Warning! Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fourth season finale ahead!

In its fourth season Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took a new storytelling approach, using separate story pods to lead to a bigger season arc.

In the season finale all these plots came to a head when Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider returned to defeat AIDA.

In the final moments Coulson awoke in some sort of station and appeared to be in outer space.

Now executive producer Jed Whedon is offering an explanation on that final scene and discussing what to expect from season five. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe shifting its focus to the cosmic universe, it makes sense that the S.H.I.E.L.D. team would also explore the same themes.

“The rule when we started was we couldn’t say anything about spies, we couldn’t say anything about Hydra, we couldn’t have any A.I. or robots or anything like that, because all of that was coming in movies that year or the year after,” he explained. “Since then, they’ve blown those doors wide open. They’ve introduced magic with Doctor Strange, which we played with this year, and they’ve introduced deep, deep space with Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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The S.H.I.E.L.D. team prepares for a final showdown with AIDA in the season four finale.

“The sandbox we’re playing in keeps getting bigger, and we want to explore all sides of it, and tell as many different stories as we can,” he said. “Fortunately deep space is very different. We’ve gone there a little bit with Simmons. We felt like we enjoyed that, so maybe there’s more to come.”

Whedon went on to explain that the agents are definitely in space and not another computer simulation. Executive producer Jeffrey Bell also confirmed another rumor saying “we acknowledge there’s a time jump.” However, he didn’t elaborate on how big a jump it would be, so fans will just have to wait for more information over the summer.

When it returns for season five Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will now air Fridays at 9 pm on ABC.

Source: Comic Book Resources

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