Is ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Ending to Make Room for Another MCU Spinoff Series?
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will come to an end after its upcoming season, but it’s most likely not to make room for an MCU spinoff series – at least not directly. It’s coming to an end not only because Marvel shows are being canceled left and right, but because Marvel Television as a whole will shut down.
The comic company’s television unit is behind such shows as Jessica Jones, Agent Carter and Runaways, with the ongoing series folded into Marvel Studios, which makes the MCU movies. This could mean more new shows for Disney+, but will it mean an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff?
Marvel fans proposed an ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ spinoff
Before the news about the end of Marvel Television, fans on Reddit discussed a potential Agents of S.W.O.R.D. TV show on the heels of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.) is the CIA-like agency that handles superhero issues like the Avengers. The Sentient World Observation and Response Department (S.W.O.R.D.), on the other hand, serves basically the same function, but in space.
Fans responded positively to the idea, understanding that Marvel TV was evolving. When the topic starter asked if the S.W.O.R.D. show could be an appealing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff for general audiences, one fan replied, “If it’s on ABC it won’t. If it’s on Disney+ it mostly will.”
The fan said this knowing that Disney+ is where the Marvel shows are going now, especially with Kevin Feige now running both movies and television, and he seems to be primarily interested in shows that either continue his movie characters or that features characters who haven’t gotten a show already, like She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel (not counting animated shows).
Marvel Television is shutting down
Deadline reported this week that Marvel Television is being phased out, with its head, Jeph Loeb, set to step down. That means Marvel TV projects that are already booked, like the last season of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hulu’s Helstrom, will keep going as will some of the animation shows already announced, including MODOK, Hit Monkey and Howard the Duck, but from now on, Marvel Studios will take point on developing new shows.
That group of MCU spinoffs already has a full slate, with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier starting in the Fall 2020, WandaVision, What If, Loki and Hawkeye all following in 2021, and with She-Hulk, MoonKnight and Ms. Marvel’s dates to be determined. And it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Kevin Feige has even more shows on tap that he hasn’t revealed yet.
This does not necessarily exclude an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff or a S.W.O.R.D. show – it could very well be in the works but unannounced. That said, it’s unlikely, given that Feige doesn’t seem interested in carrying on the Netflix, Freeform, and Hulu shows that he did not start.
‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ isn’t the first Marvel TV show to end
Deadline summed up the losses well, noting that the planned Ghost Rider series for Hulu crashed, and Cloak and Dagger got canned after two seasons. The third season of The Runaways will be its last, and the Netflix shows Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and The Punisher all came to an end. The proposed Tigra & Dazzler series with Chelsea Handler was halted when its showrunner left.
Other fans on Reddit had more or less predicted this move a month ago, with one saying, “Honestly, why would they need two subsidiaries (Marvel Studios and Marvel Television) both making productions for the small screen, especially when only one (Marvel Studios) ties into the cash cow (the MCU) and produces shows for Disney’s streaming service? Marvel Television really is redundant at this point.”