Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has yet to debut its sixth season, but has already been picked up for season 7 by ABC.

According to Deadline, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s seventh season will also consist of 13 episodes, much like the upcoming season 6. The early pickup, Deadline posited, is likely due to cast’s options coming up. By renewing the show early, not only do ABC pick up those options, they also provide the show the opportunity to film both seasons back-to-back.

With S.H.I.E.L.D.’s move to the summer, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey reassured Marvel fans that the shift was not an indicator that the show would take its final bow.

“I feel the season we just had was creatively the strongest yet,” Dungey told the audience at ABC’s upfront presentation. “We don’t plan it as a final season. The show has a loyal passionate base. It does incredibly well in delayed viewing.”

That delayed, on-demand viewing has likely offset S.H.I.E.L.D.’s less-than-stellar live ratings numbers, where it has never really had a strong performance. The later premiere date will also allow time for the show to deal with the fallout of Avengers 4, which debuts in May, 2019. Thanos’ snap, after all, affected the entirety of the known Marvel universe.

S.H.I.E.L.D. will — hopefully — not be the lone Marvel show airing on the network next year. In September, it was announced that a female-led superhero show was in the works from Wonder Woman scribe Allan Heinberg. While details of that show are still being kept under wraps, in true Marvel fashion, we hope to see it fare better than its short-lived predecessor, Inhumans.

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