While we still await the fate of Agent Carter, ABC has surprised everyone by giving an early fourth season renewal to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Now, is it surprising that the show was renewed? Not at all, it was expected actually. What is surprising, however, is that they decided to announce the renewals ahead of May. For those that haven’t been following the changes at ABC, Paul Lee, who was known for withholding renewal and cancellations announcement prior to May’s upfronts, is no longer at head of the network. He was replaced by Channing Dungey, who is obviously taking the network in a different direction. What is great about this renewal is that a season five is almost a certainty as the show will then have over the required minimum for syndication!

Here’s the full announcement from Marvel:

There’s a party going on at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters right now with news that our favorite Agents will return for a fourth season!

ABC announced today that our heroes will once again put their lives on the line to protect the world in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” ahead of the mid-season premiere this Tuesday at 9:00 PM ET on ABC.

Before we can embark on Season 4, though, Director Coulson and his tireless team still have to face the menace of Hive and the world’s growing concerns about the number of Inhumans popping up across the globe. There’s plenty to come as we begin the second half of Season 3, and you won’t want to miss a minute of it!

As always, for all things Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be sure to follow along here! And don’t forget, the show returns to ABC on the 8th – make sure to tune in!

Source: Marvel.