After the epic finale teased universal implications for the series’ future, fans flocked to Madison Square Garden during New York Comic Con to get a glimpse of Agents of SHIELD Season Five.
Jeph Loeb hit the stage to hype up the fans before being joined by the cast.
“As you probably know if you’ve ever been to a Marvel panel, there’s a chance you’re going to see stuff that no one has ever seen before,” Loeb teased.
The head of Marvel Television introduced the cast starting with the newest series regular Natalia Cordova-Buckley, quickly followed by Henry Simmons, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, and Clark Gregg.
Loeb ran down the events of Season 4, including Ghost Rider, LMDs, and the Framework arcs.
He revealed Agents of SHIELD Season 5 will return Friday December 1 with a two hour premiere.
The panel showed off a highlight real of Season Four, showcasing the events that lead to the Agents of HYDRA storyline. It began with clips of Ghost Rider’s storyline, leading all the way through to Coulson in space. Fans went especially crazy during a shot of May and Coulson kissing.
Coulson thanked the fans in the audience for being the reason for the show’s fifth season, telling them they’re the reason they get to keep working.
Loeb pointed out Cordova-Buckley as the new series regular, and she spoke about how she felt that she was a part of the family from day one. Henstridge reiterated that the cast is lucky to have her.
Simmons (the actor of Mack, not the character on the show) spoke about the experience of being a new father balanced with the storyline of being a father losing his child in Season Four. He stated simply, “I’m blessed.”
The fan Q&A began with asking about when the Agents will be on an Avengers movie. Gregg said “Now seems like a good time to announce that… we don’t know.” They said that the fans can make it happen, and asked them to tell Marvel they want it.
Asked what they’d want to tell their Season One characters, Henstridge said to quit wasting time and “snug Fitz.” Chloe said she’d tell Skye not to cut her hair and not to date a HYDRA Nazi traitor. Then she said not to date anyone, because that person would die.
The next fan asked if they could see Season Five footage, and Loeb said he’d only reveal it if Iain gives Henstridge a kiss. After some confusion over whether he was being ordered to kiss Gregg or Henstridge, the actor kissed Loeb instead.
They then screened the first 20 minutes of the first episode of Season Five, giving fans a taste of what to expect this winter.
The clip begins focused on children’s drawings on a fridge, leading to shots of a tall, older man beginning his day. He starts out swimming in his backyard pool before taking a shower, revealing that he’s removed his skin and appears to be an alien-like being hiding among humans. He puts his skin back on, puts a nice suit on, then goes to an empty aircraft hanger where a truck is parked.
One person swiped through different logos for the truck as if it were an app, the truck displayed different decals such as the Postal Service and other couriers before settling on a beer truck.
They then go to the diner where the Agents were last season, showing that we are getting the other side of the whole abduction incident. But the tall, bald alien guy mentions that they’ve left one of the team at the diner, because they “aren’t on the list.”
The agents are frozen and taken to an empty building. They’re unrestrained and “unfrozen,” revived, standing in front of a strange stone obelisk much like in Seasons Two and Three of the series. The stone melts to liquid and covers the team, cutting to black.
When we come back, Coulson is revived in space with time frozen around him. He’s on a space station with a broken window, one person is being sucked out while two others are scrambling to grab a hold of something. Coulson sees time slowly starting to kick back in, and he grabs onto something at the last second. One of the two other people pushes a button which closes a steel door over the broken window, but not before their ally was sucked out into the vacuum of space.
Coulson tries to figure out what’s going on as an alien type creature murders one of the two remaining people, and the last mystery person alleges there are many more. He also intimates that he knows who Coulson is and that he maintained his faith that they would eventually be saved.
Mack shows up and punches the guy out, as he appeared to be hostile, and is followed by Yo-Yo and Simmons. May also appears but it seems like she’s in a separate part of the space station, and she’s impaled.
The team is attempting to figure out what’s going on, who the aliens are, who the people are, if this is another space-faring station in SHIELD.
The mystery man regains consciousness and intimates that the group is legendary in history, hinting that the team is now in the future. But before he can provide answers he is murdered by one of the aliens.
They attempt to escape and just as it appears the alien is about to corner them, Daisy appears from behind and blows up the alien with her quake powers. This makes it clear that Fitz was the team member left behind.
May pulls herself free from behind impaled in her thigh and she sees a mystery man with a space mask, like a cross between Star Lord and Iron Man, scavenging one of the dead bodies left behind from the alien. When he appears to leave, May tries to follow but the mystery man catches her, holding her by the throat, and tells her “I’ve been looking for you.
After the clip, Loeb and the cast returned to the stage.
They spoke about Gregg directing episodes of the series. He revealed he directed episode 6 of the new season.
Asked if Gregg would consider running for President of the United States, Gregg said he’s unqualified but he believes he “couldn’t do any worse.”
Another fan asked which side Coulson would take in Captain America: Civil War, Gregg deflected and instead offered a fan an Agents of SHIELD key chain.
The last fan asked what the cast would drink if they were to go to the bar, and in unison they all answered: “Tequila.”
They ended the panel with a blooper reel from the previous season.