Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. concluded its fourth season last year with Agent Coulson in unfamiliar territory: outer space. It was a shocking departure for the current fifth season, which made perfect sense to showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
"Last year was a real kitchen sink year," Whedon told CinemaBlend. "We had a lot of stuff going on. We did Alt-World. We did Ghost Rider. We did LMDs [Life Model Decoys]. So we did two different versions of alternate versions of ourselves, and so we were thinking 'Where can we go that's different?'"
"Mack's line sort of reflects what we were thinking in the writer's room," Tancharoen added. "He turns to Coulson and goes 'We're in space. It's the one thing we haven't done yet.' So it was definitely an area that we had been contemplating for a while."
The show's current season also revealed that not only were Coulson and company in space, but also several decades in the future. Whedon pointed out that the writers' room felt that the two story ideas came together hand in hand. "Then when we were talking about how to do it and how to pull it off the idea of it being the future was the one," he said. "As soon as we came up with that idea everybody kind of went 'Oh I see what that story is,' and we ran with that."
Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Elizabeth Henstridge.