Let’s start this article with a big fat spoiler warning for both Avengers: Infinity War and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Please navigate away if you’re not trying to spoil the movie, or if you’re not caught up on the show.
If you’re anything like me, you spent the last few minutes of Infinity War waiting for the other shoe to drop. There was no way all those characters were just going to…disappear, was there? Fine, there’s a part two coming eventually, but we have to wait for that, and in the meantime…I had to use my own two eyes to watch Steve watch Bucky die. Again.
At the end of it all, however, I was hoping for an epic tie-in with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents swarming the scene and proper order restored to the half of humanity left hanging in there post-Thanos. To keep up with the results of the movie, around half of the cast would have to wither away Voldemort style. Let’s assume that the show goes full on with continuity. Who’s about to bite the dust? Who’s safe? Is anyone going to be left standing?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Who are Probably in Danger
Leopold James Fitz. What an outstanding character, carried through the vehicle that is Iain DeCaestecker’s phenomenal acting chops. He and Simmons have finally decided not to leave each other’s side, but what about ‘the universe’ and what it wants? What if ‘the universe’ was named Thanos? If the show does come back for season six, Fitz is still a popsicle in space—but that version of Fitz hasn’t gone full-dark and mutilated his best friend yet.
Coulson is (likely) going to die at the end of the season and taking him away via Thanos is too easy. So how do we tighten the screw before that? Take away his oldest friend, partner, and potential love interest. The only person on the planet (or in space) who really understands him and lives in the same world. If Robin is right and May goes on to act as a surrogate mother following her birth mother’s death, then Melinda might be safe, but otherwise, you might want to start saying your goodbyes now.
Mack has gotten out of so many close calls. His number is probably up and if that’s the case, it’s going to be the actual worst. Losing Hope at the end of last season was bad enough. Almost losing Mack to the Framework was even worse. Losing the big guy himself would be the worst of all, and that’s saying something for a scenario where we lose half of humanity. But that’s also why he’s probably on his way out. Mack is the easy favorite of everyone with a heart, and he’s also beat all the odds and stuck with the team longer than any other non-original member of the team.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Who are (Relatively) Safe (From Thanos Only)
For maximum emotional impact, one member of Fitzsimmons needs to outlive the other. Although Fitz did say that in “all scenarios,” Simmons winds up dying…they also know they have a grandson. While Simmons has determined that she, Elena, and Fitz are invincible, the only evidence she has for Fitz’ survival is their bloodline. If Simmons is already pregnant, or if they decide to pull in popsicle Fitz? Then there is only one of them with a lifetime guarantee.
Poor Coulson. Hasn’t he been through enough? Isn’t it time for a nice long nap or a real vacation from all his woes? Coulson has been dying slowly all season, as we know. Like Tony Stark before him, Coulson lives with a ticking clock inside his veins, and it’s only a matter of time before he his expiration date arrives. What if even that limited timeline is cut short, or if the team does discover a way to save him only to have their fearless leader crumble to dust on the operating table?
Yo-Yo might be able to outlive the Gauntlet, but if we’re still in the Kasius timeline, she’s going to die just to be brought back in prophetic zombie-form. So “safe” is a VERY relative term in her case, and she’s probably going to be PISSED if she survives. I say probably, but it’s a guarantee. Double that if she has to watch Mack whither away or perhaps worse…if she’s off pretending she’s invincible and the last thing she did was lock him in a cell.
Look, if Daisy survives the Thanos-reckoning, it will likely be just in time for her to crack the world into pieces. Now that Ruby’s gone and Daisy is for sure the “Destroyer of Worlds”? Quake is on shaky ground, and she’s not even using her powers.
Deke’s probably gotta live. And then travel forward in time and restore timelines, or something. I don’t know, I’m not very invested in his character after he sold Daisy into slavery. His grandparents should have taught him better.
What do you think? In this fantasy world where Marvel still treats it TV shows as part of the same Universe, who’s about to literally float off into the sky?