The Real Reason Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD Is Ending
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the longest-running MCU-affiliated TV series still on the air. But as we enter phase 4 of the MCU, S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to conclude with its seventh season. Here's why the end is coming.
No one on a TV show's production team likes to discover that their work is ending, but it's a rare blessing when they get to plan ahead of time and tie off loose ends in a satisfying way. Such is the case for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Production staff voluntarily decided to cut it off at season seven, after ABC preemptively renewed the series before season six had even finished airing. When Deadline asked Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb why it was coming to a close, he replied,
He also described this pre-planned funeral as a, quote, "celebration," although that description might ring a little hollow to some. Maybe it's really just an expression of stiff-upper-lip bravery in the face of a new era in the MCU.
Marvel TV used to be a separate but commercially-joined division within Marvel Entertainment, the company that previously owned all the comic intellectual property from which the MCU makes its billions. However, Marvel Entertainment's acquisition by Disney and its subsequent restructuring in 2015 appear to have left Marvel TV in the dust. After all, it's still under the jurisdiction of Marvel Entertainment's Ike Perlmutter, not Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige.
Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Studios had a parting of the ways, so while Perlmutter and Marvel Entertainment got the TV shows, Feige and Marvel Studios got complete creative control over the films, and that's changed just about everything. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is now its own thing unto itself, and with Marvel Studios' separation from Marvel Entertainment, it appears more and more that the TV division that had once been so ambitious is slowly being left behind and, ultimately, replaced.
Keep watching the video to see the real reason Marvel's Agents of SHIELD is ending!
Planned ahead of time | 0:12
Marvel TV fading away | 0:53
The looming specter of Disney+ | 1:58
Struggling in the ratings | 2:43
A product of the Whedon era | 3:36
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