The longest-running marvel show is finally coming to an end, and the last season might be the best one yet.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. started its own journey only one year after Marvel released The Avengers (2012) since then the show has been an integral part of the tv universe of Marvel, even though in the years since the outing of Joss Whedon, the show has drifted further and further from the MCU, but it still manages to establish a parallel with the movies.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division) follows the story of Phil Coulson after he got stabbed by Loki in the Avengers movie and was presumed dead, but a secret division within S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to infuse Kree blood with Coulson and brought him back from his death.
The show has an entirely different cast from the movies, and Coulson is the helm of his own team who goes on missions to identify unknown objects and potential threats on the planet.
The show stars Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson (now a Life Model Decoy), and the main cast retiring to the show includes Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, Henry Simmons, Jeff Ward, Elizabeth Henstridge, Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Iain De Caestecker.
Recap Of The Past Seasons:
Throughout the seasons the show has followed different storylines including the takeover of Hydra, Kree Warriors, Inhumans, LMDs (realistic-looking robots), Ghost Rider and in the latest season we get to see the team travel through time stumbling over various periods in the history of S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to stop an alien race from taking over the earth.
The first season of the show follows Coulson as he tries to make his team of agents work together as they handle weird cases, the team investigates the “Clairvoyant”, the leader of Project Centipede which involves enhanced individuals, in the process the team discovers that Project Centipede is backed by Hydra, and they have managed to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.
The second season continues after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with S.H.I.E.L.D., fallen, Coulson becomes the director of the agency in the fight against Hydra as they also try to deal with a newly discovered race of superhumans known as Inhumans.
The Kree experiments, Inhumans are the main feature of the third season as Coulson assembles a team of his Inhumans to fight against the rogue ones, also discovering in the process that one of his team is a powerful inhuman, also the defeat of Hydra and the inhuman leader of Hydra known as Hive results in S.H.I.E.L.D. becoming legal again under the Sokovia Accords.
The fourth season is one of the best seasons yet as not only we get to see robots and Virtual Reality projects known as Framework but also the introduction of Robbie Reyes a.k.a Ghost Rider to the series. The show featured AIDA, artificial intelligence as the main antagonist who is made by ex-hydra scientist Holden Radcliffe.
While the first four seasons of the show focused on Inhumans and Hydra, the fifth season was the one that set the events in action that led us to season 7.
The team gets abducted to the future, and there they fight for humanity’s survival as Earth is all but destroyed, and the remaining humans are slaves of an alien race. The team manages to save humanity and return to the past, they then stop Glenn Talbot, a government official who works closely with S.H.I.E.L.D., Talbot gains powers through an element known as Gravitonium and is then killed by the team to stop him from destroying the planet.
Also, due to a deal made with the Ghost Rider, Coulson dies at the end of the season, succumbing to his injuries during the events of Avengers as becoming the Ghost Rider wiped out the Kree element that healed him.
The penultimate season saw the team divided as one team set out to recover an agent lost in space and the other fights an alien race who are trying to take over the planet, the season features Sarge, an alien who is a splitting resemblance of Coulson.
At the end of the season, the team has to travel back in time to try to stop an alien race known as Chronicoms whose planet has been destroyed, and they are trying to take over the earth, now they plan to travel to the past to erase S.H.I.E.L.D. from existence, the only people who can stop the aliens. Also, Coulson is back again, but this time as an LMD.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7:
The final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is already ten episodes in and if you still haven’t got around to watch you definitely should, as this season features some of the best episodes in the whole show.
The season follows the team as they travel through time into different decades after the Chronicoms to stop them from wiping out S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past, we get Coulson as an LMD, and also many familiar faces return to the series such as Patton Oswalt as Ernest “Hazard” Koenig, Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa and other characters such as the teleporting Inhuman Gordon, Daisy’s mother, Jiaying.
The show is finally going to come to its end after running for seven seasons, and surprisingly according to the creators, the decision to the end the show is a creative decision rather than the show being cancelled by marvel or ABC.
The creators told that the show has run long enough and now was the time to end it when they are in control of the ending, as many of the shows didn’t get the ending they deserve because they were cancelled unexpectedly.
While we might never get the movie, the ending of the show on its seventh season holds true to the statement made by the team behind the show a few years back the show will have seasons and a movie.
Reception To The Show:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has seen its ups and downs throughout the years, the show which set out on very high viewership initially due to the success of The Avengers, fell in rating and viewership over the years which was due to the show drifting away from the MCU.
But that doesn’t mean that the show was running on fumes, in-between season the show got quite some hype as we saw the introduction of various characters such as the Inhumans, Ghost Rider and also all the hydra and time travel stuff.
Also, the fact that the cancelling of the show was purely a creative decision goes a long way to say that the show wasn’t fairing that bad at rating and viewership that it had to be cancelled.
While the ardent fans of the show are going to miss the show a lot and also we are going to miss seeing Clark Gregg as Agents Coulson, the man who brought the Avengers together but alas everything has to come to an end.
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