The organization is no more, but "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." isn't going anywhere.
After a topsy-turvy first season that comes to a close next week, ABC has officially put in the order for a second season of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," which follows the small-screen exploits of miraculously revived Agent Phil Coulson and his carefully selected band of spies.
On top of that, ABC is doubling down on the Marvel game, and making the rumors official: "Agent Carter," based on the Marvel One-Shot of the same name starring Hayley Atwell as "Captain America" heroine Peggy Carter, has been ordered straight to series.
In their rundown of the news, The Hollywood Reporter states that "Agent Carter" will function as "a short-order series and likely used as a 'bridge show' to air during the second season hiatus of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', with both series ultimately being tied-in together."
It's an interesting prospect for a few reasons. One, as a "bridge show," how will the events of "Agent Carter" impact the larger "S.H.I.E.L.D." series? Can we expect time-travel components for the second season of "S.H.I.E.L.D.," perhaps with Peggy Carter in her prime catapulting into the present day — or characters like Coulson or FitzSimmons traveling back in time to the beginnings of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the earliest battles against HYDRA?
Beyond the story implications, the "short-order" for "Carter" is, frankly, very good news. For all that it's accomplished in the back half of its season, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." shuffled its feet for far too many episodes before finding its footing. Had "S.H.I.E.L.D." premiered in January with a shorter episode order, pegged specifically to the revelations made in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," it might have been a tighter, better show. With a smaller amount of episodes, "Agent Carter" can hit the ground running and tell its intended story, without worrying about filler episodes.
But enough speculating. Here are the facts: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is coming back, "Agent Carter" is on the way, and there are still five other Marvel shows in the works, to premiere on Netflix. Not a bad time to be a Marvel fan at all.
Are you looking forward to "Agent Carter" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." season two?