It’s official: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. really is heading to space next season.

EW has an exclusive first look at the poster for season 5, and while it doesn’t provide an actual premiere date other than a winter return, it does offer a pretty sizeable clue that Coulson (Clark Gregg) probably isn’t the only one in space.

In the season 4 finale, Coulson & Co. were enjoying a last meal, expecting to be arrested by government agents, but instead were seemingly frozen in place by some shadowy figures and kidnapped before viewers picked up with Coulson sometime later in space. (Read more about that here.)

While the organization’s identity was not revealed, a running theory posits that they’re members of S.W.O.R.D., the Sentient World Observation and Response Department, which is basically a military agency designed to protect Earth from intergalactic threats.

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Are they really S.W.O.R.D.? Could this be how Lance Hunter returns? We’ll find out this winter when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns following the run of Marvel’s Inhumans!

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ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." - Season Three

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) assembles a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases.

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