Warning: This article contains spoilers for the most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you haven’t gotten completely caught up, yet, you may want to wait before reading.
While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wrapped up most of the mysteries of Season 4 on Tuesday night, the final episode raised many more questions for fans to ponder until next January. Of course, fans want to know what deal Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) made to be able to embody the Ghost Rider. Or where his relationship with Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) is going to go. And, perhaps most importantly, why the very end of the episode featured Coulson in space.
Entertainment Weekly tried to get these answers out of SHIELD producers Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell. The trio was (as expected) very unwilling to provide any answers at this point.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why is Coulson in space?!
JED WHEDON: Is he, or is he standing in front of a nice television?
JEFFREY BELL: Could be 4K TV.
Is the whole team there? Or is this as a result of this Ghost Rider deal he was being coy about?
MAURISSA TANCHAROEN: Well, that’s what season 5 is for.
BELL: Those are all great season 5 questions.
Of course, it is to be assumed that Coulson ended up in space, or in front of a very large high-quality television, because of the people that approached the whole SHIELD team at the diner. But the minds behind this production aren’t going to give any insight into those people, either.
What can you tease about this group that appeared at the end in the diner? It doesn’t seem like they’re government.
BELL: That seems like a fair assessment.
WHEDON: Or at least not our government, but yes.
Is this the new antagonist for next season?
BELL: These are all questions we’re telling stories for next year.
WHEDON: Yeah, you’re not going to get anything out of us.
BELL: We need 22 stories next year! These are questions that if we say yes, no, blue, or this, we can go home, but nobody pays us.
WHEDON: Truthfully, if we hadn’t gotten a season 5, we’d tell you anything.
While fans are excited that we are getting a fifth season, it would be nice to be able to put together pieces of this mystery. During our long wait until some of these mysteries are revealed, Whedon says that the clues are there for fans to figure it out.
We see a glowing blue light in space. Is that a clue, or just getting a sense of how vast it is?
WHEDON: Oh, it’s a clue. Read into it as hard as you can. I can’t wait until you see it. Everything is a clue. We can’t say anything really about the end. It’s all meant to get you asking these questions, so at least we did our job there.
What they could reveal about next season is that as much as the world of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. changes, the more it stays the same. The agency is still fighting a battle of public perception, and will be, moving forward.
The government was planning to shut down S.H.I.E.L.D. once and for all, which seems to be a threat most seasons. What can you tease about what’s next back on Earth since Aida laid the groundwork for humans to fear S.H.I.E.L.D. and Inhumans?
WHEDON: It’s definitely not resolved. We’ve hit a low point in terms of the public view of S.H.I.E.L.D. because after the Triskelion fell and Hydra took over, it was vanished, and it gave them a gleam of hope this year of, “Okay, we’re going to try to do it right. We have this new director and this new PR mission,” and that could not have gone worse with Daisy now on tape committing a horrible crime — it was, of course, not her. The public perception of S.H.I.E.L.D. is at an all-time low, so we have not resolved that, and there will be still more fallout from it.
Of course, it seems that dealing with the fallout of Daisy’s actions on earth would necessitate the show taking place on Earth. So with Coulson in space, this could be a juggle.
Will the storyline primarily take place in space next year, or will you have dual storytelling between what’s going on with Coulson and what’s going on back on Earth?
WHEDON: Next year is going to remain a mystery until next year.
TANCHAROEN: Only because it’s still a mystery to us.
BELL: It goes back to these are why we hope people show up, to get these questions answered.
Of course, before we see SHIELD again, Marvel will have aired the entirety of their new television project, Inhumans. It’s hard to think that Coulson going to space will not be related to this new show, featuring a royal family not of Earth.
Does the space stuff tie into Marvel’s Inhumans at all?
WHEDON: We can’t say.
I’m going to take Whedon’s answer on that one as a “yes.”
What clues have you found in the season four finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Do you have theories on how the two ABC series may tie together? Let us hear them, in the comments!
Source: Entertainment Weekly