Now that some info has been given about the fifth season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it’s time to start speculating what types of scenarios we’ll see resolved in the next run. We’re supposed to be getting a full 22 episode run with no breaks starting in January of 2018.

The finale of season four left us quite confused, and long-time fans know in typical Coulson fashion, there are more questions than answers. That man always manages to leave us with one last secret before the end of the season. This time, we have questions about the future of his character to answer. Spoiler warning here, as ahead we’ll be discussing the finale in great detail.

Robbie (Ghost Rider) made it clear that when the rider transferred its abilities over to Phil, he did so at some sort of heavy cost. He left off by saying that he “doesn’t envy Coulson” which I can only imagine means this price is hefty. We’ve watched Coulson take gambles of the soul numerous times before, between the whole Tahiti experience and his rage-killing of fan-favorite villain Grant Ward. Yet even still, I can’t imagine the type of deal he’d have to make with something as vindictive as the Ghost Rider.

Also, we were left by our agents with a few major loose ends. For starters, Talbot took a bullet to the head and is now comatose. As a fan of the humor Glenn Talbot brings to the biggest events of each season, I was very worried that they would kill him off in such an anticlimactic way. My worries were quelled, but the fallout for that has to be huge.

On top of this, we have “The Russian” who admittedly never grew on me. He always seemed a bit more like an annoyance than a gripping villain. That’s a first for this show, by the way. Bill Paxton’s John Garrett was a constant hilarity, Whitehall and Malick were grotesquely despicable, Ward and Raina were intense and attention-grabbing, Hive was overwhelming, and Aida might have been the best villain of the whole show. Yet this “Superior” isn’t menacing, he isn’t easy to sympathize with.

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Unfortunately, I don’t think the show is going to take its proper time with coping with the horrific experiences Fitz had to endure in the Framework. I had hoped his resolution to that would come from Daisy, but I wanted it to be done in a way that was more intimately about their connection, which has been developed over numerous seasons. We’ve really gotten to watch Daisy, Jemma, and Fitz evolve from kids to adults over the course of the series.

That being said, I was hoping for another mention of our long lost friend from the films, Director Nick Fury. If anyone could get our team out of the grip of the law, it’s the all-seeing eye of Marvel’s Avengers.

Many speculate that our heroes are being sent to space so there’s no opportunity for them to interfere with the plot of the upcoming Inhumans series that is set to debut this September.

All of these theories are fun, but we won’t be hearing much of anything for a while. Given the upcoming Avengers Infinity War, I’d bet that we’ll be getting a definitive crossover sequence of some variety to finally close out one of the longest running narratives of our time. I, for one, am holding out hope that our agents will come back better than ever, with those signature hearts and minds we’ve all come to love.

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