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Things We Saw Today: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Will Get a Sixth Season


Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was by no means a sure bet for renewal at ABC, but the show squeaked by under the ax and will be returning.

ABC canceled Marvel’s other show at the network, Inhumans, which surprised exactly no one (Lockjaw, we hardly knew ye), but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a toss-up going into the renewal/cancellation mill.

Deadline points out that although Coulson & Co. have low “live” ratings—people tuning in for appointment television—the show “is a strong DVR gainer and an even stronger international seller for ABC Studios, as well as a marketing platform for Marvel.”

In short, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has a lot more fans than its surface ratings suggest, and its potential to reference and occasionally intersect with events that are happening in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe makes the show even more precious unto Marvel. I’m glad that the Agents will have the opportunity play around in the sandbox of possibilities that Infinity War opened up.

Are you glad Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming back?

(via Deadline, image: ABC/Marvel)

  • “None of this is OK.” Pajiba looks at the awful events in the Middle East today. (via Pajiba)
  • Five previously undigitized works by Joanna Russ—the early feminist science fiction author perhaps best known for her book The Female Man—are now available. The Portalist takes a closer look at Russ’s “genius and fury.” (via The Portalist)
  • Ryan Reynolds showed up on a Korean singing show wearing a unicorn mask, which isn’t a sentence I get to type every day. (via Syfy Wire)
  • In other renewal news, Lost in Space got a second-season order from Netflix. (via Deadline)
  • The Russos said that Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif is dead post-Infinity War, which I strongly dislike. But it doesn’t mean my dreams of Alexander playing Lady Loki someday are dead forever, because these are comic book movies and anything can happen. (via Inverse)

I saw Solo today, and will have a review up for you tomorrow afternoon. What’d you see on your end?

Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back

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