over the years, viewers have worried that its cancellation would be inevitable. The renewal for season 5 was seen as a surprise by some fans after reports emerged last year that ABC’s parent company Disney made the network keep the show.

While the influence of the greater MCU has waned over the years—one of the series’ biggest impacts was the reveal that roughly half of the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were secretly HYDRA agents—the current season is reeling it back in. With the season coming to a close, the threat of Thanos loomed large as viewers learned that Thanos was in the midst of attacking Earth and would soon enact his big plan.

The season 5 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Friday at 9pm ET.

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*First Published: May 14, 2018, 4:24 pm CDT