ABC is stirring up a groundswell for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” with a special, extended preview of the show’s fifth season, which premieres this Friday. Marvel fans can watch the first 17 minutes of the two-hour season opener, which features the lost S.H.I.E.L.D. team stranded on a mysterious spaceship. How’d they get there, what’s happening, and how will they get back home?
The S.H.I.E.L.D. team is full of very familiar faces, with series regulars Clark Gregg (“The Avengers”), Ming-Na Wen (“SGU Stargate Universe”), Chloe Bennet (“Nostradamus”), Iain De Caestecker (“Filth”), Elizabeth Henstridge (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”) and Henry Simmons (“NYPD Blue”) returning. According to EW, Natalia Cordova-Buckley (“Bates Motel”), who portrays the Inhuman Yo-Yo Rodriguez, is now a series regular.
While I won’t spoil the preview or the show’s upcoming premiere, I will note that there’s a inside joke about SWORD (S.H.I.E.L.D.’s galactic sister agency) in the episode. Unfortunately, the space organization will not feature in the upcoming season, as Marvel doesn’t have the rights to it, according to Comicbook. Oh, and if you’re curious about those weird…somethings in the preview, here’s some background on their comicbook origins.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns Dec. 1 at 8 pm on ABC. Watch the special preview below.