‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’ series finale on ABC marks the end of an era (SPOILERS)

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After a few seasons of traveling through space and time, “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” returned to Earth, of sorts, in its two-part finale, an old-fashioned affair tinged with nostalgia and clearly aimed at fans. who had been part of the ABC series from the start.

Granted, that’s a relatively small contingent, with ratings drastically dropping since the show premiered in 2013, which feels like a lifetime spent in the evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, on TV and At the movie theater.

The finale saw the group overcome the threat of the Chronicles, as their enemies sought to erase SHIELD from history, operating in an alternate timeline.

That danger was dispelled relatively early in the final hour, however, allowing for what felt like an inadvertent virtual reunion of original and almost original actors – essentially the superhero universe’s version of a Zoom call.

“That’s what we were fighting for,” Coulson (Clark Gregg) said after the team triumphed, to which Daisy (Chloe Bennet) responded, “Family”. The family atmosphere also saw the reunion of two other members of the original cast, Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), joined by May (Ming-Na Wen) and later additions Mack (Henry Simmons) and Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley).The low-key finish seemed almost prescient, given that production on the series was actually wrapped up last year, which is why ABC aired the entire original airing over the summer, when most shows have been sidelined by coronavirus concerns.

Coulson – a character introduced in the Marvel movies, who has been killed and resurrected, in one form or another, on several occasions – even got his sports car back, as a tribute to the pilot episode. While providing some closure, the finale left the door open to use some of these characters again, although given Marvel’s priorities, that seems less likely.

The show’s end comes amid a strategic shift in Marvel’s television operation, which – after producing “SHIELD”, the “Agent Carter” spin-off and the failed “Inhumans” ratings for ABC, as well. that bolder tariffs like “Daredevil” for Netflix – – directs its efforts towards original series featuring characters from its films for Disney’s streaming service, Disney +. Upcoming shows include “WandaVision”, “Loki” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”.

In an interview with Variety, Gregg called the opportunity to play the role of Coulson on the television series – after the character’s disappearance from the original “Avengers” – “a tremendous gift.” Likewise, the final “Agents of SHIELD” clearly sought to wrap up the show for those hardy souls who have remained steadfast through its seven seasons with a great bright arc.

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