Another season, another big bad defeated.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 saw Phil Coulson’s crew face one of their toughest challenges yet in the form of Glenn Talbot AKA the supervillain Graviton. It turned out that he was the prophesied “Destroyer of Worlds” who was at risk of bringing about the Earth’s doom – before Avengers: Infinity War‘s Thanos got the chance to do so himself. However, our heroes were able to defeat him, with Quake sending the big bad flying out into space the last time we saw him.
New comments from co-showrunner Jed Whedon, though, suggest that Graviton might not be as dead he seemed and could be in for a return next season. Whedon was speaking to EW when he teased that Talbot’s future is still in flux, saying:
“I know we see him floating in space, but he’s Graviton, so you never know.”
At this, EW’s correspondent told the writer how much they’d enjoyed Talbot’s transition into a full-on supervillain, and Whedon confirmed that it’s entirely up to the fans’ reception to the villain whether he’ll return or not.
“So if the rest of the fans feel the way you do, then chances are he might not be super dead.”
As the title suggests, season 5’s climax “The End” was at least partially written to be a series finale, as S.H.I.E.L.D. has been on the bubble of cancellation for the past few years. However, ABC ultimately decided to give the Marvel series a sixth season consisting of 13 episodes that’ll air next summer. Unlike FOX’s Gotham, however, the network aren’t calling this the final season, which means it’s possible it could get a full 22 episode order and a whole other season if things go well.
Whether Graviton is still part of the show’s future or not remains to be seen, but tell us, would you like to have Adrian Pasdar’s villain, who’s been part of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since its first season, return? Have your say in the comments section below.