Warning: Spoilers for the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series finale which just aired on the East Coast are being discussed within.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bowed out tonight with its final episodes airing. The story is neatly wrapped up, and Coulson and his team will certainly be missed.
To promote the final episode of the series, we spoke with Executive Producers Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon in a press call, and asked specifically about Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg)’s ending on the series… particularly, his reunion with Lola. (Surely everyone remembers the “don’t touch Lola” moment from the original trailer seven years ago?)
“We landed early on the idea of mirroring the end of the pilot. We did a goodbye at the end of Season 5, so part of the puzzle of this season was, how to say goodbye in a different way, and how to hit a different note,” Whedon said. “We tried to mirror sort of that feeling of – not loss, because that we’d covered that – it’s more that thing of just… life… it moves on and things change… and, that bittersweet feeling that we were feeling in the show.”
“It just made sense to us to call back that iconic image that we established at the start of this whole story,” Tancharoen says of having Coulson and Lola in that final scene. “But of course, as Coulson has essentially been upgraded, it made sense to us that Lola should be upgraded as well, and to have the two of them fly off into the sunset and the promise of what’s to come for him and all of them, really.”
That ending represents Coulson’s excitement. “You know his geek feelings about the world of S.H.I.E.L.D., and so, the idea of going off with that promise ahead of them is something we were trying to do with everyone,” Whedon adds.
Some audience members may have stayed through the end of the final episode’s closing credits to see if there was some sort of post-credits scene like the Marvel movies have. Was there a post-credits scene? The answer to that one is “no,” and producers say “there was no temptation there.”
We thank the cast and crew of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for 7 seasons and 136 episodes of great adventures.