Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. saw the team head into space because a cataclysmic event caused by Daisy caused the destruction of Earth. It was certainly a huge change for the show and establishes possible new events for the films. After those events, the Kree restored order by subjugating the rest of humanity on a nearby space station, where they experiment on humans and use them as slaves.
Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the team desperately tried to send a message back to Fitz on Earth but that failed upon the news of what happened to Earth. Executive producers Jed Whedon and Jeff Bell spoke to EW about the shocking reveal and what that means for the show and the Marvel universe.
On how Daisy will handle knowing she caused the cataclysmic event:
BELL: “I didn’t do it, I would remember it if I had done it,” but he’ll say, “Yeah, but that’s because you came to the future, what if you hadn’t? The you that didn’t, or whatever, could’ve done that.” Also, she’d say, “I’m not nearly powerful enough to do that, so that couldn’t be right.” So she’s going to push back, but at the same time, she has to start paying attention to what’s happening around her.
WHEDON: She’s someone who blames herself already for every death that occurs around her, so that’s a natural inclination for her, just magnified at a grand scale
On the show connecting with the Marvel universe:
BELL: The literalness of it is logistically impossible. Last year, because of Doctor Strange, that allowed us to expand our universe to include Ghost Rider, and other dimensions, and the Darkhold.
WHEDON: And more magical aspects.
BELL: The Guardians movies have also now allowed us to expand into worlds that we really couldn’t before. So having aliens, having ships, having these other aspects does resonate with the movies, but the next movie doesn’t come out until May, which is after we’re done.
On the overall theme of the season:
WHEDON: This year, as with every year, we’re exploring the nature of humanity. Is humanity something that can be saved? Is there an innate evil or goodness to mankind? That’s reflected in our characters.
BELL: The other thing we talked about is legacy. Coulson is so closely associated with S.H.I.E.L.D. and here they’ve shown up in the future and these people are expecting S.H.I.E.L.D. to be their savior. Meanwhile, Daisy, who is supposed to be the next generation of S.H.I.E.L.D., is also possibly a destroyer of worlds. May shows up and the first thing that happens to her is she gets a pipe through her leg, so she’s struggling a little bit. Back on Earth, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been demonized, so what is the meaning of your life’s work? What is the meaning of keeping those things going? What matters in terms of the work you do? How do you treat people? Those are a lot of the things we keep coming back to.
Coulson (Clark Gregg, reprising his role from “The Avengers” and “Iron Man” ) heads an elite team of fellow agents with the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as SHIELD (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division), as they investigate strange occurrences around the globe. Its members — each of whom brings a specialty to the group — work with Coulson to protect those who cannot protect themselves from extraordinary and inconceivable threats, including a formidable group known as Hydra. Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Jeff Ward, Eve Harlow, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Coy Stewart star in the new episodes.
Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.