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

The new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 trailer wants to make one thing clear: "Agent Coulson is dead."

Those four words appear in big bold letters in the somber new teaser and answer the question that's been on fans' minds ever since the fifth season finale: Did Coulson (Clark Gregg) survive? (In case you somehow forgot, season 5 ended with Phil J. Coulsonwalking off into the sunset to die). Even though the S.H.I.E.L.D. director is now six feet under, we can take comfort in knowing that he didn't die alone because Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) "was there until the very end."

"I'm glad you got a little time together," says Mack (Henry Simmons), S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new director, to May in the teaser. May solemnly replies, "More than we thought we would."

From there, the short preview teases Mack's new role, the search for Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), who is frozen and lost in space (long story, but blame it on time travel), and all of the butt-kicking that Daisy (Chloe Bennett) will get up to this season. But then the trailer throws a curveball in its final seconds: a scruffy Gregg slowly turns toward the camera as we hear him say he's never heard of S.H.I.E.L.D. in voiceover. What could this possibly mean? Is Agent Coulson not actually dead? Is this just a blooper of Gregg directing the season premiere? Alas, we'll have to wait patiently for some answers. (Thankfully, we won't have to wait too long to see Gregg as Coulson, though. The actor will appear as a younger version of the character in the '90s set Captain Marvel, which hits theaters this March).

Even though season 6 still doesn't have a premiere date, we do know that this isn't the end of the line for the MCU TV show. One of Channing Dungey's last acts as ABC president was to renew the comic book series for a seventh season in November before she stepped down.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is expected to return later this year on ABC. Watch the trailer above.

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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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