When it was announced that Marvel and ABC Studios would be teaming up with IMAX to bring “Inhumans” to the small screen, plenty of fans were left wondering what this meant for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” While the show has continued to grow stronger with each new season, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” has never been able to recapture the amount of viewers it did during its premiere season. Although the show has never been a huge pull for the network, former president Paul Lee was always a huge champion for the series, so the series’ renewal for a fifth season has up in the air since Channing Dungey stepped into the role of President for ABC Entertainment.
When asked whether or not “S.H.I.E.L.D.” fans should be worried about the show’s future on the network, Dungey put some of those fears to rest. “[‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’] was the first out of the gate for us and with Marvel, and we all have been learning a lot over the four years of that show. What we’re doing with IMAX is very different, and I think it’s going to feel and look very different from what they’re doing on Netflix,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Hopefully there’s a world for me where those shows exist side-by-side on our air and are two different pieces of music that exist together in the same landscape.”
Between “Agents of S.H.I.E.l.D.’s” move to a 10 PM slot on Tuesdays and the fact that it has been underperforming in ratings, everything seemed to point to the conclusion that Season 4 may be the show’s last. While Dungey’s statement isn’t a formal confirmation, though, the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. looks bright — for now.
Of course, as mentioned above, none of this is concrete. It’s highly unlikely we’ll have a definitive answer regarding a possible fifth season of S.H.I.E.L.D. until the upfronts in May, but Dungey’s comments do sound extremely hopeful.
Airing Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more. After debuting in IMAX theaters on or around September 1, “Inhumans” will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. “Inhumans” is also expected to air all eight episodes of its first season uninterrupted on the following Tuesdays.
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