It's amazing what the television side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become. Here at the end of the franchise's first decade, we've met characters like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Punisher through their own ongoing shows over on Netflix, watched the Runaways come together on Hulu, seen Agent Peggy Carter move from supporting character in the films to center stage of her own series, and Cloak & Dagger are set to make their big debut next week, but all of it started with one show: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Back in 2013, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived in the wake of the mega-success of The Avengers and Iron Man 3, serving as the MCU's first foray into the world of television. Armed with the hook of the mystery behind Agent Phil Coulson's miraculous return to the land of the living and the promise of weekly Marvel content, the show was met with some massive expectations, and despite some growing pains through its first year, it has managed to keep rolling along, praised by critics and the loyal fanbase that has stuck with it for its solid storytelling, fantastic characters, and slick ability to continually reinvent itself.
With its fifth season having concluded last month and its sixth not set to arrive until summer of next year, let's take this time for a spoiler-filled look back through the journey so far, one that's crossed space and time, taken us into an alternate reality and much, much more.