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

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally has a premiere date!

The ABC drama’s fifth season will kick off on Friday, Dec. 1 with a two-hour premiere, Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb announced at the S.H.I.E.L.D. New York Comic Con panel Saturday. The comic book series was sidelined this fall to make room for Marvel’s Inhumans, which is currently in the middle of its first season.

Loeb also confirmed that this season will take place in space.

When we last saw Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the gang, they had just defeated AIDA and were enjoying a nice meal together when some spooks kidnapped them and took them to a space station.

Even though the show isn’t returning until December, we already knew some details about the new season going into the panel. First, Nick Blood will reprise his role as former S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Lance Hunter. Secondly, there will be more Yo-Yo since Natalia Cordova-Buckley was upped to a series regular.

Here’s the official logline for the new season: “Last season, Agent Coulson and the team saved the world with the help of Ghost Rider. In a rare moment of celebration, the team’s night off was interrupted by a mysterious man and an elite squad. The next thing we saw was Coulson onboard a ship … in deep space! Together, they will have to discover where they are and how to get home while the clock ticks out on humanity. These secrets and mysteries are only the beginning for what is sure to be the most surprising and exhilarating S.H.I.E.L.D. adventure yet!”

During the event on Saturday, fans were treated to the first 20 minutes of the season 5 premiere, which picks up with the team getting kidnapped; however, this time around we see it from the perspective of the man-in-black who abducted them. It turns out everyone except for Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is taken because he wasn’t “on the list.” From there, the men send the agents through a monolith, which transports them to a space station where they encounter an alien monster. As Daisy (Chloe Bennet), Coulson, Mack (Henry Simmons), Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), and Yo-Yo deal with the alien, an injured May (she was impaled during the journey) is captured by a mysterious man sporting a Star Lord-esque mask.

Loeb also revealed that Gregg directed the sixth episode of the new season. “It was really an amazing experience,” Gregg said. “There’s some amazing fight [scenes] in it.” Bennet added that Gregg brought performances out of them that another director probably wouldn’t have been able to because he knows the characters so well.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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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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