Agents of SHIELD was once a big arm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The ABC series lasted for seven seasons and managed to build out its own little corner in the larger Marvel world. However, it got to a point where it felt like the show was living in its own reality and did not really have any major repercussions for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As such, it had its loyal fans but it also did not seem to be a real integral part of the overarching universe. And that seems to have been confirmed by Disney with Agents of SHIELD being moved out of the proper Marvel Cinematic Universe canon on Disney+. That move has frustrated some fans but that seems to be a calculated move.
We reached out to our trusted and proven insider source to find out more about this and it turns out that Agents of SHIELD is getting something of a reboot. From what we were able to gather, Marvel does want to bring back the characters from the show but will treat them as new to audiences. It will essentially be a soft reboot of the property and characters that will act as a tip of the hat to old fans while being completely accessible to anyone who never saw Agents of SHIELD. In this way, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will not really acknowledge any of the canon of the series but will keep the characters the same.
What is really interesting about this info is that it sounds like the Agents of SHIELD characters won’t be getting a rebooted series but will rather be individually rebooted by appearing in other Marvel Cinematic Universe properties. This could mean that they would show up in Secret Invasion, the series that is currently set to focus the most on the clandestine agency. That series is also rumored to act as a significant chance for some canon reconfiguration, so it would make a lot of sense for this approach to the Agents of SHIELD characters to play out on this show.
Naturally, the biggest return would be Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson. The character was resurrected for Agents of SHIELD but was never brought up in any other Marvel Cinematic Universe property. Would this be acknowledged in this new reboot approach to these characters? Or would Coulson be one character that did not return? His death was the catalyst that got the Avengers to come together in the first place and bringing him back always did feel a little like a cheap maneuver. We were not able to verify whether or not Coulson would be part of this reboot, but if one character from the show was not going to come back, we would guess it would be him.
We have certainly heard that Marvel wants former Agents of SHIELD star Chloe Bennet back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this newest report would seem to feed into that previous one. We will be keeping our feelers out for any more developments with this new approach to these Marvel characters.