ByJack Reneau, writer at Creators.co
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When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered in September 2013 I was firmly planted in front of the TV, excitedly anticipating the chronicles of Agent Coulson and his team. The show started off small but with potential, and I held firm to my belief that it would be, it could be, successful. The first several episodes were interesting but lacked purpose, and I was starting to lose hope. Then Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released and the dynamic of the show changed. The show found new life, and now is in the midst of it's second season and shows no sign of slowing down. Skeptical about joining us for the ride? Well here are four reasons why you should watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

1) It's part of the MCU

One of the most common reasons I hear when I ask people why they don't watch Agents is that "it's not important." People seem to have it in their heads that Agents has no interaction with the rest of Marvel's Cinematic Universe, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Throughout the first season we see Lady Sif, we see items that have been recovered from the Battle of New York in The Avengers. Even Nick Fury makes a post-Winter Soldier appearance. The second installment of the Captain America movies shook the show to its very core. The finale of Agents' first season makes a statement that everything Marvel does matters, no matter how small it may be. Unfortunately I can't explain why or how, because...

I couldn't resist
I couldn't resist

Still not on board? On to point two!

2) It features the characters you've always wanted to see

Over the years superheroes have accumulated massive amounts of allies and enemies. Unfortunately we will never see some of them, and since no one plans on making 50 Iron Man movies we might not see many at all. Thanks to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., however, we've gotten to see the characters we want and deserve! So far we've enjoyed J. August Richards as Deathlok...

Deathlok
Deathlok

...Brian Patrick Wade as Absorbing Man...

Absorbing Man with his iconic ball and chain
Absorbing Man with his iconic ball and chain

...and Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird.

As each week goes by the possibilities of who we could see on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. increase, and who knows, maybe some of them will end up fighting alongside the Avengers! Interested? Good! Next point!

3) It introduces new characters

When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began airing in 2013, the only character we knew was Coulson. Sure, Cobie Smulders made a quick appearance as Maria Hill, but otherwise these people were new to us. 1.5 seasons later, however, we've become familiar with the faces of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Hacker and rebel Skye...

Skye (Chloe Bennet)
Skye (Chloe Bennet)

...pilot and martial arts expert Melinda May and black ops specialist Grant Ward...

Ward (Brett Dalton) and May (Ming-Na Wen)
Ward (Brett Dalton) and May (Ming-Na Wen)

...engineering/life sciences team Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons...

Fitz/Simmons(Iain Caestecker/Elizabeth Henstridge)
Fitz/Simmons(Iain Caestecker/Elizabeth Henstridge)

...and we've come to know and love the characters introduced throughout the show, including combat specialist Antoine Triplett and former mercenary Lance Hunter.

Hunter (Nick Blood) and Triplett (B.J. Britt)
Hunter (Nick Blood) and Triplett (B.J. Britt)

We've gotten to see the team go toe to toe with Hydra, battle alongside and with Asgardians, and save the world. The team has been to all corners of the globe and we've gotten to see it all, and it just keeps getting better and better. Interested? Great! Lets finish off with point four!

4) It's a new chapter in the Marvel legacy

Regardless of how unimportant it might seem, regardless of how small the show appears, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is all things Marvel. The events that we see in The Avengers, in Thor: The Dark World, and in Captain America: The Winter Soldier all have an impact on the show, because it's all the same world, the same universe. Marvel is showing us that there are heroes everywhere, and the world can be shaken by events both big and small. From alien invasions to dangerous inventions, terrorism to corporate schemes, the world is always going to need saving. The Avengers will be around when we need them most, but for every other plight the world faces, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are always fighting, always waging war against unseen forces. They don't have superpowers. They aren't aliens with legendary weapons or genius billionaires with the most advanced armor in the world. They are regular people. They are us. They are S.H.I.E.L.D.

Are you going to start watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? If you already do, what do you think of it? Sound off in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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