As announced by Deadline earlier today, Marvel’s Agents of Shield will bow out with its seventh and final season next year. Many had speculated, fans and entertainment journalists alike, that the show would not surpass seven seasons, especially after network ABC awarded the show with two surprise shortened seasons last year. With this in mind, now the show’s last appearance at San Diego Comic-Con was an emotionally profound affair.
The panel was held for the first time in the SDCC’s famous Hall H to a crowd of fans of Marvel’s flagship TV show. In attendance were series regulars Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, Iain de Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Henry Simmons and Jeff Ward; alongside showrunners and producers Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeff Bell and Jeph Loeb, who also acted as moderator.
In interviews showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen stated there was a certain bittersweetness to ending the show, with cast member Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons) stating that the series finale is “Beautiful in a sad, sad way.” The cast are currently filming said series finale at the moment and had their very last table read on Monday. With this, this panel felt very much like a celebration of what will be an impressive 136 episodes of the series, and to take the opportunity to say thank you to fans.
Loeb introduced the panel by saying, “Today is a celebration of the stories we’ve told and the ending you all deserve.” Clip reels were shared with highlights from the past 5 seasons, with cast members Ming-Na Wen and Jeff Ward both getting emotional when discussing their individual journeys on the show. Lighter moments included praising additions to the cast over the years, such as the introduction to fan-favourite couple Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood). As well as cast members telling stories of their favourite moments.
Henry Simmons divulged that he struggled to say farewell to Bobbi and Hunter in their heartbreaking “A Spy’s Goodbye” scene in Season 3. Whilst Iain de Caestecker explained that whilst he enjoyed playing a darker side to Fitz as the villainous Doctor in Season 4, he jokingly got upset by missing working alongside partner Elizabeth Henstridge as wonder-duo Fitzsimmons were separated for most of that storyline.
As shooting for the final ever episode continues, showrunner Jed Whedon concluded with “We are going through what the characters are going through and this is our very last mission together.” The panel ended with a few fan questions, with Whedon joking about a comic spinoff to Daisy and Jemma’s drug-infused space adventures, as seen in a recent Season 6 episode. Lastly, fans both at the panel and not were treated to an extended trailer of the remaining episodes (Watch below!), which builds up the mystery of Gregg’s Sarge and a face-down against Izel (Karolina Wydra).
As saddening as it soon will be to say goodbye to this show, Agents of Shield delivered a fun and profound final panel, displaying the growth of this little show that could and its core cast of characters. Farewell agents!
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