Having faced up to some accusations and dire ratings, Agents Of SHIELD at last appears to be on the up-and-up. The first TV show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now taking as much as it gets from the comic book blockbusters, introducing characters and concepts that'll be picked up in later movies. That's got people to sit up and pay attention.
That, and the fact that the show's second season improved vastly on the first. There were actual supervillains! And superheroes! And stories! Not just some no-name jabronies in suits and tactical gear (and the guy in the suit Loki killed in Avengers) standing on a California sound stage set being menaced by other people in suits and tactical gear!
Things can only get better, as evidenced by Agent Carter and Daredevil, the shows that followed in Agents Of SHIELD's wake. At this point, most fans are on board with the show, but it still has something to prove. They're watching, now they just need to give them something worth sticking around for; season three needs to be something really special.
How can they keep the faith in their newly-won converts? How about by forging more tangible connections to the MCU, tying up their romantic sub-plots, and putting some honest-to-goodness superheroics on the small screen that make their big screen cousins pale in comparison? However you look at it, there are definitely some commandments that need to be heeded...
10. The Secret Warriors Done Right
If you've been paying any attention at all to Agents Of SHIELD, you'll no doubt know that the third season is going to introduce the Secret Warriors. Most of the pre-season's teases and marketing have been all about the idea, and the second season's finale episode leads into it with The Hacker Formerly Known As Skye joining a special SHIELD team.
Whilst the show has so far not been too beholden to its source material – rare is the classic SHIELD comic book storyline that has appeared on-screen, even as a vague influence – it would behove them to be a little more faithful when it comes to Secret Warriors. Anything less would be a bit boring and naff.
Because they're a really visually interesting, exciting, action-packed team. Skye, now Daisy Johnson, has her earthquake powers; hopefully they'll also include super-speedster Slingshot (Quicksilver's dead, so), teleporter Manifold, and Stonewall (he is season two villain Creel's son, after all). And they'll not just be fighting against HYDRA agents again.