Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t often get a lot of pub when we are talking about the larger Marvel world even though it technically exists in the same universe as all of the awesome movies. That’s because it was simply a network television show for so long and didn’t actually feature any of the studio’s real heavy hitters on the screen. Sure, there was a little overlap (very little) with the movies but for the most part, it stood on its own. But with everything in the Marvel world finally coming in-house, recent rumors have a possible reboot of the show on Disney+.
These talks to bring back Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seem to be in the very early stages and there’s no definitive word on what kind of shape a reboot of the show could take if it moved over to the streaming platform. But from a continuity standpoint, this would make a lot of sense as Marvel folks are working overtime to get just about all of those universe loose ends tied up. They now have the whole catalog of characters past and present working into storylines.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lasted for a whopping seven seasons on ABC. It originally appeared back in 2014 about six months before Captain America: Winter Soldier hit the big screen. That timing was linked so well considering the latter had such a S.H.I.E.L.D.-heavy focus. Captain America was facing a threat from inside the organization and Nick Fury was on the run because he’d been double-crossed.
The first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a hit with critics, scoring 88% on the Tomatometer and those scores only went up over time. For the entire run, the show averaged 95% on the review aggregator, a real feat considering this is largely forgotten in the Marvel Universe. That’s because, from a ratings perspective, this show really suffered. It came out of the box strong-ish with 12 million viewers for the premiere. But that number was down to five million by the end of Season One.
And things didn’t ever get any better from that standpoint for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after that. By the time things were all said and done for the final season it wasn’t even topping two million views per episode and ABC finally pulled the plug.
If Marvel were to bring back Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. you’d have to think at minimum Clark Gregg would be back as Agent Phil Coulson. In the show, he eventually became the director of the group. He also had parts in the first two Iron Man movies, plus The Avengers and Captain Marvel as well. After that, it’s anyone’s guess with upwards of the whole cast may be slated to come back in some fashion.
With Marvel now bringing in characters who used to be under different umbrellas, like the X-Men, Deadpool, and the Netflix crew as well, it stands to reason they have some iteration of the ABC show as well. It would make for solid continuity in the franchise, something they appear to be striving for in their upcoming phases.