After five seasons, ABC’s superhero-adjacent television show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., may be coming to a premature end. Producers for the series are currently in the process of tweaking their plans to accommodate a possible series finale.
The show, which is set in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Panther and the Avengers, is currently in the midst of its fifth season.
Husband and wife showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurisa Tancharoen are currently making plans for how to wind down to the season finale.
“We are in process [of writing the finale],” says Whedon. Tancharoen gives a bit more of a tease, saying, “We know what it is.”
Sadly, there is a very real possibility that ABC could decide to make this the last season of the show, turning the season finale into a series finale.
“Yeah, we’re ready for if this is the end. We’re definitely going to make it rewarding either way,” says Whedon.
Although it was never confirmed, there were reports that ABC wanted to cancel the series after last season, but corporate parent Disney insisted the show receive a fifth season.
Regardless, the network moved the show to Friday nights alongside Once Upon a Time — typically known in Hollywood as the “Friday death slot.”
As predicted, the ratings for both shows suffered and the cancellation of Once Upon a Time was announced earlier this month.
Whedon says the finale will mostly still play out the way it was planned all season, though there may be some minor changes if it becomes a series finale.
“We can certainly pivot and there are certain things that we’re putting in that at the last minute could be adjusted,” he says.
Next week’s episode will be the show’s 100th episode, something Whedon and Tancharoen promise will be a “game changer.” Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs at 9/8c Friday nights on ABC.