The state of Marvel’s ABC TV series got a shot in the arm with news that The Inhumans would arrive in 2017, though not necessarily replacing a movie in the MCU’s expanding slate. Certainly, a fancy new IMAX TV series bodes ill for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but sources say one will not necessarily replace the other.

For the moment, Marvel’s The Inhumans plan remains to debut the first two (of eight) episodes in IMAX theaters in September 2017, before moving the series to its new ABC home. Reports have specified that The Inhumans will not be an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff (meaning strictly that S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t introduce the characters), though IGN also confirmed with Marvel that The Inhumans is not immediately intended as a replacement for Coulson’s crew:

Additionally, we’ve been told that Inhumans has no impact on the fate of Agents of SHIELD. No decision has been made as to whether Agents of SHIELD will return for a fifth season or not.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t renewed for Season 4 until March of 2016 (and early at that), though certainly a 10:00 P.M. timeslot move dimmed hopes of any significant uptick in ratings, even with Ghost Rider lighting the dark. That character in particular has also spurred rumors of a spinoff (a second attempt for Agents), leaving it uncertain how much Marvel ABC is willing to accommodate on its network.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t expected to interact with an eventual Inhumans movie, though it remains unclear if Marvel might even tangentially connect the two series, given the multi-season legwork S.H.I.E.L.D. provided to set up their existence.

Further details will likely emerge from terrigenesis soon but will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last long to see the fruits of its Inhuman labor?

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