Did our agents save the world or save Coulson?

Agents, we know you’re all pumped with the news that “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is returning for Season 6! But have you recovered from the earth-shattering (figuratively, thankfully) Season 5 finale?!

Our agents prevented the end of the world and Daisy didn’t fulfill the Destroyer of Worlds prophecy, but at what cost? Weighing on our agents the past few episodes of Season 5 was: do they save Coulson with the Centipede serum, or do they save the world by injecting Talbot AKA Graviton with a mixture of the serum and Odium? Does the team break the time loop they’ve been stuck in all season?

Marvel.com talked to the executive producers and showrunners of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tanchaeroen and Jeff Bell about the finale episode titled “The End.” [Note: This interview was conducted before the Season 6 announcement and the Season 5 finale was written as a series ender as they awaited news about the Season 6 pickup.]

Marvel: Right off the bat, you’ve never killed your children before. How could you do that to Fitz? After making him part of Invincible Three, and letting him get married, why Fitz?

Maurissa Tanchaeroen: That’s exactly why. We’d given them way too much happiness. It was time to take it away. But you know, there’s the loophole.

Jeff Bell: Plus, you know we had a fix in our pocket so —

Jed Whedon: In a season that was about time, which we don’t recommend to any other writers out there, we had a couple of big problems we had to solve in our writers’ room and one of them was this problem of Fitz traveling back in time and where we would place them and it was this big discussion. We spent a lot of time with this problem and at some point we realized, “Wait a second, this isn’t a problem. It’s an opportunity.” We always refer to writers’ problems as writers’ opportunities. We got pretty excited that we could get a real emotional impact and we knew he would give that.

Marvel.com: I was destroyed.

Jed Whedon: We were excited about that and the fact that we had a loophole.

Jeff Bell: We didn’t feel like it was like buying it back. There are some fans that are like “What about the Fitz in space?” And they will feel so smart. Hopefully, they will forget for about ten minutes and then go “Oh wait!”

Marvel.com: Our team, they’ve had quarrels before but at the start of the episode, it really felt that there were going to be a lot of hurt feelings. I know towards the end of the episode, apologies were made but do you think they can move on as a team, together, after realizing that there are always going to be decisions made that really went against the mission of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Jed Whedon: We’ll have to see how that plays out in a — fingers crossed — next season. But one of the things that we felt about the last act of is it that after all the devastation and their little retirement party that they’ve been brought together by all this pain and as Coulson says, “We’ve all suffered losses.” And him saying that is him saying “We’ve all been in this position. We all have separate reasons for doing things we do and feeling the way we feel and that unifies us.” So, whether or not some of this ripples into another season we’ll wait and see but we do think the bond is going to seem stronger than ever.

Jeff Bell: I always say one of the things we love about the show and there are even pieces of it in this episode — is it’s about heroes. It’s not anti-heroes. It’s about people who are working for the larger good. Sometimes they disagree on what the larger good is but in the end they find a way to come back together. That’s also something I love about this team. They fight, they disagree, but they find a way to come back together at the end.

Marvel.com: Did you always know that you wanted Mack to be the new Director?

Maurissa Tanchaeroen: Coming into this season, we definitely had a lot of conversations about Mack the character and Henry [Simmons] as an actor. We just saw the potential in him really being in the forefront this year and that’s sort of what we lead up to, story wise.

Jed Whedon: We’re sort of returning to the dynamic that we established in Season 3, which we loved, which was Mack and Daisy as partners and that sort of brother-sister feeling they had between them. It’s something that we think really shines and the idea that as she’s losing a father figure she’s gaining a sibling, and letting that dynamic play and her realizing his strength and also realizing her own strength. We think of this moment of her installing him as director as her greatest leadership moment. It’s the thing that Coulson wanted her to do is figure this out, as he said, he couldn’t have said it better himself. We don’t think of it as her not being a leader of this team. She clearly is.

Maurissa Tanchaeroen: It’s still a part of her journey of becoming a leader.

Jeff Bell: The other piece of it is there’s not a lot of distance between Henry and Mack. Henry really does bring a grounded decency and that moral compass to everything he does and we’ve learned into that writing Mack. So what we all and Daisy sees in that character didn’t make it a huge surprise when she handled him the mantle.

Jed Whedon: We see in a previous episode — Mack and Yo-Yo haven’t been able to resolve their stuff but they have to work together to try and go after Talbot and try to save lives. His speech during the first argument saying that they’re held together by hope, he’s the one who is carrying that torch. I think that Daisy sees in him the things that are needed and she’s smart enough of a leader to make him the leader.

Marvel.com: Echoing what Jemma said in the finale episode, that the agents are very different people from when they first walked on to the bus. Where do we see all of our characters at the end? Is S.H.I.E.L.D. now all of a sudden okay again? Especially after seeing this whole organization — after seeing another leader defect. What is S.H.I.E.L.D.’s standing with the world?

Jed Whedon: You know, we don’t really know. That’s a little bit of a mystery

Jeff Bell: It’s complicated because of the movies.

Jed Whedon: But we did want to put into this episode a moment where the people of the city are in peril, they hear that S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming and they’re relieved and a little bit of the sense that the public still wants S.H.I.E.L.D. to be in their lives and wants them to be the heroes they’re supposed to be. And how that plays —

Maurissa Tanchaeroen: And their standing with the world is something we hope to define if we get another chance to tell more story.

Marvel.com: The season was really emotional and provided more layers to Agent May. After laying her feelings on the line, where does she go from here? Does she retire? I don’t think this is on the lines of Bahrain but I feel like she’s also been through a lot, like FitzSimmons.

Jed Whedon: Yeah, she has and I think that given another season, I think we will see a different side of May, a changed May. She and Coulson really were sort of the veterans and she’s also someone who has moved into a leadership role when she did not intend to. At this point, everybody on that plane is someone in that role and will probably have to fill the ranks in some way.

Marvel.com: Now that they don’t have to operate in the shadows or underground, does that mean that Daisy has been absolved from fake Daisy shooting Talbot in the head?

Maurissa Tanchaeroen: These are all really great questions. You’re giving us great ideas right now of all the things we need to tackle if we have a season 6.

Jed Whedon: But I will say, usually there’s a bit of feeling as the world is almost torn apart.

Maurissa Tanchaeroen: With the display of heroism they showed in Chicago, I think that they will be absolved of all —

Jeff Bell: The last world perception of Talbot is antagonistic and she’s the one who defends and saved people from him. So I think she has a pretty good chance of not going to jail.

Marvel.com: Just between us, is Deke out having fun in Chicago, and he didn’t just disappear from existence?

Jeff Bell: Just between us that’s a great question.

Maurissa Tanchaeroen: We hope to see some online debate about whether he blinked out of existence or is still around.

Marvel.com: I just want him drinking Zima in Chicago.

Jed Whedon: He’s right now touring the Zima factory.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will return for Season 6 on ABC. For more information on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” visit ABC.com, follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter, and like “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.”on Facebook for all the latest news and updates!

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The soundtrack will be available the same day Season 2 debuts on Netflix.

Friday, June 22 will be a big day for “Marvel’s Luke Cage” fans, as not only will the second season be released on Netflix, but the Season 2 soundtrack will be available as well.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album features original score by returning composers Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge (Ghostface Killah, JAY-Z, Bilal, Souls of Mischief), who received critical acclaim for their Season 1 score.

For the second season, the composers desired to expand the sound and included a rhythm section and orchestra. Inspired by the new character Bushmaster, Muhammad and Younge created what they call “symphonic” reggae” for his theme, blending the soul of reggae music with an orchestra. Their inspirations for Season 2 included the films of Alfred Hitchcock and “Mission: Impossible,” plus the television series “Kojak,” “Baretta” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

In addition to the score, the album also includes licensed tracks plus the song “King’s Paradise,” performed in an episode by Rakim, which was written by William Griffin, Younge and Muhammad.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album cover

Also featured in an episode is R&B singer Joi performing “Love You Forever Right Now,” a song she co-wrote with Marlon Cox and Gabrielle Dennis (Tilda Johnson) performing “Family First,” a song co-written by Younge, Muhammad and Dennis, with vocals produced by “Marvel’s Luke Cage” showrunner/Executive Producer Cheo Hodari Coker. The soundtrack also includes two covers by teen blues guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, “I Put a Spell on You,” and “The Thrill is Gone.” All songs were composed and produced by Younge and Muhammad.

Said Coker, “If Season 1 was about the hip-hop and the Wu-Tangification of the Marvel Universe, Season 2 is about the ROOTS of hip-hop: reggae and the blues. How both smashed up against each other to create the sonic backdrop of what we now know as hip-hop. The rhythmic stew of funk, rhythm and blues, soul, melded with the Jamaican ‘DJ’ tradition. Harlem’s Paradise, which is tied to the family legacy of both Mariah Dillard Stokes and John ‘Bushmaster’ McGiver, is where the musical sensibilities of both clash. One of the secrets of the show is whoever looks down at the club from Cottonmouth’s ‘perch’ controls the music of the club and has reign over Harlem.

Coker continues, “The music selection and the sequencing is a labor of love, and is one of the most important things I do as showrunner of this show. I love the fact that all of musical sensibilities meld with our storytelling and dramatic desires as a writer’s room, cast, and production crew. I get to be both John Wells and Quincy Jones.”

In Season 2 of the Netflix original series, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” is rated TV-MA and is streaming now only on Netflix.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album will be available for download and at streaming services on June 22.

You can see Luke Cage in action in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 and “Marvel’s The Defenders,” now streaming on Netflix. Follow @LukeCage on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

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New episodes of 'Marvel's Luke Cage' debut Friday, June 22 on Netflix.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 debuts this Friday, June 22, on Netflix, and the hero of Harlem is now the subject of the latest Marvel 101!

Watch the video above to get an overview on what makes Luke the man he is, as seen in “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1, “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1, and “Marvel’s The Defenders.”

For more on “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” be sure to also watch our recent Marvel 101 focused on Shades!

In “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, after clearing his name, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so well known has only increased the pressure he feels to protect the community. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (“SouthLAnd,” “Ray Donovan”) along with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Daredevil”), and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Daredevil”).

You can see Luke Cage in action in “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 and “Marvel’s The Defenders,” now streaming on Netflix. Follow @LukeCage on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

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Spidey is back in new adventures beginning Monday, June 18 at 6:30-7:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD!

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” Season 2 premieres this Monday, with a special hour-long return that includes two brand new episodes, beginning at 6:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD.

First, in “How I Thwipped My Summer Vacation,” in a series of shorts, we follow Peter Parker as he tries to have the best summer vacation ever, only to have his plans be consistently ruined by his responsibilities as Spider-Man.

Then, in “Take Two,” Spider-Man is excited to start his second year as a super hero (and his second year as a student at Horizon High) but discovers that Doc Ock also claims to want a second chance… Can Otto be trusted?

You can check out a preview clip from the premiere at the top of the page, and the Season 2 poster and new images in the gallery below.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” – “How I Thwipped My Summer Vacation” and “Take Two” air Monday, June 18 from 6:30-7:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD!

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The brand-new original series amassed 7.3 million views across linear and digital platforms!

The debut of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” ranked as Freeform’s biggest series launch in over two years in Total Viewers (1.64 million). In fact, the series’ opener stood as Freeform’s most-watched drama telecast on any night since the series finale of “Pretty Little Liars” in June 2017.

In the first three days after its launch, “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” stood as the best-ever digital debut in Freeform history (716,000 starts) and generated 7.3 million views across linear and digital platforms. The series was Thursday’s No. 1 most-social scripted series with 112,000 engagements across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr.

Competitively, “Cloak & Dagger” opened as Thursday’s No. 1 cable program among Teens 12-17 (151,000/0.62 rating), the No. 1 scripted series on cable among Women 18-49 (439,000/0.68 rating) and as the No. 1 original scripted cable series among Women 18-34 (165,000/0.47 rating), Adults 18-49 (737,000/0.57 rating), Adults 18-34 (261,000/0.38 rating), Persons 12-34 (412,000/0.44 rating) and Females 12-34 (249,000/0.53 rating).

After three days of TV playback, “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” jumped by +78% in Total Viewers over its L+SD average (872,000 to 1.56 million in L+3) to post the largest-ever L+3 lift of any Freeform debut.

Brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” air exclusively on Freeform Thursdays at 8p/7c! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and Marvel Television! Be sure to follow @CloakandDagger on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Facebook page!

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The season wraps up Tuesday, June 12 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

The brewing conflict between David Haller (Dan Stevens) and the Shadow King (Navid Negahban) comes to a head Tuesday night on FX, in the “Legion” Season 2 finale! You can check out a new preview for the episode above, as David fights the future.

Written by Noah Hawley and directed by Keith Gordon, “Legion” – “Chapter 19” airs Tuesday, June 12 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” which was recently renewed for Season 3, watch Earth’s Mightiest Show‘s interview with Dan Stevens and also be sure to read our look at the comic book history of the Shadow King!

You can follow “Legion” on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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Ready or not, Luke is back on Friday, June 22.

With ten days to go until “Marvel’s Luke Cage” returns with new episodes on Friday, June 22 on Netflix, a brand new trailer is here for Season 2 of the series.

Watch the trailer above to get a bigger look at what to expect in Season 2, as Luke finds himself caught in the middle of the escalating conflict between Mariah (Alfre Woodard) and the powerful new threat known as Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir).

In “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, after clearing his name, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so well known has only increased the pressure he feels to protect the community. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (“SouthLAnd,” “Ray Donovan”) along with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Daredevil”), and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Daredevil”).

You can see Luke Cage in action in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 and “Marvel’s The Defenders,” now streaming on Netflix. Follow @LukeCage on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

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The OST features track by Olivia Holt who plays Tandy/Dagger on 'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger'!

Between the debut of the new, original Freeform series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” last night, this week’s surprise release of the CLOAK AND DAGGER digital comic series, as well as Cloak and Dagger-related events across Marvel Games, there isn’t a better time for fans of the crimefighting duo, Cloak and Dagger! If you caught last night’s two-hour premiere, you’d be hard-pressed to miss the incredible music that serves as the backdrop for New Orleans and drives the story forward. Today, Marvel Music and Hollywood Records dropped the digital soundtrack album for “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” which features a track from Olivia Holt who stars as Tandy Bowen in the show.

Listen to Olivia Holt’s cover of Come Sail Away above!

The OST also features a selection of music from the first season of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” from artists such as The Siege, Overcoats, Ruelle, Bea Miller, The Phantoms, MILCK, morgxn, Isak Danielson & more.

The track list for the “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” OST is:

  1. Come Sail Away – Olivia Holt
  2. Arise – The Siege
  3. Leave the Light On – Overcoats
  4. Trigger – Ruelle
  5. Quiet – MILCK
  6. Get What I Came For – The Phantoms
  7. Run Wild – Thutmose & NoMBe
  8. to the grave – Bea Miller & Mike Stud
  9. home – morgxn
  10. It’s a Crying Shame – The Roues Brothers
  11. Harlem – Cathedrals
  12. Ending – Isak Danielson

Stream Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger OST here: http://hollywoodrecs.co/CloakDaggerOST
Download Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger OST here: http://hollywoodrecs.co/CloakDaggerDL

In case you missed it, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph stopped by Earth’s Mightiest Show to talk about their brand-new Freeform series, test how much they know each other, and more!

Brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” air exclusively on Freeform Thursdays at 8p/7c! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and Marvel Television! Be sure to follow @CloakandDagger on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Facebook page!

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Before the new season debuts this fall, watch a special interview with two pop culture icons.

“Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest,” the next season of the “Avengers” animated series, debuts this fall and it will feature guest appearances by two truly legendary and beloved figures in pop culture history – none other than Mark Hamill and Stan Lee! Hamill will be reprising his role from earlier seasons as the villainous Arnim Zola, while Lee will be providing one of his famous cameos.

During a visit to a voice record session for “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest,” Hamill and Lee sat down with Marvel HQ for a conversation about Marvel heroes and villains, their approach to voice acting and much more! You can check out the video at the top of the page to hear what “Star Wars” icon Hamill, who’s had a long and acclaimed career doing voice over roles in animation, and Stan “The Man” himself, who co-created so many beloved Marvel characters, had to say!

Don’t miss Mark Hamill and Stan Lee in “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest,” coming this fall to Disney XD!

In “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest,” the Black Panther must decide his loyalties. Is he an Avenger first or King of Wakanda? As the mysterious Shadow Council rises to challenge Wakanda, T’Challa teams up with his sister Shuri to go on missions that no other Avenger can. It’s a globe-trotting journey of espionage and mystery as old foes resurface and new friends are made. In the end, Black Panther must balance defending his home and stopping threats before they start. Is he a sword or a shield? Only he can decide.

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The 'Empire' alum will play Reeva in the FOX series, which is back this fall with new episodes.

Grace Byers (“Empire”) has joined the cast of “The Gifted” for Season 2 of the FOX series.

Byers will play Reeva, a smart, charming, authoritative, elegant, beautiful woman who is ruthless in her efforts to fight for her people. She leads an elite band of followers and has a soft spot for her new recruits, but is still capable of extreme violence in defense of her vision.

Grace Byers

Reeva will be teaming up with Polaris (Emma Dumont), Andy Strucker (Percy Hynes White) and the Frost sisters (Skyler Samuels) in the “Inner Circle,” following the huge turn of events that occurred at the end of Season 1.

“The Gifted” Season 2 will debut this fall on FOX. For more on “The Gifted,” check out Marvel.com’s interview with executive producer Matt Nix about how Season 1 ended and what could be in store for Season 2.

You can catch up on the entire first season of “The Gifted” now with On Demand, FOX Now, FOX.com or Hulu!

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