After seven seasons and 136 episodes, SHIELD Marvel Agents has finally ended. This past season saw the team travel over time, then fight the Chronicles and HYDRA in a new timeline that quickly derailed.
This is a big task in itself, but the ending manages to do thanks to doing what the show is best about: being completely absurd but completely diligent.
[[[[Ed. note: This contains spoilers for the seventh season of SHIELD, including the two-part finale, “The End Is Always Ready / What We Are Fighting For.”]
Yes, the car of Deus Fitz
As the finale opens, things are not looking good for the Agents. They are still in 1983 and there is nothing left of SHIELD but their group and a group of survivors. The only hope lies with Leo Fitz, whom the Chronicles and Nathaniel Malick know is capable of stopping their plans, but he has been MIA all season and Simmons can not remember where or when he is because she and Enoch suppressed all her memories of him. The good news is that their friend Chronicom Enoch (RIP) left part of a device with various SHIELD agents over the decades, and when put together, brings the right genius to his friends.
Fitz and Simmons decided to live a normal life while they could, and even had a daughter named Alya. But in the final, it was time to deal with their Kronikom threat at home. Agents know they can not leave this timeline to suffer, so they do the next best thing: use the proper timing of their ship to bring back the enemy fleet with them for 2019 via Quantum Realm. What follows is an end to the threat in a way that is nothing if not inspired.
Yes, Daisy uses her powers in Quake to kill Malick and destroy the fleet, and it ‘s great. But the real savior of the day was the power of empathy. It is thanks to the respective powers of Melinda May and Kora – Daisy’s sister who died early, but who is very much alive in the new one – that the Chronicles stop the attack. It is delightful, but it also honors the memory of Enoch, as he considered the Agents his friends and family.
The mission was accomplished
With so much travel time and use of Quantum Realm, this season feels a lot like SHIELD AGENTSversion i Avengers: Endgame. Going into the finals, it would be reasonable to assume that one or two of the Agents would sacrifice themselves to save everyone else.
This did not turn out to be the case at all. In fact, the refreshing show gives each of the main castes their happy endings. Whether Fitz and Simmons are retiring to raise Alya or Daisy while traveling through space with Kora and Sousa, the show laughs at the idea of bitter endings. Coulson, once dead but now resurrected as LMD, makes peace with his new rent of life. In fact, he decides to travel the world in his flying car, Lola. May went from being a helpful instructor to a teacher at Coulson Academy. Despite Enoch’s stern warning of their separation before his death, they will all still be together and in each other’s lives, thanks to VR hanging sessions. (Except for Deke, luckily SHIELD leadership in the next timeline.)
So many of the MCUs feel like homework, and SHIELD certainly did occasionally. But like all jobs, the best moments come from co-workers and the ones you do together. And if you are good enough friends, you will always keep in touch, even if one of you is on the other side of the galaxy.
Farewell, SHIELD AGENTS. Thank you for the memories and axes of the rifle.