'Agents of SHIELD' Episode 1 Preview: It's a race against time for Phil Coulson and team to stop the Chronicoms

It is safe to say this will be their greatest challenge yet as they attempt to fend off the Chronicoms threat in a scintillating final season


                            'Agents of SHIELD' Episode 1 Preview: It's a race against time for Phil Coulson and team to stop the Chronicoms
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It will be the last time we'll see the agents in action as 'Marvel's 'Agents of SHIELD' is all set to wrap up a seven-season run. The events of the previous installment set things up perfectly for Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team to give fans an epic ending. It is safe to say this will be their greatest challenge yet as they attempt to fend off the Chronicoms threat. 

From the last season, there are a couple of things that are pretty evident and one of them is time travel. The team goes back to 1931 after Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) get the wheels rolling on upgrading the Zephyr drive with the time travel tech that enables them to go back to New York in the '30s. The idea is to see what they can learn about SHIELD and their secrets that the Chronicoms may look at in their bid to cause mayhem. What we can theorize is that the team may actually move to different moments in SHIELD history. This may mean looking at enough locations to get their hands on any intel that could put an end to the threat.

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Add to this is the characters themselves. While the Coulson is back, or rather a Life Model Decoy version of him is, since he was created using Chronicom technology. This adds more depth to the show as Coulson still plays a pivotal role in the series and in a way sees his character we first saw in the MCU come a full circle. That his presence may affect the team is not a surprise, the question is how and if they can come to terms in working with an LMD.

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Melinda may have been brutally hurt the last season after her intense encounter with Sarge, but she's well and truly alive and we can expect to see more of her as the season progresses. The 13-episode season will also see the HYDRA feature prominently. The organization has been a constant nemesis since Season 1 and the latest trailer sees a twist where the agents are supposed to save HYDRA. While there is no explanation as to why it should be noted that HYDRA and SHIELD have one thing in common— players who were formerly involved with the nefarious organization were also SHIELD founders. This may mean there is a secret and only time will tell how it pans out for the agents. 

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Titled 'The New Deal', the season opener's official synopsis reads: "Coulson and the agents are thrust backward in time and stranded in 1931 New York City; with the all-new Zephyr set to time-jump at any moment, the team must hurry to find out exactly what happened." The logline establishes the mission without wasting time and there is a possibility of them moving to a different point in time even before they could formulate a plan. What threats will they face along the way?

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What are your thoughts on what may happen in the season opener? 

'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD' Season 7 is all set to debut on Wednesday, May 27 at 10 pm ET on ABC.