The hiatus between Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Seasons 5 and 6 has been enough to make drive any fan mad. Darn that Thanos snap and its derailment of everything we know and love!
S.H.I.E.L.D. will be returning with its sixth season this summer though, and it's already got a seventh season order on the books. Looks like we'll be getting plenty of superpowered storylines in the foreseeable future. While we wait for that sixth season to drop, we figured we'd pull together all the spoilers and teasers we've got about Season 6 so far to help you prepare for this new chapter.
It's slated for a summer premiere. While there's no set premiere date yet, we do know that the show will return in May of 2019, and the season will consist of 13 episodes.
There will be a time jump. When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns, we'll be picking back up one year later, but the loss of loved ones from the Season 5 finale will still be very real and deeply troubling for some characters.
Coulson (Clark Gregg) is officially dead. Last season ended with Coulson and May (Ming Na Wen) gazing off into the literal and metaphorical sunset as they planned to live out Coulson's final days on Earth together. When the show picks back up, he will have officially died from the poison that was slowly killing him in Season 5, and the team will still be coping with their grief over his loss.
Clark Gregg is still on the show. Though Coulson will be dearly departed, you'll still see Clark Gregg on your screens every week. Gregg teased that he'd be playing a new character in Season 6, and though he looks remarkably like Coulson (identical, in fact), he won't be anything like the character we know and love.
This new guy will obviously cause some tension with Coulson's team though, given who exactly he looks like. "We're introduced to a new character who happens to have a very similar aesthetic to Coulson, so having that as a constant reminder in a way turns out to not be the easiest," said Chloe Bennet.
The race is on to find Fitz (Iain De Caestecker). Though Fitz died a hero's death in last year's season finale, he's not technically gone for good. Thanks to some time-travel shenanigans, there's a past version of him floating out in cry-sleep deep in space somewhere. Simmons' (Elizabeth Henstridge) mission this season will be to track down her husband — though he won't remember marrying her because, well, time travel is tricky like that. According to Henstridge, that mission is more easily said than done, but that won't be enough to stop someone as tough as Simmons. "[She] is just totally convinced and determined to find him, so she's not really grieving yet," Henstridge told TV Guide at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "She's just focused on getting him back. She has no doubt that she will."
Mack (Henry Simmons) has taken over as director. Without Coulson around, someone has to be in charge of what's left of SHIELD, and who better than the man who's already a big papa bear to the whole team? Mack taking over makes perfect sense, but it won't be a totally seamless transition according to Chloe Bennet. "It's been fun to kind of have the dynamic shift with Mack as the Director because there's always that [expectation of] living up to Coulson. It puts him in a different position from all the other characters," said Bennet. "All of the sudden he's the leader, and I think it just makes for a more interesting conversation between all the characters after so long together. It's a great way to kind of mix things up."
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for Season 6 in May of 2019 on ABC.