Yesterday saw a report by TVLine seemingly offer that the future of Marvel and Agents of SHIELD is in doubt at ABC.
Now, however, EW.com‘s own report has additional quotes from ABC entertainment chief Channing Dungey which offers ABC is actually “cautiously optimistic” about more Marvel and Agents of SHIELD at the network.
Here are the relevant quotes with the updated info in bold:
“I would say I’m cautiously optimistic, It’s always hard at this point in January to know because some of it is also dependent on your new development and how you feel about those things, so that’s why it’s really hard at the top of the year to know exactly what’s going to happen.”
“The creative this season, I honestly think, has been the strongest its ever been. We’ve been really excited about what the producers have been talking about for the second half of the season. I’m really looking forward to hearing them come in and talk about what their ideas would be for season 6, so we can make a better determination about whether we’re going to order another season or not.”
“We’ve tried a few things that haven’t worked out as well as we would’ve liked. We developed a couple things this season that we don’t think are going to end up going forward, so we’re going to look really carefully about what we do next, because the idea for us is to come up with something that works very well for both Marvel and ABC, so we’re going to continue to try there.”
Regarding Marvel’s Inhumans, EW.com’s report does seem to echo the thought that the series won’t be returning for Season 2 (IMAX funded Season 1 and won’t be funding Season 2):
“It didn’t perform for us at the level that we would’ve wanted,” Dungey said. “We haven’t made any official decision yet about what we’re going to pick up in May, but I will say that the numbers, unfortunately, were less exciting for us than we hoped they would be.”
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD airs Fridays at 9pm EST on ABC.