Warning: If you are watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but haven't seen Avengers: Infinity War, there are major spoilers ahead!
As always the recent drop of a major Marvel movie in theaters sent Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans into a tailspin, wondering how the show would incorporate the major events of the film. Now, we finally know, but the answers have only made us more anxious!
While Coulson (Clark Gregg) and a newly powered up General Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) struggled to keep the Confederacy at bay, Thanos (Josh Brolin) launched his assault on Earth. In Avengers: Infinity War, this violent pursuit of the Infinity Stones came to a climax in Wakanda, a part of the world conveniently shielded from the outside world.
That didn't stop the Confederacy from telling Coulson all about it though, which in turn made General Talbot desperate to use his new power over gravity to team up with the Avengers and protect the world. The only problem? Talbot wasn't exactly in his right mind, and he was easily convinced that he needed more Gravitonium to overcome Thanos' forces.
That Gravitonium just so happened to be located under the earth's surface, which should set off alarm bells for anyone connecting the right dots. This is totally how the world gets cracked apart, right?
The fight for the Infinity Stones was never actually seen on screen during this episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but we'd bet our last dollar this won't be the last we hear of it. According to Pasdar though, we might have to wait until the season finale to get all of the answers.
"These guys are so good with tying in Infinity War," Pasdar said when asked about the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finale. "Thanos talks about the end - that's what this is about. Is it the end, is it the end, or is it the end? It all depends on so many factors that go into it. I think [the S.H.I.E. L.D. finale] serves as a great ending, and great endings are very often great beginnings. You really need to close the door on one set of actors in order to entertain a whole bunch of others."
Is it possible Pasdar is referring to Thanos' plan to destroy half of all life in the universe? In the film, Thanos achieves that goal, leaving us with a very anxiety-inducing cliffhanger where half our favorite Marvel characters turn to dust, destroyed with the snap of Thanos' fingers. But will the finale of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. incorporate that crazy twist? It's entirely possible.
"If [the show is] moving on to Season 6, I think there's so many storylines to happen," Pasdar assured us. "If it doesn't, it serves as a wonderful finale for the five seasons it was on the air. It also serves as a great finale for this fifth season; it ties a lot of things together."
We'll have to wait until the finale to find out if any of the S.H.I.E.L.D agents perished in Thanos' universe-changing snap, but we've still got a whole lot of plot to get through before we reach that point. Daisy's (Chloe Bennet) been kidnapped by a member of the Kasius family, Coulson is still dying, and Talbot could wind up getting tricked into destroying the world in an effort to save it. The question of the hour is whether Talbot will come back to his senses, or whether the Gravitonium and his preexisting mental condition will combine to make a deadly cocktail.
There's also the matter of figuring out who is the Destroyer of Worlds and how that will play into the season's final episodes. If Talbot is the infamous world killer, Padsar promised it would come from a good place.
"He's always trying to do good; this is a man who's driven by honor, loyalty, patriotism," Pasdar said. I think that moniker [The Destroyer of Worlds] is what Ruby so eagerly grabbed onto, and it may be a bit limiting. I don't think that's the way General Talbot would look at himself at all. I think he's the Saver of Worlds if anything. That's the way he'd look at it. Whether that label could be put on him, I think that's for other people to decide."
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9/8c on ABC.